Top 7 Highest Paid Actresses in 2010

Last month we publish the Top 7 Highest Paid Actors in 2010, and since we also made a list with the Top 7 highest paid athletes and female athletes, it wouldn’t be fair not to list the Top 7 best paid actress in 2010:

1. Sandra Bullock

$56 million

With two hit movies (The Proposal and The Blind Side) and an Oscar win, Bullock should have been sitting on top of the world. She is financially. With $56 million she’s the highest-earning actress. But a messy breakup with cheating husband Jesse James turned her into tabloid fodder. Bullock overcame adversity with news of an adoption and a return to public life at the MTV Movie Awards.

2. Reese Witherspoon

$32 million

Witherspoon’s face hasn’t been seen on the big screen since Christmas 2008, when she starred with Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases. She’ll return this holiday season with a new James Brooks comedy titled How Do You Know? co-starring Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

3.Cameron Diaz

$32 million

Thanks to her work in the Shrek films Diaz has a nice, steady income, but she also gets big bucks to appear in romantic films like the action comedy Knight & Day, co-starring Tom Cruise. Diaz also stars with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake as a foul-mouthed educator in the film Bad Teacher.

4.Jennifer Aniston

$27 million

Box-office stinkers like Love Happens and The Bounty Hunter can’t stop America’s sweetheart. Aniston still gets tons of press attention and decent-sized upfront paydays for romantic comedies like Just Go With It, co-starring Adam Sandler. Aniston also earns from Friends re-runs and a lucrative deal with Glaceau Smartwater.

5.Sarah Jessica Parker

$25 million

Between the TV series and movie franchise, Sex and the City will keep Parker in Manolos for years to come. The actress also has a successful line of perfumes that brought in $24 million the U.S. in 2009. Parker is now helping to design clothes for fashion label Halston.

6. Julia Roberts

$20 million

Roberts is no longer the draw she was in the days of movies like Erin Brockovich and Runaway Bride. Instead she is focusing on more personal movies like Eat Pray Love, based on the bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert. Roberts will star opposite Tom Hanks for the second time in Larry Crowne, about a man reinventing himself.

7. Angelina Jolie

$20 million

The mom of six is a constant tabloid presence with 38 magazine covers in the last 12 months. She also makes movies. Jolie lost some ground this year because she didn’t have a new movie in our time frame. But she continues to cement her bankability with big thrillers like Salt and The Tourist, co-starring Johnny Depp.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Most Spoken Languages

Once you decided to learn a new language, it would be useful to know which are the most spoken languages in the world. And if you think that, once you speak English, the next language you could learn should be German or French, think again.

Here we have the Top 7 list of the most spoken languages in the world. It is interesting to notice that some of the sources consulted for this post mention that Portuguese is officially a second language in Venezuela. Despite the efforts of the actual govern of Venezuela to implement Portuguese in the schools and the vast Portuguese immigration in the country, it won’t be accurate to consider this as an official second language of the country.

1. Mandarin

Number of native speakers: 845 million

Approximate number of speakers (including second language speakers): 1052 million

Official language in: People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, Singapore

Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet. but don’t let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or “tones”), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!

To say “hello” in Mandarin, say “Ni hao” (Nee HaOW). (“Hao” is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

2. Spanish

Number of native speakers: 329 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 417 million

Official language in: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, United States (New Mexico, Puerto Rico), Uruguay, Venezuela

Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.

3. English

Number of native speakers: 328 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 508 million

Official language in: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China), India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Maritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevs, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somolia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

While English doesn’t have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We’d tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let’s just move on to the most popular language in the world.

4. Arabic

Number of native speakers: 221 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 246 million

Official language in: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen

Arabic, one of the world’s oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.

5. Hindi

Number of native speakers: 182 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 487 million

Official language in: India, Fiji

Hindi is the primary language of India’s crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects. While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindi from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you’re interested in learning a little Hindi, there’s a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/musicals every year.

6. Bengali

Number of native speakers: 181 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 211 million

Official language in: Bangladesh, India (Tripura, West Bengal)

In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.

7. Portuguese

Number of native speakers: 178 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 213 million

Official language in: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (People’s Republic of China), Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé e Príncipe

Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named “Prince Henry the Navigator” became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it’s the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.

Source: Wikipedia, Infoplease, Vistawide, Listverse

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Top 7 Richest People in History

A couple of weeks ago, we published a post for the Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010. The publication of this post made me curious about who would be the richest people in history, actualized by inflation. After some investigation, we came out with a list for the Top 7 Richest People in History. Our Top 7 list, based on scholarly estimates and adjusted for inflation, includes entrepreneurs, warriors, and robber barons. This list did not include monarchs, whose vast wealth is considered public.

Bill Gates is the only living men who crack the list, and that’s only counting their net worth at bubble peaks in 1999 and 2007.

You’ll notice much of the list come from England and America. Partly this happens because that’s where estimates were available. But it’s also true extreme private wealth occurred only several times in history, such as: The great lords of England, the Gilded Age, and today’s credit bubble.

1. John D. Rockefeller

Country: USA

Fortune: $336 billion

Years: 1839 – 1937

How he made his fortune: Standard Oil – an American oil producing, transporting, refining and marketing company

He founded Standard Oil in 1870, at the age of 31, and bought up most of the oil refineries in the United States, eventually controlling about 90% of the American oil business.

John D. Rockefeller built an oil refinery in Cleveland, Ohio, which would later become the Standard Oil Trust. He would go on to borrow heavily, reinvest profits, control costs and utilize waste. For years, he also bought out rivals, improved the efficiency of his operations, pressed for discounts on oil shipments, undercut his competition, made secret deals and raised investment pools.

All of this led to an American empire that consisted of 20,000 domestic wells; 4,000 miles of pipeline; 5,000 tank cars and over 100,000 employees. At its peak, Standard Oil Trust was refining over 90% of the world’s oil.

Known For: Revolutionizing the petroleum industry. Philanthropy: Giving away over $550 million to medicine, education and scientific research.

Fun Fact: Eventually, in 1911, the Supreme Court of the United States enforced the Sherman Antitrust Act and ordered that Standard Oil Company be broken into 34 new companies. Among many others, some of these companies are known today as ConocoPhillips, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Pennzoil. Ironically, the breakup of Standard Oil caused the companies’ combined net worth to rise fivefold, giving Rockefeller over $900 million.

Quote: “I would rather earn 1% off 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.”

2. Andrew Carnegie

Country: USA

Fortune: $309 billion

Years: 1835 – 1919

How he made his fortune: Carnegie Steel Company – steel producer, investments

Carnegie invested in the steel business when the market was booming, eventually ending up at the head of the U.S. Steel empire.

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in a one room cottage. At the age of 13, he and his family moved to Pennsylvania in the United States, seeking a better life. Andrew’s first job as a bobbin boy earned him $1.20 per week, but by the age of 18, Carnegie was working his way up through the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He developed a close relationship with the company’s president, J. Edgar Thompson, which allowed him to participate in inside trading. Carnegie began to slowly accumulate capital through his investments.

He then used this capital to start his own company, Carnegie Steel. Making use of his connections, Carnegie established businesses that supplied rails and bridges to railroads. Carnegie would go on to control the most extensive integrated iron and steel operation ever owned by any one person in the US.

In 1901, being 66 years old, Carnegie was ready for retirement. J.P. Morgan organized a trust and bought out Carnegie Steel Company along with several other major producers to form the United States Steel Corporation. Carnegie was paid $225,639,000 in the form of 5%, 50-year gold bonds.

Known For: A true “rags-to-riches” story. Philanthropy: At the time of Carnegie’s death in 1919, he had already given away over $350 million.

Fun Fact: The U.S. Steel buyout was (and still is) the largest industrial takeover in the history of the United States.

Quote: “He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.”

3. William The Conqueror

Country: England

Peak fortune: $209 billion

Years: 1028 – 1087

How he made his fortune: Led the last successful foreign invasion of England in 1066, giving him the rights of lands in France, such as Normandy and Aquitaine. Although he became a monarch, we’re counting the spoils of war before he took the throne, based on what he gave out to his sons Odo and Robert.

Also known as William I of England (Guillaume 1er d’Angleterre) and William II of Normandy (Guillaume II de Normandie), was the first Norman King of England from Christmas 1066 until his death. He was also Duke of Normandy from 3 July 1035 until his death. Before his conquest of England, he was known as William the Bastard (Guillaume le Bâtard) because of the illegitimacy of his birth.

To press his claim to the English crown, William invaded England in 1066, leading an army of Normans, Bretons, Flemings, and Frenchmen (from Paris and Île-de-France) to victory over the English forces of King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings, and suppressed subsequent English revolts in what has become known as the Norman Conquest. His reign, which brought Norman-French culture to England, had an impact on the subsequent course of England in the Middle Ages. The details of that impact and the extent of the changes have been debated by scholars for centuries. In addition to the obvious change of ruler, his reign also saw a programme of building and fortification, changes to the English language, a shift in the upper levels of society and the church, and adoption of some aspects of continental church reform.

As Duke of Normandy and King of England he divided his realm among his sons, but the lands were reunited under his son Henry, and his descendants acquired other territories through marriage or conquest and, at their height, these possessions would be known as the Angevin Empire.

They included many lands in France, such as Normandy and Aquitaine, but the question of jurisdiction over these territories would be the cause of much conflict and bitter rivalry between England and France, which took up much of the Middle Ages.

4. Cornelius Vanderbilt

Country: USA

Fortune: $185 billion

Years: 1821 – 1885

How he made his fortune: Inheritance, railroads

In 1862, he began to buy railroad lines. Although already 70 years old, his wealth mostly comes from this business of the 19th century. Prior to that, he was known as a cold-blooded steam-boat entrepreneur.

William Henry Vanderbilt started his business training at the early age of 19 as a bank clerk. He inherited $100 million from his father and continued to grow the family railroad empire. William was an active philanthropist, giving money to the YMCA, Metropolitan Opera, Colombia University and Vanderbilt University.

Known For: By the time of his death, only nine years after taking over the family business, Vanderbilt nearly doubled his inheritance.

Fun Fact: Vanderbilt’s father, Cornelius, constantly criticized him, calling him a “blockhead.”

Quote: “The care of $200 million is too great a load for any back or brain to bear. It is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it.”

5. Alan Rufus

Country: England

Fortune: $149 billion

Years: 1040 – 1089

How he made his fortune: Land grants, investments in steel

A Norman who joined William The Conqueror in the invasion of Britain in the 11th century, Alan “The Red” had 250,000 acres of land from Yorkshire to London. He also owned Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire, which, for the time, was considered very comfortable.

Alan Rufus was a companion of his uncle, William the Conqueror, during the Norman conquest of England. He led a brutal suppression against rebels that killed 150,000 people. As a reward for his allegiance, Rufus received over 250,000 acres in land grants. He also made quite a fortune from his investments in steel.

Known For: Rufus’ fortune represented more than 7% of Britain’s net national income at the time.

Fun Fact: Rufus was accused of abducting Gunhilda, daughter of King Harold, and seducing her.

6. Bill Gates

Country: USA

Peak fortune: $136 billion

Years: 1955 –

How he made his fortune: Microsoft Corp.

Founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. He held onto shares as Microsoft dominated the age of computers, peaking in personal wealth at the top of the Dot Com Bubble.

William Henry “Bill” Gates III, (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock.

In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

7.William de Warenne

Country: England

Peak fortune: $134 billion

Years: 1055 – 1088

How he made his fortune: William I de Warenne participated in the battle of Hastings and was rewarded with properties in Sussex, Northfolk and Yorkshire.

Originally from Normandy, he was a son of Rodulf de Warenne and a grandnephew of duchess Gunnor, wife of duke Richard I of Normandy. The de Warenne surname derives from the hamlet named Varenne located on the river Varenne, which flows through the territory William acquired in Upper Normandy in the region today called Bellencombre. An elder brother, Rodulf, inherited their father’s lands, suggesting William was a younger son.

As a young man, William played a prominent role in protecting the Norman realm of the future William the Conqueror’s from a major invasion by the King of France in February 1054 at the Battle of Mortemer. After this battle Roger de Mortemer forfeited most of his lands, and the duke gave them to William.

William was one of the nobles who advised duke William when the decision to invade England was being considered. He is said to have fought at Hastings, and afterwards received the Rape of Lewes in Sussex, and subsequently lands in twelve other shires. He built castles at Lewes (Sussex), Reigate (Surrey), Castle Acre (Norfolk) and Conisbrough in Yorkshire.By the time of the Domesday survey he was one of the wealthiest landholders in England with holdings in 12 counties.

He fought against rebels at the Isle of Ely in 1071 where he showed a special desire to hunt down Hereward the Wake who had murdered his brother the year before.

William was loyal to William II, and it was probably in early 1088 that he was created Earl of Surrey. He died shortly afterwards of wounds he received while helping suppress the rebellion of 1088.

He died in Lewes, Sussex, and was buried next to his wife at the Chapterhouse of Lewes Priory.

Source: Business Insider, Wikipedia, Instash
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Top 7 Highest Paid Female Athletes in 2010

After all It wouldn’t be fair that, after publishing the Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010, we wouldn’t talk about the ladies on this matter. Here we have the highest paid female athletes in 2010:

1. Maria Sharapova

Sport: Tennis

Country: Russia

Income: $24.5 million

Age: 23

The top-paid woman in sports signed an eight-year contract extension with Nike this year that could be worth as much as $70 million, thanks to royalties from her own tennis line and a line of bags and shoes through Nike subsidiary Cole Haan.

2. Serena Williams

Sport: Tennis

Country: USA

Income: $20.2 million

Age: 28

Williams won two Grand Slams and a record $6.5 million in prize money in 2009. Last August Williams and sister Venus became minority owners in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

3. Venus Williams

Sport: Tennis

Country: USA

Income: $15.4 million

Age: 30

Williams pitches for Oreo, Powerade, Tide and Wilson, among others. She co-authored the book, “Come to Win,” released in July, which looks at successful people who played sports as kids, including Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Meg Whitman.

4. Danica Patrick

Sport: Car Racing

Country: USA

Income: $12 million

Age: 28

Patrick’s part-time move to Nascar has been a bit bumpy, as her average finish was 30.5 in her first six starts. She remains one of racing’s biggest stars with 10 personal sponsorship deals.

5. Kim Yu-Na

Sport: Figure skating

Country: South Korea

Income: $9.7 million

Age: 19

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist has an impressive endorsement portfolio including Hyundai, Nike and Samsung Electronics. Her sponsor, Kookmin Bank, took out insurance on its $1 million bonus if Kim broke her world-record score at the Olympics. She smashed it.

6. Annika Sorenstam

Sport: Golf

Country: Sweden

Income: $8 million

Age: 39

The eight-time player of the year retired from the LPGA at the end of 2008, but still retains deals with the likes of Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Lexus and Rolex. Other business interests include golf course design, a golf academy and a winery.

7. Ana Ivanovic


Country: Serbia

Income: $7.2 million

Age: 22

Adidas announced a lifetime deal in February with the former No. 1-ranked player in the world. Ivanovic has struggled on the court since winning the 2008 French Open, but her website remains one of the most popular among all athletes.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010

Last year Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from UK’s Manchester United to Spain’s Real Madrid for €94 million was the highest transfer ever paid for a footballer, and since he was moving to the richest football club, this would make all believe that he would be on the top of the highest paid athletes in the world but, guess what, he is not even in the top 7! Here is the list for the highest paid athletes in 2010:

1. Tiger Woods

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $105 million

Age: 35

Nike has built a $638 million (sales) golf division on Woods’ back, and pays the golfer $30 million annually.

2. Floyd Mayweather

Sport: Boxing

Country: USA

Income: $65 million

Age: 33

His May fight against Shane Mosley netted 1.4 million pay-per-view buys, the second-most lucrative non-heavyweight bout ever.

3. Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $48 million

Age: 32

Five-time NBA champ has the bestselling jersey in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

4. Phil Mickelson

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Income: $46 million

Age: 40

World’s second-ranked golfer has designed only one golf course in U.S., but has five projects on tap in China.

5. David Beckham

Sport: Football

Country: UK

Income: $43.7 million

Age: 35

Former Armani pitchman is developing his own line of underwear and grooming products.

6. Roger Federer

Sport: Tennis

Country: Switzerland

Income: $43 million

Age: 29

The 16-time Grand Slam champion has 10-year endorsement deals including Nike, Wilson, Rolex and Jura.

7. LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Income: $42.8 million

Age: 26

Two-time MVP heads to Miami with sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, State Farm and Upper Deck in tow.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010

According to this years edition of Forbes of the richest people in the world in 2010, for the first time a Latin American citizen took the first place. Lets see who made it for the Top 7 richest people in 2010:

1. Carlos Slim Helu

Net worth: $53.5 billion

Source of wealth: Telecom

Country: Mexico

Telecom tycoon who pounced on privatization of Mexico’s national telephone company in the 1990s becomes world’s richest person for first time after coming in third place last year. Net worth up $18.5 billion in a year. Recently received regulatory approval to merge his fixed-line assets into American Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile phone company.

2. Bill Gates

Net worth: $53 billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Country: U.S.A.

Software visionary is now the world’s second-richest man. Net worth still up $13 billion in a year as Microsoft shares rose 50% in 12 months, value of investment vehicle Cascade swelled. More than 60% of fortune held outside Microsoft; investments include Four Seasons hotels, Televisa, Auto Nation. Stepped down from day-to-day duties at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on philanthropy.

3. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $47 billion

Source of wealth: Investments

Country: U.S.A.

America’s favorite investor up $10 billion in past 12 months on surging Berkshire Hathaway shares; says U.S. has survived economic “Pearl Harbor,” but warns recovery will be slow. Shrewdly invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs and $3 billion in General Electric amid 2008 market collapse. Recently acquired railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26 billion.

4. Mukesh Ambani

Net worth: $29 billion

Source of wealth: Petrochemicals, oil and gas

Country: India

Global ambitions: His Reliance Industries, already India’s most valuable company, recently bid $2 billion for 65% stake in troubled Canadian oil sands outfit Value Creations. Firm’s $14.5 billion offer to buy bankrupt petrochemicals maker LyondellBasell was rejected. Since September company has sold Treasury shares worth $2 billion to be used for acquisitions. Late father, Dhirubhai, founded Reliance and built it into a massive conglomerate.

5. Lakshmi Mittal

Net worth: $28.7 billion

Source of wealth: Steel

Country: India

London’s richest resident oversees ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel maker. Net profits fell 75% in 2009. Mittal took 12% pay cut but improved outlook pushed stock up one-third in past year. Looking to expand in his native India; wants to build steel mills in Jharkhad and Orissa but has not received government approval. Earned $1.1 billion for selling his interest in a Kazakh refinery in December.

6. Lawrence Ellison

Net worth: $28 billion

Source of wealth: Oracle

Country: U.S.A.

Oracle founder’s fortune continues to soar; shares up 70% in past 12 months. Database giant has bought 57 companies in the past five years. Completed $7.4 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems in January; acquired BEA Systems for $8.5 billion in 2008. Studied physics at U. of Chicago; didn’t graduate. Started Oracle 1977; took public a day before Microsoft in 1986.

7. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $27.5 billion

Source of wealth: Luxury goods

Country: France

Bling is back, helping fashion icon grab title of richest European as shares of his luxury goods outfit LVMH–maker of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon–surge 57%. LVMH is developing upscale Shanghai commercial property, L’Avenue Shanghai, with Macau billionaire Stanley Ho.

Source. Forbes
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