Fifteen Russian tycoons are among world's 100 richest people, while the total number of billionaires in Russia grew to 101 from 62 last year mainly due to a recent boom in prices for commodities, Forbes magazine said.
According to the Forbes' annual list of word's richest people published on Wednesday, Russia accounts for a third of Europe's 300 billionaires, and Moscow regained its title as the billionaire capital of the world with 79 Russian oligarchs officially residing in the city.
Vladimir Lisin, 54, the owner of the Russian steel giant Novolipetsk Steel, remains Russia's richest person with a fortune of $24 billion, Forbes said. The tycoon occupies the 14th position in the magazine's list of world's richest people.
Lisin is followed by another steel magnate, Alexei Mordashov, the major shareholder and chief executive of Russia's biggest steelmaker Severstal.
Mordashov, 45, "is $8.6 billion richer this year, thanks largely to rebound in steel prices." He occupies the 29th place on the Forbes list with a total fortune of $18.5 billion.
Mikhail Prokhorov, the president of Onexim Group, is the third among richest Russians with an estimated wealth of $18 billion.
Prokhorov, 45, "is known for his efforts to build the New Jersey Nets, which he bought in 2009, into an NBA contender."
The one-time richest man in Russia and owner of the UK's Chelsea soccer team Roman Abramovich, 44, dropped to the 53rd place on the Forbes list with total wealth of $13.4 billion.
Forbes said this year's list of word's richest people broke records in size (1,210 billionaires) and total net worth ($4.5 trillion).
NEW YORK, March 10 (RIA Novosti)