Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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. Venezuela – Juan 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. Poland – Michal 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. Kazakhstan – Vladimir 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. Peru – Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor – $3.9 billion This guy was born in a banking family and he stayed in banking…and 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. Algeria – Issad 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. Norway – Odd 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. Philippines – Manuel 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. Ukraine – Rinat 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. Egypt – Nassef 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. Finland – Antti 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. Taiwan – Tsai Eng-Meng – $5.5 billion This guy made most of his fortune from selling…would you believe it…rice 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 Islands – Kenneth 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. Vietnam – Phạm 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. Monaco – Stefano 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. Nigeria – Aliko 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 cash – doing 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. Israel – Eyal 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. Switzerland – Gianluigi 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. Colombia – Luis 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. Demark – Holch 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 level – these 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. Cyprus – John 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. Malaysia – Robert Kuok – $10.6 billion The 162nd richest man on the planet was called “The King of Sugar” and 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 Zealand – Graeme 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. UK – Hinduja 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. Ireland – Pallonji 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. Chile – Iris 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.