4. Eike Batista, 56
Net worth: $31.6 billion
Eike Batista is South America’s richest man, and the founder and CEO of holding company EBX.
Known for taking risks in his rise from a door-to-door insurance salesman to Brazil’s leading business tycoon, Batista first made his fortune buying gold from Amazon miners in the early 1980s before going on to found EBX in 1983. The group now consists of more than 10 companies, five of which are listed on Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa exchange. The diversified conglomerates’ interests include oil, logistics, mining, real estate and sports.
Batista’s stake in oil subsidiary OGX, which is Brazil’s second largest oil company, is estimated to be worth $19.1 billion, according to Wealth-X. His shares in energy firm MPX are valued at $2.3 billion, while his stake in mining subsidiary MMX is believed to be worth $1.9 billion. He is also reported to have a $61 million Gulfstream jet.
The flamboyant billionaire is a former world powerboat-racing champion and has more than 700,000 Twitter followers
. Already the richest person in Brazil, Batista has declared plans to be the richest person in the world
In March this year, Batista’s 20-year-old son Thor struck and killed a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro
while driving his father’s $1.3 million Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The incident sparked a debate about the rich-poor divide in the country.