Carlos Ghosn Net Worth : Career & Income

Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian businessman, currently a worldwide wanted escapee, has a net worth of $180 million.

Ghosn is best known for being the former head of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (One of the world’s largest automobile companies).

Ghosn took charge of the newly formed Renault-Nissan alliance in the early 2000s and then steered the two automobile companies toward global dominance in the automobile business, competing with companies like General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

He was undoubtedly the rockstar automotive leader prior to Tesla CEO Elon Musk coming to the scene.

However, the business magnate was arrested in 2018 in Japan for allegedly violating Japanese financial law 2018.

Carlos Ghosn in 2010
Carlos Ghosn in 2010

He made headlines after his dramatic escape to Lebanon from Japan, hiding in an instrument box. The story of the escape seemed straight out of a Hollywood thriller movie.

Quick Facts

Following are some Quick facts about the convicted businessman.

Full Name Carlos Ghosn
Net Worth  $120 Million (as of July 2022)
Birth Date 9 March 1954
Gender Male
Age 68 years old
Birthplace Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Religion Catholic (Roman Catholic Church)
Nickname Le Cost Killer
Nationality French–Lebanese–Brazilian
Residence Paris, France
Education Bachelor degree in engineering
Educational Institution École Polytechnique (1974) and École des mines (1978)
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Father’s Name  Jorge Ghosn
Mother’s Name Rose Jazzar
Siblings Claudine Bichara de Oliveira (sister)
Height 170cm or 5’8” feet
Weight  70 Kg or 154 lbs.
Skin Tone Olive Tan
Hair Color Grey/Back
Eye Color Black
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Spouses Rita Kordahi (m. 1984; div. 2012)​ and Carole Nahas ​(m. 2016)
Children Caroline, Nadine, and Maya (Daughters) and Anthony (Son)
Source of Wealth Nissan, Renault SA, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Social Media Twitter, Facebook,Instagram
Profession Businessman
Awards Japan Society Award, Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, Strategic Management Society

Last Update
July 2022

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Carlos Ghosn: Net Worth and Income

Carlos Ghosn’s net worth comes from several of his business ventures, especially his 60% ownership in Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Although the businessman has been thrown out of the company for money mishandling, at his peak, his salary at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi was 17 million USD a year.

For instance, in 2018, Carlos was able to collect $6.53 million from Nissan, $8.44 million from Renault, and $2.02 million from Mitsubishi.

Just in ten years of working for the automobile companies, Carlo’s salary almost doubled.

In 2009, his salary was a mere $9.33 million.

It grew to become $10.14 million in 2010, $13.77 million in 2011, $12.75 million in 2013, and so on.

The businessman’s income throughout 2014 to 1018 remained around $17 million.

However, in 2016 it declined to reach $16.99 million.

The millionaire apparently earned a total of  144.96 million USD from his decade-long association with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi company.

In addition to this, Carlos also took tens of millions of the company’s money. This was unknown prior to his arrest.

Had Ghosn not been arrested in 2018, his worth of share in the company would have made him around $200 million today.

Other than his part in the automobile companies, his net worth rounds up because of several investments.

According to an investigation held after his arrest, Carlos owned $25 million worth of real estate worldwide. This included his mansions in France, Brazil, and Lebanon.

He owned a $6 million apartment in Rio, bought in 2011.

A year later, he splurged in an $8.75 million mansion in Beirut. He then spent an additional $6 million on its renovations and furnishings.

Meanwhile, Nissan paid him a total of $9 thousand per month for his apartment in Amsterdam and an additional $9 thousand for one in Tokyo.

Carlos Ghosn’s Houses and Cars

Houses

Considering his net worth, the portfolio of houses Carlos Ghosn owns is rather short.

He undoubtedly owns a series of real estate in Lebanon currently.

However, all of his mansions in Tokyo and France have been seized of his reach.

After the businessman escaped from the Japanese authorities, Nissan claimed hold of all his properties worldwide.

The Beirut home

The house he lives in at the moment is in Beirut, Lebanon. It is a multi-story stylish home in a corner property.

Just 400 meters from the Mediterranean seafront, the mansion is pink and white and rises three-story above the street.

Carlos's multi-story home in Lebanon
Carlos’s multi-story home in Lebanon

The property is secured by security cameras keeping a watch at the front gate and five meters tall wall surrounding the house.

A Lebanese real estate agent informed the Japanese authorities that the house is not worth less than 3 million USD.

Carlos’s house in Baabda

Similarly, there is a two-story house in the town of Baabda, 20 kilometers east of Beirut.

The business magnate is said to have lived here with his wife about ten years ago.

The white house is decorated with beautiful flower pots and has a statue of the Virgin Mary displayed on the roof near the entrance.

He even stated in an interview once about his property in Baabda.

According to the locals, Ghosn sold this house a few years back. However, the new owner of the home is unknown.

Ghosn’s estate in Tokyo

The businessman stayed in his multi-story Tokyo home before escaping to Lebanon.

Not very far from the central Roppongi district, the large home lies in an area popular with diplomats and western executives.

Carlos's home in Tokyo
Carlos’s home in Tokyo

The nude-colored house is three-story-tall and has two shutters near the entrance.

Carlos’s neighbors reported that the house always has a black colored car parked in front of it.

Cars

While he was working with Nissan, Carlos was faithful to the brand’s name.

He only drove the latest Nissan models that he designed himself with the company’s engineers.

The businessman man currently lives a very private life. Hence, the whereabouts of the vehicles he drives are unknown.

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Carlos Ghosn: Lifestyle

Ghosn enjoyed a lavish life as the CEO of the biggest automobile company until 2008.

He organized extravagant parties for different events in the palace of Versailles. For example, right before his arrest, he had a lavish celebration at the palace marking his 50th birthday.

Table decorations at Carlos's 50th birthday celebration.
Table decorations at Carlos’s 50th birthday celebration.

However, even after fleeing to Lebanon, the millionaire’s lifestyle has not changed.

In an interview, he was seen sitting in an antique armchair in a boutique hotel, and he revealed that he was very content with his life in Lebanon.

Carlos organizes a business course once a week in a local university to help youths reach the level of success he once had.

He, along with his friends, often goes on hikes in the mountains around Beirut.

The businessman also plays online bridge.

Carlos Ghosn: Charity

Although the businessman has a fortune worth 180 million USD, the list of charities he has been involved in is short.

Ghosn provided funds to the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) while still working at Nissan. Even after his arrest, he is considered the Honorary Chairman of the institution.

Other than that, he frequently attended different charitable events.

Carlos Ghosn: Books

Ghosn has written three different books about the Renault and Nissan Alliance.

Following are the said books.

Shift: Inside Nissan’s Historic Revival

Fugitive of Injustice: Trials of the Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Alliance

Carlos Ghosn’s Career

Carlos’s career started in 1987 after he graduated from college.

He initially started training and working in Michelin, Europe’s largest tire maker.

In three years, he became plant manager in Le Puy-en-Velay, France.

In 1984, he was promoted to research and development for Michelin’s industrial tire division.

Slowly but steadily, Carlos kept being promoted to higher positions before finally being announced the CEO of Michelin North America in 1990.

The businessman became an executive vice president at Renault.

He then proceeded to reconstruct the company as a whole which led to its profitability over 1997.

The Renault–Nissan Alliance, formed in 1999.

It paved the way for Carlos to showcase his abilities as a businessman and flourish.

Carlos-Ghosn-at-Nissan’s Honmoku-Wharf-in-July-16-2011
Carlos Ghosn at Nissan’s Honmoku Wharf.

In June of 1999, while maintaining his roles at Renault, he became Nissan’s chief operating officer (COO).

Subsequently, he was named its president in June 2000.

The businessman was promoted to chief executive officer (CEO) in June of 2001.

However, Nissan was at a huge loss when they joined hands. Carlos announced the “Nissan Revival Plan” in October 1999 and reached his goals in 2002.

The businessman took the role of CEO at both Renault and Nissan and became the world’s first person to run two companies on the Fortune Global 500 simultaneously.

Finally, In February 2017, Ghosn announced he would step down as CEO of Nissan.

But he still remained the chairman of the company.

His career came to an end when the board of Mitsubishi Motors removed him from his role as chairman on 26 November 2018 after his arrest.

Carlos was arrested for mishandling millions of dollars using the company’s assets for personal benefit.

He used it for family vacations, bought real estate, invested it in the share market, and so on.

Three Facts About Carlos Ghosn

  • Ghosn was regarded as a celebrity in Japan. His life story was even turned into comic book series, titled “The True Story of Carlos Ghosn,” in the manga comic book Big Comic Superior in 2002.
  • Carlos also has a “Bento Box” (a single portion, home-packed takeout meal famous in Japanese cuisine) named after him.
  • Being a citizen of three countries, France, Brazil, and Lebanon, the businessman can speak French, Portuguese, English, and Arabic fluently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Carlos Ghosn now?

After escaping from Japanese authorities, Carlos flew to Lebanon. He currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon, with his family.

Who helped Ghosn escape Japan?

A former Green Beret, Michael Taylor, and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor were accused of helping Ghosn execute a daring escape from Japan that seemed straight out of a Hollywood thriller.

What is Nissan’s net worth?

Nissan’s current net worth comprises 153.09 billion USD (¥16.97 trillion) of assets, 50.057 billion USD (¥4.42 trillion) of total equity, and 6.174 billion USD ( ¥671.2 billion) net income.

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