In 2017, Forbes released its annual rankings of the world's richest people, which included a separate ranking of the "World's Richest Arabs." 

Following the news, the site - which aims to visualize financial and economic issues in easy-to-read charts and maps - used Forbes' data to reveal the richest person on each continent. 

Let's take a look below:

Carlos Slim Helu, whose parents are of Lebanese descent, is among the richest in North America

Carlos Slim Helu ranks among the richest people in the world, with an estimated net worth of $69 billion, according to

Helu is the richest and only Arab to make it to the ranking in the North American continent. Helu is the chairman and CEO of Telmex, América Móvil, Samsung Mexico, and Grupo Carso. He has been among the world's wealthiest individuals for numerous years. 

In 2008, Forbes ranked Slim as the world's second-richest person, right after Warren Buffett. During the years between 2010 and 2013, Slim was named the world's wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $73 billion in 2013.

However, Helu's net worth dropped by nearly $5 billion in just four days, following Donald Trump's presidential election. In 2017, Forbes ranked Helu as the 6th wealthiest person in the world.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the richest Arab in the Middle East, Asia, and Russia


Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal comfortably maintains his position as the world's richest Arab, with a net worth of $16.5 billion, according to

In November, Bin Talal was detained by Saudi authorities following Saudi Arabia's large-scale anti-corruption purge, which saw over 300 others including members of the royal family, businessmen, and former and current government officials get arrested.

The Saudi prince was released after two months of detention at Riyadh's Ritz Carlton, where a number of those arrested were being held. Still, bin Talal's business and personal wealth saw a decrease over the months.

Forbes estimates Talal's net worth to be at $17.4 billion with a majority of his monetary value lying in the Saudi-listed investment firm Kingdom Holding Company, which lost billions following his arrest.

The billionaire's personal wealth plunged by some $2 billion following his arrest, according to ForbesReports after his release revealed he will remain head of Kingdom Holding.

Five other Arabs are among the wealthiest in Asia, Middle East, and Russia

Majid Al Futtaim

A number of other Arabs made it to the ranking in the Middle East, Asia, and Russia category...

Majid Al Futtaim (UAE): $11.3 billion 

Suhail Bahwan (Oman): $4.2 billion

Najib Mikati & Taha Mikati (Lebanon): $2.6 billion

Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani (Qatar): $1.5 billion

Bassam Alghanim & Kutayba Alghanim (Kuwait): $1.4 billion

Egyptian Nassef Sawiris is the richest Arab in Africa

Egypt's richest businessman, Nassef Sawiris, runs OCI, one of the world's largest nitrogen fertilizer producers. His plants are located in the United States.

Nassef Sawiris also owns seven percent of the international sportswear brand Adidas, among other investments. 

Two other Arabs are among the wealthiest in Africa

Othman Benjelloun Source: Forbes

The Egyptian billionaire isn't the only Arab to make it to the richest individuals on the African continent. 

He's followed by: 

Issad Rebrab (Algeria): $3.4 billion

Othman Benjelloun (Morocco): $2.1 billion