Monday, April 28, 2008

Billionaire Bachelors

So you think am still a small boy abi, see the dudes i roll with...
by the way,we're all still

Roustam Tariko, Russia
Net worth: $3.5 billion
Age 46. Single. 3 children
Tariko made his first fortune creating Russia's first up-market vodka, called Russian Standard. He then moved into consumer credit. But it is less how he makes his money and more how he spends it that we find appealing. He was the first in Russia to buy a $500,000 Maybach automobile, has a house in Sardinia and a private Boeing 737 to jet him there. Plus, he loves to throw a good party.

Ronald Burkle, U.S.
Net worth: $3.5 billion
Age 55. Divorced. 3 children
Supermarket mogul with baggage. Separated from wife Janet in 1992 and reunited with her five years later, when they signed a settlement that granted her $30 million if they ever parted ways again. She left him in 2002 and later sued for $1 billion. He won the suit but lost his privacy, as 5,000-page divorce record was unsealed. Burkle runs with an A list crowd, including good friend Bill Clinton and actress Kate Hudson, whom he brought to a Forbes-sponsored poker game last year.

Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Germany
Net worth: $2.3 billion
Age 24. Single.
The world's third-youngest billionaire, the prince lives in a family castle with his mother and older sister. A race car driver, he tours with a German auto-racing league.

Fahd Hariri, Lebanon
Net worth: $2.3 billion
Age 27. Single.
Youngest son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri, Fahd runs a fledgling design business in Paris where he, his mother and sister Hind live. Older brother Saad is the Lebanese parliamentary majority leader.

Charles Dunstone, U.K.
Net worth: $1.8 billion
Age 44. Single.
The British entrepreneur who runs $8 billion (sales) mobile-phone retailer Carphone Warehouse seems to have a soft side. Dunstone is said to give every employee the day off on birthdays and sends a cake. That is probably one reason why the company has been named one of Britain's best workplaces for the past two years. An avid yachtsman, Dunstone recently won the New York Challenge sailing cup.

Mark Zuckerberg, U.S.
Net worth: $1.5 billion
Age 23. Single.
Tech's newest golden boy is the youngest billionaire on the planet, as well as a bit of a philosopher. He founded social-networking site Facebook in February 2004 from his Harvard dorm room. Today Facebook boasts 66 million active users. According to his own Facebook profile, some of Zuckerberg's interests include "breaking things, revolutions and eliminating desire for all that really doesn't matter." Favorite band: Green Day.

David Ross, U.K.
Net worth: $1.4 billion
Age 42. Divorced. 1 child.
Ross co-founded Carphone Warehouse, the European mobile-phone retailer, with school friend Charles Dunstone in 1989. An arts lover, he stages operas at his weekend home in the country. In fact, he built a concert hall on his front lawn for these occasions. In his London home, he has studios for three portrait painters to use

Richard Li, Hong Kong
Net worth: $1.4 billion
Age 41. Single.
Youngest son of Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing. Li borrowed money from his father and managed to amass his own 10-figure fortune. To find out more about him, click on his personal Web site at, which details Li's business successes as well as his interests, which include diving and flying.

Sergei Polonsky, Russia
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Age 35. Single. 2 children.
A former architecture student, Polonsky is now one of the highest-profile real estate developers in Moscow. (His Mirax Group built the 1,300-foot Moscow City tower.) An extreme-sports lover, he hoped to fly on the International Space Station but was rejected because of his height. At 6 feet 4 inches, he is too tall.

Peter Thiel, U.S.
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Age 40. Single.
Thiel has been at the fore of some of Silicon Valley's biggest phenomena. He co-founded PayPal, which he sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. Two years later, he became Facebook's first outside investor, putting in $500,000. He enjoys running, hiking and surfing. A chess prodigy, he was ranked seventh in the U.S. at age 12.

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