Who is the richest person in the world? With the publication of the 25th edition of the Times Rich List this weekend we’ll know for certain.
Inherited wealth or “Old” money seems to reign supreme from previous lists such a the Queen of England who made it to Number 1 in 1989 with a wealth of £5.2 Billion – her occupation or sphere of influence – well “Landowner” , not surprising really as she already owns a lot of the world. – It would be interesting to find out how much of this wealth revolved around her personal jewel collection purported to be the largest in the world.
2nd in 1989 was the Duke of Westminster valued at £3.2 Billion pounds of GBP. Interestingly his occupation “Landowner” – which means between them they could probably resolve the housing crisis in England over breakfast one day.
Influx of the super rich into London, predominantly Russian Oil/India Business/Shareholders of Face book has meant he list changes from year to year. Expect to see many Oligarchs jostling for the Crown of Richest Person in the World on Sunday 21st of April.
One thing for certain will be that the amount of wealth required to sit st the top of the pile, will have risen dramatically from recent years – now who said 1% of the world owns 99% of its wealth?