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2007 Forbes Billionaire List - The Rich Get Richer...
Thursday, March 08, 2007
The rich get richer. Forbes has released its latest billionaire report. Did you know that they are reporting that there are 946 billionaires, 178 of which who are first timers to the exclusive club. That is a crazy statistic. Of the world's population of 6,581,077,053 there are only 946 billionaires - that really is a pretty exclusive group.

So who topped the list? Well Mr. Gates (although I still think that the Sultan of Brunei is worth more than 54 billion). Here's a peek at the top 20 Billionaires in the world:
  1. William Gates III
  2. Warren Buffet
  3. Carlos Slim Helu
  4. Ingvar Kamprad
  5. Lakshmi Mittal
  6. Sheldon Adelson
  7. Bernard Arnault
  8. Amancio Ortega
  9. Li Ka-shing
  10. David Thomson
  11. Larry Ellison
  12. Liliane Bettencourt
  13. Prince Alwaleed
  14. Mukesh Ambani
  15. Karl Albrecht
  16. Roman Abramovich
  17. Stefan Persson
  18. Anil Ambani
  19. Paul Allen
  20. Theo Albrecht
The youngest billionaire is German Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis, who is just 23. Estimated worth is 2 billion.

The Google Guys (Larry & Sergey) with a combined age of 67 are worth an estimated 16.6 billion.

The oldest billionaire is John Simplot at 98 years of age. I bet you didn't know that this guy was a high school drop out. (makes me wonder why I spent all of that money on my education...heh heh).

There were a number of Canadian billionaires on the list including:

(featuring: Rank/ Name / Age/ Net Worth - in billions/Residence)
10 David Thomson & family Canada 49 22.0 Canada
93 Galen Weston & family Canada 66 7.9 Canada
129 James, Arthur & John Irving Canada NA 5.8 Canada
165 Edward Rogers Canada 73 4.9 Canada
188 Bernard (Barry) Sherman Canada 65 4.4 Canada
204 Jeffrey Skoll Canada 42 4.2 United States
214 Paul Desmarais Canada 80 4.0 Canada
230 Jim Pattison Canada 78 3.8 Canada
314 Robert Miller Canada 61 2.9 Canada
349 Wallace McCain Canada 77 2.6 Canada
390 Charles Bronfman Canada 75 2.4 Canada
538 Stephen Jarislowsky Canada 81 1.9 Canada
538 Daryl Katz Canada 45 1.9 Canada
557 Emanuele (Lino) Saputo Canada 70 1.8 Canada
557 Alexander Shnaider Canada 38 1.8 Canada
583 Mike Lazaridis Canada 46 1.7 Canada
618 Michael Lee-Chin Canada 56 1.6 Canada
618 James Balsillie Canada 46 1.6 Canada
618 Jean Coutu Canada 79 1.6 Canada
664 Guy Laliberte Canada 47 1.5 Canada
717 Clayton Riddell Canada 69 1.4 Canada
717 David Cheriton Canada 55 1.4 United States
754 N Murray Edwards Canada 47 1.3 Canada

There are a lot of interesting names on the list. Carlos Slim Helu (# 3 on the list) for example from Mexico was the largest gainer, increasing his worth by 19 billion over the past year thanks to the performance of his wireless telephone company, America Movil.

It's interesting to see that the wealth appears to be changing hands in Europe. The Forbes report goes on to mention that "In Europe, Russia's mostly young, self-made tycoons are catching up to Germany's often-aging heirs and heiresses. Russia now has 53 billionaires (2 shy of Germany's total), but they are worth $282 billion ($37 billion more than Germany's richest). After a 20-year reign, Japan is no longer Asia's top spot for billionaires: India has 36, worth a total of $191 billion..."

Visit the complete list of billionaires from Forbes.com.


posted by Jody @ Thursday, March 08, 2007  
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