2022 Top 7 Richest People in Barbados & their Net Worth

Have you ever wondered who are the 2022 richest people in Barbados and their net worth?  Top Most 10 outlines the top 7 Richest people in Barbados by diving into the pockets and finances of the people of Bajans to unveil how much they are worth. Who really are the richest Bajans? Barbados is one of the tiniest island on the Caribbean and is a home to some of the world’s billionaires. Bajans are quite warm and very hospitable. They are among the top Caribbean islands who have the richest millionaires and billionaires properties. Rated as one of the best Caribbean islands the island is home to the Bajans.

Here are the 2022 Richest People in Barbados and their Net Worth

1. Rihanna

2022 Top 7 Richest People in Barbados & their Net Worth

Estimated worth: $ 1.7 billion

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Bajan singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados and raised in Bridgetown, during 2003, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay-Z.

In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sunand its follow-up A Girl like Me(2006), which charted on the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles “Pon de Replay”, “SOS” and “Unfaithful”.

In 2017, Rihanna launched cosmetic company Fenty Beauty under LVMH’s Kendo Brands. The partnership was worth $10 million and would see Rihanna release various beauty products. The first installment of Fenty Beauty was released on 8 September 2017 in stores and online, available in over 150 countries.

With sales of over 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna is the second-best-selling female music artist of all time. She has earned 14 number-ones and 31 top-ten singles in the US and 30 top-ten entries in the UK. Her accolades include nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), 12 Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records, and the NAACP’s President’s Award. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018. Forbes ranked her among the top ten highest-paid celebrities in 2012 and 2014. As of 2021, she is the wealthiest female musician and the number richest on the list of richest people in Barbados with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion.

2. Dermot Desmond


Estimated worth: $1 Billion

Dermot Desmond started his career in finance at Citibank, and later worked for the Investment Bank of Ireland and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In 1981 he founded NCB Stockbrokers, which became Ireland’s largest independent brokerage; he sold it for $39 million in 1994.

With the proceeds, Desmond started his own private equity firm, International Investment & Underwriting.

IIU now has stakes in travel software firm Datalex, Mountain Province Diamonds, Barchester Healthcare and Glasgow soccer club Celtic PLC.


3. JP McManus


Estimated worth: $1 Billion

Born in Limerick, McManus began his business career at his family’s construction plant hire firm, and then became an on-course bookmaker at Limerick’s Markets Field greyhound track. He later moved into horse ownership and punting and laying horses on the advice of his associate Jimmy Hayes.

In 1982, he and his wife, Noreen, a former mental health nurse, bought Martinstown Stud on over 400 acres (1.6 km2) in County Limerick from the McCalmont family. McManus’s first horse was Cill Dara, which had been owned by the late Edenderry solicitor and gambler, Tim O’Toole. McManus is now National Hunt racing’s largest owner, with over 100 horses in training. In 2006, he built a €20 million residence next to Martinstown Stud. In 2013, he completed a €150 million home in Barbados


4. Eugene Melnyk


Estimated worth: $1 Billion

Eugene Melnyk(born May 27, 1959) is a Canadian businessman who has resided in Barbados since February 1991. He is the current and sole owner, governor, and chairman of the Ottawa Senators professional ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He is the founder, former chairman and CEO of Biovail Corporation which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Canadian Business magazine ranked Melnyk 79th with a net worth of $1.21 billion on its 2017 list of Canada’s 100 wealthiest people. He is currently the number 4 on the list of 2022 richest residents of Barbados.


5. Michael Barry Tabor


Estimated worth: $700 million

Michael Barry Tabor is a British businessman, bookmaker, gambler and owner of thorough bred racehorses.

Tabor regularly appears on the Sunday Times Rich List of the richest people in Britain. In 2012 his fortune was estimated to be £550 million; two years previously the business magazine Management Today had suggested it was $2 billion.

In May 2014 Tabor assumed a 100% control of Victor Chandler International after Victor Chandler sold his interest in the firm.

His racing associations have also extended into other areas of business. With Magnier, Derrick Smith and J.P. McManus, Tabor is one of the co-owners of the luxury Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados.

In addition, Tabor, Magnier, McManus, and another Irish associate and Sandy Lane owner, Dermot Desmond, collectively owned 60 per cent of the Next Generation chain of fitness clubs sold to London & Regional Properties for around £200 million in 2006.

Tabor, Magnier, Smith, McManus and the currency trader Joe Lewis also own a large stake in the Mitchells & Butlers pub chain.



6. Sir Charles “COW” Williams


Estimated worth: $600 million

Sir Charles was knighted in 2000 by the Queen of England for his outstanding contributions to Barbados’ development in construction, dairy farming, horticulture, agriculture and sports. He is a successful entrepreneur and local business mogul. His prowess as a businessman is well recognised both locally and regionally. He is a discerning procurer of real estate. Developments such as Apes Hill Club and the coveted Port St Charles attest to his ability to turn mundane properties into gold mines. He is a perceptive visionary who played a significant role in encouraging Chairman, Mr. Ralph Williams to invest in land in his youth.

Sir Charles Williams has been with Williams Industries from its inception and has provided the company numerous opportunities for sales and substantial growth through a myriad of development projects. He is the founder of C. O. Williams Construction, Barbados’ number one construction and quarrying operation company.


7. Kyffin Donald Simpson


Estimated worth: $400 million

Kyffin Donald Simpson is a Bajan businessman.

On his return to Barbados he worked in several industries including the retail sector. This prepared him for his future in the commercial world. Mr. Simpson has a natural affinity for people which endears him to everyone that comes into contact with him. His love of cars propelled him to take advantage of the opportunity to manage several gas stations in the early 1970’s and this provided a platform of development for the industry that he grew into. So when the door opened to own a small and failing Volkswagen and then Mercedes car dealership, he grasped the opportunity and made a success of it.

In 1976, Mr. Kyffin Simpson founded Simpson Motors and this has laid the groundwork for the group of companies that exists today and which represents such brands as Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mercedes, Chrysler, Porsche, John Deere, JCB and Ingersoll Rand/Bobcat with a regional network from Bermuda in the north to Guyana in the south and from Central America in the west to Barbados in the East.

In 2005 Simpson Oil Limited (SOL), an affiliate of Interamericana Trading Corporation, headed by Kyffin Simpson made a buy-out of the retail and commercial fuel operations of Shell Antilles & Guiana’s Limited making it the largest independent oil company in the Caribbean. In 2006, SOL acquired Shell’s marketing and retail assets in Puerto Rico building this network even further.

In addition to being Chairman of the Simpson Group of Companies Kyffin Simpson has served as director and shareholder of several major corporations including a charter director of the FirstCaribbean International Bank. He is also a member of the Board of the prestigious Americas Society and Council of the Americas whose mission is to promote awareness of the political, cultural and economic challenges currently facing the Western Hemisphere.

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