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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 06, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Hi Martin
Re: > But I make a good salary, own a home, can easily pay my bills, and I have many friends.

Most people in your position do have a lot of friends.(At least they think they do)

January 06, 2014 at 5:27 pm


January 03, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Will, or do, they ever enjoy their money????

John Statton
January 03, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I am extremely happy and blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren. My wife and I have worked hard all of our lives to give them opportunities to succeed based on their individual efforts. Due to special circumstances, we promised our first grandchild she would never have to worry about paying for her college and she will will graduate from high school next year. Things have not turned out exactly how we would have wanted in saving for her education beyond high school but we are determined to work as long as needed to she that she gets her education. Would be nice to have enough money to see her through her college years but beyond that, we have what no amount of money can buy.

January 03, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Most people in the world are looking for someone to take care of them. So they are looking for that sugar daddy or mama so that they can just take advantage. What happened to people finding someone and just getting to know that person for who they are no how much their net worth is? If these people are still bachelors then its because they want it that way. Hopefully they are smart enough to know that they need to be very cautious as to the crooks out there. They will say and do whatever they can to get that piece of the pie (money).

Robert Brown
January 03, 2014 at 2:40 pm


Money should also not determine their worth as a person.

January 03, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Maybe they are smarter than the rest of the world. Most marriages only end in divorce. First off, true love doesn't require a marriage license. Or maybe they cannot get married because it's not allowed in their state? Either way, what does it matter? Their marital status should not determine their worth as a person. Look at all they've accomplished as a human being.

January 03, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Finding a soul mate is difficult no matter what your net worth. Here's a thought...maybe they are not looking! They may be perfectly happy with the their life as it is. Relationships done well take a lot of time, dedication and energy - the same ideals that I'm sure these businessmen use everyday to make their organizations successful - maybe they are just too tired at the end of the day.

January 03, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I applaud Warren Buffet for guiding his family to live among us mere mortals, earn their own living and become aware of every day life. Sure, at some point they will profit from their father's/grandfather's wealth but in the meantime they will get a taste of reality.
I also applaud those of great wealth who are the generous philanthropists of our nation and other countries.
I'm a country diva, available and interested in a wealthy companion. Would I leave my simple lifestyle???? I think not. My serenity is very important to me and I am not in a position to be wealthy. Blessings to humankind of all monetary status :)

January 03, 2014 at 12:06 pm

My guess is they have not looked far past their portfolio or wallet. Granted, there are thousands of worthless people looking for a free ride. Finding a long term mate, spouse or partner is like finding real beauty - you have to dig a little deeper to find what you are looking for! Oh, and what world does the idiot live in that would say . . . why buy the cow when you can get the milk free!!! Exactly what's wrong with the world now . . . no morals, need for commitment or common sense. May it be a better year for all of you!