Left Their Mark
Twenty-three billionaires died last year. Sixty-one others dropped out of the ranks entirely, including Kylie Jenner.
The casino magnate and GOP megadonor built Las Vegas Sands into an empire, amassing a $35 billion fortune, and made bold gambles to rescue the company from near-failure
during the Great Recession.
The world’s richest banker, worth $23 billion, he owned three banks on three continents, London’s Gherkin skyscraper and 50% of banana
Lee inherited Samsung Group in 1987 from his father, founder Lee Byung-chull, and built it into South Korea’s biggest conglomerate. Twice pardoned for bribery and tax charges,
he had been in a coma since 2014.
Benjamin de Rothschild
The heir to Edmond de Rothschild, the European bank founded in 1953 by his father, he died of a heart attack in January. His widow, Ariane de Rothschild, has been
chair of the bank since 2015.