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Forbes: The World’s Top 10 Billionaires

7. Eike Batista

Net Worth: $30 billion EQUAL
Source: Mining, oil
Citizenship: Brazil

Brazil’s richest man is riding high on oil fever. His oil and gas driller, OGX Petroleo e Gas, produced its first oil in a test well offshore in late January; his 61% stake in the company is worth $19.8 billion-two-thirds of his net worth. The bombastic entrepreneur is also betting on his former passion, gold: In February 2011 he spent $1.5 billion to take private Canadian-listed Ventana Gold, which owns what he says is an incredibly promising mine in Colombia.

(Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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