The richest people in 13 countries around the world

Tadashi YanaiHenry S. Dziekan / Getty ImagesTadashi Yanai (L), who owns Uniqlo, is the richest person of his country.

As the march of globalisation continues, the number of very rich people all over the world is increasing.

While the United States still dominates the top 50 rich list — created by Forbes — “outlier” billionaires in nations like Spain, Mexico, and France are competing in the money stakes.

Many of the billionaires on this list are self-made, while others inherited their fortunes but had the business acumen to greatly increase it.

Almost every industry makes an appearance here, be it fashion, energy, supermarkets, investing, or chocolate spread.

Keep scrolling to see the richest people in 13 different countries around the world.

Denmark -- Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, $13.1 billion (£9.85 billion). We start with the former President and CEO of the company behind everyone's favourite childhood toy: Lego. As a boy, Kristiansen worked with his grandfather Ole Kirk Christiansen to test the tiny bricks -- and the rest is history.

Kirkbi, Lego

Austria -- Dietrich Mateschitz, $13.2 billion (£9.9 billion). The co-creator of the Red Bull energy drink, Mateschitz has used his vast fortune to create his own Formula One racing team, and he even owns a hangar where he keeps his collection of planes.

UK -- Hinduja Family, $14.5 billion (£10.9 billion). The people behind the Hinduja Group, a global conglomerate headquartered in London, are Britain's richest citizens. With annual company revenues of over $20 billion perhaps that is not surprising.

Japan -- Tadashi Yanai, $14.6 billion (£11 billion). Yanai owns Fast Retailing, which means he also owns the Uniqlo clothing brand, which is ubiquitous on high streets around the world. He recently said 'I might look successful but I've made many mistakes. People take their failures too seriously.'

Saudi Arabia -- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, $17.3 billion (£13 billion). The founder, CEO and majority shareholder of the Kingdom Holding Company, Bin Talal Alsaud also has major interests in Citigroup and 20th Century Fox.

India -- Mukesh Ambani, $19.3 billion (£14.5 billion). An oil and gas man, Ambani has a 48% stake in Reliance Industries, India's second most valuable company. He lives in a private (and controversial) 27 storey building that towers above the slums of Mumbai.

Sweden -- Stefan Persson, $20.8 billion (£15.6 billion). Persson (on the left) took over from his father as Chairman of fashion brand H&M in 1982, and the company has gone from strength to strength since.

Italy -- Maria Franca Fissolo, $22.1 billion (£16.6 billion). It's hard to believe a chocolate spread could be worth so much money, but it has made Maria Franca Fissolo -- the widow of Nutella creator Michele Ferrero -- Italy's richest person.

Germany -- Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr, $25.9 billion (£19.5 billion). It may seem like the Aldi supermarket chain has come out of nowhere, but it has actually existed since Karl and Theo Albrecht, founded in 1946. It has left his children, who still run the chain, vastly rich.

Hong Kong -- Li Ka-shing, $27.1 billion (£20.4 billion). Asia's second richest person, Ka-shing owns CK Hutchison Holdings, which specialises in shipping, developments, and health and beauty retail. Despite his wealth, Ka-shing maintains a humble lifestyle and is a great philanthropist.

Brazil/Switzerland -- Jorge Paulo Lemann, $27.8 billion (£21 billion). Lemann was born in Rio de Janeiro but spends much of his time in Switzerland, and is the richest man in both nations. He is a brilliant investor and founded the Banco Garantia, which Forbes called 'the Brazilian Goldman Sachs.'

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France -- Liliane Bettencourt, $36.1 billion (£27 billion). The richest woman in the world, Bettencourt inherited the L'Oreal empire in 1957. Despite the socialite status of her past, she generally shuns interviews now, although she is still active in charity with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.

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Spain -- Amancio Ortega, $67 billion (£50 billion). Fashion retail is big business, especially if you own the company behind Zara. Ortega, who lives in Galicia, is intensely private, and for a long time few photos of him existed. It was only when his company went public in 2001 that he made more appearances, but interviews with the man are still impossible.

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