Jeff Bezos’s vast wealth reached unchartered territory recently when it topped $105.1 billion. That takes the Amazon AMZN, +1.75% founder’s fortune above the $100 billion that Microsoft’s MSFT, +1.87% Bill Gates was worth at the peak of the dot-com bubble in 1999.
We know all about those guys, but a look at this map from cost-estimating website HowMuch.net reveals some names you might not be so familiar with:
To be clear, these aren’t the richest people in the world, rather the richest on each continent. Australian mining magnate Gina Rinhart, for instance, may be the wealthiest person in her region, but she’s not even the richest woman in the world. That gilded tile belongs to Wal-Mart WMT, +1.68% heiress Alice Walton.
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Elsewhere, Europe’s top dog, fashion giant Amancio Ortega, is one of only two non-American billionaires to make the overall top 10 wealthiest list.
In Asia, Wang Jianlin, the man behind China’s biggest real-estate development company, tops the list with $25.1 billion, though Vladimir Putin and his guesstimated $200 billion might take issue with that.
Then there’s a huge asterisk for Antarctica. Not exactly a stomping ground for the world’s billionaires. Or anybody but a few hardy scientists, for that matter. So HowMuch.net’s Raul Amoros called an audible.
“Still, it is a continent, and we didn’t want to nominate a penguin, so we chose Arnold W. Donald as its richest person,” he explained. Donald is the CEO of Carnival Corporation CCL, +1.26% which profits nicely from trips to Antarctica.
Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.