Almost all of Albrecht's fortune is owned through closely held grocer Aldi Sued, which operates about 4,500 stores worldwide and generates $41 billion in estimated annual revenue. He co-founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with brother Theo in 1960. The brothers split the firm in two. Theo Albrecht's sons own Aldi Nord.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.