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Two Hungarians on List of Richest People in the World

For the 36th consecutive year, Forbes magazine has published its annual survey of the world’s dollar billionaires for 2022. There are 2,668 super-rich listed on it, 87 fewer than a year ago. Experts estimate their total wealth at 12.7 trillion dollars, the equivalent of 11.6 trillion euros. The list also includes two Hungarians.

This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute.

Sándor Csányi, CEO of Hungarian bank OTP, is ranked 2,190 on the Forbes list, up almost 200 places from last year. According to the U.S. magazine, his wealth increased by about $100 million last year to $1.3 billion.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s school friend, former gas fitter Lőrinc Mészáros, who is also on the list, has dropped almost 300 places to 2,324. His fortune is down about $300 million from last year, according to Forbes. (He still has a fortune of $1.2 billion, however).

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Forbes’ Hungarian site reports that Lőrinc Mészáros still had a 20 billion forint lead over Sándor Csányi in January. The current shift in the billionaires’ position is largely due to the Russian-Ukrainian war and the devaluation of the forint – as a significant part of Mészáros’ wealth is invested in forints – as well as the sharp decline in Opus shares in March compared to January.

The richest man in the world is Elon Musk (USA) with a net worth of $279 billion. The youngest super-rich is German dm heir Kevin David Lehmann in 1,292nd place at just 19 years old. He owns $2.4 billion or 2.2 billion euros, according to Forbes estimates.

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Sources: Index, Heute.at

Featured image: Sándor Csányi, Chairman and CEO of OTP Bank, speaks after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award “for the development of the domestic capital market” from the Board of Directors of the Stock Exchange from Mihály Patai, President of the Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE), at a press conference to mark the 25th anniversary of OTP Bank’s listing at the Bank Center in the V. district of Budapest on October 7, 2020. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI


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