17 Israelis make 'Forbes' 2013 billionaires list

Idan Ofer is the world's wealthiest Israeli with a fortune estimated by "Forbes" at $6.5 billion; Arison richest Israeli woman.

By GLOBES' CORRESPONDENT
March 4, 2013 23:06
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Idan Ofer, Principal shareholder and Director of Israel Corporation,

Idan Ofer 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Seventeen Israelis made the 2013 "Forbes" billionaires ranks. Idan Ofer is the wealthiest Israeli in the world, with a fortune estimated by "Forbes" at $6.5 billion, putting him in 182nd place in the global rankings. His brother, Eyal Ofer, is in 198th place, with a fortune of $6 billion. The brothers own Ofer Holdings Group, and through it, Israel Corporation, Israel Chemicals Ltd., and other companies.

Iscar Ltd. founder Stef Wertheimer and family are in 286th place, with a fortune of $4.4 billion. Shari Arison, the controlling shareholder in Bank Hapoalim and other companies, is the richest Israeli woman in the world, with a fortune of $4.2 billion, in 308th place in the global rankings. She is tied with media mogul Arnon Milchen, and followed by mining magnate Beny Steinmetz, with a fortune of $4.1 billion, in 316th place.

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Two Israelis tie for 670th place: diamond merchant Dan Gertler and Delek Group Ltd. controlling shareholder Ytizhak Tshuva, with fortunes of $2.2 billion.

Kazakh Eurasian Natural Resources Co. plc shareholder Alexander Machkevich is one of the billionaires tied for 704th place, with a fortune of $2.1 billion; Playtech Cyprus Ltd. controlling shareholder Teddy Sagi is in 831st place, with a fortune of $1.8 billion; Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. founder, chairman and CEO Gil Shwed is in 922nd place, with a fortune of $1.65 billion; diamond magnate and Africa-Israel Investments chairman Lev Leviev is in 974th place, with a fortune of $1.5 billion.

The last five Israelis in the "Forbes" billionaires rankings are Shaul Shani, with a fortune of $1.3 billion (1,107th place); Agis Pharmaceuticals founder Mori Arkin and Paz Oil Company Ltd. and First International Bank of Israel controlling shareholder Zadik Bino, with fortunes of $1.05 billion each (1,332nd place); Morris Kahan and Check Point co-founder Marius Nacht, with $1 billion each (1,342nd place).

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