Jews and money, as far as classic stereotypes go, are hand in hand. It’s one of the most overused, overdone, and overstated stereotypes out there. When it comes to finances, economics, business, and all sort of business ideas, there’s always this stereotype and sort of belief that Jewish people naturally will excel in such fields. Why? Well, simply because they are Jewish and because of the amount of history attached to Jewish people. There’s also the very high-quality literacy rate in the Jewish community which is also a good factor as to the birth of such stereotypes.
Think Jew and immediately think Money, Miser, Accountant, Business Owner and lots of other cash related things. These people have had this stereotype glued to them for over two thousand years now. Representation of Jews in movies, cartoons, or comics also seems to always take this route too. It’s almost difficult to pass up the chance of making a joke about Jews and Money. But then, these stereotypes are not without truth. There’s a reason for every stereotype and the Jews and Money stereotype does hold some water. While not all Jews, are smart, calculative, miserly, or great with money, it is important to note that a lot of Jews are well represented in the wealthy scene. They have lots and lots of money, from very legitimate and effectively run businesses. Wealthy and successful Jews such as the ones on the list below are among the reasons (not major reasons) why such stereotypes still persist even in this modern day. The Jewish people on this list are wealthy and at the peaks of their career, and definitely, stand to reinforce the stereotype that Jews are great with money and businesses in general. Below is a list of these wealthiest Jewish people.
TOP 10 RICHEST JEWS IN THE WORLD 2021
1. Mark Zuckerberg
Net Worth: $121.9 Billion
Coming at position is the Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg as the wealthiest Jewish person in the world, born on the 14th of May, 1984. He is the CEO and chairman of Facebook, Inc.
2. Larry Page
Net Worth: $105.6 Billion
Lawrence Edward Page is the co-founder of Google. That should speak for itself. But to elaborate more, Larry Page is an Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist and also co-founder of Google alongside Sergey Brin. Larry Page is also the CEO of Alphabet Inc., which is the parent company of Google. He was born in the year 1973, March 26, to a Jewish mother from which he gains his Jewish roots. As a computer scientist, Page is the brain behind PageRank, the best search ranking algorithm in Google.
With a net worth of $105.6 billion, Larry Page sits as the second richest Jew in the world.
3. Sergey Brin
Net Worth: $103.3 Billion
Much like his co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin is a Jewish Russian-born American and Co-founder of Google. He was born in the year 1973, August 21 to Russian Jewish parents in Moscow before they had moved to America. He is also an internet entrepreneur and computer scientist and one of the major forces behind the success of Google. He is the current president of Alphabet Inc and director of X, a subsidiary development company of Alphabet Inc.
Sergey Brin has a net worth of $103.3 billion and is the third richest Jew in the world.
4. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $100.6 Billion
The fourth on our list is a Billionaire, Larry Ellison. He is one of the founders of Oracle Corp, a corporation that specializes in computer technology. It has its headquarters at Red Wood shores, California, United States. Larry Ellison is a Jewish American and was born on August 17, 1944. Larry Ellison is a successful entrepreneur, a widely known philanthropist and also, a businessman. He is also the former CEO of Oracle Corp which he jointly founded in the year 1977, June 16. According to the highly regarded magazine, Forbes, Larry Ellison is among the richest man in the USA, tenth in the world, and the fourth richest Jew in the world, with a jaw-dropping net worth of $100.6 billion. Larry Ellison also earns an equally hefty sum of $41.5 million. With such a well-trained mind for business, Larry Ellison has managed to continuously grow and expand his business into the mammoth it is today and it still continues to increase gradually. Larry Ellison definitely earned his spot at the top of our list.
5. Michael Bloomberg
Net Worth: $59 Billion
Coming in at fourth position is the former Mayor of New York, CEO, and founder of the Bloomberg L.P, Micheal Bloomberg. Micheal Bloomberg is a Jewish American politician, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, author, and also an engineer. He is an alumnus of Harvard University and former mayor of New York. But aside from his political career, Micheal Bloomberg has one of the most successful careers as a businessman in the United States and the world over. His company, Bloomberg L.P provides financial software services to other companies. It is a private software and data company with a $9 billion revenue. The company has over 192 offices and has an estimate employee number of 19,000. It is situated at the Bloomberg Tower, New York City, United States.
Micheal Bloomberg currently has a huge net worth of $59 billion and is ranked as the eleventh in the world and the second richest Jew in the world. Probably his Jewish heritage played a role in his great success, no?
6. Len Blavatnik
Net Worth: $31.7 Billion
Seventh among the richest Jews in the world, Sir Leonard Blavatnik is a British-Russian and American businessman. A philanthropist and an investor. He is the sole founder of Access Industries, a company that deals largely in real estate and other various diversified investment services. He was born in the year June 14, 1957, in Ukraine to a Jewish Family. Len Blavatnik is a huge philanthropist with various charitable causes which has lead to him receiving a knighthood from the British royal family.
He has a net worth of $31.7 billion and is ranked among the 50 richest men in the world by Forbes magazine.
7. Sheldon Adelson
Net Worth: $29.8 Billion
Sheldon Gary Adelson is the seventh richest on our list and for good reason. He was born in the year 1933, August 4th to Jewish parents of different descents. Sheldon died at age 87 on January 11, 2021. The father Ukrainian and mother, Lithuanian. Sheldon Adelson is an investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He founded his company, Las Vegas Sands in the year 1988 and is the chairman and CEO of the company. Las Vegas Sands (LVS for short) is a grand resort and casino company with myriads of accommodations, suites, games, restaurants, casinos, clubs and various forms of attraction that generally make it the success it is today. LVS has a revenue of $29.8 billion and an astonishingly large 40,000 employee estimate. Sheldon Adelson is also the owner of an Israeli daily newspaper and also the Las Vegas Review-Journal which is an American annual Journal. As a philanthropist, he founded a foundation to his name and is a huge donor to various charitable causes.
Sheldon Adelson has a mouthwatering $29.8 billion net worth with a fleet of private jets worthy of a man of his caliber. He ranks as the sixteenth wealthiest man in the world.
8. Joseph Safra
Net Worth: $25 Billion
Joseph Safra was born in 1939 in Aleppo Syria to a family with rich banking history and connections that date as far back as ottoman times. He runs the largest and most successful banking and investment empire in all of Brazil, known as Safra Group. He is very proud of his Syrian Jewish origin. He is presently the chairman of all Safra companies around the world, including the Safra National Bank of New York which is situated in Brazil.
He has a $25 billion net worth making him one of the richest Brazilians in the world and in the Forbes top 50 Looks.
9. Mikhail Fridman
Net Worth: $15.8 Billion
Born 1964, April 21st, Fridman is a Russian business magnate, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is of a Jewish heritage which he usually regards as reasons for a few setbacks in his early years. He is the co-founder of Alfa banks. One of the largest banks in all of Russia. He is considered as one of the most important businessmen in Russia and was ranked as a businessman of the year in 2017, by Forbes Russia.
Fridman has a net worth of $15.8 billion currently and is a pioneer businessman worldwide.
10. Carl Icahn
Net Worth: $14.9 Billion
At number ten we have Carl Icahn. He is a Jewish businessman and entrepreneur and was born on February 16, 1936, into a traditional Jewish family. He is the founder of Icahn Enterprises which has a 16.4-billion-dollar revenue for which he still wields a controlling portion of its shares. He is also a widely known philanthropist and was the former special to President Donald Trump on regulatory reforms.
He has a net worth of $14.9 billion and is ranked seventh among the richest Jews in the world.
11. Steve Cohen
Net Worth: $14 Billion
Billionaire hedge fund manager born on the 11th June 1956, Steven A. Cohen, an American is also a philanthropist and an art collector. He is the founder of Point72 Asset Management, based in Stamford, Connecticut, United States Of America.
12. George Soros
Net Worth: $8.6 Billion
He is a Jewish-Hungarian business tycoon and usually considered to be one of the wealthiest Hungarian businessmen of all time. He’s an author, political activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is one of the most successful investors of all time and still has an intimidating net worth of $8.6 billion dollars even after donating $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation. His very own philanthropic agency.
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Although this list of richest jews in the world is not to act as proof to reinforce the stereotype of Jews and Money. It does make references to the Jewish roots of these successful men while showing their own personal hand in becoming the successful men they are today because the bottom line is, Jewish or not, these men will most probably have stuff turned out as wealthy individuals.