Tuesday, May 3, 2011

World's 5 Billionaire Bachelors

Roustam Tariko
Roustam Tariko ($3.5 Billion) is one of the most successful self-made billionaires in Russia. While many profited from Russia’s state owned companies, Tariko set out to build his own fortunes. Starting in the 80s, Tariko was into helping Foreign tourists find hotel rooms in Moscow and in a few years was selling Italian vermouth. In 1998, he started his own Russian brand of vodka named the Russian Standard. And in 1999, with the help of another company, he made his own bank – the Russian Standard Bank. Now at the age of 46, this single father of 3 children knows how to party and cruise in style. His personal Boeing jet carries him to his summer home in Sardinia and he is a big money spender (spends as much as he earns). And his parties attract the best of Russia and have a certain reputation of craziness.
Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis – Germany

Named as one of the youngest billionaires ($2.4 Billion) at the age of 8 and then returned to the Forbes list of billionaires at the age of 18 when he officially inherited his family fortune in 2001. Now at the age of 24, with no kids and still single, the prince lives in his pimped out castle in Germany with over 30,000 hectares of woodland as his backyard. He went to high school in Rome and studied economics and theology in Scotland. Currently he is not working and does not need to work, as his income comes from all the real estate, art, and companies he owns. He still lives with his mother and older sister at the family castle and tours Germany with a car race team.
Fahd Hariri – Lebanon
The youngest son of a family that is well entrenched in the Lebanese political system and a family of billionaires, Fahd Hariri at the age of 27 is price that is worth it for any gold diggers ($2.4 Billion). Son of Rafiq Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in 2005 by suspected Syrian forces and brother of Saad Hariri who is the majority leader in Lebanese parliament and step brother of Bahaa and Aymin who are billionaires as his mother and sister is. He lives in Paris, France with hopes throughout Europe and Russia and runs small furniture and wares store in Paris. He is also a board member of Beirut’s Future Television network. Rise of Fahd and Hariri family after the assassination of Rafiq Hariri from 4.3 billion to 16.7 billion dollars in a year is still unexplained – nevertheless the family members are all on the Forbes list and control numerous companies from Houston to Europe to Saudi Arabia.
Charles Dunstone – U.K.

Known for being the best boss in UK, Charles Dunstone is a new self-made British billionaire ($1.8 Billion). At 44, he is still an able bachelor and is the chairman of his company – Carphone Warehouse (known outside UK as The Phone House). Starting his company from his apartment, it now has over 20,000 employees and 2,000 stores and made his fortune through his phone company. He is in talks with Best Buy in the US to expand his business into the states. His company was named as one of the best workplaces and all employees get the day off for their birthday with a personal cake being sent from Charles Dunstone himself. This guy is as nice as the billionaires get.
Mark Zuckerberg – U.S.A
At the age of 23 and known as the youngest billionaire on the planet ($1.5 billion), the tech geek founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the most eligible bachelors. Founding of his own company and social networking site known as Facebook, the Harvard drop-out made it to the big leagues from his humble beginnings in his dorm. With a little bit of help from Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel and a few other investments, today his site Facebook has over 70 million active users worldwide. Microsoft bought about 1.6% of Facebook shares for 240 million dollars – leading to the speculation that his company is worth 15 billion dollars.

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