Chile is a country with a relatively small population, but its number of billionaires is remarkably high.
These billionaires amassed their wealth through a multitude of industries, including mining, retail, banking, and real estate. Their wealth has contributed to Chile’s status as one of the wealthiest nations in Latin America.
In Chile, the presence of so many billionaires is a divided blessing. It can result in inequality, but it can also stimulate the economy and enhance the lives of those in need. To make Chile a more prosperous and equitable nation, it is essential to find a method to balance these two forces.
List Of Richest Chileans 2023
1. Iris Fontbona -$22.7 Billion
Iris Fontbona is the richest individual in Chile, according to the list. Andrónico Luksic Craig was the founder of the Luksic Group, a diversified conglomerate with interests in mining, retail, and finance. His widow is Fontbona.
Her deceased spouse founded Antofagasta PLC, a mining company in which she inherited a majority stake. Her commercial interests are diverse and include mining, agriculture, and energy.
2. Jean Eric Salata -$22.7 Billion
Jean Eric Salata is the second-wealthiest individual in Chile and the fifteenth-wealthiest person in Hong Kong.
Salata is the chairman and chief executive officer of CorpGroup, a holding corporation with mining, energy, and real estate interests.
He is the founder and chief executive officer of BPEA EQT, one of Asia’s largest private equity firms.
3. Horst Paulmann -$3.8 Billion
Horst Paulmann, founder of one of Chile’s largest retail conglomerates, Cencosud, occupies the third position on the ranking. His vast business empire consists of supermarkets, department stores, shopping centres, and financial services.
Paulmann is the founder and chairman of Cencosud, a retail conglomerate in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil that operates supermarkets, department stores, and home improvement stores.
4. Julio Ponce Lerou -$3.6 Billion
The 4th position on the list is occupied by Julio Ponce Lerou, a prominent merchant and investor. Former chairman of SQM (Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile), a major manufacturer of lithium and other specialty compounds. Ponce Lerou has an estimated $3.6 billion in net worth.
5. Sebastián Piera Echenique -$2.7 Billion
Sebastián Piera Echenique is a billionaire industrialist and politician from Chile who served as president from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2018 to 2022. He is the first individual since the return of democracy in 1990 to be elected president of Chile twice.
6. Roberto Angelini -$1.9 Billion
Roberto Angelini, chairman of the Angelini Group, is a prominent corporate figure in Chile. The conglomerate operates in a variety of industries, including forestry, fishing, energy, and chemicals.
7. Patricia Angelini Rossi -$1.5 Billion
Patricia Angelini Rossi, a member of the Angelini family, is the seventh wealthiest person in Chile out of the top ten. She serves as vice president of the Angelini Group and maintains a number of executive positions within the conglomerate.