Saturday, 28 April 2012

54.John Mars

John Mars

Net Worth
$13.8 B As of March 2012
John Mars
At a Glance
  • Age: 75
  • Source of Wealth: candy
  • Residence: Jackson, WY
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Diploma, The Hotchkiss School; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Yale University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
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Profile
John Mars and his siblings, Forrest Jr. and Jacqueline, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world's largest candy company thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley's in 2008. The candy maker's most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M's, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family's favorite horse. John's grandfather, Frank Mars, began making [...] more

52.Forrest Mars Jr

Forrest Mars Jr
Net Worth
$13.8 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 80
  • Source of Wealth: candy
  • Residence: Big Horn, WY
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Master of Business Administration, New York University; Diploma, The Hotchkiss School; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Yale University
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 7
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Forrest Mars Jr. and his siblings, John and Jacqueline, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world's largest candy company thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley's in 2008. The candy maker's most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M's, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family's favorite horse. Forrest's grandfather, Frank Mars, began [...] more

53.Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars
Net Worth
$13.8 B As of March 2012

Jacqueline Mars  
At a Glance
  • Age: 72
  • Source of Wealth: candy
  • Residence: The Plains, VA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Bryn Mawr College
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 3
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Profile:
Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world's largest candy company thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley's in 2008. The candy maker's most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M's, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family's favorite horse. Jacqueline's grandfather, Frank Mars, [...] more

51.Birgit Rausing & family

Birgit Rausing & family
Net Worth
$14 B As of March 2012 
Birgit Rausing & family
At a Glance
  • Age: 88
  • Source of Wealth: packaging
  • Residence: Vaud, Switzerland
  • Country of Citizenship: Sweden
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Profile:
She and her 3 children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval after her husband's death in 2000. The $12 billion (sales) company's breakthrough aseptic ­packaging technology makes it possible to store beverages like milk and orange juice without refrigeration; some criticize the ­innovation for being difficult to recycle. All of her children sit on Tetra Laval's board; son Jörn is head of mergers and acquisitions. Son Finn is chairman of the board of the Swedish R.R. Institute of Applied Economics. Daughter Kirsten is a horse breeder in the U.K. The family keeps a low profile, which may have something to do with the 1989 attempted kidnapping of Jörn. [...] more

Thursday, 26 April 2012

50.Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn
Net Worth
$14 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 76
  • Source of Wealth: leveraged buyouts, self-made
  • Residence: New York, NY
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Drop Out, New York University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Princeton University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Carl Icahn has been shaking up markets for more than 30 years, but 2011 was a notable year even by his outsized standards--he made $2 billion in trading profits, racking him #3 among America's top traders. Now 76, he returned his hedge fund's outside money last March and decided to focus on investing his own funds as well as money belonging to his employees. His fund was up 35% in 2011 thanks to successful [...] more

49.German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family
Net Worth
$14.2 B As of March 2012
 German Larrea Mota Velasco & family
At a Glance
  • Age: 58
  • Source of Wealth: mining
  • Residence: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Country of Citizenship: Mexico
  • Marital Status: Married
Forbes Lists
Profile:
German Larrea still reigns as Mexico's media-shy copper king. Mexico's largest copper producer, Grupo Mexico, had another stellar year, revenue-wise. But with stock prices slightly down, Larrea and his family, who control 51% of the mining conglomerate--saw their fortune drop by $1.8 billion. Grupo Mexico is currently fighting a Delaware court decision that it overvalued shares of its copper subsidiary [...] more

48.Paul Allen

Paul Allen
Net Worth
$14.2 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 59
  • Source of Wealth: Microsoft, investments, self-made
  • Residence: Mercer Island, WA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Drop Out, Washington State University
  • Marital Status: Single
Forbes Lists
Profile:
The Microsoft co-founder and sports buff Paul Allen was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy last year, endowing his family foundation with another $295 million. Since the foundation began in 1990, it has awarded $438 million, with 60% of funds going to organizations in Washington state. Allen's wealth is up thanks to rising Microsoft share price. His bet on redeveloping a downtrodden 60-acre parcel in Seattle's South Lake Union district continues to look smart as more condos go up and companies (Amazon) move in. Allen, a cancer survivor and autobiographer, gave another $70 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which makes public a detailed "atlas" of genes that control the human brain. His science obsessions are taking him high and low: Allen teamed up again with aviation engineer Burt Rutan (they collaborated on SpaceShipOne) to build the largest aircraft ever built, capable of launching space-bound vehicles from the air. Test flights are planned for 2015. Allen also lent his personal deep-sea remote-operated vehicle to a survey of Coelecanth populations off the Comoros islands. He paid $25 million in September 2011 for another Manhattan apartment. [...] more

47.Phil Knight

Phil Knight
Net Worth
$14.4 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 74
  • Source of Wealth: Nike, self-made
  • Residence: Hillsboro, OR
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Master of Business Administration, Stanford University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Oregon
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Phil Knight has swooshed into the top 20 richest Americans billionaires for the first time in 15 years as his sports apparel empire continues to outperform. While the rest of the sports world was ignoring Jeremy Lin, Nike struck a 3-year contract with the underrated phenom in 2010?2 years before Linsanity struck the nation. In February, as the 23-year-old turned around the New York Knicks' losing streak, [...] more

46.Vladimir Potanin

Vladimir Potanin
Net Worth
$14.5 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 51
  • Source of Wealth: metals, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Moscow Institute of International Relations
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
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Profile:
Potanin is trying to regain full control of Norilsk Nickel, the metals giant he ran together with Mikhail Prokhorov for 16 years. Prokhorov's stake is now owned by Oleg Deripaska, who bought it in 2008, when the ­partnership fell apart. Potanin also controls Russia's largest media group, ProfMedia, owner of magazines, radio stations, movie theaters; it also broadcasts Russian versions of MTV and VH1. [...] more

45.Alexei Mordashov

Alexei Mordashov
Net Worth
$15.3 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 46
  • Source of Wealth: steel, investments, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Leningrad Institute of Ec; Master of Business Administration, University of Northumbria
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 5
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Boss of steelmaker Severstal sold 3 lossmaking U.S. steel plants to fellow billionaire Ira Rennert's Renco Group for $1.2 billion in May 2011, half of what he paid for them in 2008. He held on to 2 plants in Columbus, Miss. and Dearborn, Mich. Severstal secured a $730 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to refurbish and expand the Dearborn operations. The loan drew sharp criticism from Republicans. He increased his stake in equipment maker Power Machines, buying a 25% stake from Siemens last year. He now plans to spin off Severstal's gold-mining assets, combining them into his Nord Gold, which is set to go public on the LSE. Son of mill worker parents he became finance director of a steel mill. When the plant's elderly general director instructed him to buy up company shares so it would not fall into the hands of an outsider, Mordashov bought most of them himself. [...] more

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

44.Steve Ballmer


Steve Ballmer


Net Worth
$15.7 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 56
  • Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made
  • Residence: Hunts Point, WA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Drop Out, Stanford University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Microsoft shares are higher than they've been in ten years as Chief Executive Steve Ballmer continues to wage battles with Google and Apple in the post-PC era, while trying to preserve the wildly profitable Windows empire. The company's new product blitz continues with well-received mobile software, the Kinect mobile control system for Xbox and cloud-computing services. Microsoft's $240 million investment in Facebook in 2007 is now worth about $1 billion. Ballmer, who's been CEO since 2000, has been hinting at an eventual exit, selling 18% of his shares in November 2010 and making his last keynote appearance at the giant CES trade show in January 2012. A Detroit native, he dropped out of a Stanford M.B.A. program to join Harvard classmate Bill Gates in 1980 as employee number 30 at Microsoft. Ballmer keeps his philanthropy quiet. He entertains partners and executives in a private room at an undisclosed restaurant in Seattle. Otherwise he works, goes to the gym and hangs out with his family. [...] more

Sunday, 22 April 2012

43.Azim Premji

Azim Premji

Net Worth
$15.9 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Chairman, Wipro Limited
  • Age: 66
  • Source of Wealth: software
  • Residence: Bangalore, India
  • Country of Citizenship: India
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Stanford University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2
Forbes Lists
Profile:
In a bid to rev up growth, Azim Premji shuffled the top ranks at his $7 billion (sales) outsourcer Wipro last year, replacing its co-chief executives with another Wipro insider. Donated $2 billion in 2010, some of which was used to fund the Azim Premji University, which opened in 2011. Company is mulling appointing first women director on its board. His Harvard-educated son Rishad is Wipro's chief [...] more

42.Vladimir Lisin

Vladimir Lisin

Net Worth
$15.9 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 55
  • Source of Wealth: steel, transport, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Doctorate, Russian Academy of Economics; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Siberian Metallurgical Institute
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Profile:
The former steelworker lost $8.1 billion in the past year as lower steel prices and reduced demand cut the share price of his Novolipetsk Steel by 45%. He also closed money-losing newspaper Gazeta. Meanwhile he is shifting his money and attention into transportation. Since 2007, he's bought shares in several ports and shipping groups. In October, he paid $4.2 billion for control of First Cargo, Russia's [...] more

41.Michael Dell

Michael Dell

Net Worth
$15.9 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 47
  • Source of Wealth: Dell, self-made
  • Residence: Austin, TX
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Drop Out, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 4
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Michael Dell , the original dorm-room entrepreneur, has seen his fortune grow $1.3 billion in the past year thanks both to Dell's stock, up 18% year on year, and the performance of his investment firm MSD Capital, which now represents the bulk of his wealth. MSD has invested in banking, property, dental practices and landscaping. The Texas mogul has come a long way since he started selling computers [...] more

40.Cheng Yu-tung

Cheng Yu-tung

Net Worth
$16 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 86
  • Source of Wealth: diversified, self-made
  • Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 4
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Longtime list member Cheng Yu-tung, he has appeared on 25 of 26 Billionaire lists, got $7 billion jolt last year, primarily due to the IPO of his clan's jewelry business, Chow Tai Fook Jewelry Group. Last year, Cheng and family of Hong Kong bought five luxury hotels, including Manhattan's Carlyle. In February the 86-year-old announced he was retiring and that his son Henry will oversee the family's [...] more

39.Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov

Net Worth
$16 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 45
  • Source of Wealth: steel, coal, self-made
  • Residence: Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Country of Citizenship: Ukraine
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Donetsk National University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Son of a coal miner, Rinat Akhmetov has been taking advantage of Ukraine's recent privatization auctions, picking up five coal and energy outfits in the past year. His DTEK already controls over 60% of coal production and energy generation in Ukraine. He owns the FC Shakhtar Donetsk soccer club, which plays in the $400 million Donbass Arena he built for them in 2009. It will host five UEFA Euro 2012 [...] more

38.Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

Net Worth
$16.5 B As of March 2012
 
Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

Click here to find out more! At a Glance
  • Age: 80
  • Source of Wealth: mining
  • Residence: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Country of Citizenship: Mexico
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 4
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Alberto Bailleres chairs Mexico's second largest mining company, Industrias Penoles, one of the world's largest silver miners. Thanks in part to higher prices for precious metals, as well as to the opening of his El Saucito silver and gold mine in Zacatecas, Bailleres's fortune is up $4.6 billion since last year on a steep rise in the share price of Industrias Penoles; his 69% stake in the company accounts for $13.4 billion of his fortune. He also chairs department store chain Grupo Palacio de Hierro, insurance company Grupo Nacional Provincial, and pension fund manager Grupo Profuturo. Plus Bailleres owns a stake in Coke bottler Femsa. He is reportedly a patron of bullfighting. [...] more

37. Ricardo Salinas Pliego & Family

Ricardo Salinas Pliego & family

Net Worth
$17.4 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 56
  • Source of Wealth: retail, media
  • Residence: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Country of Citizenship: Mexico
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey; Master of Business Administration, Tulane University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 6
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Ricardo Salinas Pliego controls Mexico's second largest broadcaster, TV Azteca. But by far the largest chunk of his fortune--$15.3 billion worth-- lies with home electronics retailer Grupo Elektra, which has a finance arm that makes loans to customers, including very low-income ones. Elektra's stock has more than doubled in the past year, pushing Salinas' fortune up by $9.2 billion; Elektra revenue [...] more

36.Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth
$17.5 B As of March 2012


At a Glance
  • Founder, Facebook
  • Age: 27
  • Source of Wealth: Facebook, self-made
  • Residence: Palo Alto, CA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Drop Out, Harvard University
  • Marital Status: In Relationship
Profile
There have been plenty of imitators: Andy Samberg, Jesse Eisenberg, Google+. But there is only one Mark Zuckerberg and one Facebook. The interest in both reached fever pitch in early February when Facebook filed paperwork to go public and analysts predicted a $100 billion valuation. Don't let the hoodie and sandals fool you: Zuckerberg has ­secured majority ­voting control of the company by getting [...] more

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Forbes rich list 2012: 33.Iris Fontbona & family

Forbes rich list 2012: 33.Iris Fontbona & family: Iris Fontbona & family Net Worth $17.8 B As of March 2012   At a Glance Age: 69 Source of We...

35. David Thomson & family

David Thomson & family
Net Worth
$17.5 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 54
  • Source of Wealth: media
  • Residence: Toronto, Canada
  • Country of Citizenship: Canada
  • Education: Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 4
Forbes Lists
Profile:
David Thomson, the camera-shy media magnate who chairs Thomson Reuters, took a step into the spotlight this year by announcing a co-ownership deal in which he helped buy the National Hockey League's Atlanta Thrashers team and relocated them to Canada, renaming them the Winnipeg Jets. David serves as co-chair of tje Thomson family's investment vehicle, Woodbridge, with his brother, Peter. Thomson's net worth fell $5.5 billion since last year due to an almost 30 percent drop year-over-year in Thomson Reuters' share price. A voracious art collector, Thomson maintains a substantial and diverse art collection, which is reported to include pieces from Pablo Picasso and the world's top collection of John Constable. [...] more

34.Michael Otto & family

Michael Otto & family
Net Worth
$17.6 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 68
  • Source of Wealth: retail, real estate
  • Residence: Hamburg, Germany
  • Country of Citizenship: Germany
  • Education: Doctorate, University of Hamburg; Doctorate, University of Munich
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Michael Otto and his four siblings share the ownership of $11.4 billion (revenues) Otto Group, which sells everything from toys to building supplies. Michael heads the group's supervisory board and moved the company into Internet sales; now it's the world's second biggest Internet retailer after Amazon.com. Michael retired as chief executive in 2007 after 26 years in that job. His father Werner Otto, [...] more

33.Iris Fontbona & family

Iris Fontbona & family
Net Worth
$17.8 B As of March 2012
Iris Fontbona & family
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 69
  • Source of Wealth: mining
  • Residence: Santiago, Chile
  • Country of Citizenship: Chile
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Iris Fontbona is the widow of Andronico Luksic, who died of cancer in 2005. Her family controls Antofagasta, one of the world's largest copper miners. The clan also holds shares in Quinenco, a consumer packaging and beverage maker, and Plava Laguna, a chain of Croatian beach resorts. Son Jean Paul serves as chairman of Antofagasta. In 2011, son Andronico received an award from the Americas Society for contributions to Harvard and Babson College. During a December 2011 telethon, the usually press-averse Fontbona publicly donated $3 million to help Chileans with disabilities. [...] more

32. Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht

Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht
Net Worth
$17.8 B As of March 2012
 
Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht
At a Glance
  • Source of Wealth: Aldi, Trader Joe's
  • Residence: , Germany
  • Country of Citizenship: Germany
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Brothers Berthold and Theo Albrecht Jr. inherited the leading German discount supermarket chain Aldi Nord when their father, Theo Albrecht Sr., died in July 2010 at age 88. After World War II, Theo Sr. and his brother Karl transformed their mother's corner grocery into Aldi, short for Albrecht Discount. The brothers split ownership of Aldi in 1961. Theo Sr. got the less profitable northern Germany [...] more

31.Georgina Rinehart

Georgina Rinehart
Net Worth
$18 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Mining Tycoon
  • Age: 58
  • Source of Wealth: Mining
  • Residence: Perth, Australia
  • Country of Citizenship: Australia
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Children: 4
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart is now the richest woman in Asia-Pacific. Her fortune has doubled to $18 billion thanks to a deal signed in January that will see South Korean steel giant Posco take a 15% stake in her yet-to-be-developed Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia. The deal valued the project at a $10 billion, boosting Rinehart's fortune dramatically. But Rinehart, who inherited her mining assets from her father, Lang Hancock, and whose second husband died in 1990, may not hold onto the fortune for long. She is fighting legal action launched by three of her four children over the operation of a family trust. Rinehart has also invested in media companies Fairfax Media and Ten Network in what is seen as the next step in her crusade against Australia's mining tax. [...] more

Sunday, 8 April 2012

30. Lee Shau Kee

Lee Shau Kee

Net Worth
$18 B As of March 2012
 
Lee Shau Kee
At a Glance
  • Age: 84
  • Source of Wealth: diversified, self-made
  • Residence: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 5
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Lee Shau Kee leads Henderson Land Development, one of Hong Kong's largest real estate developers. The property baron upped his stake in his Henderson Land Development, one of Hong Kong's largest real estate developers, by 7 percentage points last year when market was swooning. He is also expanding his energy business through a subsidiary, Hong Kong & China Gas. His Miramar Group has expanded into [...] more

29. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud


Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

Net Worth
$18 B As of March 2012
 
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud
At a Glance
  • Age: 57
  • Source of Wealth: investments, self-made
  • Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Country of Citizenship: Saudi Arabia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Menlo College; Master of Science, Syracuse University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 2
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Middle East's richest capitalist, garners most of his net worth-some $10.7 billion-from a 95% stake in his Saudi-listed investment vehicle, ­Kingdom Holding Co., whose assets include shares in Apple, Citigroup and part of the Four Seasons Hotels. The $1.6 billion drop in the Prince's net worth since March 2011 is due to lower estimates by FORBES of the value of some of [...] more

28. Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov

Net Worth
$18.1 B As of March 2012
Alisher Usmanov
At a Glance
  • Oligarch
  • Age: 58
  • Source of Wealth: steel, telecom, investments, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Moscow Institute of International Relations
  • Marital Status: Married
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Alisher Usmanov is Russia's richest citizen for the first time. The gap may widen when Facebook goes public. He has a stake in the social network, as well as in Zynga and Groupon, through DST Global, the ­investment firm he bankrolled. The vast bulk of his fortune is still held in iron ore and steel producer Metalloinvest, which got a boost in 2011 when it refinanced its debt. He also owns the biggest [...] more

27. Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

Net Worth
$18.3 B As of March 2012
Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family
At a Glance
  • Source of Wealth: real estate
  • Residence: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong
Forbes Lists
Profile:
Thomas and Raymond Kwok were named joint chairmen of Hong Kong's biggest real estate developer, SHKP, in September, replacing their mother; the value of shares have soared since then on signs of credit easing by China. They restructured the family trusts to eliminate the eldest brother Walter as a beneficiary, shifting his shares to his children. Walter, who turned down his brothers Thomas and Raymond's [...] more

26. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Net Worth
$18.4 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • CEO, Amazon
  • Age: 48
  • Source of Wealth: Amazon.com, self-made
  • Residence: Seattle, WA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Princeton University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 4
Profile:
Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos is $300 million richer year on year thanks to a slight uptick in Amazon's stock. His online retailer is the largest on the planet, and his Kindle revolutionized the publishing industry. As of 2011, he sells more e-books than the paper variety. Bezos unveiled his "iPad killer," the Kindle Fire tablet, last fall. His Amazon Prime subscription service aims to entice Netflix users. [...] more

25. Larry Page

Larry Page

Net Worth
$18.7 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Co-Founder, Google
  • Age: 39
  • Source of Wealth: Google, self-made
  • Residence: Palo Alto, CA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Master of Science, Stanford University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Michigan
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 1
Forbes Lists
 
Profile:

Since taking the reins from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt last year, Larry Page has had his share of highs and lows. His net worth took a $1.1 billion dip along with Google's stock price, which dropped 3% year on year. In February, the search engine's social networking tool Google + announced it had attracted 90 million users since its June 2011 launch. However, Page has weathered complaints from [...] more