Billionaire Batista in Talks to Sell $1 Billion EBX Stake
as the billionaire continues his quest to become the world’s richest man.
“Imagine me getting my engine and adding another turbo charger,” Batista said in a telephone interview from Rio de Janeiro late yesterday. Earlier in the day he had announced a deal to sell 5.63 percent of his empire of commodity companies to Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co. for $2 billion.
The Brazilian mining and energy magnate has seen his net worth surge 17.6 percent this year to $26.5 billion, making him the 11th richest person on Earth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s wealthiest.