For the second time in a decade, the number of billionaires in the world and the total of their fortunes has decreased, showing that the most powerful are not immune to the swings of the stock markets and global economic forces.
According to the Billionaires ranking (people with at least US $ 1,000 million) published by Forbes magazine, there are 2,153 super-rich people in the world, 55 less than last year.
Of the total of super-rich, almost half (46%) experienced a relative fall in their fortune, and the club as a whole, lowered its wealth by US $ 400,000 million.
In the case of the American continent, the situation is different.
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Brazil and StatesUnited pushed the fact that in the Western Hemisphere there are more superrichs than in the rest of the regions.
Jeff Bezos , founder and CEO of Amazon , still holds the title of the richest man in the world, while in Latin America, Carlos Slim leads once again the list, but with some news.
The richest Latin Americans are in 2019 are Slim, the Brazilians Joseph Safra and Jorge Lemann, the Chilean Iris Fontbona and the Mexican Germán Larrea.
The top 10 list is completed by Ricardo Salinas (Mexico), Luis Carlos Sarmiento(Colombia) and the Brazilians Marcel Herrmann, Eduardo Saverin and Carlos Sicupira.
|10 richest Latin Americans||Country and place in the global ranking||Fortune according to Forbes (billions of dollars)|
|1. Carlos Slim||Mexico (5)||64|
|2. Joseph Safra||Brazil (31)||25.2|
|3. Jorge Lemann||Brazil (35)||22.8|
|4. Iris Fontbona||Chile (74)||15.4|
|5. Germán Larrea||Mexico (98)||13.3|
|6. Ricardo Salinas||Mexico (122)||11.1|
|7. Luis Carlos Sarmiento||Colombia (129)||10.8|
|8. Marcel Herrmann||Brazil (138)||9.9|
|9. Eduardo Saverin||Brazil (140)||9.7|
|10. Carlos Sicupira||Brazil (162)||8.9|
Carlos Slim: the fifth richest man in the world
Although Carlos Slim Helú is still the richest man in Latin America, and in 2019 he climbed in the global ranking to fifth place (since the seventh the previous year), he lost part of his fortune: US $ 3.1 billion .
All in all, it is not a big drop, considering that, according to Forbes, the Mexican estate reaches the US $ 64,000 million.
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At 79, Slim is the honorary president of América Móvil , one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world.
He has interests in the construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate sectors, as well as 17% of The New York Times .
Who are the other Latin American super-rich?
- Joseph Safra (Brazil), descendant of a Syrian family, is the richest banker in the world .
- Jorge Paulo Lemann (Brazil) started in the banking investment sector and then became the controlling shareholder of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer manufacturer in the world.
- Iris Fontbona (Chile) is the widow of Chilean businessman Andrónico Luksic, who built his fortune in mining and other sectors. He died of cancer in 2005.
- Germán Larrea (Mexico) is the owner of Mexico’s largest copper mining company, Grupo México, which also has operations in Peru and the United States.
- Ricardo Salinas (Mexico) runs TV Azteca and retail firm Grupo Elektra.
- Luis Sarmiento (Colombia) amassed his fortune in the construction industry and invested in the banking sector.
- Marcel Herrmann (Brazil) is one of the controllers of the largest brewing company in the world, Anheuser-Busch InBev.
- Eduardo Saverin (Brazil) co-founded Facebook with his classmate Mark Zuckerberg in 2004.
- Carlos Sicupira (Brazil), most of the fortune comes from his shareholding in the firm Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Worldwide, Jeff Bezos occupies the first place with a fortune of US $ 131,000 million.