With hundreds of billionaires in the world, having 10-figures doesn’t mean what it used to.But there is something impressive about being the richest person in a country.
The following list based on data from Forbes presents the top dollar man or woman in countries around the world.
Net worth: $2.0 billion
Background: The orphan businessman, Don Gregario was adopted by a socialite and married an heiress. He built his fortune as head of Petrolera Perez Companc, in which he sold a majority stake to Petrobras for $1 billion in 2002.
The ultra-conservative Catholic is known to be an avid car collector, who owns a Bugatti and a Ferrari F50.
Net worth: $4.1 billion
Background: Andrew Forrest is an entrepreneur at heart. Before he finally hit it big with his iron ore company, Fortescue Metals Group, dabbled in everything from Cuban-style nickel mining to underground desert oceans.
Forrest also happens to be a generous billionaire. He's donated millions of dollars to Aborigines organisations to fight poverty and alcoholism. He has said he would rather give away his billions than die rich.
Networth: $7 billion
Background: Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken took over Heineken when her father, Henry Heineken, passed away leaving her his fortune. Carvalho-Heineken lives her life out of the spotlight. Unlike her father, who was known to show off his wealth, she lives an anonymous life with her husband and five kids.
Networth: $7.2 billion
Background: Lee Kun-Hee is the chairman of Samsung. In 2008, he stepped down as chairman due to charges of tax evasion and breach of trust. But after being pardoned at the end of 2009, he resumed his position in March of 2010.
Networth: $10 billion
Background: Ernesto Bertarelli inherited his father's company, Serono, SA in 1996 which his family sold in 2007. Today he is involved with Kedge Capital and Ares Life Sciences. Ernesto also founded a yachting team in 2000 and they won the America's Cup in 2003. Ernesto serves as navigator of the team.
Networth: $11 billion
Background: Iris Fontbona and her family control one of the world's largest copper mining businesses, Antofagasta. Fontbona was once married to billionaire Andronico Luksic who died in 2005.
Networth: $14.5 billion
Background: Robert Kouk's father was a trader, and very successful. When he died, he left his fortune for his three sons. Robert and one brother used the money to start a business buying and selling rice and sugar. As the brothers earned more money they invested in real estate and today their business is known as Kerry Properties. Robert Kouk is known as a soft-spoken and polite man.
Networth: $15.8 billion
Background: Vladimir Lisin went from rags to riches. Lisin began his career as a mechanic, then a steelworker. He later joined Trans-World Group, traders who had control of the steel and aluminium industry in Russia. After Trans-World Group split up, Lisin received a 13% share, and then a controlling share.
Networth: $17 billion
Background: Michele Ferrero owns European chocolate company Ferrero. Ferrero created Tic-Tacs, Kinder Eggs, Nutella, and of course Ferrero Rocher. Unlike most Italian billionaires, Ferrero prefers to live life out of the spotlight and simply has a passion for creating great chocolate.
Networth: $25 billion
Background: Amancio Ortega began his career as a manager at a clothing shop. After noticing only the wealthiest customers could afford the expensive clothing, he decided to make a line of his own. Over time, his business grew and profited and today he owns Zara, a clothing store known for having the trends at low prices.
Networth: $27.5 billion
Background: Bernard Arnault's fashion fortune began in 1984 when he bought bankrupt company, Boussac Saint-Frères, which owned luxury brand House of Dior. He soon bought LVHM which owns Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tag Heuer, Donna Karan, Fendi, and Moët & Chandon.
Now, he obsesses over every detail of every collection released by the designers, his wife told the WSJ.
Networth: $29 billion
Background: Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, takes pride in his Indian roots. Money has not westernized him as he still prefers white shirts and black pants to American suites and only has taste buds for Indian food.
Ambani and his brother took control of his father's self-made business when he died six years ago.
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