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Three Greeks make Forbes billionaires list

Spiro Latsis, Aristotelis Mistakidis and Philip Niarchos have a combined worth of €6bn

With a net worth of some $3.2bn mainly from banking and shipping, Spiro Latsis came in 506th place, down from the 412th position he held last year, followed by Aristotelis Mistakidis and Philip Niarchos on $2.5bn each

Spiro Latsis Spiro Latsis Three Greeks, whose combined wealth is in the region of €6bn - have made it into this year's Forbes list of the world's richest people, which is topped once again by Microsoft's Bill Gates after a four-year break.

With a net worth of some $3.2bn mainly from banking and shipping, Spiro Latsis came in 506th place, down from the 412th position he held last year.

The son of shipping tycoon John S. Latsis, the 67 year old has been managing the family fortune ever since his father passed away in 2003.

The Latsis family holds a major share of Hellenic Petroleum, one of the country's major oil refining companies, is behind the Athens Mall –  which the country's highest court said recently was built illegally – and is the only bidder in the sell-off of the old Athens airport at Elliniko.

Following him, in joint 687th place and $2.5bn, is Aristotelis Mistakidis, the 52-year-old co-director of the Glencore International mining company and art collector Philip Niarchos, 60, the eldest son of shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.

According to Forbes, the ranks of the world’s billionaires have swelled to a record 1,645 including 268 newcomers. 

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