Having the title of billionaire is a title conferred upon by a select few. There are many ways that people come across money. Some inherit billions of dollars as a consequence of their family ties. Some marry into money. Others make their fortunes through shrewd business moves.
Beauty renders individuals desirable. It's one of the most sought after qualities since the beginning of history. Society reveres and marvels at models and movie stars for their good looks and charm. Many seek to enhance their beauty through surgical procedures and modifications, a process which is facilitated by accessible capital.
The number of billionaires out there are quite few. The number of beautiful billionaires is even smaller. With beauty and billions, these are the top 10 most powerful and desirable people on Earth. There is no limit to what they can do.
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10 Sheryl Sandberg - Net Worth: $1.3 billion
The 45-year-old Chief Operations Officer of Facebook was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. Her net worth is currently valued at $1.3 billion, making this self-made billionaire one of the wealthiest women in North America.
Sandberg also has the brains to match. She holds a bachelor of arts from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. When she's not busy being Facebook's COO, she's also an author. Her first book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead, was published in March of 2013, sold over one million copies and stayed on the best seller list well after its launch. The book addresses how leadership roles in technology, business and government lack female representatives, and how women can overcome challenges in the workplace in order to obtain leadership roles.
Her luscious dark locks and dazzling white smile only add to her billion dollar appeal. Sandberg also puts her money where her mouth is. In 2014, she started a campaign to ban the word "bossy" because it perpetuated a negative view of women and girls in leadership roles. The campaign was endorsed by Beyonce and Jennifer Garner. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member of Disney and the Centre for Global Development.
9 Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer - Net Worth: $1.3 billion
Aerin Lauder was also blessed with beauty and billions. Her family ties may have paved the way for her early in life, by showing her the value of leadership roles. Her father was the USA ambassador to Austria and served as president of the World Jewish Congress. If her last name sounds familiar, it's probably because it is. She is the granddaughter of cosmetics mogul and founder Estee Lauder.
Coming from a powerful and beautiful family, Aerin Lauder seems to be carrying on the legacy of her grandparents wonderfully. However, she has made a name for herself as a businesswoman in her own right. Lauder studied at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves at the creative director of the Estee Lauder company, on top of running her own lifestyle brand, AERIN.
At 44 years old, part of her $1.3 billion fortune stems from having more than 16 million shares in the Estee Lauder company. Lauder is no stranger to the New York City socialite circuit and can be seen showing off her chiseled cheekbones and curvy figure in ball gowns at events for Barney's and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1996 she married Eric Zinterhofer, a private equity financier and founder, forming a veritable power couple.
8 Carrie Perrodo - Net Worth: $9.8 billion
Before she was worth just under $10 billion and lived in France, Carrie Perrodo was born Ka Yee Wong in Singapore. Although she is an entrepreneur at heart, Perrodo inherited the majority of her fortune. Shortly after Carrie met French entrepreneur Hubert Perrodo, they got married and pursued their own business ventures.
Carrie, a model since the 1970s, used her business savvy to launch her own agency, Carrie's Models, while her husband created Perenco, an oil company which is estimated to gross $6 billion in revenue per year. While her husband died and his estate is not settled yet, Perrodo's 3 children now run Perenco and the company seems to only be growing. In 2014, Perenco bought oil fields in Vietnam, Gabon and Colombia among others. Perenco is owned solely by the Perrodo family, and is not answerable to any shareholders.
Carrie Perrodo's modelling agency was sold many years ago for an undisclosed amount (the family is notoriously secretive), but Perrodo is estimated to be worth $9.8 billion. At 64 years old, Carrie Perrodo still flashes her infectious smile and svelte body, making her one of the richest and most beautiful women in the Western world.
7 Sergey Brin - Net Worth: $29.9 billion
Google loves Sergey Brin. While he may not be a household name, a quick Google search will reveal how Brin made his billions - the very search engine you're probably using now.
Yes, Brin invented Google. At 41 years old, Brin is worth $29. 9 billion USD and listed as the 18th richest person in the entire world by the Hurun Global Rich List. Brin got the idea for the search engine that would change the world as a PHD student at Stanford University in Computer Science. Teaming up with Larry Page, a fellow PhD student, he created a system that mined data for the most accurate searches, which would become the first search engine called Google.
Brin has been hailed for democratizing knowledge through the internet. His current projects include searches for renewable energy through google.org and he works to solve greater social problems through technology and the social capital of Google. His dark hair and rugged beard only add to his appeal.
6 Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila - Net Worth: $4.4 billion
Alejandro is the son of Julio Santo Domingo Pumajero, the founder of the Santo Domingo Group and Bavaria brewing company. Julio died in 2011, leaving his $10 billion fortune to be split between his three sons. At 38 years old, Alejandro is one of Forbes' youngest billionaires valued at $4.4 billion. He currently works as the face of the Santo Domingo Group, a financier for Quadrant Capital Advisors and serves on the board of trustees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His philanthropic interests include nature conservation and bone marrow donation. Pictured at Metropolitan Museum events in a slick tuxedo, Davila is the embodiment of tall dark and handsome.
5 Tory Burch - Net Worth: $1 billion
Chances are you've seen Tory Burch's golden emblem on shoes, bags and perfumes in malls all over the world. Fashion mogul Tory Burch, the Chairwoman and CEO of Tory Burch, is now valued at $1 billion USD after launching her brand in 2004. She is known for her trademark colourful designs and bold prints, worn by celebrities and everyday people alike. Burch also designs a home collection and has received numerous awards for her bold designs such as the Council of Fashion Designers of America Award, which she received draped in a signature bohemian style dress and blonde tresses.
4 Stefan Quandt - Net Worth: $15.5 billion
Coming from a family of powerful people, Quandt is worth $15.5 billion USD. He is a german engineer who earned his fortune through a 17.4% stake in BMW, which he inherited from his father. He currently serves on the supervisory board for BMW and oversees an 18.3% share in Delton AG, a digital security company which previously belonged to his mother. There is currently an investigation looking into the role of the Quandt family in post World War Two Germany and during Hitler's dictatorship.
3 Petr Kellner - Net Worth: $11 billion
Kellner was named the richest man in the Czech Republic, and is estimated to be worth $11 billion USD. Most of his money comes from PPF, an insurance and investment fund he founded in 1991 after Czech privatization. He owns 98.4 % of PPF, a Boeing 737 airplane and real estate in many countries. Kellner regularly poses for the camera with his signature 5 o'clock shadow.
2 Laurene Powell Jobs - Net Worth: $19.4 billion
Laurene Powell Jobs inherited Apple mogul Steve Jobs' estate when he died in 2011. The estate stemmed from 38.5 million shares of Apple and a 7.3 % stake in the Walt Disney Company. Laurene Powell Jobs holds an MBA from the Stanford School of Business and founded College Track which helps to improve graduation rates among underprivileged communities and makes them become first generation college attendees. Laurene Powell Jobs was named the 29th richest person in the US, worth $19.4 billion US .
1 Diane Von Furstenberg - Net Worth: $1.2 billion
Originally Belgian, but residing in the USA, Diane Von Furstenberg is the founder of the DVF brand and the inventor of the iconic wrap dress. After a hiatus, DVF was re-launched in 1997 and is now a multi-billion dollar company, with its own reality TV show.
Diane Von Furstenberg is renowned for her colourful designs and glamorous lifestyle, chronicled by the media of the 1970s. She was married to Prince Egon Von Furstenberg from 1969-1972. Since 2006 she has served as a president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She is a proponent of Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign. At 68 years old she still runs her own company in her signature clothing, and maintains a tan, slim figure, voluminous hair and a 100 watt smile.
Billionaires are made from hard work in tech, fashion and resource investment. Although having a combination of beauty and billions is rare, many members of this elite club are also using their influence to benefit a number of philanthropic causes. While having an established and wealthy family with good genetics or partnering up with someone who does, helps on the road to financial gain, and many continue to work hard to maintain their financial success.
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