DUBAI – Amazon founder Jeff Bezoz has been named the world’s richest billionaire in Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index on Sunday (March 29), which also featured the richest billionaires from the UAE, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, India and China in the list of the world’s top 500.
Here are six of the richest billionaires in their respective countries:
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer. The Seattle-based company sells books, household goods and other products through its flagship website. It also controls the Whole Foods grocery chain and offers cloud computing and video streaming services. Amazon reported revenue of $281 billion in 2019.
Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba Group, China’s biggest e-commerce company. The Hangzhou-based business runs Taobao, an online shopping site, and Tmall, a facilitator of online stores. The group had revenue of 377 billion yuan ($56.2 billion) in the year to March 2019. Ma also has a stake in online payment service Alipay.
Net worth: $39.5 billion
Mukesh Ambani controls almost 42 percent of Reliance Industries, owner of the world’s largest oil refining complex. The Mumbai-based conglomerate’s other businesses include a 4G wireless network across India. The billionaire also owns a residential property worth more than $400 million and the Mumbai Indians professional cricket team
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud is the founder of Kingdom Holding, a conglomerate that has stakes in hotels, real estate and equities. The Riyadh-based group’s publicly traded investments include Citigroup, Snap, Lyft and Twitter. He also controls 98 percent of Rotana, a provider of media and entertainment in the Middle East.
Majid Al Futtaim is the founder and sole owner of Majid Al Futtaim Holding, a real estate and retail company. The Dubai-based business operates in the Middle East, Pakistan, Georgia and Armenia, and owns 26 shopping malls and 13 hotels. Its retail division manages more than 300 Carrefour-branded stores.
Manny Villar is the chairman of Vista Land & Lifescapes, the largest home builder in the Philippines. The Mandaluyong City-based company has built more than 300,000 houses in about 140 cities. The billionaire also owns stakes in Golden Bria Holdings, a property and death care company, and Starmalls, a shopping mall operator.
1 Jeff Bezos (United States) – $117B
2 Bill Gates (United States) – $97.9B
3 Bernard Arnault (France) – $74.6B
4 Warren Buffett (United States) – $70.5B
5 Mark Zuckerberg (United States) – $60.2B
6 Larry Ellison (United States) – $55.6B
7 Steve Ballmer (United States) – $55.1B
8 Larry Page (United States) – $54.6B
9 Amancio Ortega (Spain) – $54.3B
10 Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (France) – $53.4B
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