Forbes puts Arison's fortune at $3.6bn (that's down from $4.1bn last year when he held 96th place). Sister Shari Arison Dorsman of Israel occupies 112th place with $3.3bn. Others on the list who have cruise ties include Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, who in 1997 put $20m into NCL Holdings (then parent of Norwegian Cruise Line). The Saudi prince is 11th with a fortune of $20bn.
Thomas Pritzker, at 55th place with $5bn, is a Royal Caribbean director, and the Pritzker family are major shareholders in the world's No. 2 cruise line. Fellow Royal director Eyal Ofer is the son of Sammy Ofer of Israel, at 208th place with $2bn, and the Ofer family own a sizable chunk of RCL shares through their company, Cruise Associates.
No. 1 on Forbes' list for the eighth consecutive year is Microsoft maven Bill Gates with a fortune of $52.8bn. Gates stayed on top despite losing $6bn last year, an amount equal to the valuation of the proposed Royal Caribbean-P&O Princess combination.