Compiled by Sam C. Chan - Bravo Almanac

Top 10 Billionaire Countries of The World (2008)

A B Country/Region No. of Billionaires Per Billion Capita
1 9 Hong Kong 21 3000
2 1 United States 371 1237
3 8 Canada 23 719
4 2 Germany 55 671
5 5 United Kingdom 34 567
6 4 Russia 53 371
7 6 Turkey 25 368
8 7 Japan 24 189
9 3 India 54 54
10 10 China 20 15

A: Ranked by number of billionaires per 1 billion population (wealthy people density)
B: Ranked by number of billionaires in the country
Based on CIA 2007 figures on population
Billionaire = An individual with net worth of over $1,000,000,000 USD (see A Billion is Billion?)


Top 100 Billionaires of the World (2008) Complied from Forbes and CIA data.

Some interesting facts:

No. Name

Net worth
(USD)

Citizenship Company
1 Warren Buffett $62.0 USA Berkshire Hathaway
2 Carlos Slim Helú $60.0 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil
3 Bill Gates $58.0 USA Microsoft
4 Lakshmi Mittal $45.0 India Arcelor Mittal
5 Mukesh Ambani $43.0 India Reliance Industries
6 Anil Ambani $42.0 India Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
7 Ingvar Kamprad and family $31.0 Sweden IKEA
8 Kushal Pal Singh $30.0 India DLF Group
9 Oleg Deripaska $28.0 Russia Rusal
10 Karl Albrecht $27.0 Germany ALDI, Trader Joe's
11 Li Ka-shing $26.5 Hong Kong Cheung Kong Holdings,
 Hutchison Whampoa
12 Sheldon Adelson $26.0 USA Las Vegas Sands
13 Bernard Arnault $25.5 France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
14 Lawrence Ellison $25.0 USA Oracle Corporation
15 Roman Abramovich $23.5 Russia Millhouse Capital
16 Theo Albrecht $23.0 Germany ALDI
17 Liliane Bettencourt $22.9 France L'Oréal
18 Alexei Mordashov $21.2 Russia Severstal
19 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $21.0 Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company, Citigroup
20 Mikhail Fridman $20.8 Russia Alfa Group
21 Vladimir Lisin $20.3 Russia Novolipetsk Steel
22 Amancio Ortega $20.2 Spain Inditex Group
23 Raymond Kwok, Thomas Kwok,
 and Walter Kwok
$19.9 Hong Kong Sun Hung Kai
24 Mikhail Prokhorov $19.5 Russia Interros
24 Vladimir Potanin $19.5 Russia Interros
26 Christy Walton and family $19.2 USA Wal-Mart
26 Jim Walton $19.2 USA Wal-Mart
26 S. Robson Walton $19.2 USA Wal-Mart
29 Lee Shau Kee $19.0 Hong Kong Henderson Land Development
29 Alice Walton $19.0 USA Wal-Mart
31 David Thomson and family $18.9 Canada The Thomson Corporation
32 Sergey Brin $18.7 USA Google
33 Larry Page $18.6 USA Google
34 Michael Otto and family $18.2 Germany Otto GmbH
35 Stefan Persson $17.7 Sweden Hennes & Mauritz
36 Suleyman Kerimov $17.5 Russia Gazprom, Sberbank
37 Charles Koch $17.0 USA Koch Industries
37 David H. Koch $17.0 USA Koch Industries
39 François Pinault and family $16.9 France PPR
40 Michael Dell $16.4 USA Dell
41 Paul Allen $16.0 USA Microsoft
41 Kirk Kerkorian $16.0 USA Tracinda Corporation
43 Steven Ballmer $15.0 USA Microsoft
43 Abigail Johnson $15.0 USA Fidelity Investments
43 Shashi Ruia and Ravi Ruia $15.0 India Essar
46 Nasser Al-Kharafi and family $14.0 Kuwait M. A. Kharafi & Sons
46 Gerald Grosvenor and family $14.0 UK Grosvenor Group
46 Carl Icahn $14.0 USA American Car and Foundry Company
46 Forrest Edward Mars, Jr. $14.0 USA Mars, Incorporated
46 Jacqueline Mars $14.0 USA Mars, Incorporated
46 John Mars $14.0 USA Mars, Incorporated
46 Birgit Rausing and family $14.0 Sweden Tetra Laval
46 Jack C. Taylor and family $14.0 USA Enterprise Rent-A-Car
54 German Khan $13.9 Russia TNK-BP
55 Susanne Klatten $13.2 Germany BMW
56 Vagit Alekperov $13.0 Russia LUKoil
56 Donald Bren $13.0 USA Irvine Company
58 Alain Wertheimer and
 Gerard Wertheimer
$12.9 France Chanel
59  Dmitry Rybolovlev $12.8 Russia Mobile TeleSystems
60 Azim Premji $12.7 India Wipro Technologies
60 Naguib Sawiris $12.7 Egypt Orascom Telecom Holding
62 Anne Cox Chambers $12.6 USA Cox Enterprises
63 Iskander Makhmudov $11.9 Russia Uralskaya Gorno
-Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya
64 Sunil Mittal and family $11.8 India Bharti Airtel
65 Alexander Abramov $11.5 Russia Evraz Group
65 Michael Bloomberg $11.5 USA Bloomberg L.P.
67 Viktor Vekselberg $11.2 Russia Renova Group
68 Michele Ferrero and family $11.0 Italy Ferrero SpA
68 George Kaiser $11.0 USA BOK Financial Corporation
68 Spiro Latsis and family $11.0 Greece EFG Bank European Financial Group
68 Nassef Sawiris $11.0 Egypt Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)
72 Alexei Kuzmichev $10.8 Russia Alfa Group
73 Philip Knight $10.4 USA Nike
73 Viktor Rashnikov $10.4 Russia Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works
75 Ernesto Bertarelli $10.3 Switzerland Serono
76 Kumar Birla $10.2 India Aditya Birla Group
77 Leonardo Del Vecchio $10.0 Italy Luxottica
77 Antônio Ermírio de Moraes
 and family
$10.0 Brazil Votorantim Group
77 Iris Fontbona and family $10.0 Chile Antofagasta PLC, Quiñenco
77 Edward Johnson, III $10.0 USA Fidelity Investments
77 Hans Rausing $10.0 Sweden Tetra Laval
77 Vladimir Yevtushenkov $10.0 Russia Sistema
77 Igor Zyuzin $10.0 Russia Mechel
84 Serge Dassault and family $9.9 France Dassault Group
85 Alberto Baillères $9.8 Mexico Grupo Bal
86 Ramesh Chandra $9.6 India Unitech Group
87 Charles Ergen $9.5 USA Dish Network Corporation
87 John Kluge $9.5 USA Metromedia
87 Ronald Perelman $9.5 USA Revlon
90 Silvio Berlusconi and family $9.4 Italy Fininvest
91 Gautam Adani $9.3 India Adani Group
91 Petr Kellner $9.3 Czech Republic PPF Group
91 Alisher Usmanov $9.3 Russia Metalloinvest
94 Adolf Merckle $9.2 Germany Phoenix Pharmahandel
94 August von Finck, Jr. $9.2 Germany Allianz
96 Onsi Sawiris $9.1 Egypt Orascom Telecom Holding
97 Mohammed Al Amoudi $9.0 Saudi Arabia Corral Petroleum Holdings
97 Robert Kuok $9.0 Malaysia Perlis Plantations Bhd
97 George Soros $9.0 USA Soros Fund Management
100 Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair $8.9 UAE Mashreq Bank