Wednesday, 2 May 2012

60.Francois Pinault & family

Francois Pinault & family
Net Worth
$13 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 75
  • Source of Wealth: retail, self-made
  • Residence: Paris, France
  • Country of Citizenship: France
  • Education: Drop Out, High School
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
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French luxury goods mogul Francois Pinault is the majority shareholder of PPR, the fashion conglomerate that owns high-end fashion houses including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. The group also owns sports and lifestyle brands Puma and Volcom. Pinault is 100% owner of Christie's, which sold $4.9 billion of art at auction in 2011, rebounding 14% year on year. Pinault's [...] more

59.Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten
Net Worth
$13 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 49
  • Source of Wealth: BMW, pharmaceuticals
  • Residence: Bad Homburg, Germany
  • Country of Citizenship: Germany
  • Education: Master of Business Administration, International Institute for Management and Development
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
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Susanne Klatten inherited a stake in automaker BMW from late father Herbert Quandt, who rescued the company from bankruptcy decades ago. A trained economist, Klatten also controls chemical manufacturer Altana. Klatten holds stakes in wind power outfit Nordex AG; carbon and graphite producer SGL and Geohumus, which focuses on developing a water storing granulate to be used in agriculture. In 2009, [...] more

58. Mikhai Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov
Net Worth
$13.2 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 46
  • Source of Wealth: investments, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Moscow Institute of Finance
  • Marital Status: Single
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The New Jersey Nets owner handed over management of his Onexim holding to hired executives and went into politics this fall: after unsuccessfully trying to create Pravoye Delo party, he shocked the world when he jumped into Russia's 2012 presidential race against strongman Vladimir Putin. Prokhorov, who received only 8 percent of the vote in the Mar. 4 election, ran a mostly tame campaign, with two notable exceptions: rapping on television (calling himself "the Russian Eminem") and promising to free jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The 6-foot-8 bachelor and martial arts buff lost nearly $5 billion in 12 months as the value of his publicly traded gold and metal holdings fell. He plans to move the Nets, which he bought in 2009, to a new arena in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards in 2012. Prokhorov owns 45 percent of the real estate project. He is also publishing a Russian-language magazine, Snob, in the U.S. Back home, Prokhorov is spending $200 million to help make Russia's first hybrid, the Yo. [...] more

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

57.Mikhail Fridman

Mikhail Fridman

Net Worth
$13.4 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 47
  • Source of Wealth: oil, banking, telecom, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Children: 2
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His Alfa Group, which he shares with college buddies and fellow billionaires German Khan and Alexei Kuzmichev, is the biggest financial and industrial group in Russia. The partners have lately been thorns in the side of their JV partner BP. They blocked the formation of another JV between BP and Russian state company Rosneft. After that BP tried to buy out its Russian partners in TNK-BP for $32 billion, [...] more

56. Vagit Alekperov

Vagit Alekperov

Net Worth
$13.5 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 61
  • Source of Wealth: Lukoil, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 1
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Head of Lukoil, Russia's largest independent energy company, which is developing the giant West Qurna-2 oilfield in Iraq, one of the largest deposits in the world. Former Caspian Sea oil rig worker later became a deputy minister in the Soviet oil industry. In 1991 took three large ministry controlled oil fields and set up Lukoil. Alekperov remains its largest shareholder with more then 20% stake; ExxonMobil [...] more

55. Joseph Safra

Joseph Safra

Net Worth
$13.8 B As of March 2012
 
At a Glance
  • Age: 73
  • Source of Wealth: banking, self-made
  • Residence: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Country of Citizenship: Brazil
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 4
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Joseph Safra, Brazil's wealthiest banker, is expanding his turf. His Grupo Safra announced in November it would spend roughly $1.1 billion to acquire control of Bank Sarasin, a private bank in Switzerland, from Rabobank of the Netherlands. His Banco Safra is the ninth largest bank in Brazil. Joseph Safra also paid $285 million early last year for the office portion of the 660 Madison Avenue building [...] more