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Billionaire bachelors

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Posted: 7 am ET

Some of the richest men in the world don't appear to have heeded the sound of wedding bells. Perhaps they're too busy making money. The richest bachelor in the world, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, age 60, has an estimated net worth of $15.3 billion, according to Wealth-X.

The Seattle resident founded an investment firm, Vulcan Capital, and also owns the Seattle Seahawks football team and the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.

Second on the list of richest billionaire bachelors is Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, 79, with an estimated net worth of $10.9 billion.

Those who made the top five in the list compiled by Wealth-X are confirmed bachelors -- none of them has ever been married. Whether money plays a part in that is uncertain, but David Friedman, president of Wealth-X, said that it's a challenge for the super-rich to find a soul mate who is not overly impressed by the money. "Against the backdrop of a proliferation of matchmaking TV shows and online services, meeting the right person is harder than ever," he noted.

Below is the list of the richest single guys:

The world's five richest bachelors

Rank Name Age Company Net worth
1 Paul Allen 60 Vulcan Capital $15.3 billion
2 Giorgio Armani 79 Giorgio Armani $10.9 billion
3 Mikhail Prokhorov 48 Brooklyn Nets $9.3 billion
4 Xavier Niel 46 Iliad $8 billion
5 David Geffen 70 Dreamworks Animation $6.6 billion

Source: Wealth-X

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January 03, 2014 at 11:24 am

Armani and Geffen have partners already. If they wanted to marry them, they would have by now.

January 03, 2014 at 11:18 am

Marriage is overrated anyway. You can have a meaningful relationship without the benefit of marriage. Be happy with and within yourself first. If 3 of these men want wives, then they'll find them, maybe with a little help. The other two are gay, and if they want partners, they'll find them also. To marry just because you feel that your friends are, or that it is the thing to do, is ludicrous. Go where your heart and head lead you, but tread carefully, because there are too many scammers at there, men and women, who play head-games and feel absolutely nothing for you.

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January 03, 2014 at 10:38 am

why buy the cow when you get the milk for free!! just saying

January 03, 2014 at 10:23 am

What do they look like and do they have a sense of humor? Oh, and what is their political persuasion (which says a lot about anyone!)?

January 03, 2014 at 9:48 am

I dont have money or kids. I'm happy!! :-)

January 03, 2014 at 9:11 am

I must disagree with Bonnie. I am a 62 year old single guy and have never been married. I would love to be a billionaire but the path of life led me toward the field of education which is a far cry from being rich. But I make a good salary, own a home, can easily pay my bills, and I have many friends. When I am not working I find myself involved with humanitarian work in various countries around the world. I do not feel my life has been wasted because I never married. Marriage is not for everyone. It is most important to be happy with who you are and with what you have achieved in life. When the Lord calls I want to be able to look back and know that my life made a difference in the world. That is what is important. The thought that one needs to be married to make life meaningful is absurd. I admire these billionaire bachelors for their achievement but I would like hope they take some of their money and do something good with it.

January 03, 2014 at 8:47 am

Dear Bonnie,
Saying to you,that you are not alone,doesn't help so I won't say it. Another problem is, IF you do find someone, or better,if someone finds you, your children won't like it at all & to the extent it will make you both unhappy. Do you do any babysitting for your children? If so, you will then know exactly what I'm trying to say. That is, if you find that special one.Make the Good Lord # 1 in your life. He is the answer to everything.Then again, I have a feeling you have done this. I personally have been so hurt that I want to be alone,& left alone. Being alone & lonely are two different things. I'm not lonely, but I am not a woman either so I don't know how being alone affects women.Been a big help, haven't I? Wish there was something I could say, to be uplifting. Your comment touched my heart.

b. j. anderson
January 03, 2014 at 8:09 am

Love comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. it also depends on ones definition of love. I spent 24 years being a loyal, faithful, dutiful wife. I was allowed to have one child. We wanted our daughter to have our values so we had older vehicles and I stayed home to raise her. She witnessed her father being rude and disrespectful, she SHE adopted that attitude. My husband, meanwhile has a weak constitution and put me and our marriage through hell with his pornography hobby, among other pursuits. One can put themselves on the "backburner" only so long. Be true to yourself. Do not lie. To anyone including yourself. Life is too long to live a lie and too short once you realize it.

January 03, 2014 at 8:04 am

I agree, The only time I hear from my kids is when they want something. I'm not rich and don't have a lot of money still working at 70. If I get something for myself and they know it, the first thing I hear from their mouth--"give me that". There is little closeness with my two. I'm not sure what I did wrong in the raising. Its a shame. But yes everyone needs to be loved.

Bonnie Ehrlich
January 03, 2014 at 2:29 am

To the rich single men. I think it is wonderful that you have money and don't have to worry about paying your bills. You have everything you want, but love is a beautiful thing if you find the right one. I am single and do well on my own. I am very proud of the way I handle my money. I have a family, and they are a joy, but they can also be a heartache. When you have money, the kids think it is theirs before you die. I don't care for that attitude. It makes me upset that they can feel that. I didn't raise them to be that way, but then they marry the wrong person and they become the attitude of their husbands. Make your money, but same a little time for someone to love you. You can't take the money with you when the Lord calls you, so I feel you have wasted your life by not loving or being loved. It is a beautiful thing. I hope someday I will find love again, but when your older, it is more difficult to find that right one!!