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THE WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES

THE AMERICAS — TOP 20

Joseph Safra

Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte

GLOBAL RANK: 52

$13.8 BILLION 

GLOBAL RANK: 86

BRAZIL BANKING

$10.2 BILLION 

CHILE DIVERSIFIED

Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family GLOBAL RANK: 67

$12.2 BILLION 

BRAZIL DIVERSIFIED

Luis Carlos Sarmiento GLOBAL RANK: 64

$12.4 BILLION 

COLOMBIA BANKING

Sarmiento, once Colombia’s top builder, parlayed his construction fortune into a financial services empire, Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, with stakes in 4 Colombian banks, a leasing company and a pension fund. His son, Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutiérrez, is the chief executive officer of Grupo Aval.

Revered businessman is the former chairman of family-owned conglomerate Grupo Votorantim, whose activities span steel, metals, pulp, finance, energy and cement. His net worth has jumped $6.9 billion since last year due to new information that Antonio and his family own all of Grupo Votorantim, not 25% of it, as previously estimated.

Jorge Paulo Lemann GLOBAL RANK: 69

$12 BILLION 

BRAZIL BEER, INVESTMENTS

Onetime investment banker built a fortune in beer with a controlling stake in Anheuser-Busch InBev. Now he and his longtime partners, Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira (see), are trying to turn around hamburger chain Burger King, which they bought via their 3G Capital for $4 billion in 2010. 80 | FORBES

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Siblings Eliodoro, Bernardo and Patricia share a fortune based on forestry and paper products as well as stakes in telecom, banking and shipping firms. Last May Eliodoro stepped down as president of 5 of Grupo CMPC’s holdings but maintained leadership over Empresas CMPC, the primary holding company. Bernardo oversees the family’s stake in Banco Bice and electric utility Colbun.

Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila & family GLOBAL RANK: 97

$9.5 BILLION ´

COLOMBIA BEER

Santo Domingo Dávila became the face of the Santo Domingo Group after his father, 87-yearold Julio Mario Santo Domingo, died in October 2011. A Harvard history grad, Alejandro is the eldest son from the jet-setting beer magnate’s second marriage. In 2005 Julio Mario swapped control of his Bavaria brewery for 15% of SABMiller. The Santo Domingo Group holds a 14% stake now worth $9 billion.

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Brazil’s wealthiest banker is expanding his turf. His Grupo Safra announced in November it would spend roughly $1.1 billion to acquire control of Bank Sarasin, a private bank in Switzerland, from Rabobank of the Netherlands. Safra paid $285 million early last year for the office space of the 660 Madison Avenue building in Manhattan, home to Barneys New York.

Forbes Billionaires 2012 - Americas  

A list of the top 20 richest billionaires in the Americas, as seen in the March 26, 2012 issue of Forbes magazine.

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