Nine Israelis made the cut on this year’s list of the 500 wealthiest people in the world that was published by Forbes. According to Forbes, the world’s 1,826 billionaires – an all-time record – are worth a collective $7.05 trillion.
French-Israeli telecom and cable magnate Patrick Drahi, owner of Israel’s HOT cable company, was 2015’s 57th wealthiest person, with a $16 billion net worth.
The second-richest Israeli was Eyal Ofer, the son of shipping magnate Sammy Ofer, who died in 2011 and was once Israel’s richest man.
Businessman and former MK Stef Wertheimer – the wealthiest person on the list who resides in Israel – had a fortune of $5.6 billion after selling 80% of his ISCAR Metalworking Company for $5 billion to Berkshire Hathaway in 2006.
Arnon Milchan, a film producer who said he was once a secret agent and arms dealer has amassed $5.1 billion. Idan Ofer, brother to Eyal, had $4.8 billion. Businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, who owns the company that controls Bank Hapoalim, has an estimated $4.4 billon.
Yitzchak Tshuva, who lives in Netanya, according to Forbes, has accumulated a $3.6 billion fortune from owning real estate company El-Ad Group and the Delek Group conglomerate.
Chaim Saban, who first became successful as a television producer, came in at number 497 with $3.5 billion.
Diamond tycoon Beny Steinmetz’s mining empire has also brought him assets of $3.5 billion.