Billionaire bachelors might be a ticket to wealth and happiness. If you happen to be one of those searching for one of the world’s richest bachelors we’ve got some news. You’re in for a lot of competition. Forbes estimates that just 3% of the world’s male billionaires are single so you might want to hurry if you want to land one of the rich men on this list.
Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila –This Colombian hunk has it all – good looks, a social conscious, a degree from Harvard, and $11.1 billion. Davila is also cultured – he’s on the board of trustees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He inherited his family fortune and two jobs, chairman of the board at Grupo Empresarial Bavaria S.A. (one of the world’s largest private breweries) and vice chairman of SABMiller (one of the world’s largest beer manufacturers). The causes the socially conscious billionaire is involved in include the Nature Conservancy and the world’s largest registry of bone marrow donors.
Xavier Niel is a French telecommunications tycoon, with a somewhat dubious background – he once ran a porn shop.
Today the billionaire bachelor owns the French internet provider Illiad, and he’s the co-owner of the famed Paris newspaper La Monde. Niel has a $6.6 billion fortune and some interesting properties, including the rights to Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way. However, his fortune could soon be diminished. France now has a 75% tax on private fortunes.
Scott Duncan is an elusive young man, who reportedly lives in Houston, Texas. He is labeled as the invisible bachelor, so we don’t even know what he looks like, but we know how much he is worth – $5.5 billion. Duncan is the heir to the family company Enterprise Products. Duncan’s fortune is booming because his father formed one of the nation’s largest operations for natural gas and oil, and Duncan is also lucky, being the first American billionaire in decades to pay no inheritance tax because of a loophole in the estate tax.
Billionaire Tor Peterson runs Glencore International, a commodity trading house. Peterson made his $2.3 billion fortune trading coal and coke commodities. He now lives in Switzerland, but he’s an all American boy from California and graduated from Duke University in 1986.
Eduardo Saverin is one of the founders of Facebook. He had the good luck to go to Harvard with Mark Zuckerberg and now owns around 5% of Facebook’s shares worth billions. Saverin has renounced his U.S. citizenship and lives in Singapore to avoid capital gains taxes and the paparazzi. Saverin is also brainy (Saverin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard) and loves to have a good time.
Richard Li Tzar Kai is lucky enough to be son of the richest man in Asia, Li Ka-Shing. Li made his money by borrowing $125 million from his dad. He used the money to create the satellite TV company Star TV, which he later sold to Rupert Murdoch for $950 million. Li divides his time between Hong Kong and Canada, so you might be able to find him in Vancouver or Toronto. Although Li is one of the billionaire bachelors, he has three children by his former girlfriend, Isabella Leong.