The Billionaires Behind Your Favorite Cocktails

By on March 15, 2016 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Booze is a billion dollar business. That seems obvious, when one takes a look at the net worths of the people who control the biggest names in the liquor industry. Chances are, the next time you order a beer, a vodka tonic, or a glass of Chardonnay, you're lining the pockets of one of the world's richest people. From enormous conglomerates such as Anheuser-Busch InBev (the world's largest brewer), to more artisan brands like California's Justin wines, these billionaires are making at least part of their vast fortunes off the drinking habits of the world. Italy's Rosa Anna Magno Garavoglia can serve you up some Skyy Vodka, Wild Turkey, Campari, or Frangelico. Bernard Arnault, who specializes in luxury goods, will pop the cork on some bubbly from Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon. Bostonian Jim Koch has made a cool billion from his little beer that could. A Getty heir is in the wine business with the Lieutenant Governor of California. And finally, a presidential candidate diversifies his real estate holdings with a little vineyard. These are just some of the people behind your favorite alcoholic drinks. Let's take a look at their net worths.

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GUILLAUME SOUVANT/Getty Images

Jim Koch

Sam Adams

U.S.

$1 billion

Carolus Nolet Sr.

Ketel One

Netherlands

$1.1 billion

Benedicta Chamberlain

Glenfiddich, Grant's

U.K.

$1.4 billion

Paolo and Nicola Bulgari

Podernuovo Wines

Italy

$1.5 billion (Paolo) and $1.3 billion (Nicola)

Yuri Shefler

Stolichnaya

Russia

$1.75 billion

Gordon Getty

Plumpjack Winery

U.S

$2.1 billion

Giuseppe De'Longhi

De'Longhi

Italy

$2.6 billion

Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Justin Winery

U.S.

$3.8 billion

Rosa Anna Magno Garavoglia

Skyy, Wild Turkey, Campari, and Frangelico

Italy

$3.9 billion

Donald Trump

Trump Winery

U.S.

$4.5 billion

Carlos Alberto Sicupira

Budweiser

Brazil

$10.2 billion

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Heineken

Netherlands

$11.7 billion

Marcel Herrmann Telles

Budweiser

Brazil

$12.5 billion

Alejandro Santo Domingo

Blue Moon

U.S.

$14.2 billion

Jorge Paulo Lemann

Budweiser

Brazil

$26.9 billion

Bernard Arnault

Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon

France

$33 billion

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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