Patrick Drahi ousts Eyal Ofer as richest Israeli

Patrick Drahi

"Forbes Israel": Israel's 100 richest people's wealth equals 850,000 ordinary Israelis.

Patrick Drahi has ousted Eyal Ofer as the richest Israeli, according to "Forbes Israel".

20 years ago, a fortune of NIS 250 million was enough to make the list of the 100 richest Israelis; today, the threshold is NIS 800 million. The aggregate wealth of Israel's 100 richest people is NIS 412 billion, equal to the wealth of 850,000 ordinary Israelis.

"Israel's wealthiest people have multiple passports and citizenships, own apartments on Rothschild Boulevard, on the Upper West Side, and in Knightsbridge. They close deals in South America, Europe, or in the East," says "Forbes Israel". "They immigrate to Israel when the Tax Authority offers deals for returning residents, and they emigrate when regulation or social protests breathe down their necks."

The ten richest Israelis are as follows:

  1. Patrick Drahi - NIS 34.9 billion
  2. Eyal Ofer - NIS 24.4 billion
  3. Idan Ofer - NIS 19.8 billion
  4. Wertheimer family - NIS 18.4 billion
  5. Shari Arison - NIS 16.4 billion
  6. Arnon Milchan - NIS 16.4 billion
  7. Beny Steinmetz - NIS 14.3 billion
  8. David Azrieli - NIS 14 billion
  9. Haim Saban - NIS 11.6 billion
  10. Eddie and Sol Zakay - NIS 10.9 billion

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 1, 2014

© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2014

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