It is not easy to go green and make a fortune in green businesses. A look at the Forbes list of 10 Richest Green Billionaires 2012 points to this. Forbes has published the billionaires’ list with investments in clean tech companies or an environmental preserve. This list also witnesses the tumbling of fortunes of some green tycoons due to the fall in their stock prices.
The topper in the list is Aloys Wobben, a German entrepreneur and engineer who founded wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. The company has a total net worth of $2.3 billion. Though Enercon dropped its value by $1 billion, the company moved up on the list from No 2 in 2011 to No 1 this year.
Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello with his Cosan, the leading processor of sugarcane and producer of ethanol, moves up in the rank from No5 last year to No2 this year.
Zhu Gongshan remains the third richest green billionaire from a year ago. The founder of Hong Kong-listed GCL Poly Energy stays at the 3rd position after his company’s net worth fell from $3 billion to $1.4 billion.
With the decline in the shares of Sinovel Wind Group, the two major share holders of Sinovel lost their billionaire status this year.
The other important names on the list are Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Fan Zhaoxia founder of Beijing Jingyuntong Technology and Christy Walton, the widow of Wal-Mart heir John Walton, who come fourth, fifth and sixth in the list respectively.
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