Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor says he never wanted the world to know how rich he is. "I don't see what the big deal is," says the Peruvian mogul, who amassed a fortune by selling financial services in South America's burgeoning economy through his IFH Peru. Rodriguez-Pastor and seven other global billionaires have kept low profiles as they created their fortunes—until now. Bloomberg Markets Magazine has uncovered these eight tycoons whose names haven't yet appeared in any international wealth rankings.

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor
Estimated Net Worth: At least $3 billion
Year of Birth: 1959
Residence: Lima
Primary Asset: 71 percent stake in Intergroup Financial
Performance: Intergroup shares rose 17 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Banking, retail
Best Bet: Focusing his conglomerate of retail banks, supermarkets, department stores, fast-food restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters to benefit from Peru's rising consumers
Of Note: Integrates a sense of humor into his management style, hosting an annual company costume party to encourage teamwork

Rodriguez-Pastor, 52, left Wall Street to build Intergroup Financial Peru's most diverse banking and retail group. He rode a historic boom in emerging markets to amass a net worth of $3 billion.

Photograph by Gabriel Rinaldi

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Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor says he never wanted the world to know how rich he is. "I don't see what the big deal is," says the Peruvian mogul, who amassed a fortune by selling financial services in South America's burgeoning economy through his IFH Peru. Rodriguez-Pastor and seven other global billionaires have kept low profiles as they created their fortunes—until now. Bloomberg Markets Magazine has uncovered these eight tycoons whose names haven't yet appeared in any international wealth rankings.

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor
Estimated Net Worth: At least $3 billion
Year of Birth: 1959
Residence: Lima
Primary Asset: 71 percent stake in Intergroup Financial
Performance: Intergroup shares rose 17 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Banking, retail
Best Bet: Focusing his conglomerate of retail banks, supermarkets, department stores, fast-food restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters to benefit from Peru's rising consumers
Of Note: Integrates a sense of humor into his management style, hosting an annual company costume party to encourage teamwork

Rodriguez-Pastor, 52, left Wall Street to build Intergroup Financial Peru's most diverse banking and retail group. He rode a historic boom in emerging markets to amass a net worth of $3 billion.

Photograph by Gabriel Rinaldi

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Bloomberg Markets: Hidden Billionaires

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor
Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor says he never wanted the world to know how rich he is. "I don't see what the big deal is," says the Peruvian mogul, who amassed a fortune by selling financial services in South America's burgeoning economy through his IFH Peru. Rodriguez-Pastor and seven other global billionaires have kept low profiles as they created their fortunes—until now. Bloomberg Markets Magazine has uncovered these eight tycoons whose names haven't yet appeared in any international wealth rankings.

Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor
Estimated Net Worth: At least $3 billion
Year of Birth: 1959
Residence: Lima
Primary Asset: 71 percent stake in Intergroup Financial
Performance: Intergroup shares rose 17 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Banking, retail
Best Bet: Focusing his conglomerate of retail banks, supermarkets, department stores, fast-food restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters to benefit from Peru's rising consumers
Of Note: Integrates a sense of humor into his management style, hosting an annual company costume party to encourage teamwork

Rodriguez-Pastor, 52, left Wall Street to build Intergroup Financial Peru's most diverse banking and retail group. He rode a historic boom in emerging markets to amass a net worth of $3 billion.

Photograph by Gabriel Rinaldi

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Guenther Fielmann (and Family)
Guenther Fielmann (and Family)

Estimated Net Worth: At least $3.4 billion
Year of Birth: 1939
Residence: Hamburg
Primary Asset: A 71 percent stake in Fielmann held individually, by his son Marc, and in two trusts
Performance: Fielmann shares rose 22 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Eyewear
Best Bet: Giving away basic eyewear with an eye exam
Of Note: Passionate about nature, Fielmann has planted more than 1 million trees—one every year for each employee


Fielmann opened his first optometry office in Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1972. Today his company, Fielmann, owns Europe's largest chain of optical stores. The Hamburg-based company sells discounted eyewear through 656 shops across Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. Fielmann and his family have earned more than €260 million in dividends before taxes since 2007, Bloomberg data show.

Photograph by Marcus Brandt/Landov
Anas Sefrioui
Anas Sefrioui
Estimated Net Worth: At least $2.7 billion
Year of Birth: 1957
Residence: Casablanca, Morocco
Primary Asset: 61.74 percent stake in Douja Promotion Groupe Addoha
Performance: Douja Promotion shares fell 19 percent amid political unrest in the 12 months ended Aug. 1
Industry: Real estate
Best Bet: Snagging a deal in 1995 to build 2,371 affordable homes outside Casablanca through a program created by the late King Hassan II
Of Note: The wedding he threw for daughter Kenza in 2008 featured catering by Parisian eatery Lenôtre

Sefrioui founded property developer Douja Promotion Groupe Addoha in 1988. With the help of government subsidies, the company has built more than 190,000 homes spanning almost 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) throughout Morocco. It has since diversified into cement and resorts. Sefrioui earned more than 2.6 billion Moroccan dirhams ($330 million) by selling shares during the company's 2006 public offering on the Casablanca Stock Exchange, filings show.

Photograph by Aida Alami

Siegfried Meister (and family)
Siegfried Meister (and family)
Estimated Net Worth: At least $2.2 billion
Year of Birth: 1938
Residence: Germany
Primary Asset: 63.7 percent stake in Rational
Performance: Rational shares rose 51 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Manufacturing (kitchen appliances)
Best Bet: Selling to hotels, restaurants, and caterers instead of consumers
Of Note: Gordon Ramsay and Paul Bocuse are among the celebrity chefs who use Rational appliances; KFC and Hilton are also customers

Meister, an electrical engineer, founded oven maker Rational in 1973. Today the company has a 54 percent share of the global market for thermal food-preparation appliances—ovens, steamers, and grills—in professional kitchens. Sales rose 11 percent to €350 million in 2010. Meister has earned more than €250 million in dividends before taxes since 2001, according to Bloomberg data.

Photograph by Thorsten Jordan
Rubens Menin Teixeira de Souza
Rubens Menin Teixeira de Souza
Estimated Net Worth: At least $1.6 billion
Year of Birth: 1956
Residence: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Primary Asset: 31.6 percent stake in MRV Engenharia
Performance: MRV shares fell 28 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Real estate
Best Bet: Selling homes to Brazil's lowest earners instead of targeting the wealthy
Of Note: Menin's 20th-floor triplex apartment features a zebra-skin rug covering a marble floor and a terrace with a hot tub overlooking the Belo Horizonte hills

Menin, 55, became a billionaire building homes for Brazil's lowest earners—the nation's bricklayers and housekeepers, as he describes them. Today he owns 31.6 percent of MRV Engenharia, which he founded in 1979. MRV's stock has gained 30 percent since the company's initial public offering in July 2007, helping Menin create a $1.6 billion fortune.

Photograph by Gabriel Rinaldi
Eric Sprott
Eric Sprott
Estimated Net Worth: At least $1.3 billion
Year of Birth: 1944
Residence: Oakville, Canada
Primary Asset: 55.6 percent stake in Sprott
Performance: Sprott shares gained 145 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Money management
Best Bet: Investing in gold in the early 2000s
Of Note: His pledge to donate C$100,000 to the Canadian Athletes Now Fund for each gold medal Canada won at the 2010 Winter Olympics cost C$1.4 million

Eric Sprott founded Sprott Asset Management, which includes Sprott Hedge Fund, in 2000. The hedge fund has returned 639.5 percent since its inception through June 30, largely through investments in precious metals companies. Sprott stepped down as chief executive officer of publicly traded parent company Sprott in September 2010. As of March 31, the Sprott company oversaw more gold than Brazil held in its reserves, according to Bloomberg data.

Photograph by Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext
Elisabeth Badinter (and family)
Elisabeth Badinter (and family)
Estimated Net Worth: At least $1.1 billion
Year of Birth: 1944
Residence: Paris
Primary Asset: 10.47 percent stake in Publicis Groupe
Performance: Publicis shares gained 2 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Advertising
Best Bet: Retaining Publicis Chairman and CEO Maurice Levy, who had been hired by her father
Of Note: Badinter's 2010 book, The Conflict, became controversial by arguing that political and societal pressures push mothers away from the workforce

Badinter inherited her stake in Publicis Group in 1996 after the death of her father, advertising mogul Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. Along with employees and other investors, she agreed to buy part of her sister's Publicis stake two years later. Today, she chairs the supervisory board of Publicis, the world's third-largest advertising company, with €5.4 billion ($7.6 billion) in 2010 revenue. Coca-Cola, Nestle and GM are among Publicis clients.

Photograph by Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis
Alain Taravella
Alain Taravella
Estimated Net Worth: At least $1.1 billion
Year of Birth: 1948
Residence: Paris
Primary Asset: 49 percent stake in Altarea
Performance: Altarea shares rose 22 percent in the 12 months ended on Aug. 1
Industry: Real estate
Best Bet: Positioning Altarea as a retail and city-center specialist while others shied away from the sector
Of Note: Taravella produces olive oil at his estate in Provence

Taravella founded French real estate company Altarea in 1994. He delved into retail properties and city-center development, a sector other companies deserted after France froze construction of out-of-town shopping centers to protect small businesses. Investors have earned annual returns of 25 percent from dividends and stock appreciation since the end of 2004, when Altarea began trading publicly.

Photograph by Benoit Decout/REA

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