Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Another Year, Another List of Rich People

Ellison, Bloomberg top Jews on ‘Forbes’ list

Print Email
Larry Ellison, really into yachting last month.(Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images)

The big news from Forbes’s annual list of the world’s billionaires is that Planet Earth has a new richest man: Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican telecommunications magnate who now owns a substantial minority share of The New York Times. He weighs in at $53.5 billion. Muchas felicitationes!

But you want to know where the Jews—say, those in the top 50—are. The short answer is: They’re down.

• The richest Jew, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, fell from fourth to sixth, and from $22.5 billion to … well, to $28 billion, but obviously you’d rather have the higher ranking than the extra $5.5 billion.

• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped further, from 17th to 23rd, and from $16 billion to $18 billion (no way you could trade me six slots for $2 billion).

• Googlers Sergey Brin and Larry Page tied (with others) for 24th at $7.5 billion.

• Microsoft’s Steven Ballmer (Jewish mother!) is 33rd, with $14.5 billion.

George Soros (35th, $14 billion).

Michael Dell (37th, $13.5 billion).

Mikhail Fridman (42nd, $12.7 billion).

Donald Bren (45th, $12 billion).

Roman Abramovich (50th, $11.2 billion. His consolation prize is he gets to own Manchester United.)

The World’s Billionaires [Forbes]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

manny says:

Speechless i am
i don’t eat ham
yet i cannot believe
what these guys achieve
but one day, maybe,
yes, i can
UUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHH. OY VEY

Since you’re pointing out religious affiliations here, Carlos Slim Helu is Lebanese Christian Maronite/Roman Catholic:

Slim was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His father, Julián Slim Haddad (Arabic جوليان سليم حداد), arrived in Mexico in 1902 from Lebanon, alone at 14 years of age and speaking no Spanish; he was escaping from the Ottoman Empire, which at the time conscripted young men into its army – mothers therefore sent their sons to exile before turning fifteen. Carlos Slim’s mother, Linda Helú (Arabic ليندا حلو), was born in Parral, Chihuahua; she was the daughter of José Helú (Arabic جوزيه حلو) and Wadiha Atta (Arabic وضيحة عطا), Lebanese immigrants who arrived in Mexico at the end of the 19th century, brought the first Arabic printing press to Mexico, and founded one of the first magazines for the Lebanese community in the country. In 1911, Julián established a dry goods store called La Estrella del Oriente (The Eastern Star) and purchased real estate in downtown Mexico City. In August 1926, Julián Slim and Linda Helú married in Mexico City; they had six children, of whom Carlos was the youngest boy.

[a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim
“] more [/a]

[a href=”http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=153245
“] Carlos Slim visits Gemayel in Bikfaya Lebanon
[/a]

Roman Abramovich owns Chelsea Football Club, not Manchester United. Man U is owned by the Glazer family (also Jewish).

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Another Year, Another List of Rich People

Ellison, Bloomberg top Jews on ‘Forbes’ list

More on Tablet:

A Tale of Three Twitter Feeds: Hamas Tweets in Arabic, English, and Hebrew

By Aaron Magid — Analysis of the social-media messaging of Hamas’ military wing reveals distinct voices for the West, the Arab Middle East, and Israel