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The Richest Jews in the World

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Mark Zuckerberg, #52.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The 2011 Forbes list of billionaires dropped. Same top-three as last year: Carlos Slim Helú, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett. Same top-ranked Jew—Oracle magnate Larry Ellison, who moved up one spot, to fifth, and shot from net worth of $28 billion to $39.5 billion (a recovering economy will do that, I guess). If anything, though, it’s a list that, while it has a disproportionate number of Jews to be sure, is so thoroughly dominated by Gentiles that one can dream of a day when stereotypes about Jews and money lose whatever resonance they may have left. Still, because a million dollars isn’t cool but $13.5 billion is, it remains fun (I hope!) to look at all the Jews in the top 50, as well as a few other notables:

Larry Ellison (5th, $39.5 billion).

Sheldon Adelson (16th, $23.3 billion).

Sergey Brin and Larry Page (24th, $19.8 billion).

Michael Bloomberg (30th, $18.1 billion).

Alisher Usmanov (35th, $17.7 billion) (not Jewish, but Muslim and married to a Jew).

Rinat Akhmetov (39th, $16 billion).

John Paulson (39th, $16 billion).

Mikhail Fridman (43rd, $15.1 billion).

Michael Dell (44th, $14.6 billion).

Susanne Klatten (44th, $14.6 billion) (not Jewish, but was caught up in crazy Nazi-sex-blackmail scandal with a Jewish guy).

Steven Ballmer (46th, $14.5 billion)

George Soros (46th, $14.5 billion).

Mark Zuckerberg (52nd, $13.5 billion).

Steve Cohen (114th, $8 billion).

Ralph Lauren (173rd, $5.8 billion).

The World’s Billionaires [Forbes]
Earlier: Another Year, Another List of Rich People

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Garry says:

“A new Read on Jewish Life”. That’s what Tablet describes itself as. So what worse than a list of jewish billionaires-Do they have anything to do with Judaism? Tell us that rather than how much money they have.

By the way-look up on wikipedia Suzanne KLlatten- a member of the Quandt family. which supplied arms to the Nazis. Is she some sort of honorary Jew?

Michael L. says:

This is what’s called a *fun* article; if you have a problem with it (see critiques above), you really need to get a life . . .

Richard Marcus says:

Perhaps an interesting follow up article might be, to what degree are these Jewish billionaires using their wealth to embrace or ignore Tikkun Olam.
Maybe do it on an “Olam-O-Meter” to show a comparison between wealth and attempt to heal the world – Oh,and you might consider Olam-O-Metering some of us regular ol’ Jews who “didn’t make the list” just to give it a perspective. You know, Material wealth vs. Spiritual health.

steve ben israel says:

who gives a shit about rich people
how about the beautiful nonviolent anarchist socialist revolution
the 4 day week
the 4 hour day
abolition of the money system
free healthcare
no more armies
only high quality products
everything run by and for the people

when the people find out that they are not stupid
changes will come faster than we think

MonkFish says:

Excellent idea Richard. Tablet should implement the “Olam-O-Meter” (or perhaps, to conform to the spirit of Wall Street, a “Tikkun-Ticker”?) forthwith!

Richard Marcus says:

Dear MonkFish,

Rhonda Stahl says:

MonkFish…..I’m still LMAO, Tikkun Ticker do it, do it!….BTW-Ralph Laren is Jewish? I love that I still get a charge outta finding out who’s Jewish!

Marilyn Cohen says:

Who in tarnation cares about the wealth of people, Jewish or not?

Richard Marcus says:

Dear MonkFish,
Sorry my response was cut off. Don’t really know why.
What I said was that I was glad you liked the idea but to “conform to the spirit of Wall Street” with a Tikkun Ticker is a little scary since A: Wall Street and good deeds have never really been a matching set and B: If we conjure up “the Spirit” of Wall Street” we’d also better put some lamb’s blood on our doorposts when it flies over.

Richard Marcus

Rachelle Pachtman says:

Tikkun ticker — fab! Annual gala fundraiser by Tablet for top Tikkun Olam not for profits even better. Readers get to vote and small organizations and individuals can be nominated.
There’s a whole campaign for you.

Correction: Larry Page isn’t Jewish but he used to have a step-uncle who was once married to a half-Jewish woman.

one thing i know is that i will sleep better tonight than those billionaires!!!

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Dear Sir,

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fidelis says:

how can i be richer than the jews?

I don’t give a shit about any rich or jewish or whatever.
I respect people if they worth it.
but this list very funny.
there is a citations

“Alisher Usmanov (35th, $17.7 billion) (not Jewish, but Muslim and married to a Jew).

Susanne Klatten (44th, $14.6 billion) (not Jewish, but was caught up in crazy Nazi-sex-blackmail scandal with a Jewish guy).”


this should never be published as it highlights jewish wealth and power which should really be played down.

Marat says:

Mr Rinat Akhmetov is not a Jew HE IS MUSLIM

Hey, where’s Rick Cohen of C&S?


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