RE: MONEY BLOG: 33 RICHEST INDIVIDUALS FROM 33 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

Dietrich MateschitzAP/ANDREAS SCHAADCreator of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, took the number one spot for Austria.
The world's leaders, many of them billionaires, have descended on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum this week. 


While some billionaires, like Bill Gates, have held the title of the richest in their country for years, others are just now entering the top spot.
With the help of Forbes' Billionaires List, we've rounded up the biggest earners in 33 countries around the world.
The current rankings and net worth are based on real-time data and are subject to change.
Max Rosenberg and Paige Cooperstein contributed to an earlier version of this list. 

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The richest person in Ukraine: Rinat Akhmetov

Net worth: $4.9 billion
Forbes rank: 270
Background: Akhmetov's net worth is comprised of DTEK, his energy company, and Metinvest, his steel producer. Recently, his wealth has suffered from weak demand and slumping prices for his steel and iron ore assets. The ongoing fighting in Ukraine has also hurt his net worth.

The richest person in New Zealand: Graeme Hart

The richest person in New Zealand: Graeme Hart
AP/Martin Sykes
Net worth: $6.1 billion
Forbes rank: 201
Background: Hart's company, Reynolds Group holdings, manufactures packaging material. In 2014, he sold the subsidiary SIG to Canadian billionaire Gerald Schwartz’ Onex Group for $4.7 billion. Hart dropped out of school when he was 16, and once worked as a truck driver.

The richest person in South Africa: Nicky Oppenheimer

The richest person in South Africa: Nicky Oppenheimer
REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Net worth: $6.5 billion
Forbes rank: 183
Background: Oppenheimer inherited his family's portion of the De Beers diamond company. He left  in 2012, selling his 40% stake to mining conglomerate Anglo American for $5.1 billion. Oppenheimer also helped launch the Diamond Route, which set aside 250,000 hectares of land around diamond mines.

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