Net Worth: $19.6 billion
As the largest individual shareholder in Citigroup, Alwaleed has never been one to back down. Even now as the political uprisings all across the Arab world have caused many leaders and public figures to retreat from the limelight, Alwaleed pushes his investments (including the world’s soon to be tallest building) full steam ahead.
Net Worth: $19.8 billion (each)
Coming up with search algorithms is evidently a very lucrative business as both Larry and Sergey tie for the number 24 spot on our list.
Net Worth: $20 billion
Aside from all of the familial infighting, the Kwok brothers are the third wealthiest people in the Greater China Region. After the eldest brother was abducted in 1997 and subsequently released, he ended up stepping down from the real estate business leaving Thomas and Raymond in control.
Net Worth: $20.5 billion
S. Robson is the first of several Waltons on this list. Before joining the company his father started, however, he defended it in court as a partner with Conner and Winters law firm.
Net Worth: $20.9 billion
Another heir to the Wal-Mart throne, Alice actually spends most of her time running a horse ranch in Texas although she just recently founded the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as well.
Net Worth: $21.3 billion
Jim , the youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, is one of the more private members of the family and not much is known about his personal life.
Net Worth: $22 billion
As the Vice President of Koch Industries David heads up the second largest privately held company in the US and is also the second richest person residing in New York City.
Net Worth: $22 billion
Together with his brother, expect the Koch family to use their significant wealth and influence during this election year in opposition to the Obama campaign.
Net Worth: $23 billion
David is the chairman of Thomson Reuters, the media company started by his grandfather that is now one of the largest media companies in the world. He is also the richest person in Canada.
Net Worth: $23.3 billion
After dropping out of college Sheldon struck gold in the world of Las Vegas Casinos. Most of his profits these days, however, (about 90%) come from the Asian gambling market.
Net Worth: $23.5 billion
The richest woman in France is heir to L’Oreal, the French cosmetic company. You probably recognize her name, as she recently reconciled with her daughter after a very publicized family feud.
Net Worth: $24 billion
It’s a rags to riches success story. Vladimir started his life working in the coal mines and now he is the richest person in Russia heading up the massive industrial conglomerate, Novolipetsk Steel.
Net Worth: $24.5 billion
After inheriting the fashion company Hennes & Mauritz from his father, Stefan became the richest person in Sweden. Notably, he also owns the village of Linkenholt in England.
Net Worth: $25.5 billion
With World War II drawing to a close Karl and his brother Theo transformed their mother’s grocery store into the global empire it is today. Although the succes of Aldi has led to him becoming the richest man in Germany, Karl is a fiercely private individual and not much is known about personal life.
Net Worth: $26 billion
This high school drop out from Hong Kong is the largest health and beauty retailer in the world. Like several others on this list he has promised to hand a significant portion of his wealth over to charity.