ט׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ג (April 19, 2013)
The world’s wealthiest Jew is Oracle Inc. CEO Larry Ellison, with a fortune estimated at $43 billion, according to the ranking of the world’s 165 wealthiest Jews by “Forbes Israel”. Ellison’s fortune has increased by $7 billion since last year.
Forbes Israel has identified the wealthiest Jewish people in the world. Of the world’s 1,426 billionaires ranked by “Forbes”, 165 are Jews, who have an aggregate fortune of $812 billion, substantially more than last year.
Technology firm Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison is top of the list, with a net worth of USD 43 billion. He is the third richest man in the United States. Oracle is third only to Microsoft and IBM for computer software revenues.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes second place in the Forbes list. Bloomberg, who is said to be worth USD 27 billion, owns the highly regarded Bloomberg financial media empire, which makes up one-third of the entire global financial data market.
Next on the list is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson with USD 26.5 billion, whose gambling empire stretches from Las Vegas to Macau, with plans in the pipeline for a ‘EuroVegas’ resort close to Madrid, Spain. EuroVegas will include six casinos, three golf courses, 17 theatres and much more.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin also feature in the top ten, both with a net worth of over USD 22 billion. Page – and Brin, seen here with Israeli President Shimon Peres – are credited with creating one of the world’s most innovative technology firms, which includes YouTube and Gmail.
Another successful Jewish technology guru is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who sits in 16th place on the richest Jews list. While his wealth has dropped to USD 13.3 billion due to an unsuccessful share launch, Facebook remains the leading player in the social media market. (source: JN1)
The world’s richest Israeli, Idan Ofer, is 34th on the richest Jews list. The fortune of Ofer, who is reportedly moving from Israel to London, is estimated at $6.5 billion.
Other Israelis on the list include Shari Arison, whose fortune grew to $4.2 billion, and Stef Wertheimer and his family, whose fortune grew by $200 million to $4.4 billion.
“Forbes Israel” also mentioned billionaires whose fortunes have shrunk. The fortune of Beny Steinmetz shrank by $1.8 billion over the past year to $4.1 billion from $5.9 billion last year. Lev Leviev’s fortune fell by $200 million over the past year to $1.5 billion, the fortune of Gil Shwed fell by $250 million over the past year to $1.65 billion, and the fortune of Marius Nacht fell by $200 million to $1 billion.
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