Forbes: Ellison is worlds richest Jew

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Oracle’s Larry Ellison is the world’s richest Jew, according to Forbes magazine’s annual world billionaires list for 2013.

The Silicon Valley entrepreneur was among five Jews in the top 25 on the list released March 4; three of those five are from Silicon Valley.

Ellison was No. 5 overall with a net worth of $43 billion. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was No. 13 with $27 billion, followed by casino magnate and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson at No. 15 with $26.5 billion. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin came in at 20 and 21, with $23 billion and $22.8 billion respectively.

Four of the 17 Israelis on the list are first-timers: tech investor Shaul Shani, with a net worth of $3 billion; diamond baron Dan Gertler, $2.2 billion; and oil prospector Tzadik Bino and pharmaceuticals investor Mori Arkin, each with $1.05 billion. Businessman Idan Ofer ranked highest of the Israelis, placing at No. 182 with $6.2 billion. Ofer’s brother Eyal was four spots lower with $6 billion.

Mexico’s Carlos Slim topped the list as the world’s richest person for the fourth year in a row, followed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega and investor Warren Buffett. — jta