(March 6, 2019 / JNS) Of the 2,153 international billionaires, 21 are Israelis, according to the 2019 Forbes World Billionaires list. The number includes three more individuals than last year.
Roman Abramovich, who is ranked the 107th richest person in the world, is technically Israel’s wealthiest citizen with $12.4 billion. However, he only received his Israeli citizenship 10 months ago and was listed by Forbes as Russian.
Behind Abramovich is real estate, shipping and cruise-line magnate Eyal Ofer with $9.4 billion, followed by industrialist and investor Stef Werheimer at 303rd place with $5.7 billion, and investor and philanthropist Shari Arison at 355th place with $5 billion (making her Israel’s wealthiest woman).
Shipping, drilling and mining magnate Idan Ofer came in at No. 394 with $4.7 billion, and gambling-software developer Teddy Sagi is at 631st place with $3.1 billion.
Hot Telecom owner Patrick Drahi would have ranked after Ofer at $8 billion, but was listed as French, due to his dual citizenship.
The wealthiest person in the world is Amazon owner Jeff Bezos at $131 billion. The youngest is 21-year-old American Kylie Jenner with $1 billion.