Forbes has produced a ranking of the 10 richest entrepreneurs whose fortune has been forged from the investment in energy and sustainable materials. The list, published this week in his blog, is a clear demonstration that the sustainability efforts can be an extremely profitable investment.While being organic and make money do not go hand in hand, these 10 billionaires have exploited global demand for solar and wind power to enrich themselves. To make this list, Forbes has measured the Green net worth of these billionaires. Four Chinese entrepreneurs in the top ten show that China has become an area highlighted in regards to solar and wind energy production. The momentum in this country came from the boom of the IPO market in recent years. Top ten and net assets verdes1 Christy Walton, USA, $4.2 billion2 Aloys Wobben, Germany $3.3 billion3 Zhu Gongshan, China $3.0 billion4 Wang Chuanfu, Rubens Ometto, Brazil China billion5 $2.0 $1.6 billion6 have Junliang, China $1.4 billion7 Wu Jianlong, Hong Kong $1.3 billion8 Adi Godrej, India $1.0 billion9 Wei Wenyuan, China $1.0 billion10 Vinod Khosla, US $200 millones Christy Walton: her late husband John was one of the first to invest in the company of thin solar films First Solar (FSLR), who now leads this segment of the market and has a capitalization of $12 billion. The company began trading on stock exchange in 2006.
Aloys Wobben: German engineer founder of Enercon (wind turbine factory) in 1984. It now has $4.3 billion in revenue and its turbines installed in thirty countries. Zhu Gongshan: Directs the maker of polysilicon GCL-Poly Energy, which listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The polysilicon is the key material for the elaboration of traditional solar panels. It has doubled the value of their shares in recent years.
Wang Chuanfu: Chairman of the battery maker BYD has managed its Green reputation thanks to his company’s efforts to produce electric batteries for vehicles. Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello: the first billionaire in ethanol. This Brazilian entrepreneur turned his chaotic family business of sugar cane mills in Cosan (CZZ), a leading processor of sugarcane in Barsil. They have Junliang: The first Chinese wind energy billionaire directs Sinovel Wind Group, which began trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in January 2011. Wu Jianlong: At 44 years old resides in Hong Kong and directs the maker of solar cells Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy. The company began trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in August 2010. Thanks to the rise of the value of their shares, the net worth of Wu has multiplied. ADI Godrej: Indian billionaire has 1,750 acres of land that he and his family have become the Soonabai Pirojsha Marine Ecology Center, a center where visitors can make guided tours to mangroves, Marine Aquarium and learn about the conservation of biodiversity. Vinod Khosla: Through his Khosla Ventures venture capital company, has invested in over 40 companies in the entire spectrum of energies and clean and sustainable materials. If you want to read more sustainability buy our book through our blog