Forbes 2015 Billionaires List: Carlos Slim Helú, Amancio Ortega Make Top 5; Which Latinos Made The Cut?

Carlos Slim Helú
With $75.2 billion, Slim Helú is the second richest man in the world, following Bill Gates. Reuters

Each year, Forbes ranks global billionaires by wealth, breaking it down by the richest women, the richest in tech, and even those who’ve dropped off from billionaire status to become mere millionaires. They don’t sort list by ethnicity, but don’t fret, the Latin Times staff combed through the list to give you our own catalog of Latino billionaires.

Top 5

#2 / Carlos Slim / Mexico / $75.2 Billion: Top 5 billionaire since at least 2007, Carlos Slim has risen and fallen on the list with his close rivals Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Slim has been first on the world wealth list more than once, most recently in September of 2014. A graduate of Mexico’s UNAM, he made his fortune in telecommunications. In Mexico, his phone company Telmex enjoyed a near monopoly on services. Forbes reports that his recent surge in wealth is thanks to a $5.6 billion investment in America Movil, a Latin wireless provider.

#4 / Amancio Ortega / Spain / $64.5 Billion: Amancio Ortega didn’t just survive the global financial crisis, he thrived in it, adding $45 billion to his net worth between 2009 to 2014. That’s because Ortega’s main industry -- luxury -- recovered very quickly from the economic collapse. Ortega started his empire with clothing; he’s the mind behind the Zara luxury retail brand, but he’s expanded to related ventures, like real estate in global cities.

Slim and Ortega weren’t the only Latinos to make the billionaire list. In fact, dozens upon dozens of Latinos across the globe have amassed multi-billion dollars fortunes.

Top 100

Jorge Paulo Lemon #26

German Larrea Mota-Velasco #77

Luis Carlos Sarmiento #85

Top 1,000

Carlos Alberto Sicupira #110

Alberto Bailleres #121

Joao Roberto Marinho #165

Jose Roberto Marinho #165

Roberto Irineu Marinho #165

Ricardo Salinas Pliego #168

Eva Gonda de Rivera #201

Sandra Ortega Mera #225

Juan Miguel Villar Mir #259

María Asunción Aramburuzabala #265

Juan Roig #277

Carlos and Alejandro Bulgheroni #283

Eduardo Saverin #330

Abilio Dos Santos Diniz #369

Alejandro Santo Domingo #369

Andres Santo Domingo #396

Jeronimo Arango #381

J Christopher Reyes and Jude Reyes #418

Antonio del Valle Ruiz #462

Francisco Ivens de Sá Dias Branco #462

Gustavo Cisneros #481

Juan Carlos Escotet #534

Emilio Azcarraga #577

Jorge Perez #577

Andre Esteves #628

Hortensia Herrero #663

Patricia Matte #663

Lorenzo Mendoza #690

Jose Luis Cutrale #737

Ermirio Pereira de Moraes #737

Maria Helena Moraes Scripilliti #737

Sebastian Piñera #737

Carlos Hank Rhon #782

Maria Luisa Solari Falabella #782

John Arrillaga #810

Rafael del Pino y Calvo-Sotelo #847

Manuel Lao Hernandez #847

Helena Revered #847

Julio Mario Santo Domingo III #847

Jose and Francisco Jose Calderon Rojas #894

Fernando Roberto Moreira Salles #894

Joao Moreira Salles #894

Walther Moreira Salles Junior #894

Pedro Moreira Salles #894

Julio Ponce #894

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor #894

Carlos Ardilla Lulle #949

Rosana Camargo de Arruda Botelho #949

Manuel Jove #949

Renata de Camargo Nascimento #949

Florentino Perez #949

Regina de Camargo Pires Oliveira Dias #949

Top 2,000

Juan Abello #1006

Eduardo Eurnekian #1006

Roberto Hernandez Ramirez #1054

Jorge Moll Filho #1054

Jaime Botín #1118

Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno #1118

Ana Lucia de Mattos Barreto Villela #1118

Alfredo Egydio Arruda Villela Filho #1118

Julio Bozano #1190

Gabriel Escarrer #1190

Ana Maria Brescia Cafferata #1226

Rosa Brescia Cafferata #1226

Gregorio Pérez Companc #1226

Lina Maria Aguiar #1250

Sergio Lins Andrade #1250

Maria del Pino y Calvo-Sotelo #1250

Arturo Moreno #1250

Alberto Cortina #1324

Ana Maria Marcondes Penido Sant’Anna #1324

Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello #1324

Nevaldo Rocha #1324

Antonio Luiz Seabra #1324

Maria Ines de Lafuente Lacroze #1415

Jose Isaac Peres #1415

Rufino Vigil González #1500

Lia Maria Aguiar #1533

Joao Alves de Queiroz Filho #1533

Jose Llado Fernandez Urrutia #1533

Vito Rodriguez Rodriguez #1533

Fernando Roig #1533

Luis Enrique Yarur Rey #1533

Blairo Maggi #1605

Lucia Maggi #1605

Alberto Roemmers #1638

Jorge Rodriguez Rodriguez #1712

Maria de Lourdes Egydio Villela #1741

Mario Lopez Estrada #1741

Hugo Ribeiro #1741

 

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