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Richest person in 50 countries around the world

  • Richest person in 50 countries around the world

    While there is no specific equation to becoming a billionaire, these money moguls share a few common characteristics: They are dreamers who take big risks, aren’t afraid to fail, and are totally committed to success. It takes hard work and dedication to attain billionaire status—as well as a trustworthy team, strategy, and perseverance.

    To find out which billionaires in the world rank as the richest, Stacker compiled a list of the wealthiest person in 50 countries around the world using net worth estimates from Forbes as of June 8, which is updated on a daily basis. The richest person in every country was found, and the 50 richest of that group were included in this list.

    Many of the billionaires on the list were born into families with companies that have had an extensive impact on the world’s economy. A few include the diamond company De Beers, the fast-fashion retailer H&M, and the Dutch brewing company Heineken. Some have spent their whole lives preparing to one day take over the family business, while others unexpectedly took on the job with the sudden death of a family member.

    There are also a few self-made billionaires on the list. These entrepreneurs had an idea and wouldn’t rest until their vision came to fruition. It is their persistence, drive, and passion that earned them a spot on Stacker’s list as the richest person in a country.

    Curious to find out how many women billionaires made the list? Did any celebrities make the cut? Who made the list as the richest person on the planet? Hint: His business started out as an online book retailer in the 1990s. Click through to find out and see if you guessed correctly.

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  • #50. United Arab Emirates: Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair & family

    - Net worth: $3.8 billion (#619 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: diversified

    Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair, 90, and his family are key players in the Emirati economy for their contribution in business and commerce. Abdulla bin Ahmad himself founded Mashreqbank, a leading United Arab Emirates bank, as well as the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, a nonprofit philanthropic organization that serves as the Al Ghurair family legacy and is committed to providing 15,000 Arab students educational opportunities.

    [Pictured: Speaker of the House of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair in the Polish Senate, October 2008.]

  • #49. Kazakhstan: Vladimir Kim

    - Net worth: $4 billion (#590 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: mining

    Vladimir Kim, 59, serves as the CEO and owns 45% of the mining company Kazakhmys in Central Qaraghandy Province. It employs 46,000 people, and has coal mines and several power-operating stations including a hydropower and solar power station. There was a serious disruption in operations due to the massive outbreak of the coronavirus that forced the company to reduce the number of people in the mines to slow down the spread of the virus. The reduced price of oil in global markets and the coronavirus caused a major economic hit for the company with a major decrease in revenue in 2020.

    [Pictured: Kazakhmys PLC chairman Vladimir Kim speaks at the listing ceremony of Kazakhmys PLC at the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEx).]

  • #48. Poland: Michal Solowow

    - Net worth: $4 billion (#589 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: investments

    In the late 1980s, Michal Solowow, 57, founded the construction company Mitex. He sold the company in 2002 to the French invested Eiffage. While Solowow has abandoned any and all management responsibilities, he has become an active investor and holds major shares in the public Polish companies Synthos, a chemicals firm; Cersanit, a ceramics maker; Echo Investment, a real estate developer; and Barlinek, a flooring company.

    [Pictured: Cersanit rally team; Michal Solowow, Maciej Baran.]

  • #47. Eswatini: Nathan Kirsh

    - Net worth: $4.3 billion (#532 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: retail, real estate

    Nathan Kirsh, 88, is a Swazi-South African businessman who launched a corn milling company in 1958 that eventually went bankrupt and recovered his fortune with the restaurant supply company Jetro Holdings. The company consists of Jetro Cash & Carry and Restaurant Depot, and both supply wholesale goods to bodegas, small stores, and restaurants in the New York City area. He aids small-business owners with starter capital, and holds residencies in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    [Pictured: (L-R) Gerard Mosse, Linda Mirels, Frances Kirsh, and Nathan Kirsh attend the 2017 Metropolitan Opera Opening Night at The Metropolitan Opera House on Septe. 25, 2017, in New York City.]

  • #46. Peru: Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor

    - Net worth: $4.5 billion (#503 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: finance

    After his father’s death, Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, 61, assumed immediate leadership of Banco Internacional del Peru. He currently serves as the chairman and CEO of Intercorp Financial Services, a Peruvian retail and banking group; and as the managing partner of Nexus Group, a private equity firm. Both companies invest in Peruvian and Andean businesses in the retail, real estate, and education sectors.

    [Pictured: Facade of the Banco Internacional del Peru (now Interbank) in Arequipa, Peru.]

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  • #45. Algeria: Issad Rebrab & family

    - Net worth: $4.6 billion (#481 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: food

    Issad Rebrab, 76, just recently finished eight months in jail on Jan. 1, 2020, for corruption charges, but denies any wrongdoing on his part. He is the CEO and founder of Cevital, one of Algeria’s largest privately held companies, which owns a refinery that is able to produce more than two tons of sugar annually. Cevital employs 18,000 people internationally at a number of industrial companies that include a home appliance manufacturer in France, a steel mill in Italy, and a water purification company in Germany.

    [Pictured: CEO of Algerian conglomerate Cevital Issad Rebrab speaks during the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum on Nov. 27, 2017, in Abidjan, ahead of the African Union-European Union summit.]

  • #44. Portugal: Maria Fernanda Amorim & family

    - Net worth: $4.6 billion (#475 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: energy, investments

    Widow Maria Fernanda Amorim, 85, and her family inherited the wealth of her husband and business mogul Americo Amorim, and are considered the wealthiest family in Portugal. Americo Amorim valued diversification and was a self-made businessman with his cork empire Corticeira Amorim and his energy business Galp Energia. Maria Fernanda currently has an 18% stake in the energy company.

    [Pictured: Portuguese businesswoman Paula Amorim, daughter of Maria Fernanda Amorim, 2016.]

  • #43. Georgia: Bidzina Ivanishvili

    - Net worth: $4.8 billion (#457 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: investments

    Bidzina Ivanishvili, 64, pursued the metal and banking industry in Russia, then in 2003, sold his interests and moved back to his home in Georgia. In 2012 he was elected to be the prime minister of Georgia, stepping down from that role 13 months later. He has a zoo of penguins, lemurs, and a zebra, as well as an extensive collection of modern art.

  • #42. Turkey: Murat Ulker

    - Net worth: $4.8 billion (#454 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: food

    Murat Ulker, 61, is the chairman and CEO of Yildiz Holding, which produces food products such as biscuits, chocolate, cake, and nonalcoholic beverages. The company generates $12 billion in annual revenue, produces more than 320 brands, and exports to 110 countries. In 2014, Ulker spent $3.2 billion to acquire the United Kingdom’s United Biscuits.

  • #41. Norway: Odd Reitan

    - Net worth: $5.4 billion (#393 wealthiest in the world)
    - Source of wealth: retail, real estate

    Odd Reitan, 68, is the chairman and CEO of Reitangruppen, the largest grocer in Norway, and runs the company with his two sons Ole Robert and Magnus. The company employs 38,000 people and has grocery and convenience stores throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic.


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