Monday, April 22, 2013

Forbes publishes list of the world's greenest billionaires

Getting rich can be accomplished through many different business venues, but one type of business that you don’t often hear leading to greener bank accounts is green energy or related green businesses. Obtaining wealth through real estate, oil, technology, etc., is commonplace and many of the world’s wealthiest individuals owe their good fortune to one of these or other traditional business. Green energy, on the other hand, has not contributed to the net worth of manybillionaires, but this trend is changing asForbes indicates in its April 21, 2013 listing of the world’s “Greenest Billionaires”, spotlighting some of the men and women who have gained financial security by going green. Here are the members of this elite group:
Elon Musk- Born in South Africa, this now American entrepreneur is known as the founder of Paypal, but his greenness can be attributed to his involvement with Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity.
Aloys Wobben- German entrepreneur Aloys Wobben founded the wind turbine manufacturer Enercon in 1984. The company is the fourth largest business of its kind in the world.
Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello- Based out of Brazil, Mello is chairman of the Brazilian alternative energy companies Raizen and Cosan. He also serves as a director for UNICA, a lobbyist organization for the ethanol and sugar cane industries.
Christy Walton- A member of the Wal- Mart family, Christy Walton derives most of her fortune from retailing, but she is also actively involved in the alternative energy company First Solar and is an enthusiastic supporter of organic gardening.
Zhu Gongshan- Chinese entrepreneur Zhu Gongshan owns close to $1 billion worth of GCL Poly-Energy Holdings, a company that makes polysilicon for use in solar panels.
Ted Turner- Widely known in communication circles for his founding of CNN, Ted Turner is also the second largest private landowner in the United States and is known for his endorsement of renewable energies.
Louis Bacon- An American hedge fund manager, Bacon founded the Moore Charitable Foundation to provide financial support to non- profit groups seeking to preserve and protect wildlife. He has also donated more than $1 million to the environmental organization known as Riverkeper and has donated land and funds to protect and conserve important areas of land in Colorado, New York, and North Carolina.
Vinod Khosla- Founder of Khosla Ventures, this entrepreneur has helped create many different green energy businesses such as Amyris, Gevo, and Kior.
John Doerr- A venture capitalist by trade, Doerr’s firm Kleiner Perkins is a major investor in green technology businesses on several levels.
Richard Branson- The founder of Virgin Airlines, Branson is leading efforts to expand the use of biofuels to power his Virgin Airlines aircraft.
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