17 Israelis made the 2013 "Forbes" billionaires ranks. Idan Ofer is the wealthiest Israeli in the world, with a fortune estimated by "Forbes" at $6.5 billion, putting him in 182nd place in the global rankings. His brother, Eyal Ofer, is in 198th place, with a fortune of $6 billion. The brothers own Ofer Holdings Group, and through it, Israel Corporation (TASE: ILCO), Israel Chemicals Ltd. (TASE: ICL), and other companies.
Iscar Ltd. founder Stef Wertheimer and family are in 286th place, with a fortune of $4.4 billion. Shari Arison, the controlling shareholder in Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI) and other companies, is the richest Israeli woman in the world, with a fortune of $4.2 billion, in 308th place in the global rankings. She is tied with media mogul Arnon Milchen, and followed by mining magnate Beny Steinmetz, with a fortune of $4.1 billion, in 316th place.
Two Israelis tie for 670th place: diamond merchant Dan Gertler and Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) controlling shareholder Ytizhak Tshuva, with fortunes of $2.2 billion. Kazakh Eurasian Natural Resources Co. plc (LSE; KASE: ENRC) shareholder Alexander Machkevich is one of the billionaires tied for 704th place, with a fortune of $2.1 billion; Playtech Cyprus Ltd. (LSE:PTEC) controlling shareholder Teddy Sagi is in 831st place, with a fortune of $1.8 billion; Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) founder, chairman and CEO Gil Shwed is in 922nd place, with a fortune of $1.65 billion; diamond magnate and Africa-Israel Investments (TASE: AFIL) chairman Lev Leviev is in 974th place, with a fortune of $1.5 billion.
The last five Israelis in the "Forbes" billionaires rankings are Shaul Shani, with a fortune of $1.3 billion (1,107th place); Agis Pharmaceuticals founder Mori Arkin and Paz Oil Company Ltd. (TASE:PZOL) and First International Bank of Israel (TASE: FTIN) controlling shareholder Zadik Bino, with fortunes of $1.05 billion each (1,332nd place); Morris Kahan and Check Point co-founder Marius Nacht, with $1 billion each (1,342nd place).
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on March 4, 2013
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