Top 7 Highest Paid Football Earners in 2011

Last January we published a post indicating the Top 7 Highest Football Players in 2010, in which we listed the highest paid footballers considering the salaries they earn from their clubs. In this case we go further, including for this post not only football players but also their coaches, and considering also what the make from their sponsors. Unfortunately, this Top 7 list will be limited for the players, since the highest paid coach (Jose Mourinho) makes “only” €13.5 million euros and didn’t make the cut for the list…

1. Lionel Messi

Team: FC Barcelona

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €31 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €27.5 million

3. Wayne Rooney

Team: Manchester United

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €20.7 million

4. Kaka

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19.2 million

5. David Beckham

Team: LA Galaxy

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19 million

6. Ronaldinho

Team: Flamengo

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): € 18.3 million

7. Carlos Tevez

Team: Manchester City

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €15.4 million

Source: France Football, Eurosport
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Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2011

Last week we actualized the list for the richest people in the world with our Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2011 post. Now is time to actualize another very interesting list. It i interesting to note that the Facebook phenomenon brought to the world, including 3 people in our list. Lets check the Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2011:

1. Dustin Moskovitz

Net worth: $2.7 billion

Age: 26

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: San Francisco, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 420

The world’s youngest billionaire, Dustin Moskovitz was Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate and Facebook’s third employee. He is just 8 days younger than his friend. The two dropped out of Harvard and moved to California to work for the social-networking firm full-time; he was its first chief technology officer and then vice president of engineering. He left in 2008 to start Asana, a software company that allows individuals and small companies to better collaborate. Values of his new company: “pragmatism,” “being a mensch,” “admitting when you’re wrong,” and “chill-ness.” Reportedly sold around a 1% stake in Facebook last year but held onto an estimated 5% in the company, whose value has soared to $50 billion, based on the recent Goldman Sachs transaction. Moskovitz signed onto the Giving Pledge in December; a photo of him and his live-in girlfriend Cari Tuna, a Wall Street Journal reporter who apparently will help him identify causes, accompanied his pledge letter.

2. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $13.5 billion

Age: 26

Title: Founder

Organization: Facebook

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: Palo Alto, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 52

You say you want a revolution? Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook was a key spark in the spread and organization of the recent revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Back home President Obama praised Facebook as an example of American innovation in his January State of the Union Address. A month later Zuckerberg sat next to Obama at a dinner with other tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, Larry Ellison and John Doerr. Over the last year the 26-year-old’s fortune surged 238% to $13.5 billion as investments from firms like Goldman Sachs boosted Facebook’s valuation to $50 billion. “The Social Network,” a fictionalized film of Facebook’s creation, further thrust Zuck & Co. into the spotlight and earned an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

3. Albert von Thurn und Taxis

Net worth: $2 billion

Age: 27

Source: Diversified, inherited

Residence: Regensburg, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Education: BA/BS, University of Edinburgh; MA, University of Edinburgh

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 595

First appeared in Forbes’ ranks at age 8 but officially inherited fortune in June 2001 on his 18th birthday. Went to high school in Rome; in June 2008 received an M.A. in economics and theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. But this prince hardly needs to earn his keep. Assets include real estate, art and a tech company and 30,000 hectares of woodland in Germany, one of the largest forest holdings in Europe. Despite local opposition is apparently going ahead with plans to build one of the world’s largest solar farms in Bavaria, southern Germany, to sell electricity. Lives in family castle, Schloss Emmeram. Eligible bachelor is also a race car driver; tours with a German auto-racing league.

4. Scott Duncan

Net worth: $3.1 billion

Age: 28

Source: pipelines, inherited

Residence: Houston, TX

Country of citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 362

Son of the late Dan Duncan assumed control of part of his $12.4 billion pipeline empire after father’s death in March 2010 at age 77. Houston’s richest man at the time of his death, Dan Duncan grew up poor, starting energy company Enterprise Products with 2 trucks in 1968. Today it owns more than 49,000 miles of pipelines.

5. Eduardo Saverin

Net worth: $1.6 billion

Age: 28

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: Singapore

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 782

Immortalized in the movie, The Social Network, which portrayed him being betrayed by his onetime best friend Mark Zuckerberg. After its release, published a piece about his reaction to the movie: “What I gleaned from viewing (the movie) was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate.” The buddies started Facebook together at Harvard, with Saverin apparently providing early seed money. For a brief time he had a one-third stake, which then fell to 30% when Zuckerberg’s roommate, Dustin Moskovitz, joined. When the others dropped out of school to relocate to California, Saverin stayed behind. A year later Facebook sued him for allegedly interfering with business and insisting on keeping a 30% stake; Saverin countersued. The parties settled, with Saverin apparently getting a 5% stake and a co-founder bio on Facebook’s site. A source tells Forbes he’s been selling shares and now holds a reported 2%. In January, made rare news when he led an $8 million round of financing of Qwiki, a hot Silicon Valley startup, along with other high-profile investors Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube, and Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper Networks. Last September, Qwiki won top prize at Internet startup conference TechCrunch Disrupt, putting it on the map for potential investors. Saverin had seen its demo at Disrupt over a livestream video in Singapore, where he currently resides, and reached out to Qwiki. Has public Facebook page, which he periodically updates. On it he says his activities are hurricane tracking and soccer; interests are digital media, the Internet revolution and happiness.

6. Yang Huiyan

Net worth: $4.1 billion

Age: 29

Source: real estate, inherited

Residence: Foshan, Guangdong, China

Country of citizenship: China

Education: BA/BS, Ohio State University

Marital Status: Married

Billionaire ranking: 265

Yang Huiyan is the main shareholder in Country Garden Holdings of Guangzhou, one of China’s largest property developers. The company’s chairman is Yang’s father, Yeung Kwok Keung, who transferred his holding to her before the company went public in Hong Kong in 2007. Wealth is up this year amid strong sales in 2010, owing to the company’s large land bank. Yang graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in marketing and logistics. According to Country Garden, she is primarily responsible for the formulation of development strategies. Rarely seen in public.

7. Fahd Hariri

Net worth: $1.5 billion

Age: 30

Source: construction, investments, inherited

Residence: Paris, France

Country of citizenship: Lebanon

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 833

Youngest son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri inherited stake in his father’s construction, telecom and real estate conglomerate Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Serves on the board of family’s Future TV, a satellite and terrestrial television network covering the Middle East. Lives in Paris.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows)

A couple of weeks ago we published the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid Artists for TV Series, but as we said in that post, there are two main ways artists negotiate their salaries, according to the type of show: per episode (TV series) and per year (late night, talk syndication, reality shows). To complete our research on this topic, here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artist in Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows.

At this point, it is important to mention that there are some TV News anchors and journalists that make more money than some of the people mentioned in this list, but since American TV News are not seen everywhere, we left these people out of our research.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Salary (per year): $315 million

TV show: The Oprah Show

Category: Talk Show

2. Judge Judy Sheindlin

Salary (per year): $45 million

TV show: Judge Judy

Category: Court Show

3. David Letterman

Salary (per year): $28 million

TV show: The Late Show

Category: Late Night Show

4. Jay Leno

Salary (per year): $25 million

TV show: The Tonight Show

Category: Late Night Show

5. Ryan Seacrest

Salary (per year): $15 million

TV show: American Idol

Category: Reality Show

6. Conan O’Brien

Salary (per year): $10 million

TV show: The Conan O’Brien Show

Category: Late Night Show

7. Ellen DeGeneres

Salary (per year): $8 million

TV show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Category: Talk Show

Source: people.com, allvoices.com, tvguide.com, hollywooddame.com
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Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2011

Last Wednesday Forbes published its already famous World’s Billionaires list, and since the Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 was one of the first post we published when we started this blog, we couldn’t go on without publishing the actualized list. Few things have changed, and for me the most important difference is that all the Top 7 Billionaires, excluding Mukesh Ambani from India (who left the Top 7 list leaving a free spot for Amancio Ortega), increased their fortunes. This maybe a good signal that the crisis is almost over…

1. Carlos Slim Helu & family

Net worth: $74 billion

Age: 71

Title: Chairman

Organization: Telmex

Source: telecom, self-made

Residence: Mexico City, Mexico

Country of citizenship: Mexico

Education: BA/BS, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Marital Status: Widow

Children: 6

The world’s richest person for a second year in a row, the Mexican telecom mogul is also the year’s biggest gainer, having added $20.5 billion to his fortune and widened the gap between him and nº 2, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, to $18 billion. A 19% rise in the Mexican stock market, a stronger peso, and successful mining and real estate spinoffs from conglomerate Grupo Carso all contributed to the astonishing increase. He also merged his fixed-line telecom company into America Movil, Latin America’s largest wireless carrier; the Slim family stake in that holding accounts for 62% of his net worth. He has other holdings in retailer Saks and the New York Times. Recently opened a new building for his Soumaya Museum, which houses his vast art collection. It is open to the public for free.

2. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $56 billion

Age: 55

Title: Co-Chair

Organization: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Residence: Medina, WA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Microsoft mogul, futurist and America’s richest person has, with help from billionaire buddy Warren Buffett, convinced nearly 60 of the world’s wealthiest to sign his “Giving Pledge,” promising to donate the majority of their wealth to charity either during their lifetime or after death. He is no longer the planet’s richest person, but that’s because he’s given away $30 billion to his foundation. The Gates Foundation, the world’s most influential charity, tackles tuberculosis and polio and funds famine-resistant crops to fight hunger. He is calling for “a higher sense of urgency” in AIDS vaccine development and also pushing for better tools to rate teacher performance. Gates holds 70% of his wealth in investment fund Cascade, dabbling in everything from autos to hedge funds to Mexican Coke bottler Femsa; the rest of his wealth is held in Microsoft stock.

3. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $50 billion

Age: 80

Title: CEO

Organization: Berkshire Hathaway

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Residence: Omaha, NE

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: MS, Columbia University; BA/BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Marital Status: Widowed, Remarried

Children: 3

The venerable investor’s Berkshire Hathaway climbed more than 15% over the last year adding $3 billion to his to fortune. The 80-year-old is still hunting big deals: “Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy.” Along with bridge partner Bill Gates, the Oracle of Omaha is coaxing America’s richest to pledge half their fortunes to charity. “Too often a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse and long-standing friends.” Buffett faked breathing problems when he was 12 so he could move back to Omaha from Washington, D.C., where his father was a freshman congressman. He had read every book about investing in stocks in the Omaha Public Library by the time he was 12. He met value investor Benjamin Graham at Columbia; bought textile firm Berkshire Hathaway 1965, and transformed it into massive holding company: food, insurance, utilities, industrials. Buffett acquired railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26 billion in 2009.

4. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $41 billion

Age: 62

Title: Chairman

Organization: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

Source: LVMH, inherited and growing

Residence: Paris, France

Country of citizenship: France

Education: BA/BS, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Marital Status: Married

Children: 5

The Lord of Luxe easily retains title of richest European. Fortune surged by $13.5 billion as shares of his luxury good outfit, LVMH, rose by more than half over the past year thanks to strong demand for luxuries like Dom Perignon champagne, Cognac Hennessy, Tag Heuer watches and Louis Vuitton accessories, particularly in Asian markets like Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. The group acquired 20% of Hermes last year; Arnault insists he is a friendly shareholder but Hermes sees it as hostile. In March the Bulgari family transferred its majority holding in its brand to LVMH in exchange for LVMH shares and board seats. LVMH fired Christian Dior designer John Galliano after he apparently made anti-semitic remarks. Renaissance man also owns yacht builder Royal Van Lent, a hotel in Courchevel; has stakes in French retailer Carrefour and French tour operator Go Voyages.

5. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $39.5 billion

Age: 66

Source: Oracle, self-made

Residence: Woodside, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, University of Chicago; Dropout, University of Illinois at Urbana

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

The Oracle chief sits atop a fortune that is $11.5 billion bigger than last year thanks to a 30% jump in the software company’s shares. In November, Oracle won a mud-slinging copyright infringement court battle against German software rival SAP worth $1.3 billion. SAP is contesting the outcome. Oracle has acquired 75 companies over the years worth $40 billion, and figured out a way to turn a profit on its latest big buy, Sun Microsystems, in 2010. One of the highest-paid executives in the U.S., Ellison reaped $960 million in compensation in the past five fiscal years, mostly from exercising stock options; he recently cut his salary to $1. An avid yachtsman, Ellison spent a decade and over $100 million on his quest for the America’s Cup, which he finally won in February 2010, beating Swiss rival (and billionaire) Ernesto Bertarelli. He is bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco in 2013. Intends to give 95% of wealth to charity.

6. Lakshmi Mittal

Net worth: $31.1 billion

Age: 60

Title: Chairman

Organization: ArcelorMittal ADS

Source: Steel, inherited and growing

Residence: London, United Kingdom

Country of citizenship: India

Education: BA/BS, St Xavier’s College Calcutta

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Net profits at his ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel-maker, are up 18-fold to $2.9 billion in 2010 due to recovery in steel demand and higher margins. Group spun off its stainless steel unit into Aperam, a new listed company, and also acquired Canadian miner Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation. It has funded a 377-foot sculpture called ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympics. Europe’s richest resident, he bought Alderbrook Park, a 340-acre country estate outside London, where he plans to build an eco-friendly country mansion for a reported $40 million. Daughter Vanisha acquired stake in Roc Capital Management, a New York hedge fund. Daughter-in-law Megha owns German fashion house Escada.

7. Amancio Ortega

Net worth: $31 billion

Age: 74

Source: Zara, self-made

Residence: La Coruna, Spain

Country of citizenship: Spain

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Amancio Ortega stepped down as chairman of Inditex, the $15.8 billion (sales) fashion firm in January; he still gets 87% of his fortune from his stake in the publicly traded firm. The company, which operates under several brand names including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius, has 5,000 stores in 77 countries. Ortega also owns properties in Florida, Madrid, London and Lisbon, a horse-jumping circuit, a stake in a soccer league; and has interests in gas, tourism and banks. Railway worker’s son, he started as a gofer in a shirt store. With then-wife Rosalia Mera, also a billionaire, started making dressing gowns and lingerie in living room. Daughter Marta works for Inditex.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Most Powerful Women in 2010

She used to be First Lady of the most powerful nation in the world, and she is now Secretary of State. These two positions would easily send her to the top position of the Top 7 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2010, but accordingly to Forbes, this year the top spot belongs to someone else. Check here who are the Top 7 Most Powerful Women in 2010:

1. Michelle Obama

Age: 47

Title: First Lady

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: JD, Harvard University; LLM, Harvard University; BA/BS, Princeton University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

She has made the office of First Lady her own. A forceful advocate of school nutrition standards and military families’ affairs, she’s more involved in policy than Laura Bush was. But unlike Hillary Clinton, who championed a secretive (and ultimately unsuccessful) health care reform, Obama has stayed away from hard policy. A fashion icon and an athletic mother of two, she’s Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago’s South Side. She’s also effective: In response to her Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity, companies like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills have pledged to reduce the calorie content of their foods by 2012. The first lady remains popular: 54% of Americans view her favorably.

2. Irene Rosenfeld

Age: 57

Title: Chief Executive, Kraft Foods

Residence: Kenilworth, IL

Country of citizenship: United StatesEducation: BA/BS, Cornell University; PHD, Cornell University; MS, Cornell University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Her $26.3 million compensation package in 2009 made Rosenfeld the nation’s second-highest-paid female, after Yahoo!’s Carol Bartz. She earned it, drawing fire early this year after announcing plans to acquire British candymaker Cadbury. Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owned 9.4% of Kraft, voted against the deal, calling it “dumb.” When Rosenfeld refused to back down, Buffett retaliated by selling 33.1 million Kraft shares (one-third of Berkshire’s stake). Who was right? Kraft’s second-quarter revenues rose 25.3% to $12.3 billion, boosted largely by Cadbury’s business in Europe and in developing markets. “Obviously I’m very pleased with the outcome,” she says. On the home front, Kraft is spending more on ads to push core brands–Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Oreos and Mac & Cheese (her favorite).

3. Oprah Winfrey

Age: 57

Title: Media Personality

Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Source: television, self-made

Residence: Chicago, IL

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Marital Status: Single

World’s most successful female media exec (Top 7 Celebrities in 2010) has earned $1.35 billion over the last five years–as well as an enormous following. Her Oprah Winfrey Show–which will soon air its last episode after 25 years–boasts 40 million viewers a week. But with a Sirius radio channel (35 million listeners per month), a popular Twitter feed (nearly 4.5 million followers) and a new network launching January 2011 (called OWN), the media mogul will still have a large platform. Not afraid to use it: helped Barack Obama win 2008 presidency.

4. Angela Merkel

Age: 56

Title: Chancellor

Organization: Germany

Residence: Berlin, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Married

Most powerful woman on the planet. Chancellor of Germany oversees Europe’s largest economy. Renowned free-market champion and favorite of big business, boasts nine public companies with annual sales in excess of $70 billion. In all, there are 57 German companies on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies, with aggregate sales of $1.7 trillion.

5. Hillary Clinton

Age: 63

Title: Secretary of State

Organization: United States of America

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Wellesley College; LLM, Yale University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1

Former first lady and U.S. senator has been careful not to let her international celebrity outshine that of her boss. Two now said to have excellent working relationship, so good that inside-the-beltway gossips whisper her name as a possible replacement for hapless U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. Despite fashion “sense” that leans towards pantsuits, blinding colors, now America’s most popular politician, with favorability rating nine percentage points higher than Obama’s.

6. Indra Nooyi

Age: 55

Title: Chief Executive, PepsiCo

Residence: Purchase, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: MBA, Yale University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

This year Nooyi nudged a $20 million slice of the company’s $616-million-a-year ad budget away from traditional to social media spends. A worldwide campaign, Pepsi Refresh, lets you submit grant proposals to a website, then encourages online voters to choose the winners (amounts: $5,000 to $250,000). “It blurs the line between philanthropy and advertising,” says Nooyi, whose total annual compensation package last year was $10.6 million. Refresh also allocates $1.3 million each month for a U.S. project, such as the recent “Do Good For the Gulf,” which offers stipends to build a shelter for animals whose owners lost their homes to the oil spill and to provide mental health services and job training. “Brands have to speak to millenniums; young people want to make a difference,” she says.

7. Lady Gaga

Age: 24

Title: Singer and performance artist

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, New York University

Marital Status: Single

All hail the new queen of pop. Part singer and part performance artist, Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta) has single-handedly reinvigorated pop music and pop culture. Her songs are like brain candy (sticky and addictive), her performances and fashion style are a spectacle. Her first album, The Fame, debuted in 2008, scoring four No. 1 hits with Just Dance, Love Game, Paparazzi and Poker Face. Her latest, The Fame Monster, has now put her on par with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey for the most No. 1 Billboard hits (six) by a female artist. Her The Monster Ball world tour is poised to gross $200 million by the time it ends in May 2011. But it’s not all pop and glamour for Gaga. She is vocal supporter of gay rights and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”She also made out Top 7 Celebrities in 2010 list.

Source: Forbes
  • Age: 24
  • Title: Singer and performance artist
  • Residence: New York, NY
  • Country of citizenship: United States
  • Education: Dropout, New York University
  • Marital Status: Single
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Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2010

We already published a couple of post about the richest people in 2010 (Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 and Top 7 American Billionaires in 2010), but when we posted the last article about this theme (Top 7 American Billionaires in the Making), it was very interesting to know that the number one on this list (Sean Parker), even though he was related to Napster and Plaxo in the past, his actual fortune come from Facebook (estimated fortune of $920 million with just 30 years old). This brought me the curiosity to investigate about the Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2010:

1. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $4 billion

Age: 25

Fortune: self made

Source: Facebook

Country of citizenship: United States of America

Residence: Palo Alto, California

Education: Harvard University, drop out

Marital status: single

World’s youngest billionaire leading his addictive social networking site Facebook to an inevitable public pay-day. Firm became “cash-flow positive” last year, instituted dual-class voting structure akin to what Google put into place before it held its 2004 offering. Fresh-faced entrepreneur launched Facebook from Harvard dorm room in 2004. Left school for Silicon Valley later that year; bagged initial $500,000 investment from PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel. Last May Russian investment firm Digital Sky agreed to buy stock from Facebook employees; deal priced company at $10 billion. Shares continue to change hands on private equity exchange SecondMarket; recent transactions put the value at upwards of $15 billion. Growing rapidly: in past 12 months user base has surged 130% to 400 million.

2. Albert von Thurn und Taxis

Net worth: $2.2 billion

Age: 26

Fortune: inherited

Source: diversified

Country of citizenship: Germany

Residence: Regensburg

Education: University of Edinburgh, BA / Science. University of Edinburgh, Master of Arts

Marital status: single

First appeared in Forbes’ ranks at age 8 but officially inherited fortune in June 2001 on his 18th birthday. Went to high school in Rome; in June 2008 received an M.A. in economics and theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. But hardly needs to earn his keep. Assets include real estate, art and a tech company and 30,000 hectares of woodland in Germany, one of the largest forest holdings in Europe. Despite local opposition is apparently going ahead with plans to build one of the world’s largest solar farm in Bavaria, southern Germany, and sell electricity. Lives in family castle, Schloss Emmeram. Eligible bachelor is also a race car driver; tours with a German auto-racing league.

3. Yang Huiyan

Net worth: $3.4 billion

Age: 28

Fortune: inherited

Source: real estate

Country of citizenship: China

Residence: Foshan

Education: Ohio State University, BA / Science

Marital status: married

Yang’s wealth is up to $3.4 billion from $2.3 billion in the past year but still well below her 2007 net worth of $16.2 billion when she was China’s richest person. Her fortune is tied up in her holding in Guangdong developer Country Garden, run by her father Yeung Kwok Keung, who transferred the shares to her before the firm’s 2007 public offering. Ohio State grad is now apparently responsible for supervising the company’s procurement and resource strategies. The company continued to expand its investments outside of Guangdong in January through a winning bid for a land plot in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

4. Fahd Hariri

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 29

Fortune: inherited

Source: construction, investments

Country of citizenship: Lebanon

Residence: Paris

Education: N/A

Marital status: single

Youngest son of slain Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri inherited stake in his father’s massive construction, telecom and real estate empire Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Serves on board of family’s Future TV, a satellite and terrestrial television network covering the Middle East. Hariri, who reportedly lives in Dubai, is involved in UAE projects including a five-star hotel due to open in Abu Dhabi in 2011.

5. Li Zhaohui

Net worth: $1.0 billion

Age: 29

Fortune: inherited

Source: Manufacturing

Country of citizenship: China

Residence: Wenxi

Education: N/A

Marital status: N/A

Took over as chairman of Shanxi Haixin Iron & Steel Group after father was shot in 2003. Haixin, based in Shanxi province, is one of China’s biggest private steel manufacturers. Products include pig iron, crude steel, billet and cement. Total assets are $1.2 billion; company employs 7 200. Since taking over, Li has also diversified into finance; group now has stakes in Beijing’s Yinhua Fund Management, Minsheng Insurance, and brokerage firm Shanxi Securities. Li, who spends a lot time in Beijing, reportedly married Chinese actress Che Xiao in January.

6. Aymin Hariri

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 31

Fortune: inherited

Source: construction, investments

Country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Residence: Riyadh

Education: Georgetown University, BA / Science

Marital status: married, 1 child

Son of slain Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, inherited stake in his father’s massive construction, telecom and real estate empire Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Now based in Riyadh, helps oversee family’s investments in telecom, media and real estate while older brother Saad carries on political legacy as Lebanon’s prime minister. Georgetown-educated engineer got start at global fixed-satellite-provider Intelsat. Now chairs U.S. identity-software management firm Epok, which sells to federal and state customers. Also serves on board of South African mobile phone operator Cell C.

7. Yoshikazu Tanaka

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 33

Fortune: self made

Source: social networking

Country of citizenship: Japan

Residence: Tokyo

Education: Nihon University

Marital status: N/A

World’s second-youngest self-made billionaire after Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tanaka also made his fortune from a social networking site, Gree. He started out at Sony, then worked for fellow billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani at online shopping site Rakuten. Left in 2004 to set up Gree at a tech incubator; company name inspired by American social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s concept of “six degrees of separation.” Eventually transitioned the site into mobile gaming to better compete with rivals. Attracting around a million new subscribers a month, who pay for virtual clothes and accessories for online avatars that participate in social games on their mobile phones. Named his conference rooms Sunnyvale and Mountain View, after the locations of Yahoo’s and Google’s headquarters.

Source: Forbes
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