Billionaires in blue and white

Who says you can't make money in Israel? Idan Ofer tops the Israeli list of billionaires with $6.5 billion.

(Photo credit: Moshe Shai)

Forbes Magazine on Monday published its annual list of The World's Billionaires. The list includes 17 Israelis, the richest of whom is Idan Ofer, with an estimated fortune of $6.5 billion.

Ofer's controls Israel Corporation Ltd., whose holdings include Israel Chemicals, a leading global fertilizers and specialty chemicals company. Idan Ofer is in the 182nd spot on the Forbes list. The Israeli in next place after him is Eyal Ofer, whose assets are estimated at $6 billion. Eyal Ofer is ranked as the 198th richest man in the world. His money comes from real-estate projects among other things.

The third richest Israeli is Stef Wertheimer and family, in 286th place. Wertheimer founded ISCAR, a cutting tool company, selling control of it to Warren Buffett. His assets are estimated at $4.4 billion. The next richest Israeli, in 308th place, is businesswoman Shari Arison, who is often described as the richest woman in the Middle East. Her assets are estimated at $4.2 billion.

Israeli-raised Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan is in the same spot as Arison and his also estimated by Forbes to be worth $4.2 billion....

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