With a cruise holiday on the “special celebration” list for many timeshare owners, perhaps it’s not surprising that the chief of the Carnival Corporation has cruised his way up the rankings of Forbes’ annual billionaires list.
Cruising has been back in style for years, and with an ever increasing fleet of seriously sophisticated liners launching (with the added incentive of a celebrity chef restaurant and luxury spa on board).
Cruises are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after holidays within the shared ownership industry – Club La Costa for example is one of the leading timeshare specialists that offers a full range of cruise options. Its dedicated Travel Club can advise members on the best cruise and itinerary to suit their lifestyle, from Baltic expeditions to classic Caribbean cruises.
Micky Arison, who has a large stake in the global cruise company, comes in at number 211 on the list after seeing his fortune rise by $1 billion to $5.7 billion in the past year.
Arison is now worth more than double what he was four years ago when cruise shares began plummeting along with the economy. In 2006, Forbes estimated Arison’s net worth at more than $6 billion.
The influential US magazine’s 27th annual billionaires list also shows that another Carnival heir, Shari Arison, is now worth $4.2 billion. She ranks at 308 on the list.
Founded by the Arison family in 1972 with a single ship, Carnival Corporation has grown into the world’s largest cruise group. It now operates almost 100 ships, with brands including Carnival, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess, Holland America and Seabourn.
Meanwhile, Leon Black, who controls Apollo Management — a private equity firm that holds a large interest in several cruise companies —also saw his net worth soar to an estimated at $4.3 billion, putting him at 299 on the list.
Many members of the Pritzker family, who collectively own a chunk of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, also show their fortunes improving.
The 2013 Forbes billionaires list now boasts 1,426 names, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion.
Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim is ranked as the richest person in the world with a fortune of $73 billion, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.