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08/01/18 10:06

Aponte, Arison and Saade listed by Bloomberg within the world's 500 richest people

Besides several shipowners, the billionaires index drew up by the American media company, also shows port and transport entrepreneurs

After passing Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other dozens of others, several shipping operators are listed in Bloomberg Index, daily ranking of the world's 500 richest people, updated at the close of every trading day in New York. Shipowners and not only: a variety of billionaires who invested (or their relatives invested) in logistics, ports and transport in general.

Starting with shipowners, the list (updated last December 29th) ranks Micky Arison, chairman at Carnival Corporation, 121st with 11.9 billion dollars, which were partially inherited from his father Ted, founder of Carnival Cruise Line and co-founder of Norwegian Caribbean Line (his sister Shari is ranked  223rd with 7.23 billions).

Gianluigi Aponte, ranked 153rd last year, goes down to the 169th position with 8.72 billion dollar (while much rumoured Italy’s TV tycoon and politician Silvio Berlusconi, in comparison, is ranked 179th ).

Regarding the Italian-Swiss shipowner, Bloomberg said that: “Aponte is the founder of  Mediterranean Shipping company, operating 500 container ships and calling at 500 ports around the world. He also controls MSC Cruises, fourth cruise companies in the world for the number of passengers, and holds 65% shares in Terminal Investment”.

Still evaluating the shipowning business, John Fredriksen, born in Norway and relocated to Cyprus, is ranked 139th with 10.4 billion. “He controls a fleet deploying ships and tankers and holds shares in various shipping companies, like Frontline and Golar, listed on the stock market” and also in “Seadrill, offshore drilling company under judicial administration since September 2017”.

Eyal Ofer, President of Monaco-based Zodiac Group is ranked 178th with 8.53 billion.

Down to number 336 one can find Richard Branson (5.58 billions), Virgin group's founder operating in different business sectors, who will shortly also launch Virgin Voyages.

Focusing on shipping transport, the highest in ranking would be Francois Pinault (ranked 30th with 26.3 billion dollars), however his excellent position in the cruise industry is strictly linked to luxury group Ponant, controlled by the entrepreneur through Artemis holding, just one of his wealthy activities.

Dan Olsson (4-89 billions), CEO and majority shareholder at Stena Line ferry company, is ranked 395th, while Dennis Washington, helm at Washington Companies (holding shares in the mining and shipbuilding industries) and majority shareholder in Seaspan Maritime, operating in containers transport with over 100 ships, is ranked 428th.

Down to the 439th position is Jacques Saade (4.56 billion dollar), Lebanon-born French entrepreneur who founded CMA CGM, operating, according to Bloomberg, 489 containerships (at May 2017).

Gautam Adani is the first port entrepreneur (ranked 142th with 10.2 billions), founder of Adani Group,

port and infrastructures operator in India.

Vincent Bollorè (6.28 billions), head of namesake French company, also engaged in logistics and port

Business (particularly in Africa), is ranked 269th, while Enrique Razon, namely Mr ICTSI

(International Container Terminal Services Inc.), is ranked 496th.

Russia-native Vladimir Lisin, engaged in the iron and steel industry who also owns UCL Port

(storage) and VBTH (holding Volga Shipping Company, North-Western Shipping Company V.F.

Tanker), reached the 57th position (with 18.1 billions).

Klaus-Michael Kuehne, honorary President and majority shareholder of Kuehne + Nagel (founded as

freight forwarder and currently global logistics operator), also holding 20% shares in Hapag-Lloyd,

is ranked 83rd with 15.4 billion dollars.

Going down to the 463rd position is Fred Smith, Fedex founder, with 4.3 billion dollars and Wang Wei, major shareholder in SF Holding, which controls SF Express, largest Chinese courier which deploys 25,000 vehicles and holds 30,000 distribution hubs in the country, ranked 64th with 17 billion.


Francesca Marchesi