15 Billionaires With Enough Money to Buy A Country

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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

www.crainsnewyork.com

Worth: $8 Billion
Road To Riches: Fashion
Could Buy: French Polynesia (GDP $7.150B)
Interesting Fact: Lauren’s birth name was Ralph Lifshitz.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

solidsmack.com

Worth: $10.3 Billion
Road To Riches: Inventions
Could Buy: Madagascar (GDP $9.968B)
Interesting Fact: Musk had plans for a “Mars Oasis” project in 2001, which would land a miniature experimental greenhouse on Mars.

Rupert Murdoch & Family

Rupert Murdoch

businessweek.com

Worth: $14.2 Billion
Road To Riches: News Outlets
Could Buy: Iceland (GDP $13.5799B)
Interesting Fact: In July 2011, Murdoch faced allegations that his companies had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens.

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

geektech.ie

Worth: $22.5 Billion
Road To Riches: Former Microsoft CEO
Could Buy: Nepal (GDP $18.029B)
Interesting Fact: In 2007, Ballmer said “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

biography.com

Worth: $30.5 Billion
Road To Riches: Founded Amazon.com
Could Buy: Trinidad and Tobago (GDP $23.255B)
Interesting Fact: Bezos once rigged an electric alarm to keep his younger siblings out of his room.

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