Forbes has officially announced the world’s richest people for the year 2017. And to nobody’s surprise, Bill Gates is still the wealthiest man alive followed by long-time rival on the top spot, Warren Buffett.
The lineup for the world’s wealthiest includes familiar names such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Zara’s Amancio Ortega which bagged the third and fourth spot respectively. Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu is at number six thanks to his mobile telecom company. Brothers Charles and David Koch shared the eighth and ninth spot. Other tech giants such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg got the number five spot while Oracle’s Larry Ellison was at number seven. The top ten list is completed by Michael Bloomberg and his famous financial firm named after him.
Thais have secured significant spots in the list of the world’s wealthiest. And while the economy of the Southeast Asian country is at a steady expansion, it looks like only a handful of Thais were able to make the cut. Most of them are known personalities.
The Forbes Richest list for Thais is led by Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. In the world rankings, he is in 62nd place. His conglomerate, Thai Beverage, has put him in the spot with a value of $15.8 billion. Some of their most famous products are Chang beer and Sang Som Rum. It’s popularity has made the company the largest brewer in Thailand.
The second Thai to make it to the list of richest of the wealthiest of the world comes at 132nd place. Dhanin Chearavanont is currently valued at $9.7 billion and growing. He made his fortune as the chief of the agribusiness industry in Thailand with his conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group.
The king of King Power Duty Free, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, enters the list at 414th place with a value of $4.2 billion. As owner and CEO of King Power International Group, he was able to amass great wealth by monopolizing the markets in Thai airports and becoming the leader in travel retail.
The owner of Thailand’s second largest insurance company, Thai Life Insurance Co. Ltd is Vanich Chaiyawan who landed the 460th place at a value of $3.9 billion. The company is currently in it’s expanding stages with branches opening in Myanmar and other Asean countries. His assets include a 1% stake in Thai Beverage, the company that is owned by Thailand’s richest man, Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
Completing Thailand’s top five richest is Sumet Jiaravanon who is at 564th among the world’s wealthiest. Coincidentally, Sumet Jiaravanon is the older brother of the second richest man in Thailand, Dhanin Chearavanont. Sumet Jiaravanon’s wealth comes from the family business, Charoen Pokphand Group.