There are approximately 2,043 billionaires worldwide, with a lot of countries having at least one billionaire.
China is home to the most billionaires in the world at 647 people, and the surprising thing is many of these people have amassed their fortunes in a relatively short amount of time.
The U.S. is second on the list with 550 billionaires, and way behind in the low hundreds is Germanyand India, followed by Russia at 96. There are also many countries that have no billionaires, but they obviously have a richest person.
We’ll start with Belgium, and the accolade goes to Albert Baron Frère, a 92-year-old businessman that started off in the steel business and later invested in a whole host of industries. His worth is currently $6.3 billion.
Over in France, the richest person is Bernard Arnault. The 68-year old’s accumulated wealth at a staggering $73.3 billion. He made his money in luxury goods, which seems like a very frenchy way to get rich.
Next up, South Africa, and the award goes to 72-year old Nicholas F. Oppenheimer. He made most of his money in precious stones, as the former Chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and also the Diamond Trading Company. According to Forbes, he is worth $7.7 billion.
He’s not the richest person on the continent of Africa, though. That title goes to Nigerian Aliko Dangote, a cement and commodities king worth $12.2 billion.
Over to Asia and Pakistan. This isn’t an easy one and many sources give very different answers. This might be because big business in the country is often shared by entire families. Is it Malik Riaz, with a net worth of $2 billion, or is it Shahid Khan, who owns an American football and a British soccer team. He’s actually now an American citizen, though, but said to be the richest person of Pakistani origin and now worth around $8.7 billion.
Hopefully Finland will be less confusing.It seems the accolade goes to Antti Herlin, a 61-year old who made a lot of his $4.6 billion in elevators and escalators, but also maintenance and manufacturing.
Now, the United Arab Emirates and the richest man there is Majid Al Futtaim and is said to be the richest person in the Middle East with a net worth of $10.9 billion. But, that source was probably wrong as it seems Saudi Arabia’s Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud has a worth of $25.5 billion. Mr. Majid made his cash with the Majid Al Futtaim Group, which builds some really impressive malls around the world.
Far away in Denmark, the richest person is 70-year old Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a person who holds a place in all of our hearts because he is part of the family that created Lego. He’s said to be worth $23.6 billion now, thanks to those little colourful plastic bricks.
Across the world in New Zealand the richest geezer we could find is Graeme Richard Hart, a man who is a whizz at buying companies in trouble and making them very profitable. The 62-year old left school at 16 and became a panel beater.He’s now worth around 9.5 billion dollars.
Growing rich is easy!! Staying rich is difficult!! So, get inspired by the above rich people and try staying rich and making others rich!!