Rancho Santa Fe woman is richest San Diegan


By City News Service

The richest San Diegan as determined by Forbes magazine in its recent list of the world’s wealthiest people is Cargill heiress Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer.

The 50-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident, worth an estimated $3.3 billion, is the world’s 344th richest person, according to the magazine.

Meyer is one of seven relatives who have a stake in Cargill, a Minneapolis-based food production firm that is the largest privately owned company in the U.S.

Among recognizable San Diegans listed, Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs of La Jolla ranked 913th with $1.4 billion, and money manager Charles Brandes of San Diego was 960th with $1.3 billion.

The richest man in the world, for the third year in a row, is telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, with an estimated worth of $69 billion.

The list includes 1,226 billionaires with a combined worth of $4.6 trillion, up 2 percent.