Forbes Magazine late on Wednesday named ( son of Lebanese immigrant ) Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu as the world’s richest man in its annual ranking, dethroning Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Slim’s wealth was estimated at $53.5 billion by Forbes, compared with Gates’ $53 billion. Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett came in third with $47 billion.
Other billionaires in the Arab World :
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud of Saudi Arabia came in 19th with 19.4 billion
Mohammed Al Amoudi of Saudi Arabia 65 came in 64th with $10.0 billion
Nasser Al-Kharafi & family of Kuwait came in 77th with $ 8.7 billion
Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber of Saudi Arabia came in 93rd with $7.5 billion
Sulaiman Al Rajhi of Saudi Arabia came in 109th with $ 6.5 billion
Nassef Sawiris of Egypt came in 127th with $5.9 billion
Saleh Al Rajhi of Saudi Arabia came in 129th with $5.8 billion
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair & family of UAE came in 258th with $ 3.5 billion
Onsi Sawiris of Egypt came in 307th with $3.1 billion
Bahaa Hariri of Lebanon came in 316th with $3.0 billion
Saleh Kamel of Saudi Arabia came in 367th with $ 2.6 billion
Najib Mikati of Lebanon came in 374th with $ 2.5 billion
Taha Mikati of Lebanon came in 374th with $ 2.5 billion
Naguib Sawiris of Egypt came in 374th with $ 2.5 billion
Mohammed Al Issa of Saudi Arabia came in 400th with $2.4 billion
Saif Al Ghurair & family of UAE came in 421st with $2.3 billion
Abdullah Al Rajhi of Saudi Arabia came in 421st with $2.3 billion
Majid Al Futtaim of UAE came in 463rd with $2.1 billion
Saad Hariri of Lebanon came in 536th $ 1.9 billion
It is interesting to note that Lebanon’s public debt at the end of 2009 had reached $51 billion and yet Carlos Slim Helu is worth $53.5 billion.
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