Top 10 booze billionaires

8. Carlos Alberto Sicupira and family

World ranking: #162

Country: Brazil, but resides in Switzerland

Worth: $8.9bn

Age: 71

Business: The 96th richest man in the world, Carlos Alberto Sicupira owes much of his wealth to his stake in AB InBev, in which he owns a 3% stake. He co-founded the company with fellow billionaires Jorge Paulo Lemann and Marcel Herrmann Telles (also both billionaires in this list), through the merger of Brazilian AmBev and Belgian Interbrew, which went on to become AB InBev.

It is now the world’s largest brewer, having merged with SAB Miller in 2016 in a deal worth £79bn, and is responsible for more than 200 brands including Budweiser, Corona, Beck’s and Brahma.

The trio of billionaires also own stakes, through their private equity firm 3G Capital, in New York Stock Exchange-listed Restaurant Brands International, parent of Burger King and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons. In 2013 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought H.J. Heinz & Company for $23 billion. Heinz merged with Kraft in 2015, creating KraftHeinz, the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.

Outside of his business interests, Sicupira holds multiple world records for underwater spearfishing.

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

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