Top 10 Richest Jews In The World
When we are going to talk about world’s richest Jews, I must share some information with the readers. While this world consists of 2.6 billion people, only 2% of that is Jews. So, literally, one of the tiniest communities on earth is a Jew. Jews are the people who follow Judaism, a monotheistic religion. But when it’s about being on top of the rich list, Jews turn around the table and grab the limelight. As per the latest Forbes’ list, there are around 1426 billionaires currently donning this earth, Jews hold 165 positions among that. Definitely, this is something to be very proud of for one of the minority communities. What more? The collective total value of these Jewish super-riches has already crossed the mark of $182 billion – another milestone for the rest of the world community. Here we are going to discuss about the top 10 Jewish billionaires.
#1) The Richest Jew is Larry Ellison
Net worth (as of September 2013): $41 Billion
Larry Ellison is duly credited for being the CEO and co-founder of Oracle Corp. Though American by birth, he is a Jew descendant from his mother’s side whereas his father is an Italian American. This tech mogul is a resident of Woodside in CA and currently, he ranks third in the list of top American billionaires and one of the richest men in the world too. But, unfortunately, to his great dismay, his dream of winning the America’s Cup remained unfulfilled as the Emirate’s team beat Oracles’ team down this September 15, 2013.
#2) Michael Bloomberg
Net worth: $31 Billion
Michael Rubens Bloomberg, the multifaceted New York Mayor’s profile is quite interesting and highly impressive. Though both his parents are Russian immigrants, he belongs from a Jewish family. He set up his own company Bloomberg L.P. in 1981 and made his fortune. Apart from being the 2nd wealthiest Jew, this New Yorker is also the 10th richest American is the world.
#3) Sheldon Adelson
Net worth: $28.5 Billion
Sheldon Gary Adelson is the American business tycoon who is the CEO and chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp as well as the owner of Israel HaYom, an Israeli news daily. This veteran Vegan is also a famous name in the casino world for being the owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. He is the 9th wealthiest person in the United States. Currently, his EuroVegas plan is facing a serious hardship due to the anti-smoking law of Spanish government.
#4) Larry Page
Net worth: $24.9 Billion
Larry Page is the youngest Jewish billionaire and the co-founder of Google. His mother is a Jewish although he has been brought up in a secular way. This American internet entrepreneur resides in Palo Alto and it is he on whom Google’s PageRank term is coined. Recently, this young algorithm expert has announced a new wing of Google, Calico, to serve the health and medical world.
#5) Sergey Brin
Net worth: $24.4 Billion
The next on the list is another young billionaire, Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin, the other co-founder of Google. This Moscow-born Russian American started Google with Larry Page in a garbage which later went to become one of the most coveted Fortune 500 companies within a decade of its emergence. This young tech genius looks after the Google X section which forays into breakthrough technologies like Google Glass etc. This Los Altos based internet entrepreneur is also ranked 14th in the list of wealthiest Americans. What more? This billionaire has also made a cameo in the Hollywood movie “The Internship” which is loosely influenced by the search engine giant, Google.
#6) Carl Icahn
Net worth: $20.3 Billion
This New Yorker Jewish investor is the founder of Icahn Capital Management and is currently ranked 15th in the list of billionaires of the United States. After a lot of attempts, Icahn has decided to put a stop to his battle over overtaking Dell and give it up for Michael Dell, the founder of this renowned computer manufacturing company. But he did not forget to voice his grudges over the omnipotent power of boards in public corporations citing Dell’s present turmoil.
#7) George Soros
Net worth: $20 Billion
This richest Hungarian American tycoon has started his career as an immigrant waiter who had survived the Battle of Budapest and then went on to become one of the most famous investor and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC. A resident of Katonah, New York, Soros is also a well-known philanthropist. In 2012, Forbes listed him as the wealthiest hedge-fund manager in the world.
#8) Len Blavatnik
Net worth: $17.8 Billion
Last but not least in this list of the top 10 Jews, Leonid Valentinovich Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-American business honcho who made his fortune through embracing a number of ways. His diversified business ventures ranging from media and telecommunications to chemicals and natural resources helped him earn a good fortune. He is the current chairman of the Access Industries. Though an American citizen, Len Blavatnik presently resides in London.
#9) Mikhail Fridman
Net worth: $16.5 Billion
Mikhail Maratovich Fridman is the richest Ukrainian-Russian business magnet and the founder of Alfa Group. Born to engineer dad and mom, he took a new turn in his career as he started selling movie tickets and carpets. Then he took up business of window washing and later found his own company, Alfa-Eco. Right now, he is also the 2nd wealthiest people in Russia as per Forbes latest assessment. His business circle encompasses areas like banking, oil, telecommunications etc.
#10) Joseph Safra
Net worth: $15.9 Billion
The uncrowned banking king of Brazil is Joseph Safra, a man with a chain of banking companies across Brazil, United States, Switzerland, and Europe. Born to a rich Lebanese Jewish family who were also in the banking sector, Safra grown up to be a czar of banking and finance and set up his own Safra Group. Later in 1952, the Safra family shifted to Brazil and since then he has held Brazilian citizenship.
Important Observation about Wealthiest Jews
Among the top 10 billionaire Jews, eight of them are US citizens and two are Russian. Also, most of the eight richest American Jews billionaires are originally Russian or Ukrainian immigrants.