International Entrepreneurs: Forbes’ Billionaire List

Each year, Forbes publishes a list of the world’s billionaires. In 2016, this list comprised 1,810 people. What is interesting to see is all the international billionaires on the list. Here are a few of them.


Bernie Ecclestone


Bernie Ecclestone the chief executive for Formula 1. Hailing from Suffolk, England, he oversees the prominent racing series. Born the son of a trawler captain in Suffolk, he built the sport from a niche competition to a global phenomenon after buying the Brabham Racing team in 1971 and becoming involved with the chassis builders’ union. Becoming the president of the Brabham racing team in 1978, he eventually took control of F1’s governance, and remains in control of day-to-day operations despite selling most of his stake.


Ecclestone’s fortune include shares of F1’s parent company, Delta Topco. According to Wikipedia, his estimated net worth is 3.1 Billion dollars.


Xavier Niel

Xavier Niel


According to


Technology entrepreneur Xavier Niel owns nearly 55% of publicly-traded Iliad, the parent company of his telecom outfit Free. Free Mobile, which Niel launched in 2012, sells unlimited calls, texts and Internet for half the price of similar services sold by France’s other three telecom networks.


Niel hails from France and is # 129 on Forbes’ Billionaire list. His net worth is 8.1 billion dollars.

Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega tops the Forbes Billionair list at # 2. Worth an estimated 69.7 billion dollars, he is the wealthiest man in europe and top retailer in the world. As quoted by wikipedia, Ortega:


is a Spanish fashion businessman and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. He resides with his second wife in an apartment building in Galicia, Spain.


Maria Franca Fissolo


Maria Franca Fissolo is an Italian billionaire. Living in Monaco, she is the widow of Michele Ferrero, founder of Nutella. She is worth an estimated 22.1 billion dollars.


Leonardo Del Veccio


The guru of all things eyewear, Del Veccio is from Milan, Italy and is worth an estimated 18.7 Billion dollars. According to Forbes:


Leonardo Del Vecchio celebrated his 80th birthday in 2015, granting $10 million in shares to his employees at Luxottica, which he founded in 1961 when he was 25. He remains chairman of the now $8.3 billion (sales) company, the world’s largest producer and retailer of sunglasses and prescription glasses. Luxottica owns Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Ray-Ban and Oakley. It also manufactures glasses for virtually every brand in the world including Bulgari, Chanel, Armani and Ralph Lauren.


Aliko Dangote


Aliko Dangote has built his empire through the production of cement. Estimated to be worth 15.4 billion dollars, he is a self made man. According to Forbes:
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, founded and chairs Dangote Cement, the continent’s largest cement producer. In 2015 Dangote Cement launched new plants in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania. The company produces more than 30 million metric tons annually, and plans to double capacity by 2018. Dangote owns about 90% of publicly-traded Dangote Cement through a holding company.


You can read the entire list of billionaires here.