Net Worth: $2.2 billion
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Romania’s Richest Man and World’s #437
Sold off remaining 25% stake in oil company Rompetrol, to Kazakhstan’s state-owned energy operator, KazMunaiGaz, which had purchased initial 75% stake in 2007. Onetime architect is now pursuing real estate, media and energy deals. Over past
year won 2 licenses to explore for oil and metals in Black Sea; in January got patent for a method of mining and processing seabed sediment. Owns Adevarul Holding media trust, which publishes Forbes Romania under license from Forbes Media LLC. Patriuciu and several other former Rompetrol executives were involved in a scandal related to a promised investment to the Petromidia refinery.