Five Poles in Forbes’ billionaires list
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Forbes has published its much-awaited list of the world’s richest people, and a handful of Polish businessmen has found its way on it, albeit way down in the rankings.
Jan Kulczyk (L) and Zygmund Solarz-Żak (R) are Poland's richest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has regained his rightful place as the world’s richest individual with a net worth of USD 79.2 billion. “His fortune grew USD 3.2 billion since last year to USD 79.2 billion, despite a gift of USD 1.5 billion in Microsoft shares to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November 2014,” US-based Forbes magazine wrote.
The richest Pole, Jan Kulczyk is worth USD 4 billion, and made his fortune with investments in the telecoms and oil industries. The 64-year-old is 418th on the global list.
Kulczyk was followed by Zygmunt Solorz-Żak (USD 3.2 billion, telecommunications), Michał Sołowow (USD 82 billion, investments), Leszek Czarnecki (USD 1.3 billion, finance) and Dariusz Milek (USD 1.1 billion, real estate).
Forbes started publishing its “The World's Billionaires” list in 1987. (rg)