I’ve talked about the most influential people in oil and gas before, but never about the wealthiest. If there’s a list of ludicrous industries that can make you a billionaire quickly, oil and gas would be at the top of every single one. So who are some of the wealthiest people in this sector? And how much do they own, exactly? Listed below are the candidates, along with one crazy fact about each of them, for brevity’s sake.
Leonid Mikhelson, Russia – Net Worth of $14.8 billion
Mikhelson owns 25 percent of Novatek, a Russian natural gas company that accounted for 9.3 percent of Russia’s total natural gas production. In other words, he’s one of the biggest names in natural gas.
Mikhail Fridman, Russia – Net Worth of $16.9 billion
One of the original founders of Alfa Group, Fridman owns a large stake in the powerful Russian investment group, which holds interests in oil and gas, investment banking, and insurance, to name a few.
Harold Hamm – Net Worth of $19.2 billion
Hamm, besides having an awesome last name, owns a 70 percent stake in Continental Resources, which produces 150,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The company also has about one trillion barrels of oil in reserve.
Mukesh Ambani – Net Worth of $22.6 billion
Besides having a net worth that’s 753,000 times more than what the average American makes in a year, Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India and is a 44 percent shareholder of India’s Reliance Industries.
Charles and David Koch – Net Worth of $40.6 billion
The Koch brothers are everywhere. If you thought of them as one entity, which everybody does, they would hold the sixth spot in a list of the world’s richest people. They own about 4,000 miles of pipeline in the US and hold an 84 percent stake in Koch industries.