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World's Billionaires: Notable Drop-Offs in 2014

Billionaires no more: 117 people fell off the list this year. At least one of them intended it.

Published: Mar 25, 2014 07:44:00 AM IST
Updated: May 7, 2014 02:58:45 PM IST
World's Billionaires: Notable Drop-Offs in 2014
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Olav Thon

Olav Thon
2013 WORTH:
$6 BLN
2014: $250 MLN
LOSS: $5.75 BLN
Once the richest man in Norway, Thon, 90, gave almost all of it away. He donated to his foundation full ownership of his real estate empire, Olav Thon Group, which we valued at $6 billion last year, after cashing out just $250 million to live on. He maintains control of the business as chairman of his foundation’s board, but he no longer gets a cut of the profits. That money will be spent promoting math, science, entrepreneurship and other causes.

Eike Batista
$10.6 BLN
2014: LESS THAN $300 MLN
LOSS: $10.3 BLN
Two years ago he was the seventh-richest man in the world, worth $30 billion. Large debt payments cut into his cash reserves, while stock in his publicly traded natural-resources companies plummeted.

Manoj Bhargava
$1.5 BLN
2014: $800 MLN
LOSS: $700 MLN
5-Hour Energy is fading, as customers complain of exaggerated advertising claims and analysts say sales have stalled. The man behind the energy shot is starting to get “that 2:30 feeling”.

T Boone Pickens
$1.2 BLN
2014: $900 MLN
LOSS: $300 MLN
The Dallas oil legend bet big on wind energy and lost, knocking himself down to nine figures.

(This story appears in the 04 April, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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