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They became billionaires without doing any work

Last updated on: March 11, 2013 08:00 IST

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Billions of dollars really do grow on trees - at least for the handful of Forbes' 2013 Billionaires who didn't have to work for their 10-figure bank accounts, according to the Business Insider.

Let's take a look at some billionaires who inherited their wealth.

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Lily Safra

Forbes ranking: 1,175

Net worth: $1.2 billion

Age: 75

Country: Monaco

Safra owes her wealth to her late husband, billionaire banker Edmond Safra, who died in a 1999 apartment fire.

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Elaine Marshall & Family

Forbes ranking: 145

Net worth: $8 billion

Age: 70

Country: The United States

The 48th wealthiest woman in the US, Elaine Marshall inherited her billions from her late husband, J Pierce Marshall in the form of a 14.6 per cent stake in Koch Industries.

The funny thing is no one knew about her fortune until Bloomberg named her the fourth richest woman in the US in 2012.

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Jorn Rausing

Forbes ranking: 233

Net worth: $5.2 billion

Age: 53

Country: Sweden

Swedish billionaire Jorn Rausing may have inherited his $5.2 billion fortune from his late mother, Birgit, but he hasn't used that as an excuse to escape the working world.

Rausing sits on the board of Tetra Laval, the company his grandfather founded that is responsible for the Tetra Pak - the special boxes used to store milk and juices without refrigeration.

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Finn Rausing

Forbes ranking: 239

Net worth: $5.1 billion

Age: 58

Country: Sweden

Along with younger brother Jorn, Finn Rausing sits on the board of Tetra Pak-maker Tetra Laval.

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Eduardo Hochschild

Forbes ranking: 704

Net worth: $2.1 billion

Age: 49

Country: Peru

Peru's fourth richest man, Eduardo Hochschild owed his wealth to his great uncle, who founded the wildly successful Peruvian gold and silver mining company in 1911.

Hochschild studied science in the US at Tufts University and first joined Hochschild Mining in 1987 as a safety assistant.

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Yoshiko Mori

Forbes ranking: 1,342

Net worth: $1 billion

Age: 72

Country: Japan

When Minoru Mori, one of Japan's most powerful real estate tycoons, passed away last year, his wife, Yoshiko, took over the family fortune. She's now ranked the 20th richest person in Japan.

According to Forbes, her late husband was most known for building China's tallest building, the Shanghai World Financial Center.


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