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  • So, who's got all the cash in this world of ours?

  • According to Forbes, as of March 2020 there were a grand total of 2,095 billionaires on

  • the planet, 58 fewer billionaires than the same time one year ago.

  • The reason for that dip for the most part, is while some people got richer during the

  • economic meltdown this year, some people lost a bit of cash.

  • Reports tell us that 51 percent of billionaires are poorer than they were in 2019.

  • Let's all take a moment of silence for the world's rich billionaires, struggling to

  • make ends meet (insert moment of silence) Ok, and now back to your poor people problems.

  • Who are these ultrawealthy people?

  • Sure, you won't be surprised to hear that the majority of billionaires come from the

  • USA, but we are guessing there are a lot of ultra-rich people you've never heard of.

  • Today we're going to introduce you to a few of them.

  • Who's the richest person from your country?

  • Stay tuned to find out!

  • 50.

  • VenezuelaJuan Carlos Escotet – $3.4 billion

  • Escotet from what we can see is the only multi-billionaire in the country of Venezuela.

  • He was born in Spain and later became an immigrant in Venezuela.

  • As a kid he started out running errands at banks, but at night he studied hard and later

  • gained a degree.

  • He worked as a financial executive after his studies and later founded Banesco.

  • Since then, the money has been kind of good.

  • As you'll find out, there are plenty of rags to riches stories in the world of billionaires.

  • 49.

  • PolandMichal Solowow – $3.7 billion This man started out making money in chemicals

  • and construction, and when he had a lot of capital to play with he invested heavily in

  • the polish stock market.

  • This worked out for Solowow and with plenty of money to play around with he was able to

  • follow his childhood dream of becoming a professional rally driver.

  • 48.

  • KazakhstanVladimir Kim – $3.7 billion Kim was born in the USSR but to Korean parents.

  • When Stalin started relocating minorities his family was forced to live in Kazakhstan.

  • There he did well in school and later he gained an MBA and PhD in the USA.

  • After that he became a successful businessman in the copper mining industry.

  • He currently holds a 33 percent stake in the copper company, KAZ Minerals, and that's

  • one of the reasons he's so rich.

  • 47.

  • PeruCarlos Rodriguez-Pastor – $3.9 billion

  • This guy was born in a banking family and he stayed in bankingand finance.

  • Right now he's the 468th richest man on the plant and the richest man in Peru.

  • When someone once asked him about his great wealth, he replied, “I don't see what

  • the big deal is.”

  • Sure, most of his fellow countrymen can't afford even basic medical care or education,

  • but hey, what's the big deal?

  • 46.

  • AlgeriaIssad Rebrab – $4.2 billion He might be the only person on this list who

  • has served some time in prison.

  • After being convicted of tax offenses and some corruption charges he did a few months

  • in jail in 2019.

  • Meanwhile a black kid in Philadelphia can still serve five years for holding an ounce

  • of weed, because hashtag justice.

  • 45.

  • NorwayOdd Reitan – $4.5 billion The richest man in Norway was much richer

  • last year, but his wealth took quite the hit over the last year.

  • Poor guy's probably barely scraping together the payments for his third aircraft-carrier

  • sized yacht.

  • He's the co-owner and CEO of the Reitan Group, which makes most of its money through

  • retail, real estate, energy and investments.

  • 44.

  • PhilippinesManuel Villar – $4.5 billion This guy is a real story of rags to riches

  • since he was born into poverty in a poor part of Manila.

  • He's now the 443rd richest person in the world.

  • He started off small in the food business, but being a very savvy businessman he soon

  • had quite a lot of capital.

  • With the cash he created a home building company, which soon became the biggest of its kind

  • in the country.

  • In 2010 he ran in the presidential election, but he only managed to come in third place.

  • 43.

  • UkraineRinat Akhmetov – $4.9 billion He has said he made all his money from risky

  • business ventures after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • He certainly wasn't born into money.

  • His father was a coal miner and his mother was an assistant in a shop.

  • At times the media has written that Akhmetov made so much cash so fast because he was involved

  • in organized crime, although no one has ever proven that- or at least no one's ever proven

  • that and then lived to tell the tale.

  • In his own words, Akhmetov said, “I have earned my first million by trading coal and

  • coke- Infographics note: not the type you snort- and spent the money on assets that

  • no one wanted to buy.

  • It was a risk but it was worth it.”

  • As you'll see, he isn't the only billionaire to have taken risks that paid off.

  • 42.

  • EgyptNassef Sawiris – $5.3 billion This man now stands at 366 on the list of

  • the world's richest, but he was quite a bit higher just one year ago.

  • It seems his wealth has decreased by one and a half billion since last year.

  • Our local supermarket marked up our favorite cereal, Captain Crunch, by 50 cents so if

  • anybody feels Sawiris' pain, it's definitely us.

  • He's been a successful businessman for many years, making money through construction mostly,

  • although just a few years ago he bought a stake in Adidas AG.

  • He now lives in London, but also has a place in New York.

  • 41.

  • FinlandAntti Herlin – $5.5 billion Herlin is the chairman of the KONE Corporation,

  • a business that builds those moving walkways you so often see in large airports.

  • It also makes elevators, escalators and automatic doors, and does so on a very large scale.

  • That's why Mr. Herlin is the 349th richest person in the world.

  • Mr. Herlin may be our favorite billionaire because he makes escalators, and escalators

  • automatically turn into stairs if they break down.

  • Sorry for the convenience.

  • 40.

  • TaiwanTsai Eng-Meng – $5.5 billion This guy made most of his fortune from sellingwould

  • you believe itrice cakes.

  • He's the owner Want Want China, which produces all kinds of snacks and beverages.

  • His family have also created a media empire for themselves.

  • 39.

  • Cayman IslandsKenneth Dart – $5.6 billion This is a bit confusing, since the man was

  • born American, but renounced his citizenship.

  • It seems he then got Belizean and Irish citizenship, and while sometimes living in London, his

  • main residence is in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands.

  • We know this is a British Overseas territory, but he still deserves to be on the list.

  • His family's wealth was made in America, and much of it came from the production of

  • foam cups and other single-use packaging.

  • Kenneth later moved into property development and finance.

  • The IRS doesn't like him very much, mostly because he's yet another ultra rich guy

  • exploiting America for profit and avoiding paying his taxes by stashing his money in

  • tax havens overseas.

  • 38.

  • VietnamPhạm Nhật Vượng – $6.8 billion

  • This man became the first billionaire ever in Vietnam, and now he's the richest man

  • in the country by a long way.

  • When he was a kid his father served in the People's Army of Vietnam and his mother worked

  • in a tea shop, so his family was pretty poor.

  • Growing up he was excellent at math, and won a scholarship to study in Moscow.

  • He later moved to Ukraine and opened a restaurant.

  • He then started selling food products, and in time he was making millions.

  • With the cash earned he went into property development and that's where the big money

  • came from.

  • Right now he's the 254th richest person in the world, although we will say that three

  • different sources have three different opinions about just how rich he is.

  • That's ok, most of the people on this list have varying amounts according to varying

  • sources, but they are often quite close.

  • 37.

  • MonacoStefano Pessina – $8.3 billion This man's Italian but when we looked at

  • lists he's down as the richest man in Monaco, so we guess he has citizenship.

  • How he made his money is simple, it all came from pharmaceutical drugs.

  • He's now the largest shareholder of pharmaceutical giant, the Walgreens Boots Alliance.

  • 36.

  • NigeriaAliko Dangote – $8.3 billion He might be the 211th richest person in the

  • world, but Dangote can claim to be the richest man on the continent of Africa.

  • He was born into a very rich family, but said when he was a kid he had a natural talent

  • for making cashdoing things such as selling candy in school.

  • He went on to create the Dangote Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in Africa.

  • It makes most of its money from cement, sugar, food processing, salt, oil and gas and steel.

  • 35.

  • IsraelEyal Ofer – $8.5 billion The 205th richest person in the world was

  • born into a family that used to be the richest in Israel, so we can certainly say that he

  • came from money.

  • That family had a shipping business, and young Eyal understood the ins and outs of shipping

  • from a young age.

  • In time he developed his own property business, and then ventured into shipping, technology

  • and energy.

  • He currently lives in Monte Carlo, but also lives in London and New York.

  • As you'll see from this list, it seems rich folks don't have many visa hassles.

  • You'll also see that London and New York are very popular with the world's wealthiest

  • people.

  • 34.

  • SwitzerlandGianluigi Aponte – $8.6 billion

  • This Italian man is the founder and owner of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, which

  • is the second-biggest container shipping line in the world.

  • He started out small, and after meeting his Swiss wife-to-be when he was captain on a

  • boat, they both decided to start a shipping company.

  • They started out with just one vessel and expanded from there.

  • 33.

  • ColombiaLuis Carlos Sarmiento – $9.2 billion

  • As the chairman of the Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, SA, Sarmiento makes buckets of

  • money from banking, real estate, telecommunications and more businesses run through the group.

  • He's 87 now, and so his son has taken hold of the reins.

  • The father now stands at 190th on the list of the world's wealthiest.

  • There may be a richer man in Columbia, but probably not one that made his money the legal

  • way.

  • 32.

  • DemarkHolch Povlsen – $9.7 billion The 176th richest man in the world is only

  • 47 years old, which as you will see, is very young for this list.

  • He joined the family clothes business at a young age and took that to another levelthese

  • days making streams of cash through internet-only fashion retailing.

  • He's actually the largest private landowner in the UK, having bought chunks of Scotland.

  • The sad part of his story is that he once had four kids.

  • We say once because three of them were killed while the family was staying at a hotel when

  • the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings happened.

  • 31.

  • CyprusJohn Fredriksen – $10.1 billion He was born in Norway and used to be Norway's

  • richest man until he became a Cypriot – a Cypriot that lives in a 172 million dollar

  • house in London.

  • He made a ton of money getting oil during the Iran-Iraq War and since then he's just

  • made more money.

  • He is currently the world's largest tanker owner and the 165th richest person in the

  • world.

  • 30.

  • MalaysiaRobert Kuok – $10.6 billion The 162nd richest man on the planet was called

  • The King of Sugarand he opened the first ever Shangri-la hotel, but he started

  • out as a mere office boy.

  • He now makes his money through many businesses, with most of his cash coming from palm oil,

  • sugar, animal feed, mining, finance and hotels.

  • You could say he's getting on in years at 96, and that's why most of his businesses

  • are now in the hands of his children.

  • 29.

  • New ZealandGraeme Hart – $12.6 billion The richest man in New Zealand and the 130th

  • richest person in the world left school when he was just 16 years old.

  • His first job was that of a panel beater.

  • It seems he made his money by buying businesses and then totally restructuring them.

  • He has an eye for knowing what kind of business can be transformed and become more profitable.

  • 28.

  • UKHinduja Brothers – $12.9 billion These two brothers were born in Pakistan (then

  • British India), grew up in India, but decided to move to London later in life when they

  • wanted to expand the business.

  • They are now 84 and 80, so getting on a bit.

  • Their Hinduja Group conglomerate makes money through many ventures, including gas, oil,

  • media, banking, healthcare, call centers, trading, investments and more.

  • What's quite amusing is that the chairman, the 84-year old Srichand Hinduja, is a very

  • strict vegetarian.

  • Apparently when the queen invites him around to Buckingham palace he brings his own food.

  • Now we're getting to the second half of the list, where the mega-wealthy are placed.

  • 27.

  • IrelandPallonji Mistry – $13 billion Also born in India, this construction tycoon

  • fell in love with an Irish woman and decided to give up his India passport and change it

  • for an Irish one.

  • He actually doesn't run any businesses in Ireland, but seeing as he's the largest

  • shareholder in the conglomerate, Tata Group, his money comes from a variety of businesses.

  • Tata owns so much it would take an hour to talk about it.

  • We'll just tell you that it paid 2.3 billion when it acquired Jaguar Cars and Land Rover

  • in 2008, and that's only a small part of the business.

  • As for Mistry, he is actually quite a mystery man.

  • He doesn't like to talk to the media and very rarely speaks in public.

  • We know another billionaire who is very secretive and doesn't like to talk to the media or

  • speak in public- we're not insinuating anything, but in case you're wondering Ireland, Pallonji

  • Mistry is totally your Batman.

  • 26.

  • ChileIris Fontbona – $13.5 billion This woman took over her husband's mining

  • business when he died, but following that she and her kids branched out into banking,

  • brewing, shipping and the hotel business.

  • She's now the 119th wealthiest person in the world.

  • Hashtag girlpower, hashtag lady dollars.