Forbes magazine released the ranking of the world’s richest people, in which 2,668 billionaires appear this year, including seven Argentines. The select group has a combined fortune of US$12.7 billion, which means US$400 billion less than in 2021.
Despite the decline in the collective valuation and the reduction of 87 people on the list, Forbes detected more than 1,000 billionaires who are richer than a year ago, and 236 who joined the traditional payroll during the last year. The ranking is headed by the founder of Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk; Amazon founder Jeff Bezos appears behind him, and Bernardo Arnault, who oversees the LVMH empire of some 70 fashion and cosmetics brands, completes the podium.
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The biggest Argentine billionaires
- Mark Galperin: The founder and CEO of Mercado Libre, had joined the prestigious group of the 500 richest in the world in 2021, ranking 440th in the ranking, but now he has dropped to 764th with a fortune that Forbes estimates at US$3.9 billion.
- Paolo and Gianfelice Rocca, also in position 764: they are the leaders of the Techint Group, the industrial firm founded by his grandfather Agostino in 1945, in Argentina. The firm specializes in the production of steel and tubes for the oil industry, in addition to being active in the exploitation of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) and in the health business. According to Forbes, the family’s wealth – whose origins are Italian – grew by $200 million in 2021, to $3.9 billion.
- Gregorio Perez Companc: The Perez Companc family has a great business diversification, with a strong presence in food, telecommunications and energy. Although a large part of his companies were sold to Petrobras in 2002, he has a fortune of US$2.8 billion. It appears in position 1096.
- Albert Roemers: He is the majority owner of Laboratorios Roemmers, the largest pharmaceutical company in Argentina. He rose from 1,444 to 1,292, even though his fortune fell from $3 billion to $2,400 million.
- Alexander Bulgheroni: He commands Pan American Energy Group, the largest private oil company in the country and his fortune amounts to US$1.9 billion, which placed him in position 1,579 on the Forbes list (down 654 positions, from position 925 in which he was located in the previous edition).
- Eduardo Constantini: The owner of Consultatio, dedicated to real estate, and founder of Malba and Nordelta, was not in the ranking last year. This year he was ranked 1929, with a fortune that, according to the North American magazine, is US $ 1,500 million.
- Edward Eurnekian: The Argentine of Armenian origin owns a fortune estimated at US$1.5 billion. He is a mentor to dozens of companies, with more than 10,000 employees. He rose in the Forbes ranking, going from 2,263 in 2021 to the current 1,929.