The Greeks in the billionaires’ list for 2018

The Greeks in the billionaires’ list for 2018

Forbes has published the annual list with the richest people in the world. The magazine has pinned down a record 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories including the first ever from Hungary and Zimbabwe. This elite group is worth $9.1 trillion, up 18% since last year. Their average net worth is a record $4.1 billion. Among them we found 16 Greek businessmen.

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1.Jim Davis

Jim Davis is on 365th place with 5.3 billion dollars. His parents moved to USA when his was a little boy. He is the owner of «New Balance». Read more about Jim Davis

2. Tom Gores

Tom Gores is in 572 place with a fortune of 3,9 billion. He was born in Nazareth, Israel to a Greek father and a Lebanese mother. When he was only four, the family moved to Genessee, MI. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, he joined his brother Alec (also featured in this edition) in buying out companies. He founded Capital Equity in 1995, which remains one of the largest private companies in the United States.

3.John Paul DeJoria


On 729 place we find John Paul DeJoria. His fortune is estimated at $3,2 billion. He was born to immigrant parents, a Greek mother and an Italian father. His main income source is John Paul Mitchell Systems, his hair products company. Actually, before building his business empire, he used to be a homeless guy living in his car. Read more about his life

4.Spiro Latsis

He is on place 729 with a fortune of 3,2 billion. Spiro Latsis has been managing the family fortune since his father, Greek shipping tycoon John S. Latsis, passed away in 2003. The family still has a foot in the shipping business through Latsco Shipping, which owns a fleet of more than a dozen oil tankers and liquefied petroleum gas carriers.

5.John Catsimatidis


John Catsimatidis is on 766 place with a fortune of 3,1 billion. His group of companies which includes the largest chain of food supermarkets in New York and Florida, 400 Petrol Stations, while he also deals with the Real Estate. Read more about John Catsimatidis here.

6.Philip Niarchos


On place 859 we find Philip Niarchos with an estimated fortune of $2,8 billion. He has in his art collection some of the most valuable paintings in the world.

7.Dean Metropoulos


Dean Metropoulos is 965 place with a fortune of $2,5 billion. He is the owner of Pabst Brewing, which produces more than 24 brands of beer and drinks. His family moved to USA when he was 9 years old. Read more about Dean Metropoulos here.

8.Aristotelis Mistakidis

He is on place 965 with a fortune of 2,5 billion. Aristotelis Mistakidis, known as “Telis, is the director of Glencore’s copper business and owns a 3% stake in the commodities and mining giant. A citizen of both the United Kingdom and his native Greece, he attained billionaire status in 2011 when the IPO of Glencore went public on the London Stock Exchange.

9.George Argyros


He is on 1020 place with a fortune of 2,4 billion, while last year he was on 1011 place with a fortune estimated at 1,8 billion dollars. He deals with real estate and investments and had served as U.S. ambassador to Spain. Read more about his life

10.Alexander Spanos


He is on 1020 place with a fortune of 2,4 billion while in 2016 he was in 1067 place with 1,7 billion dollars. He is the owner of San Diego Chargers. Read more about Alexander Spanos here.

11.Alec Gores

He is in 1157 place with a fortune of 2,1 billion. Alec Gores, 63, like his brother Tom (also featured in this list) was born to a Greek father and Lebanese mother, in Nazareth, Israel. The family moved to Genesee, MI when he was a teenager. Alec Gores started bagging groceries at his uncle’s store soon after arriving; he didn’t speak any English at the time. The brothers worked together at the beginning of their careers but went their separate ways in 1995 and have competed for buyout deals ever since.

12.Peter Peterson


Peter Peterson is on place 1215 with a fortune of 2 billion, whereas last year he was on place 1121 with a fortune of 1,6 billion dollars.He’s a businessman, banker, author and politician and has prominently served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from February 29, 1972 to February 1, 1973 under President Nixon. Currently he’s considered to be the most influential persona in the country. Read more about Peter Peterson here.

13.Jamie Dimon

He is in place 1756 with a fortune of 1,3 billion.Jamie Dimon, one of the most powerful people of the world in finance and the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the largest of the Big Four American banks, and was named four times by the TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Read more…

14. Filaret Galchev

He is on place 2124 with a fortune of 1 billion. Until 2015 he was the richest Greek in the world and the 369 richest person in the world with a fortune of 4,4 billion dollars. Read more…

15. Ted Leonsis

He is on place 2124 with a fortune of 1 billion. He is one of the richest Greeks in the U.S. He lives in Washington and his goal is to conquer NBA after being the major shareholder of the Washington Wizards, with an agreement reached EUR 550 million on U.S. dollars, including the acquisition of one golf ground. Read more…

16. George Marcus

He is on place 2124 with a fortune of 1 billion. George M. Marcus was born George Moutsanas in 1941 in Euboea. He is the Founder of Marcus and Millichap Company, where he currently serves as Chairman. Read more…