Revealed: The world’s Arab billionaires

Prince Alwaleed is wealthiest Arab according to Forbes’ annual list of billionaires

Alwaleed's fortune is US$21.3bn, according to his private office.

Alwaleed's fortune is US$21.3bn, according to his private office.

Saudi royal Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been ranked as the Arab world’s wealthiest billionaire, according to a report published in US-based Forbes magazine.

According to figures verified by his private office Alwaleed’s fortune is estimated at US$21.3bn, making him the richest individual in the Middle East.

Click here to see a gallery of the Middle East’s richest individuals.

Alwaleed, chairman of Riyadh-based Kingdom Holdings, holds assets including stakes in Apple, Citigroup and the Four Seasons Hotels chain.

Other notable entries in the Forbes list hailing from the Middle East included oil and construction tycoon Mohammed Al Amoudi, valued at US$12.5bn and Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, at US$7bn who a line of luxury and budget hotels in Europe and Egypt via JJW Hotels & Resorts.

The global list was topped by Mexican telecoms giant Carlos Slim and his family, whose wealth was valued by the magazine at US$69bn. Second and third place were taken by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffet, whose assets were valued at US$61bn and US$44bn, respectively.

Click here to see a gallery of the Middle East’s richest individuals.

* Forbes magazine had originally published a different figure for Prince Alwaleed's estimated wealth, but Arabian Business has chosen to run the valuation provided by Prince Alwaleed's private office.

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Posted by: procan

Agreed, it lacks dignity. Sound like American sports shows endless top ten best of ..... fastest, funniest ,hardest, richest one would perhaps read The National Enquirer and expect this type of crass journalism

Posted by: Simon

It seems Forbes Arabia has nothing better to do than to check who has what and what people are worth, they have done so many similar features. They already done features on most powerful women of the ME, wealthiest Arabs,...etc. and now billionaires???? Why do we care is my question.

It would be more interesting to read which of these billionaires is actually doing something with their wealth other than collecting it and spending it on lavish lifestyles.

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