Spectacular Rich and Famous Billionaires
In Wikipedia definition of billionaire, is a person with at least net worth of at least 1,000,000,000 (one billion) units of the country’s currencies, commonly the major currencies like the United States dollar, the Euro or the pound sterling. The complete lists according to Forbes magazine updates annually the global list of United States dollar billionaires and according to Wikipedia updates
1) Carlos Slim Helú , 73 years old, (source of wealth: Telmex, America Movil, Grupo Carso / Net worth: $73.0 Billion)
The Mexican investor, business magnate and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú, born January 28, 1940, in 2010, in Mexico City, he was ranked as the richest person in the world by Forbes. Slim’s more Mexicans corporations engaged in entirely different businesses that fall under one corporate group and broad holdings such as, Grupo Carso, SA de CV gathered to profit interests in the technology, communications, finance, retailing fields. Slim is also the Chief executive and chairman of Telmex and America Movil telecommunications companies. In 2010, the Latin America’s largest mobile phone carrier, América Móvil, owned by Slim, was accounted for around US$49 billion, and as early March 2013, Slim’s corporate holdings have been estimated at US$73 billion. Slim was born to Maronite (are a Christian ethnoreligious group of the Levant) Catholic parents Julián Slim Haddad and Linda Helú, both of Lebanese descent. Carlos Slim was married to Soumaya Domit from 1967 until her death in 1999, doing philanthropic projects including the organ donation project. They have sic children Carlos, Marco Antonio, Patrick, Soumaya, Vanessa and Johanna. The private museum, Museo Soumaya, named in honor of Slim’s late wife, in Mexico City , where collections of religious relics, arts, historical documents and Sim’s personal coins collections.
2) William Henry “Bill” Gates III, age 57 (Source of Wealth: Microsoft / Net Worth: $67.0 Billion)
The American programmer, investor, philanthropist and business magnate, William Henry “Bill” Gates III, born October 28, 1955, he is the former Microsoft chief executive and current chairman, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, with Paul Allen, his co-founder. Bill Gates consistently ranked one of the wealthiest people in the world,and overall wealthiest from 1995 to 2009, however ranked third in 2008, and in 2011, Gates became the second wealthiest American person. Gates is the Microsoft CEO and chief software architect and holds the 6.4 percent of the common stock and largest individual shareholder. Gates and Melinda French was married on January 1, 1994 and have three children, Jennifer Katharine (born in 1996) and Phoebe Adele (born in 2002) and son Rory John (born in 1999). The Gate’s family resides in an earth-sheltered house, they named Xanadu 2.0, in the hill side overlooking Lake Washington in Medina. Bill Gates was the second wealthiest man behind Carlos Sim in March 2010.
3) Amancio Ortega Gaona , Age 76 ( Source of Wealth: Inditex Group / Net Worth: $57.0 Billion)
The Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, famously know for Zara clothing and acessories chains of retail shops, Amancio Ortega Gaona, born 28 March 1936. Amancio Gaona’s uncertain net worth in The World’s Billionaires List of Forbes in 2012, net worth was $37.5 billion while in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index lists, Amancio O. Gaona was the world’s third richest person with reported combined assets of US$58 billion,but Forbes calculation differ from listed billionaires personal Ortega’s personal net worth. Ortega and his unnamed second wife, currently lives at A Coruna center in a discreet apartment building, in Galicia, Spain. No published photograph of Ortega, who keeps a very low profile until 1999, not until his public appearance in 2001, that made headlines in the Spanish financial press, as a welcome to his company’s initial public offering on the stock market. Ortega allowed interviews to three chosen journalists which his secrecy led to publication of books. Ortega‘s routine daily, he goes to the same coffee shop and eat lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria, do not wear tie and wear a simple blue blazer, white shirt and gray pants uniform, but none of which are Zara products. Ortega always work actively in the production and design process in the company. Ortega announced his retirement in 2011, from Inditex as Zara chain parent company, and asked Inditex CEO and VP Pablo Isla to take his place as the leadership of the textile empire.
4) Warren Edward Buffett, age 82 (Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway / $53.5 Billion)
The American philanthropist and business magnate Warren Edward Buffett, born August 30, 1930, is considered widely as the most successful investor, as the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hatahway and primary shareholder, and ranked one of the world’s wealthiest people in 2008, and in 2011, ranked third wealthiest person. The American Time magazine named Buffett as one of the most influential people in the world in 2012. Buffett is also known as the “Wizard of Omaha“, “Oracle of Omaha”,or the “Sage of Omaha” because of his devoted philosophy to the value investing and his personal economical in the use of consumable resources despite his vast wealth. Buffett is known philanthropist, pledged to give 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, through primarily the Gates Foundation. Warren Buffet was diagnosed with prostate cancer on April 11, 2012, which he completed treatment in September 2012. In 1952, Warren Buffet and Susan Thompson got married Buffett married, and had three children together, Susie, Howard and Peter. In 1977, Warren and Susan Buffet, began living separately, but they remained married until Susan’s death in July 2004. In 2006, on his seventy-sixth birthday, Warren married his longtime partner, 60 years old Astrid Menks, on his 76th birthday in 2006. Astrid Menks had lived with Warren, since his wife’s departure in 1977 to San Francisco. Warren’s ex wife,Susan, arranged for Warren and Astrid to meet in 1978, before she left Omaha to pursue her singing career.and the three of them remained close friends. Susan Thompson Buffett , Warren’s first wife, was born on June 15, 1932 , director of the Berkshire Hathaway, owns 2.2 percent with net worth of US$ 3 billion until her death, and named the 153rd wealthiest person. in 2004. In October 2003, Susan was diagnosed with oral cancer (subtype of head and neck cancer, a cancerous tissue growth found in the oral cavity) Susan underwent radiation therapy, surgery, and facial reconstruction. Susan died in the summer of July 29, 2004 at the age of 72 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in Cody,Wyoming. Warren did not attend her funeral because was so grief-stricken.
5) Lawrence “Larry” Ellison, Age 68, (Source of Wealth: Oracle Corporation/ Net Worth: $43.0 Billion)
The American business magnate, chief executive and co-founder of Oracle Corporation, one of the leading companies of software enterprise, Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison, born August 17, 1944, and was the third-wealthiest American citizen as of 2012, with an estimated net worth of $41 billion. The Ellison’s bulk of fortune comes from his 22.5 percent stake in Oracle corporation. Ellison has been married and divorced four times, his first wife Adda Quinn, they got married in 1967, divorced in 1974, second wife was Nancy Wheeler Jenkins married from 1977 to 1978. Larry and Nancy got married six months before Ellison founded Software Development Laboratories, but the marriage was brief and divorced in 1978. Nancy Wheeler gave up any claim on her husband’s company for $500. Ellison later married Barbara Boothe, a former Relational Software Inc (RSI) receptionist, from 1983 to 1986, and have two children together, David and Megan. Megan Ellison and brother David, were executive producers of Coen Brothers of 2010 film, True Grit. Larry Ellison then married romance novelist Melanie Craft, on December 18, 2003 at his Woodside Estate but end up in divorce in 2010. Steve Jobs, a close friend, former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Inc. was their official wedding photographer, and officiated by Representative Tom Lantos.
6) Charles G. Koch, Age 77 (Source of Wealth: Koch Industries/ $34.0 Billion)
The rich and famous American businessman and philanthropist Charles de Ganahl Koch, born November 1, 1935, and the co-owner, chairman of the board, and Koch Industries,Inc. chief executive officer. Koch Industries, Inc. according to Forbes survey in 2010, is the second-largest private company by revenue in the United States. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Charles Koch was ranked the 6th richest person in the world as of October 2012, with an estimated net worth of $34 billion, and ranked 18th on Forbes World’s Billionaires list of 2011, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. David H. Koch, Charles younger brother, owns 42% of Koch Industries, and serves as Executive Vice President. Charles and David Koch, inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, and have expanded twice the business inherited size, which was involved exclusively in oil refining and chemicals originally, Koch Industries has expanded to include processing and control pollution equipment and technologies, polymers and fibers, minerals, fertilizers, commodity trading and services, forest and consumer products, ranching, producing a wide variety of Stainmaster carpet, a well-known brands, Lycra fiber, Quilted Northern tissue and Dixie paper products. Charles Koch prefers to keep a low profile and allow media interviews very rarely. Charles Koch and wife Liz, has been married for 38 years and has two children. Charles and his three other brothers are suffering from prostate cancer. Charles and David Koch are featured in Time Magazine in 2011 as one of the most influential people.
7) David H. Koch, Age 72 (Source of Income: Koch Industries/ Net Worth: $34.0 Billion
The American philanthropist, businessman, political activist and chemical engineer and co-owner with older brother, Charles, is David Hamilton Koch born May 3, 1940, and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a corporation that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States. In 2012, David Koch is the fourth wealthiest person in America, and as of 2010, David is the second-richest New York City resident. David Koch is described as “one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America” by the Conde Nast Portfolio. David Koch is a survivor in a plane crash in February 1, 1991, Friday evening, the US Air Flight 1493 aircraft serving the flight accidentally collided with SkyWest Flight 5569 upon landing at Los Angeles. Koch was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, and underwent radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, but the cancer returned in span of years. David Koch stated that he had the disease for 20 years and become a crusader trying to find cure for the disease and donated contributions, not only for himself but for other patients with the same case.
8) Li Ka-shing, Age 84 (Source of Income: Cheung Kong Holdings/ Net Worth: $31.0 Billion)
Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE, Hong Kong business magnate and philanthropist, considered as the wealthiest person in Asia,born June 13,1928 in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China to Teochew descendants. As of March 2013, According to Forbes, Ka-shing Li is the 8th wealtiest person in the world, with more or less wealth net worth US $31 billion. Sir Ka-shing Li is the current (HWL) Hutchison Whampoa Limited chairman and Cheung Kong Holdings, through this companies, Ka-shing Li is the world’s container terminal’s largest operator and the world’s largest retailer of health and beauty products. Sir Ka-shing Li is named “Asia’s Most Powerful Man, Li Ka-Ching” in 2001 by Asiaweek. When Li’s father died, Ka-shing Li, before the age of 15, was forced to leave school and found a job in a plastics trading company where he labored 16 hours a day. Li started his own company in 1950, the Cheung Kong Industries, from manufacturing plastics, he led and developed his company into a leading Hong Kong’s real estate investment company, that was listed on the 1972 Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In 1979 to 1985, the Cheung Kong Industries expanded by acquiring Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited. Li’s two sons, are also Hong Kong’s prominent figures, Victor Li and Richard Li, in the Hong Kong business scene. Victor Li is the managing director and deputy chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings Limited and works directly with his father, while Richard Li is the PCCW head, the largest telecom company in Hong Kong, both sons are Canadian citizens. Ka-shing Li as a famous Hong Kong tycoon figure, with low profile wearing simple dress. Ka-shing Li wore a $50 Citizen Watch in the 1990s, and now wore Seiko watch.
Victor Li Tzar-kuoi is a Hong Kong businessman, Cheung Kong Holdings Limited deputy chairman, born August 1, 1964. Victor Li is the son of Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong business tycoon and the brother of Richard Li. Victor Li had a net worth in 2006, CDN$730 million. In 1996, Victor Li was kidnapped by notorious gangster Cheung Chi Keung aka “Big Spender“, who was executed by firing squad (sentenced to death by the Guangzhou court) on December 16, 1998 at the age of 43. Victor Li was released by Big Spender after paying allegedly HK$1 billion as ransom.
Li Ka-shing’s younger son, Richard Li Tzar Kai is a Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist and younger brother of Victor Li, was named by Forbes in 2010, as the 26th of Hong Kong 40 Wealthiest people, and named Richard Li as the 773rd in the list of the world’s billionaires, with wealth estimated of $1.3 billion. Victor Li is a licensed pilot, in the United States and Canada, and also a licensed divemaster. Richard Li’s girlfriend, Isabella Leong, a former Hong Kong singer, gave birth to his son, Ethan Li in April 1009. Isabella Leong gave birth to Li’s twin sons in San Francisco in June 2010. Isabella Leong announced to the media that they decided to end their relationship in March 2011, and the separation was amicable and both will take care of their children.
9) Lilian Bettencourt, Age 90 (Source of Income: L’Oréal Group/ Net Worth: $30.0 Billion)
The French heiress, socialite, philanthropist and businesswoman, Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller, married name Bettencourt, born 21 October 1922, born in Paris, France. Liliane Bettencourt is one of the L’Oreal‘s principal shareholder and was listed as the third richest woman in the world with a net worth of US $30 billion. Bettencourt the only child of Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux and Eugene Schueller, L’Oreal founder, the world’s largest beauty and cosmetics companies. In 1927, when Liliane was only five years old, her mother died, developing a close bond with her father, who later married Liliane’s British governess. Liliane worked at her father’s company as an apprentice at the age of 15, mixing cosmetics and labelling bottles of shampoo. Liliane Bettencourt‘s daughter Meyers filed an application with the court to make Liliane Bettencourt a state ward for her health and being incapable of the management of her fortune June 8, 2011. On 17 October 2011 Then a French judge ruled that Liliane Bettencourt is to be placed under the members of her family guardianship on concerns about Bettencourt’s declining mental health. Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers, who, along with two grandsons, will now control her wealth and property. It was reported that Liliane Bettencourt, was one of the most high-profile victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme, and lost € 22 million. Bettencourt was reported as the first investor in a fund, managed by Access International Advisors, was co-founded by Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, and these funds had invested a great amount of capital with Bernard Madoff, resulting to committing suicide of De la Villehuchet on December 23,2008. Bettencourt ranked at 15th in the Forbes lists of wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of wealth of US$23.5 billion. She is named the richest woman in Europe, and the second world’s richest woman behind, Christy Walton and the second wealthiest person in France behind Bernard Arnault. Since 1964, L’Oreal, owned the French luxury cosmetic house known as Lancôme Paris, a part of the Luxury Products division, offering cosmetic products at higher-end price such as skin care, fragrances and makeup. The British Advertising Standards Authority took action against L’Oréal, banned the two Lancome airbrushed advertisements in the UK, that features Julia Roberts, actress and Christy Turlington, supermodel in July 2011.
10) Gina Rinehart, Age 59
The Australian mining tycoon, Georgina Hope “Gina” Rinehart, born 9 February 1954, is the Hancock Prospecting heiress, and the daughter of the late Langley Frederick George “Lang” Hancock and Hope Margaret Nicholas. Rinehart bought a share in media organizations, and became Fairfax Media’s largest shareholder and taking in one of Australia’s major media companies, the Ten Network Holdings‘ share in 2010. Both Forbes Asia and Business Review Weekly reports Rinehart was Australia’s richest person in 2011, and in 2012, Rinehart was named wealthiest woman in the world by BRW, surpassing Christy Walton, but surpassed by Liliane Bettencourt heiress to L’Oreal in 2013. Hope Rinehart Welker, John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart, three of Gina Rinehart’s children and beneficiaries, brought a legal action in the New South Wales Supreme Court in 2011, over sole trustee Gina Rinehart for alleged delay of the Non-forfeitable ownership or partial ownership date of the Hope Margaret Hancock Trust. Rinehart’s net worth was estimated US$18 billion by Forbes in 2012 and Bloomberg Billionaires Index, she is the 37th wealthiest person in the world with net worth of US$18.6 billion in December 2012.
11) Cristy Walton, Age 64
Christy Ruth Walton, is the widow of John T. Walton, (born February 8, 1949). John Thomas Walton (born October 8, 1946, died on June 27, 2005 when his homebuilt aircraft CGS Hawk Arrow, he was piloting crashed in Jackson, Wyoming) is the son of of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Christy Walton inherited US$15.7 billion, after her husband, John’s death in June 2005, and named as the 10th wealthiest person in the United States by Forbes as of March 2012. As of August 2012, Christy Walton and family had an estimated net worth of $29.9 billion, the source of which comes from her Walmart shares and First Solar, which was invested by John before he died. Christy Walton is now living in Jackson, Wyoming with one son Lukas.
Helen Walton, Age 87 Source of Income: Walmart/ Net Worth: $18.5 Billion
The wife of Wal-Mart founder, Sam’s Club, Sam Walton, is Helen Robson Kemper Walton born December 3, 1919, she was once the 11th American richest woman in the world. Sam and Helen Walton had four children, namely, Samuel Robson “Rob” (born in 1944), John Thomas (born in 1946-died 2005), James Carr “Jim” (born in 1948) and Alice Louise (born in 1949). When Sam Walton died in 1992,Sam Walton left his Wal-Mart ownership to Helen and their four children. Rob Walton chairs the Wal-Mart board of directors after his brother John’s death who held the position. The other siblings are not directly involved in the company except through their shareholder’s voting power. Helen Walton died of heart failure on April 19, 2007, was survived by her brother Frank Robson and three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. At the time of Helen Walton’s death, she had an estimated net worth of $16.4 billion. The late Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club founder, Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton, is an American entrepreneur and businessman, born March 29, 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, died of a type of blood cancer or known as multiple myeloma on April 5, 1992 in Little Rock, Arkansas. was an American businessman and entrepreneur.
Robson Walton, Age 68, Walmart Chairman (Eldest)
The eldest son of Sam and Helen Walton, founder of retailer Wal-Mart, Samuel Robson “Rob” Walton (born October 28, 1944). Rob Walton,as of 2012 is te current chairman of the worldwide company. Rob Walton was listed as the 11th richest person in the world as of October 2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Rob Walton left Tulsa to join Wal-Mart in 1978 as a senior vice president and was appointed Vice chairman in 1982, tehn on April 7, 1992, Rob was named Wal-Mart’s chairman of the board of the directors, two days after his father’s death, and still maintains that title. In 1978, during the time Rob Walton left Tulsa, he was divorced from his first wife whom he had three children. Rob Walton remarried Carolyn Funk, but filed divorce in 2000.
Jim Walton, Age 64 (youngest) Source of Income: Walmart/ Net worth: $18.8 Billion
The youngest son of Sam and Helen Walton is James Carr Walton born June 7, 1948, Chairman of Arvest Bank. As of October 2012, The Bloomberg Billionaires Index named Jim Walton as 10th richest man in the world as of October 2012 with net worth estimated US$ 28.1 billion. Previously, Walton was listed by Forbes as the 9th-richest person in the world in 2012. Jim Walton is married to Lynne McNabb Walton and has four children, including Alice Anne Walton and Thomas Layton Walton. Jim Walton and his family is currently living in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Alice Walton, Age 63, Source of Income: Walmart/ Net Worth: $18.5 Billion
The youngest in the family and an American heiress to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949). Alice is the youngest daughter of Sam and Helen Walton, sister of S. Rob Walton and Jim Walton. In March 2012, Alice Walton’s estimated net worth was US$26.3 billion, making her the second-richest American woman and the tenth-richest American. Alice Walton has been involved in at least three car accidents, one, when she lost control of a rented Jeep and plunged into a ravine breaking her leg in 1983 during a family Thanksgiving reunion near Acapulco, Mexico, and she underwent several surgeries and is said to suffered pain from her injuries. Alice accidentally struck and killed 50-year-old Oleta Hardin, in April 1989, who had stepped into a road, and no filed charges against her. And the third accident were she was involved was in 1998 incident, while driving under the influence, Alice is reported to have hit a gas meter, where she was fined and paid $925 penalty and no jail time served. On her 62nd birthday, on October 7, 2011, Alice was again arrested in Weatherford, Texas, for driving while intoxicated after a dinner in Fort Worth with friends. The lawyer of Alice Walton’s released a statement acknowledged expressing regret about the incident. During her early 20s, Alice Walton has been married but the marriage was brief and led to divorced. The American museum of art in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas known as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art founded by Alice Walton designed by Moshe Safdie, which was opened officially for public with free admission on November 11,2011.
12) Eike Batista. Age 56 (Source of Income: EBX Group/ Net Worth: $30.0 Billion)
The Brazilian business magnate Eike Fuhrken Batista, born November 3, 1956, who became successful and wealthy in mining and oil and gas exploration. Batista is the current chairman of Brazilian corporation extended assets EBX Group, that includes five companies that trade on the BOVESPA´s Novo Mercado, a special segment of the stock market of São Paulo with the highest standards of corporate governance enterprises are listed. Batista assets had a net worth of $30.0 billion, named him as the 7th wealthiest person in the world and the richest in Brazil in 2012. Batista’s wealth had declined by some by two-thirds to $12.4 billion in the late 2012. In 1991, Batista married Luma de Oliveira, a model, and had two sons, Olin and Thor, and divorced her in 2004. Batista loves sports, and enjoys running, swimming and practices marine sports. In 2011, Batista was listed as the 8th wealthiest person in the world by Forbes magazine in 2011, and the richest in South America with net worth at US$30 billion.
13) Bernard Arnault, Age 64 (Source of Income: LVMH Moet Hennessy* Louis Vuitton/ Net Worth: $29.0 Billion)
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault, KBE, is a French business magnate and art collector, born March 5, 1949. Arnault’s net worth of $41 billion according to Forbes is uncertain in 2012, and named as the fourth richest person in the world, but in January 2013 list of Billionaires Index Arnault was the 18th wealthiest person in the world with net worth of $24.1 billion. Bernard Arnault has been married twice, and is the father of five children. Delphine Arnault, daughter of Director for LVMH Arnault, is actively involved in the management of the luxury group, while his son, Antoine Arnault, is Louis Vuitton‘s Head of Communications. Hélène Mercier, Arnault’s second wife, is a Canadian pianist from Quebec, and both have three sons together. Bernad Arnault’s nephew Harry Seaman is also involved in LVMH, managed the sales and he is currently researching in the U.K. Bernard Arnault became the richest man in France in 2005. and surpassed Liliane Bettencourt with net worth of $30 billion in 2006, according to the Forbes list of Billionaires. Arnault disclosed that he tried to apply for Belgian citizenship, and considered to move to Belgium after the budget of 2013 was passed in France.
14) Delphine Arnault
The daughter of Bernard Arnault, Delphine Arnault, born April 4, 1975, is also a French businesswoman with the LVMH, considered richest woman in the world. Delphine Arnault, married Alessandro Vallarino Gancia, heir to an Italian wine company, in September 24, 2005, Saturday, at the Roman Catholic Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bazas in Gironde, which was classified world heritage building by Unesco, but then divorced in 2010. Delphine is pregnant and expecting her first child in July 2012. Delphine Arnault was named one of the France’s and world’swealthiest women with a net worth exceeding €1.4 billion ($2 billion) in 2008. Then in 2010 her net worth stands at a reported €2.8 billion ($3.9 billion). Delphine Arnault became the only woman to have reached the position of director for LVMH at the age of 28. Alessandro Vallarino Gancia was 37 year-old when he married Delphine Arnault, heir to Gancia, an Italian dynasty of wines, and their, wedding became the main event in 2005 for the French upper class, with wedding dress was designed by John Galliano for Dior. Delphine has a silent personality and do not like any media attention. She appreciates and love dadaism arts, and just like her father, she love collectibles.
15) Stefan Persson, Age 65 (Source of Income: H&M/ Net Worth: $26.0 Billion)
The Swedish business magnate, named by Forbes as the wealthiest person in Sweden in 2013 is Stefan Persson (born 4 October 1947) with his net worth as of March 2013 as $28 billion. Persson is the current chairman and main shareholder in H&M fashion company, which was founded in 1947 by his father Erling Persson. In 1982, Stefan took over the company and served as its chief executive officer (CEO) until 1998. Persson had a net worth US $23.5 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index in 2012, making him the 17th richest person in the world, and in the Forbes wealthiest person in the world lists, Persson is the 8th wealthiest in the world with $26 billion net worth. Stefan Persson also owns a substantial share in Swedish technology company Hexagon, he also owns private properties in London, Paris and Stockholm, and acquired 21-cottage Linkenholt village in Hampshire, England. He loves sports and enjoy playing downhill skiing, tennis and golf. Stefan Persson is currently living with his wife, Carolyn Denise Persson with their three children in Stockholm, Sweden. His son, Karl-Johan Persson took over as President and chief executive of H&M in 2009.
16) Karl Albrecht, Age 93 (Source of Income: Aldi/ Net Worth: 25.4 Billion)
Karl Hans Albrecht is a German entrepreneur, founder of the discount chain of Aldi supermarket, (born 20 February 1920), with his brother Theo Albrecht. Karl Albrecht is listed as one of the wealthiest people in the world as of October 2012, with an estimated US$22.6 billion net worth. Karl Albrecht was considered the oldest billionaire in the Top 20 list 2012 ranking as 10th richest person in the world with net worth US$25.4 billion in 2011, thus making Karl Albrecht as the richest person in Germany, and the fourth-richest in Europe. In 1961, the first Aldi Albrecht-Discount was opened. Karl Albrecht was far from socializing and not taking part in public life for years thus little is known about his personal life. Albrecht has two children according to Forbes magazine, not either one are employed by Aldi corporation. Albrecht is currently living in Essen and Theo, his brother according to some reports. Karl Albrecht raises orchids and loves to play golf at his own golf course in the Öschberghof, which built in 1976.
17) Theo Albrecht, Age 88 (Source of Income: Aldi Nord, Trader’s Joe/ Net Worth: 18.8 Billion)
The younger brother of Karl Albrecht, Theodor Paul “Theo” Albrecht born March 28,1922, in Essen, Rhine Province, a German entrepreneur, with net worth of $16.7 billion, and ranked by Forbes as the 31st wealthiest person in the world in 2010. Theo Albrecht was the owner, CEO of the Aldi Nord discount chain of supermarkets. Theo Albrecht also owned the chain of Trader Joe’s specialty grocery in the United States. His older brother, Karl Albrecht, owns the chain of Aldi Süd discount supermarket. The original two Aldi discount chains were a single family enterprise until in 1960 there was a friendly division of assets. The Aldi Süd operates in the United States as Aldi groceries, thus the Aldi and Trader Joe’s, while owned by the brothers, have separate and distinct ownership and operations. Theo Albrecht was kidnapped for 17 days in 1971, and paid ransom for his release, of 7 million German marks or approximately, $2 million. According to media reports, the Albrecht brothers have been keeping themselves away and avoid other people, especially the journalists or media and little is known about their personal lives. Theo Albrecht last published photo was in 1971, one day after his kidnapping, and in 1987, another photo of the two Albrecht brothers together was taken by Franz Ruch, a journalist, Franz Ruch. Theo Albrecht died at age 88 on July 24, 2010 in a private funeral rites.
18) Lakshmi Mittal, Age 62 (Source of Income: Arcelor Mittal/ Net Worth: $31.1 Billion in 2011)
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is an Indian national English based steel magnate, (born 15 June 1950), and the CEO and the chairman of the world’s largest steel manufacturing company, the ArcelorMittal. Lakshmi Mittal owns 41 percent of ArcelorMittal and holds a 34 percent stake in the Queens Park Rangers F.C. football team. Mittal does not hold British citizenhip, despite of being the richest person in Britain, but ranked as the richest man of Asian descent. In 2011, Mittal was ranked by Forbes as the 6th wealthiest person in the world, but in 2012, Mittal dropped to 21st place, losing $10.4 billion in the previous year. Lakshmi Mittal has been a member of the board of directors of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, member of the board of directors of the Goldman Sachs (since 2008), executive committee on the World Steel Association and a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council. Mittal’s house residence is decorated with marble just the same marble used to build the Taj Mahal tomb located at 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, and called his house as Taj Mittal, with 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish baths and parking for 20 cars. The name “ArcelorMittal Orbit” name was a combination of his name, Mittal’s company, as chief sponsor, and with “Orbit“, the original title working for Kapoor and Balmond’s design.
19) Mukesh Ambani, Age 55 (Source of Income: Reliance Industries/ Net Worth: $27.0 Billion in 2011)
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate, CEO and chairman of the Indian corporation Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), was born on April 19,1957. The Reliance Industries Limited company is India’s most valuable company by market value, and second largest company by turnover in India and was ranked 99th in Fortune Global 500. Mukesh Ambani with 44.7 percent share in Reliance Industries Limited, has remained the largest individual shareholder. Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man, second richest man in Asia as of 2013, and listed as the 22nd wealthiest person in the world, with net worth of $21.5 billion. Mukesh Ambani is a member of the board of directors of Bank of America Corp., international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations, chairman of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, a premier business schools in the country. Ambani was named by Forbes as the richest sports owner in the world in 2012, and he is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians franchise. Mukesh is married to Nita Ambani, and has three children. The Ambani family is residing in a private 27-story building in Mumbai and called the Antilia house, with the house’ value is more than US$1 billion and claimed to be the most expensive and lavish home in history. Since the fiscal year of 2008 to 2009, Mukesh Ambani earns an unchanged annual salary of 150 million rupee (Rs 15 crore).
20) Al Waleed Bin Talal
The Saudi Arabian billionaire businessman and investor, Al Waleed Bin Talal (born 7 March 1955) , and a member of the Saudi Royal family. Prince Al Waleed Talal, is the Kingdom Holding Company founder, CEO, and 95%-owner. Prince Al Waleed Talal ranked as the most influential Arab in the world by the Arabian Business, and listed as the 26th wealthiest man in the world by Forbes in March 2013, with net worth of US $20 Billion estimated. Dalal bint Saud, a daughter of King Saud, was the first wife of Prince Talal, and both have two children, namely, Reem and Khalid. Prince Talal and Princess Saud later divorced. Prince Talal’s daughter Reem is married to Abdulaziz bin Musaid whose half-brother Faisal bin Musaid, who was King Faisal’s the assassin in 1975. Prince Talal married to Princess Ameera bint Aidan bin Nayef Al-Taweel, or known as Princess Amira al-Taweel,born November 6,1983, in the English-language term is a Saudi Arabian princess and philanthropist, member of the board of trustees at Silatech and Vice Chairperson of Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation.
21) Ingvar Kamprad, Age 86 (Source of Income: IKEA/ Net Worth: $22.0 Billion in 2009)
The Swedish business magnate, Ingvar Feodor Kamprad born March 30, 1926, is the Ikea, a retail company founder, and currently living in Epalings, Switzerland since 1976. Ingvar Kamprad, lives a simple life, drives a Volvo 240, 1993 model car, also known driving a Porsche for the past years, flies economy class only, and encourages IKEA employees always to write, using both sides of a piece of paper, according to an interview with the French-language Swiss TV broadcaster TSR. According to some people close to Kamprad, he recycles tea bags and is known to keep the packet of sugar or salt inside his pocket, at restaurants. IngvarKamprad’s social philosophy in his “Testament of a Furniture Dealer”, he was quoted, “It is not only for cost reasons that we avoid the luxury hotels, we don’t need expensive and lavish cars, impressive titles, uniforms or other status symbols. We rely on our strength and our will!” In a high quality large country estate in Switzerland, Kamprad owns a villa, and a vineyard in Provence, France. Earlier Kamprd’s career, a manufacturer of furniture, in Poland, he was an alcoholic, and said that in 2004 he quit drinking. Margaretha Kamprad-Stennert, Kamprad’s second wife died from an undisclosed disease in 2011. Ingvar Kamprad is one of the richest people in the world according to Veckan’s Affarer, a Swedish business weekly, this report is based on the assumption that Kamprad owns the entire company, but IKEA and the Kamprad family declined. Kamprad holds little of the company’s ownership, having his interest transferred to Stichting INGKA Foundation and the INGKA Holdings, as part of a sheltering complex tax scheme that leaves his actual degree of control indefinite ideas. According to Forbes magazine, Ingvar Kamprad was the fourth wealthiest person in the world, as of March 2007, with a net worth of US$33 billion as estimated; and listed as the 5th richest person in the world according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index as of October 2012, with a net worth of US $42.6 billion.
22) Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov, Age 46 (Source of Income: SCM Holdings/ Net Worth: $31,1 Billion in 2008)
The Ukranian businessman, Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov, born on 21 September 1966, and Ukranian oligarchs (are a group of business oligarch (a term used in Armenia to describe a class of super-rich men who appeared after Armenia’s independence from the USSR) that quickly appeared on the Ukraine economic and political scene, after its independence in 1991). Rinat Akhmetov is the System Capital Management (SCM) founder and President, owner and President of the Shakhtar Donetsk football club, and is ranked one of the nation’s wealthiest men. Akhmetov was listed as the 47th richest man in the world with a net worth of US 15.4 billion as of March 2013. Akhmetov has been involved in organized crime according to some claims. Akhmetov was a member of the Ukranian Verkhovna Rada parliament for the Party of Regions in 2006 to 2012. Rinat Akhmetov married to Liliya Smirnova (born 1965) and together has two sons, Damir (born 1988) and Almir (born 1997). The Le Figaro, the French daily newspaper issued a retraction of false allegations, published on January 18, 2010 regarding Rinat Akhmetov, and claimed he was a “scandalous Ukrainian oligarch, a bandit in the past”, however, due to a lack of evidence to support their claims, and issued an apology. Akhmetov’s legal representatives issued a press release in response to accusations in the media in 2013, , which cited politicians and journalists, that implicated Akhmetov in the 1996 murder of Yevhen Shcerban Donetsk-based Ukrainian oligarch. The official statement stated that involvement of Akhmetov have not found any proof suggesting he was involved in Scherban’s or other businessmen killings, and these businessmen murdered in the 1990s were actually closed friends of Akhmetov.
23) Oleg Deripaska, Age 45 (Source of Income: Rusal/ Net Worth:$28.0 in 2008)
Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska is the Russian Supervisory Board Chairman of Basic Element company, born 2 January 1968, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Company RUSAL, the largest aluminium company in the world and a President of Enplus Group. Oleg Deripaska’s net worth was US$ 8.8 billion, according to Forbes Russia in 2012, but the reported net worth according to Forbes International was US$ 16.8 billion. Deripaska is married to Polina Yumasheva, daughter of Russian journalist and politician, Valentin Yumashev, member of the Boris Yeltsin’s inner circle. Oleg and Polina Deripaska have two children.
24) Chris Cline, Age 55
Christopher “Chris” Cline is an American mining entrepreneur and philanthropist, (born July 5, 1958). As of March 2013, Chris Cline is the private held Foresight Reserves LP majority owner, headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, and was named New King Coal by Bloomberg and is considered responsible for reviving the Illinois coal industry. Cline’s company has coal reserves across Illinois and Northern Appalachia, of more than three billion tons of coal. Chris Cline has a net worth of $1.7 billion, ranking 278th among American billionaires according to Forbes and number 736 in the lists of Forbes. Cline’s first wife, Sabrina, died of breast cancer in 1987, and remarried Kelly, his second wife in 1993, but in 2000, the relationship ended in divorce. Chris Cline, who has two sons and two daughters, owns a mansion in Palm Beach, Florida and a a50 acre property home in his town in Beckley, West Virginia, with a lake, a go-kart track and farmland to pastures for his horses, goats and llamas. The former Mrs. Tiger Woods (Elin Nordegren), 33, a former Swedish model, is reportedly dating billionaire coal magnate Chris Cline, a neighbor in her upscale North Palm Beach, Florida, community called Seminole Landing. Nordegren was introduced to Chris Cline by a local friend because according to intimate friend, “Cline and Nordegren seem to have a lot in common,” a source told People, but but noted that they were been dating casually and non-exclusively since the holidays. “They both rich and famous celebrity have children, and like to keep their personal lives quiet, both believe in philanthropy, and enjoys the outdoor leisure activity.”
25) Michael Dell, Age 48, Source of Income: Dell / Net Worth: $19.1 Billion
Michael Saul Dell is an American business magnate, philanthropist and author, born February 23, 1965, CEO and founder of Dell Inc., one of the world’s leading (PCs) personal computers sellers. Michael Dell was ranked in the Forbes Billionaires List as the 41st richest person in the world as of March 2012, with a net worth of US$15.9 billion. In February 2012, Forbes Dell’s net worth was estimated by Forbes a net worth at $15.9 billion. On October 28, 2989, Michael Dell married Susan Lynn Leiberman in Austin, Texas, where the couple and their four children are residing.