Sammy Ofer tops Israelis in 'Forbes' billionaires list

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 10, 2011 11:10

Beny Steinmetz, Shari Arison take 2nd, 3rd spots for Israelis; Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu is world's richest person.

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Sammy Ofer and family topped the list of Israelis mentioned in Forbes' World's Billionaires list and came in number 79 overall, with a net worth of $10.3 billion, up from $6.5 billion in 2010. According to Forbes, the Ofer family owns a "vast global shipping empire, plus interests in banking an real estate." Ofer currently lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Coming in 162 on the overall list, Netanya resident Beny Steinmetz came in second for Israelis. His net worth, valued at $6 billion was made mostly in the mining, diamonds, and real estate businesses.

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Shari Arison was the richest Israeli woman on the list. Coming in 200th place overall, and third for Israelis, the Tel Aviv resident was valued at $5.1 billion, with inheritances from $75 billion (assets) Bank Hapoalim and infrastructure company Housing & Construction. She also has stakes in Carnival Cruise.

A total of 16 Israelis made it to the Forbes billionaires list, which was topped by Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu and family ($74 billion), US citizen Bill Gates (Microsoft, $56 billion), and US citizen Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway, $50 billion).

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