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The Richest Person in 40 Countries

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Well-Traveled Wealth

Though the U.S. has a disproportionately large share of billionaires — a list dominated by tech heavyweights including Elon Musk, who recently became the first person in the world with a net worth of more than $300 billion — it by no means has a monopoly on the ultrawealthy. 


We scoured Forbes to find the richest person in 40 countries, including plenty of wealthy people you’ve probably never heard of (though many have seen their fortunes dwindle in a so-far bearish year for stocks). For comparison’s sake, we also included data from global investment bank Credit Suisse on the average citizen’s wealth in each of those nations, but unless otherwise noted, information was drawn from the July 6 Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, which continually updates when markets are open. If you like a horse race, follow along and watch these fortunes ebb and flow. 


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Elon Musk
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United States: Elon Musk

Age: 50

Net worth: $225.5 billion

Average wealth per adult in the United States: $505,421


New to this spot atop the heap: South African-born Musk, the founder of Tesla and co-founder of what became PayPal. Musk, who's also head of aerospace technology company SpaceX, recently leap-frogged Amazon's Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world. He was also the first person ever with a net worth of more than $300 billion, though a tough first half of 2022 has taken a toll on stock values and Musk’s worth.


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Bernard Arnault
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France: Bernard Arnault

Age: 72

Net worth: $143.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in France: $299,355


If you have a taste for luxury, chances are you’re a fan of Arnault’s brands, which include Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Sephora, and Dom Perignon. His first major acquisition was Christian Dior, which he bought in 1985 using millions his father earned in construction.


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Gautam Adani is the Chairman of Adani Group.
Gautam Adani is the Chairman of Adani Group. by Gautam Adani (CC BY)

India: Gautam Adani

Age: 60

Net worth: $101.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in India: $14,252 


Adani is founder, chairman and managing director of Adani Group, which controls Mundra Port, India's largest commercial port. The infrastructure tycoon's interests include real estate, power generation and distribution, and commodities. He also holds a 74% stake in Mumbai Interanational Airport, India's second largest, making Adani the country's biggest airport operator. 

Carlos Slim Helu
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Mexico: Carlos Slim Helu

Age: 82

Net worth: $84.3 billion

Average wealth per adult in Mexico: $42,689


Slim is chairman of ​​América Móvil, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and the largest cellular provider in Latin America. He also owns chunks of other businesses from construction to real estate — and even a large chunk of The New York Times.

Zhong Shanshan
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China: Zhong Shanshan

Age: 67

Net worth: $72.1 billion

Average wealth per adult in China: $67,771


Zhong’s massive fortune comes mainly from two sources: He’s chairman of the massive Nongfu Spring bottled water company, and he heads Beijing Wantai, a biopharmaceuticals company.


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Amancio Ortega
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Spain: Amancio Ortega

Age: 86

Net worth: $56.7 billion

Average wealth per adult in Spain: $227,122


Ortega co-founded Inditex, parent company of Zara and several other fashion brands, in the ’70s. He also owns stakes in telecom and natural gas companies.

David Thomson
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Canada: David Thomson

Age: 65

Net worth: $49.2 billion

Average wealth per adult in Canada: $332,323


Thomson is a media magnate who chairs Thomson Reuters, which his grandfather founded. He also owns part of telecommunications giant Bell Canada.


Contemporary Amperex Technology
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Hong Kong: Robin Zeng

Age: 53

Net worth: $44.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in Hong Kong: $503,335


Electric vehicles are commanding a growing chunk of the automotive market, and many are powered by batteries made by Zeng’s company, Contemporary Amperex Technology.

Aldi Logo
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Germany: Beate Heiser and Karl Albrecht Jr.

Ages: 70 and 74

Net worth: $34.5 billion

Average wealth per adult in Germany: $268,861


Heiser and Albrecht are heirs to the Aldi fortune. Their father, Karl Albrecht Sr., built Aldi into the global discount grocery giant with his brother, Theo Sr., who also bought Trader Joe’s in the early ’70s.

Ferrero Rock Chocolate
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Italy: Giovanni Ferrero

Age: 57

Net worth: $34.3 billion

Average wealth per adult in Italy: $239,244


Ferrero is executive chairman of his family's namesake confectionery business, whose familiar products include Nutella, Ferrero Roche, and Tic Tac. The company also owns chocolatier Nestle, known for KitKat and Baby Ruth candy bars and many other sweet products. 

Andrey Melnichenko
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Russia: Andrey Melnichenko

Age: 50

Net worth: $29.1 billion

Average wealth per adult in Russia: $27,162


Melnichenko, who dropped out of college in 1991 to form a chain of currency-exchange booths after the Soviet Union fell, is founder of SUEK, a coal-energy producer, and EuroChem, a fertilizer manufacturer. Melnichenko resigned from the boards of both companies in March, following sanctions imposed by the European Union.


Gina Rinehart
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Australia: Gina Rinehart

Age: 68

Net worth: $28 billion

Average wealth per adult in Australia: $483,755


Gina Rinehart is chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting, the iron ore company her father, Lang Hancock, founded in 1955. Reinhart is also Australia's second-largest cattle producer.

Tadashi Yanai
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Japan: Tadashi Yanai

Age: 73

Net worth: $26.7 billion

Average wealth per adult in Japan: $256,596


Yanai is chairman, president, and CEO of Fast Retailing, the parent company of familiar fashion brands including Uniqlo, Theory, and Helmut Lang. 


Dietrich Mateschitz
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Austria: Dietrich Mateschitz

Age: 78

Net worth: $24 billion

Average wealth per adult in Austria: $290,348


Mateschitz co-founded Red Bull in 1987, and the former marketing executive helped grow it into the corporate giant it is today by associating it with all things thrilling and extreme.

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Switzerland: Guillaume Pousaz

Ages: 40

Net worth: $23 billion

Average wealth per adult in Switzerland: $673,962


Pousaz owes his fortune to Checkout.com, a processor of online payments that he founded in 2012, which saw transactions rise threefold in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Pousaz, who is CEO, is estimated to own nearly two-thirds of the London-based company. 

Indonesia: R. Budi Hartono
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Indonesia: R. Budi Hartono

Age: 81

Net worth: $20.6 billion

Average wealth per adult in Indonesia: $17,693


Along with his brother, Michael, Hartono owns part of Bank Central Asia as well as electronics company Polytron and gaming-products company Razer.


Li Xiting
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Singapore: Li Xiting

Age: 71

Net worth: $18.3 billion

Average wealth per adult in Singapore: $332,995


Li is founder and chairman of Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics, which makes a range of medical devices, including ventilators, ultrasound machines, vital-signs monitors, and defibrillators. 


Iris Fontbona
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Chile: Iris Fontbona

Age: 79

Net worth: $16.2 billion

Average wealth per adult in Chile: $53,591


Fontbona and her children inherited the fortune of her late husband, Andrónico Luksic, founder of Luksic Group. The company owns portions of several prominent mining, financial, industrial, and beverage companies. 


Stefan Persson
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Sweden: Stefan Persson

Age: 74

Net worth: $15.7 billion

Average wealth per adult in Sweden: $336,166


Fast fashion is the source of Persson’s fortune: He owns more than one-third of global apparel brand H&M, though he stepped down as chair in 2020. His father, Erling, founded H&M in 1947.


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United Kingdom: Michael Platt

Age: 54

Net worth: $15.2 billion

Average wealth per adult in the United Kingdom: $290,754

 

A hedge fund manager, Platt is CEO and co-founder of BlueCrest Capital Management, a London-based asset manager. Platt started BlueCrest Capital in 2000 along with American William Reeves. Both worked as traders at J.P. Morgan & Co. prior to going into business together.

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
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Netherlands: Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Age: 68

Net worth: $14.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in the Netherlands: $377,092


The name gives it away here — Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken inherited a major stake in the massive beer company when her father Freddy Heineken died in 2002. Her great-grandfather, Gerard Adriaan Heineken, founded the company in 1864 in Amsterdam.


Paulo Lemann
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Brazil: Jorge Paulo Lemann

Age: 82

Net worth: $14.6 billion

Average wealth per adult in Brazil: $18,272


An investment banker who later became a controlling shareholder of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer-maker, Lemann and his business partners also own a stake in Burger King's parent company, Restaurant Brands International.

Aliko Dangote
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Nigeria: Aliko Dangote

Age: 65

Net worth: $14.1 billion

Average wealth per adult in Nigeria: $6,451


The richest person in Africa, Dangote is founder and chairman of Dangote Cement, which operates in 10 African nations. He is also building a massive oil refinery and has stakes in sugar and salt manufacturing. 


Eyal Ofer
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Israel: Eyal Ofer

Age: 72

Net worth: $13.8 billion

Average wealth per adult in Israel: $228,268


Ofer’s late father, Sammy Ofer, left Eyal much of his massive shipping business. The younger Ofer now chairs Ofer Global, which invests in real estate, shipping, banking, and other industries. 


Dhanin Chearavanont
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Thailand: Dhanin Chearavanont

Age: 83

Net worth: $12.8 billion 

Average wealth per adult in Thailand: $25,292


Senior chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group, Dhanin Chearavanont turned over the reins to his animal feed and livestock company to two of his sons in 2017. In 2020, the company bought Tesco’s 2,000 stores in Thailand and Malaysia. 


Anders Holch Povlsen
Bestseller

Denmark: Anders Holch Povlsen

Age: 49

Net worth: $11.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in Denmark: $376,069


Povlsen owns Bestseller, an apparel company with several brands and thousands of stores worldwide. He also owns a stake in ASOS, another major fashion retailer, and part of payments company Klarna. His riches haven't safeguarded him from tragedy; he lost three of his children in the 2019 Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

John Fredriksen
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Cyprus: John Fredriksen

Age: 77

Net worth: $11.6 billion

Average wealth per adult in Cyprus: $142,304


Tankers, deep-water rigs, and other trappings of the oil trade have made Fredriksen a tidy sum. He’s also a major player in fish farming, and owns part of Norwegian seafood company Mowi.


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Malaysia: Robert Kuok

Age: 98

Net worth: $10.9 billion

Average wealth per adult in Malaysia: $29,287


If you’ve ever stayed at a Shangri-La hotel or resort, you have Robert Kuok to thank. Kuok founded the international chain in the early ’70s and now owns Kuok Group, which has stakes not just in hospitality, but food, agriculture, real estate, and more.

Patrick Collison in 2015
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Ireland: John and Patrick Collison

Age: 31 and 33

Net worth: $9.5 billion (each)

Average wealth per adult in Ireland: $266,153


Brothers John and Patrick Collision came up with the idea for their online payment company, Stripe, while both were still in college. John, the younger of the two, serves as president, while Patrick is CEO and serves as spokesman for the company.

Graeme Hart
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New Zealand: Graeme Hart

Age: 67

Net worth: $9.3 billion

Average wealth per adult in New Zealand: $348,198


Hart, a high-school dropout, has done well for himself, indeed. His private investment company, Rank Group, has grown companies including Reynolds Consumer Products, famously known for aluminum foil and Hefty trash bags. 


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Belgium: Eric Wittouck

Age: 75

Net worth: $9 billion

Average wealth per adult in Belgium: $351,327


Wittouck invested returns from his family’s sugar company, Tiense Suiker, with a private equity firm that has made him even richer. The firm, Invus, has partnered with big names including Keebler, Weight Watchers, and Blue Buffalo. 


Nicky Oppenheimer
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South Africa: Nicky Oppenheimer

Age: 77

Net worth: $8.5 billion

Average wealth per adult in South Africa: $20,308


Oppenheimer, formerly chair of the most notable name in diamond mining, DeBeers, sold his 40% stake in the family company in 2012. He went on to found a charter-flight company, Fireblade Aviation.


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Jay Y. Lee
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South Korea: Jay Y. Lee

Age: 54

Net worth: $7.8 billion

Average wealth per adult in South Korea: $211,369


Jay Y. Lee is vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, the popular maker of consumer and industrial electronics and other products, including household appliances. Lee was sentenced to 2½ years in prison in 2021 on charges of bribing a confidante of once-imprisoned former president Park Geun-hye.

Manuel Villar
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Philippines: Manuel Villar

Age: 72

Net worth: $7.7 billion

Average wealth per adult in the Philippines: $15,290


Villar is chairman of Vista Mall, a major mall operator in the Philippines, as well as the nation’s largest homebuilder, Vista Land. He also has a home-improvement store chain, AllHome. 


Greece: Vicky Safra
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Greece: Vicky Safra

Age: 69

Net worth: $7 billion

Average wealth per adult in Greece: $104,603


Safra, a native of Greece, inherited her wealth from husband Joseph Safra, a banker who was Brazil’s richest person until his death in December. She has a philanthropic foundation, and her four children share a portion of their father’s fortune. 


Nassef Sawiris
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Egypt: Nassef Sawiris

Age: 61

Net worth: $6.7 billion

Average wealth per adult in Egypt: $19,468


Sawiris heads OCI, a massive nitrogen fertilizer company, and has a sizable stake in Adidas, where he is on the supervisory board. He also has a stake in the parent company of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. 


Vietnam: Pham Nhat Vuong
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Vietnam: Pham Nhat Vuong

Age: 53

Net worth: $5.6 billion

Average wealth per adult in Vietnam: $14,075


Pham Nhat Vuong got his start selling instant noodles, but pivoted to investing with Vingroup, a conglomerate that invests in autos, real estate, technology, and other sectors. 


Rinat Akhmetov
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Ukraine: Rinat Akhmetov

Age: 55

Net worth: $4.5 billion

Average wealth per adult in Ukraine: $13,104


A son of a coal miner, Akhmetov is invested in mining and steel as well as thermal and wind power. The controversial figure also has stakes beyond industrial and energy holdings, including in finance, real estate, retail, and telecommunications companies, and recently sued Russia for business losses following its February invasion of Ukraine.

Finland: Antti Herlin
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Finland: Antti Herlin

Age: 65

Net worth: $3.8 billion

Average wealth per adult in Finland: $167,711


Herlin chairs Kone, which makes elevators and escalator systems for buildings around the world. He also owns part of Swedish media firm Sanoma.


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Romania: Daniel Dines
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Romania: Daniel Dines

Age: 50

Net worth: $2.3 billion

Average wealth per adult in Romania: $50,009


Dines is co-founder and CEO of UiPath, which helps companies streamline parts of their businesses with virtual automation. Clients include big names such as Toyota, Deloitte, and LexisNexis.


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