“Oh, I’m really not sure – about a billion this year, I think…”

‘(Forbes) ranked the leader of the parliamentary majority, MP Saad Hariri, in 334th place with an estimated fortune of $3.3 billion, up from 407th place and $2.3 billion in 2007, followed by his brother Bahaa Hariri in 349th place with a fortune of $3.2 billion, up from 432nd place and $2.2 billion. Forbes said the Hariri family’s wealth is derived from investments in Saudi Arabia and many other countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in banking, real estate, tourism, telecommunications and media. Ayman Hariri and his brother Fahd Hariri, the late Rafik Hariri’s youngest sons, came in 524th place with $2.3 billion each, up from 618th place and $1.6 billion each last year. The late premier’s widow Nazek ranked in 843rd place with a fortune of $1.4 billion, up from 891st place and $1 billion in 2007, while her daughter Hind came in 1,014th place with a fortune of $1.1 billion. According to Forbes, that makes Hind Hariri the world’s youngest billionaire. Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and his brother Taha Mikati ranked in 446th place with a net worth of $2.6 billion each, down from 407th place but up from $2.3 billion each in 2007. The magazine said the Mikati brothers made their fortune in telecommunications and have large holdings in the sector.’

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