The world's richest Jews (an incomplete list)

[Update: see Ethnic origins of Forbes world billionaires (2013) for a more comprehensive list of Jewish billionaires.]

Steve Sailer alerted me to Forbes Israel's list of Jewish billionaires (http://www.forbes.co.il/rating/list.aspx?en6v0tVq=FK), pointing out the number of American Jews appears to be much lower than might be expected based on assessments of the ethnic makeup of the Forbes 400 in 2009 and 2010. As translated by Google:

The world's richest Jews

Jewish billionaires comprise 11% of global billionaires list, and common wealth reaches -812 billion. Who is the top, and in some places deteriorated Mark Zuckerberg?

Having now looked at the 2012 Forbes 400, I see an ethnic breakdown similar to 2009/2010. The Forbes Israel "richest Jews" list was published about a week ago and appears to be put together based on the Forbes World's Billionaires list, which was updated in March 2013. The most recent Forbes 400 was finalized in September 2012, so, while minor differences are possible, for the US the lists should mostly overlap. The Forbes 400 threshold is about $1.1 billion (rather than $1 billion), so we'd tend to expect more US names on the Forbes Israel list than Jews in the Forbes 400 -- if the compilers were thorough. They don't appear to have been.

I count 43 Jews in the 2012 Forbes 400 not included in the Forbes Israel list:

Alexander Rovt
Arthur Blank
Bernard Saul, II. [Update: B.F. Saul is apparently not Jewish, but D.E. Shaw is, so the numbers remain the same.]
Bruce Karsh
Bruce Kovner
Charles Ergen
Daniel Och
Donald Bren
Edmund Ansin
Edward Lampert
Elaine Wynn
Eli Broad
Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler
George Roberts
Henry Kravis
Henry Swieca
Herbert Allen, Jr. & family
Howard Marks
Ira Rennert
James Irsay
James Simons
Jeff Greene
Jerry Speyer
Leon Black
Leon G. Cooperman
Marc Lasry
Marc Rowan
Mitchell Rales
Neil Bluhm
Nelson Peltz
Peter Sperling
Reid Hoffman
Richard LeFrak & family
Robert Kraft
Sidney Kimmel
Stanley Druckenmiller [Update: I was unable to find any evidence of Jewish ancestry for Druckenmiler.]
Stephen Ross
Steve Wynn
Steven Rales
Stewart and Lynda Resnick
Stewart Rahr
Sumner Redstone
Thomas Steyer

Seven Jews included in the Forbes Israel list, but not the Forbes 400 (probably because they came in below the $1.1 billion cutoff):

Michael Rubin
Nicholas Pritzker
Nicholas Woodman [Update: half-Hispanic; I was unable to find any evidence of Jewish ancestry.]
Seth Klarman
Charles Zegar
Tory Burch
Sara Blakely

And two individuals who Forbes Israel classifies as Jewish but who I do not:

Phil Anschutz
Amos Hostetter, Jr.

Adding a net of 41 names to the 163 Forbes managed to come up with pushes the estimated proportion of Jews among world billionaires from 11.4% to 14.3%. While I'm not going to look at the full 1426 person Forbes Billionaires list right now, obviously the Jewish proportion could be even higher depending on how many people Forbes Israel staffers missed in the rest of the world or in the US below $1.1 billion.

The full (incomplete) Forbes Israel Jewish world billionaires list:

Rating Name Age Equivalents (billions of dollars) Source of wealth Citizenship Forbes global ranking
1 Larry Ellison 68 43 Oracle U.S. 5
2 Michael Bloomberg 71 27 Bloomberg U.S. 13
3 Sheldon Adelson 79 26.5 Casino U.S. 15
4 Larry Page 39 23 Google U.S. 20
5 Sergey Brin 39 22.8 Google U.S. 21
6 Carl Icahn 77 20 Leveraged buyouts U.S. 26
7 George Soros 82 19.2 Hedge Funds U.S. 30
8 Mikhail Fridman 48 16.5 Oil, Banking, Telecom Russia 41
9 Len Blavatnik 55 16 Varied U.S. 44
10 Joseph Safra 74 15.9 Banking Brazil 46
11 Michael Dell 48 15.3 Poor U.S. 49
12 Steve Ballmer 56 15.2 Microsoft U.S. 51
13 Viktor Vekselberg 55 15.1 Petroleum, metals Russia 52
14 Mark Zuckerberg 28 13.3 Facebook U.S. 66
15 Serge Dessau 87 13 Aviation France 69
16 Mikhail Frocorob 47 13 Investments Russia 69
17 Ronald Perelman 70 12.2 Leveraged buyouts U.S. 79
18 John Paulson 57 11.2 Hedge Funds U.S. 91
19 David Reuben 70 10.5 Investments, Real Estate UK 103
20 Simon Reuven 70 10.5 Investments, Real Estate UK 103
21 German Kahn 51 10.5 Oil, Banking, Telecom Russia 103
22 Roman Abramovich 46 10.2 Steel Investment Russia 107
23 Phil Anschutz 73 10 Investments U.S. 109
24 George Kaiser 70 10 Oil and gas, banking U.S. 109
25 Michael Ball and his family 72 9.5 Varied Hong Kong 115
26 Steve Cohen 57 9.3 Hedge Funds U.S. 117
27 Leonard Lauder 79 8.1 Estee Lauder U.S. 143
28 Samuel Irving Newhouse 85 8.1 Conde Nast U.S. 143
29 Alain and Gerard Wertheimer 8 Chanel France 145
30 Donald Newhouse 83 7.3 Conde Nast U.S. 158
31 Ralph Lauren 73 7 Ralph Lauren U.S. 166
32 David Tepper 55 7 Hedge Funds U.S. 166
33 Idan Ofer 57 6.5 Drilling, shipping Israel 182
34 Stephen Schwarzman 66 6.5 Private Equity U.S. 182
35 David Geffen 70 6 Movies, Music U.S. 198
36 Eyal Ofer 62 6 Real estate, shipping Israel 198
37 Micky Arison 63 5.7 Carnival Kroses U.S. 211
38 Frank Lowy 82 5.3 Malls Australia 229
39 Philip Green 61 5 Retail UK 248
40 Christina Green 61 5 Retail UK 248
41 Alexander Abramov 54 4.6 Steel, mining Russia 272
42 Leslie Wexner 75 4.5 Retail U.S. 276
43 Malcolm Glazer 84 4.4 Sports teams, Real Estate U.S. 286
44 Stef Wertheimer 86 4.4 Industrial Tools Israel 286
45 Daniel Ziff 41 4.4 Investments U.S. 286
46 Dirk Ziff 49 4.4 Investments U.S. 286
47 Robert Ziff 46 4.4 Investments U.S. 286
48 Shari Arison 55 4.2 Carnival Kroses Israel 308
49 Arnon Milchan 68 4.2 Making Movies Israel 308
50 Leonard Stern 74 4.2 Real Estate U.S. 308
51 Benny Steinmetz 57 4.1 Mining, diamonds, real estate Israel 316
52 Ted Lerner 87 4 Real Estate U.S. 329
53 Sam Zell 71 4 Real estate, private equity U.S. 329
54 Dustin Moskowitz 28 3.8 Facebook U.S. 353
55 Victor Pinchuk 52 3.8 Steel pipes, a Ukraine 353
56 Bernard (Barry) Sherman 71 3.7 Pharmaceuticals Canada 363
57 Sheldon solos 84 3.7 Real Estate U.S. 363
58 Jeffrey Skoll 48 3.7 Non-Bay U.S. 363
59 Ronald Lauder 69 3.6 Estee Lauder U.S. 376
60 Lynn Schusterman 74 3.5 Oil and gas investments U.S. 384
61 John Gandel 78 3.5 Malls Australia 384
62 Daniel Gilbert 51 3.5 Agility loans U.S. 384
63 Arkady Rotenberg 61 3.3 Construction, pipelines, banking Russia 412
64 Steven Spielberg 66 3.2 Movies U.S. 423
65 Karen Pritzker 55 3.2 Hotels, Investments U.S. 423
66 Bernard Marcus 83 3.1 Home Depot U.S. 437
67 Haim Saban 68 3.1 Television U.S. 437
68 Israel Englander 64 3 Hedge Funds U.S. 458
69 Anthony Pritzker 52 3 Hotels, investments U.S. 458
70 J. Robert (G'ii. me) Pritzker 48 3 Hotels, investments U.S. 458
71 David Rubinstein 63 3 Leveraged buyouts U.S. 458
72 Eddie and Sol eligible 62 3 Real Estate UK 458
73 Alfred Taubman 89 2.9 Real Estate U.S. 490
74 Joan Tisch 87 2.9 Varied U.S. 490
75 Doris Fisher 81 2.8 Gap U.S. 503
76 Amos Hustadtr 76 2.7 Cable TV U.S. 527
77 Jeremy Jacobs 73 2.7 Sports franchises U.S. 527
78 Philip Frost 76 2.6 Pharmaceuticals U.S. 554
79 Marc Benioff 48 2.6 Business Software U.S. 554
80 Daryl Katz 51 2.6 Pharmacies Canada 554
81 Anita Zucker 61 2.6 Chemicals U.S. 554
82 Alyssa Koplowicz 58 2.5 Construction Spain 589
83 Vyacheslav Kantor 59 2.4 Fertilizers, Real Estate Russia 613
84 Isaac Perlmutter 70 2.4 Marvel U.S. 613
85 George Lindemann and family 76 2.4 Investments U.S. 613
86 Mark Kiovn 54 2.4 Online Media U.S. 613
87 Moise Safra 78 2.4 Banking Brazil 613
88 Mortimer Zuckerman 75 2.4 Real Estate Media U.S. 613
89 Michael Milken 66 2.3 Investments U.S. 641
90 Thomas Pritzker 62 2.3 Hotels U.S. 641
91 Herbert Simon 78 2.2 Real Estate U.S. 670
92 John Fisher 51 2.2 Gap U.S. 670
93 Dan Gertler 39 2.2 Mining Israel 670
94 Eduardo Saverin 31 2.2 Facebook Brazil 670
95 Michael Moritz 58 2.2 Venture Capital U.S. 670
96 Yitzhak Tshuva 64 2.2 Real Estate Israel 670
97 Joshua Harris 48 2.1 Private Equity U.S. 704
98 And steam Moskowitz 45 2.1 Agriculture, development Russia 704
99 Lawrence Stroll 53 2.1 Retail Canada 704
100 Nicolas Berggruen 51 2 Investments U.S. 736
101 Charles Bronfman 81 2 Liquor Canada 736
102 Barry Diller 71 1.9 IAC / InterActiveCorp U.S. 792
103 Ken Fisher 62 1.9 Money Management U.S. 792
104 Eli Horn 69 1.9 Real Estate Brazil 792
105 Jean (Gigi) Pritzker 51 1.9 Hotels, investments U.S. 792
106 Dirk Roseman 66 1.9 Drugstore Chain Germany 792
107 Donald Sterling 77 1.9 Real Estate U.S. 792
108 John Pritzker 60 1.85 Hotels, investments U.S. 825
109 Across the Pritzker 53 1.85 Hotels, investments U.S. 825
110 SS. Daniel Abraham 88 1.8 Slim Fast U.S. 831
111 Robert Friedland 62 1.8 Mines U.S. 831
112 Teddy Sagi 41 1.8 Playtech Israel 831
113 Jamie Garfinkel and his family 66 1.75 Insurance Brazil 868
114 David Nice 65 1.75 Art Monaco 868
115 Daniel Pritzker 54 1.75 Hotels, investments U.S. 868
116 Valery Kogan 62 1.75 Airport Russia 868
117 Glenn Dubin 55 1.7 Hedge Funds U.S. 868
118 Noam Gottesman 51 1.7 Hedge Funds U.S. 882
119 Alexander Knaster 54 1.7 Oil, telecom, banking U.S. 882
120 Michael Rubin 40 1.7 Online Retail U.S. 882
121 Henry Samueli 58 1.7 Semiconductor U.S. 882
122 Thomas Friedkin 77 1.7 Toyota distribution U.S. 882
123 David Gottesman 86 1.65 Investments U.S. 922
124 Age Weed 45 1.65 Software Israel 922
125 Norman Ramen 80 1.6 Art, car dealerships U.S. 931
126 Robert Fisher 59 1.6 Gap U.S. 931
127 Mitchell Goldhar 51 1.6 Real Estate Canada 931
128 Stephen Mandel Jr. 57 1.6 Hedge Funds U.S. 931
129 Ron in the closet 69 1.6 Money Management U.S. 931
130 Howard Schultz 59 1.6 Starbucks U.S. 931
131 William Fisher 55 1.55 Gap U.S. 965
132 Irwin Jacobs 79 1.55 Qualcomm U.S. 965
133 Lev Leviev 57 1.5 Diamonds Israel 974
134 Daniel Loeb 51 1.5 Hedge Funds U.S. 974
135 Ezra Good 67 1.5 Art Collection Monaco 974
136 James Pritzker 61 1.5 Hotels, investments U.S. 974
137 Wilma Tisch 85 1.5 Varied U.S. 974
138 Gary Michelson 64 1.4 Medical Patents U.S. 1031
139 Boris Rotenberg 56 1.4 Construction, pipelines, chemical Russia 1031
140 Gerald Schwartz 71 1.4 Finance Canada 1031
141 Gary Allan 83 1.3 Cable TV U.S. 1107
142 Thomas Kaplan 50 1.3 Investments U.S. 1107
143 Michael Price 60 1.3 Investments U.S. 1107
144 Shaul Shani 58 1.3 Technology Israel 1107
145 Nicholas Woodman 97 1.3 Go Pro U.S. 1107
146 Paul Singer 68 1.3 Hedge Funds U.S. 1107
147 David Einhorn 44 1.25 Hedge Funds U.S. 1161
148 Leon Charney 71 1.2 Real Estate U.S. 1175
149 Solomon to him 68 1.2 Retail Australia 1175
150 Lily Safra 75 1.2 Inheritance Monaco 1175
151 Yuri Milner 51 1.1 Social Networking Russia 1268
152 Dorothea Steinberoc 1.1 Steel Brazil 1268
153 Nicholas Pritzker 69 1.1 Hotels, investments U.S. 1268
154 Mori Arkin 60 1.05 Pharmaceuticals Israel 1332
155 Bino 69 1.05 Banking, oil Israel 1332
156 Seth Klarman 55 1.05 Investments U.S. 1332
157 Sara Blakely 42 1 Spanx U.S. 1342
158 Tory Burch 46 1 Fashion U.S. 1342
159 Morris Kahn 83 1 Software Israel 1342
160 Esther Kopolovitz 59 1 Construction Spain 1342
161 Marius Nacht 47 1 Software Israel 1342
162 Dan Schneider 48 1 Washington Redskins U.S. 1342
163 Charles Zeiger 65 1 Bloomberg al. According U.S. 1342

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are you doing? You're not supposed to notice how rich and powerful Jews are! Bad boy!

Anonymous said...

also fun: http://www.forbes.co.il/rating/list.aspx?en6v0tVq=EE

Rich rabbis in Israel
12 yards of Israel's leading rabbis roll not less than 3 billion. Some representatives of the Baba Sali Dynasty entrance to Forbes - who rabbinic wriggled list

Rating There
Age Marital Status Residence Value are in
1

Rabbi Pinchas Abuchatzeira
Value: 1.3 billion

36th Married +5 Beer Sheva 1.3 billion
2

Gerrer Rebbe Yaakov Aryeh Alter
Value: 350 million

73 Married +9 Bnei Brak 350 million
3

Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokeach
Value: 180 million

65th Jerusalem 180 million
4

Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi
Value: 100 million

55th Married +4 Session furrows 100 million
5

Rabbi Jacob (Israel) Ifergan, "X-ray"
Value: 90 million

46th Married +4 Netivot 90 million
6

Rabbi Josiah Pinto
Value: 75 million

38th Married +3 Ashdod 75 million
7

Rabbi Reuven Elbaz
Value: 40 million

68th Jerusalem 40 million
8

Rabbi Yoram Abergel
Value: 35 million

55th Father to 5 Netivot 35 million
9

Rabbi Yekutiel Abuchatzeira
Value: 25 million

51st Married Ashdod 25 million
10th

Rebbetzin Bruriah Zevuluni
Value: 20 million

51st Married +8 Jerusalem 20 million

Anonymous said...

“Forbes Israel” Ranks Israel’s Richest Rabbinic Figures
Sunday June 10, 2012 12:27 PM - 10 Comments

Rav Pinchas Abuchatzeira, the great-grandson of the Babi Sali, is Israel’s richest rabbinic figure, with an estimated fortune of NIS 1.3 billion, according to the “Forbes Israel’s” ranking of Israel’s ten richest rabbinic figures. The magazine says that the social protest hurt the fortunes of the rabbinic figure ’s activities, by greatly reducing their income from donations from tycoons.

The value of a rabbinic figure can have little significance for the personal wealth of an individual rabbinic figure, but includes charitable activities and their properties. The rabbinical communities have an annual turnover of over NIS 1 billion, according to various estimates, but the nature of a community’s activities, which are difficult to monitor, has given risen to much higher estimates of turnover. The value of the rabbinical communities are based on interviews and conversations with scores of officials from the rabbinical communities by experts on the charedi communities, the Israel Police, assessors, and various charedi sources. Current and former Israel Tax Authority officials also contributed to the rankings.

Rav Pinchas Abuchatzeira inherited most of his fortune from his father, Rav Elazar Abuchatzeira Hy”d, who was murdered last year in Beer Sheva. The fortune of Rav Pinchas Abuchatzeira’s uncle, Rav David Abuchatzeira is estimated at NIS 750 million. Many national and local politicians pay homage to the rov.

The Gerer Rebbe is ranked in third place, with a fortune of NIS 350 million. The Belzer Rebbe is in fourth place, with a fortune of NIS 180 million. Rav Nir Ben-Artzi is in fifth place, with a fortune of NIS 100 million, followed by Rav Yaakov Ifargen, with a fortune of NIS 90 million, and Rav Yeshayahu Pinto, with a fortune of NIS 75 million.

Rav David Abuchatzeira is considered a financial expert, with real estate and stock investments in Israel and around the world.

http://matzav.com/forbes-israel-ranks-israels-richest-rabbinic-figures

James said...

Stanley Druckenmiller isn't Jewish. Druckenmiller is an occupational name for an agricultural worker, and he gives hundreds of millions of dollars to charity each year but doesn't give to Jewish charities. He also started his career at a midwest bank, which is a very un-Jewish way to get into Wall Street.


n/a said...

James,

I'll look into it. JTA calls Druckenmiller Jewish, but I think this is the same columnist who didn't do that accurate a job with the Forbes 400.

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