Tuesday, March 25, 2008

India: Country of Billionaires!

I was quite pleasantly surprised to find 4 Indians in the top 10 billionaires of the world. Indians have been making a distinct mark in the world economy and things are looking up for India.
As much as I am happy about seeing a lot of Indians making more wealth, I am just as much concerned about increasing divide between the richest and the poorest in India. I also hope that more wealth percolates down to the poorer people of India over time.

Here is the list of billionaires from the most 'trustworthy' Wikipedia:


Name Net worth (USD) Citizenship Residence
Sources of wealth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $62.0 billion Flag of the United States United States Flag of the United States United States Berkshire Hathaway
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 Slim Helú, CarlosCarlos Slim Helú $60.0 billion Flag of Mexico Mexico Flag of Mexico Mexico Telmex, América Móvil
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 Gates, BillBill Gates $58.0 billion Flag of the United States United States Flag of the United States United States Microsoft
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $45.0 billion Flag of India India Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Arcelor Mittal
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $43.0 billion Flag of India India Flag of India India Reliance Industries
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 Ambani, AnilAnil Ambani $42.0 billion Flag of India India Flag of India India Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad and family $31.0 billion Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Switzerland Switzerland IKEA
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 Pal Singh, KushalKushal Pal Singh $30.0 billion Flag of India India Flag of India India DLF Group
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 Deripaska, OlegOleg Deripaska $28.0 billion Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Russia Russia Rusal
&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $27.0 billion Flag of Germany Germany Flag of Germany Germany ALDI, Trader Joe's

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