World I The country with the most billionaires in the world is not surprisingly, the US, while the second place in held by China. In Europe, the first place is tied between Germany and the UK with 120 billionaires each, and second place is Russia with 88 billionaires. Other Slavic countries are trying to keep up the pace, so in 2016 the list of world billionaires according to Forbes magazine included a Czech representative in the Top 100.
Take a look at our list that shows first and second richest person by each Slavic country:
Russia has 88 billionaires, the richest being Leonid Mikhelson. A Russian businessman, CEO, chairman and major shareholder of the Russian gas company Novatek, has a net worth estimated to $18.4 billion. The runner-up for Russia is Mikhail Maratovich Fridman, a Russian entrepreneur, business executive, and philanthropist, with networth of $16.1 billion.
Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk share a fortune left to them by their father Jan, founder and owner of Kulczyk Holding and Kulczyk Investments. Their net worth is estimated at $3.6 billion. Polish businessman Zygmunt Solorz-Żak is the second richest person in Poland with a net worth of $2.6 billion.
3. Czech Republic
Petr Kellner is a Czech businessman and co-founder of the PPF Group with net worth estimated at $7.6 billion. The runner-up is Andrej Babiš, a Czech politician, entrepreneur and businessman of Slovak origin with a net worth of $1 billion.
After Andrej Babiš, the richest Slovak living in Czech Republic, Ivan Chrenko, the founder of property development company HB Reavis is the richest person in Slovakia with net worth of $1 billion followed by Jaroslav Haščák with net worth of $650 million.
With the richest Serbian Philip Zepter (born Milan Jankovic, founder of Zepter International) not residing in Serbia with the net worth of $5 billion, the richest people in Serbia are Miodrag Kostić, a Serbian businessman of Montenegrin descent and owner of MK Group with the net worth of $540 million and Miroslav Mišković (the first person residing in Serbia to enter the Forbes billionaires list in 2007), with net worth of $520 million.
Iza and Samo Login, a couple from Slovenia that made their fortune in the app business (creators of the Talking Tom Cat) have a net worth of around $700 million while Joc Pečečnik, the owner of Interblock is second with $266 million.
The richest Croats being the Croatian-Chilean family Lukšić with the net worth of $15 billion and Austrian-Croatian Red Bull owner Dietrich Matešić with $10.8 billion; the richest Croats residing in Croatia are Ivica Todorić, the Chairman of Agrokor with a net worth of $449 million followed by Emil Tedeschi, the owner of the Atlantic Group with a net worth of $208 million.
Jordan Kamcev, owner of the Orka Holding company is the richest Macedonian with a net worth of $238 milllion while the second richest person is Minco Jordanov, owner of Makstil with a net worth $234 million. The richest Macedonian non-resident is Mike Ilitch, founder of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza and owner of Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. His net worth is $6.1 billion.
9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
The richest people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are brothers Kenan and Damir Hastor, which inherited the Prevent and ASA Group from their father Nijaz with a net worth of $412 million, followed by Izudin Ahmetlić of HIFA Group with a net worth of $364 million.
Officially, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, is the richest citizen of Montenegro with a net worth of $1.61 billion. The second richest would probably be the Djukanovic family with a net worth of Milo Djukanovic being around $12 milion and his brother Aco $167 million according to the The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, however, the figures could be skewed since there is no official data.
Source: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists/monitor.co.me
The richest people in Belarus are Vladimir Peftiev, chairman of the Board “Beltechexport” with a net worth of $1 billion followed by Vitaly Arbuzov, chairman of the Board of Directors for FENOX with the net worth of $200 million.
Ukraine’s richest person is Rinat Akhmetov with a net worth of $6.5 billion. Akhmetov is the founder and President of System Capital Management (SCM). The second billionaire on the list is Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the leading partner of the Privat Group with a net worth of $1.38 billion.
According to an annual ranking devised by the Polish magazine Wprost the richest Bulgarian is businessman Vassil Bozhkov with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion followed by Hristo Kovachki, businessman and entrepreneur with a net worth of $700 million. The richest Bulgarian not residing in Bulgaria is Ignat Kaneff, a Canadian resident with a net worth of $1.2 billion.