Meet 3 dental industry billionaires

Three dental industry billionaires' current combined net worth totals $8.9 billion, according to Forbes' Real-Time Billionaires tracker.

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Thomas Straumann: Thomas Straumann owns a 17 percent stake in Straumann Holding, the world's largest manufacturer of dental implants. His grandfather Reinhard Straumann originally founded the Switzerland-based company in 1954 as an alloy research company that developed implants to treat bone fractures. Thomas Straumann joined the company's board of directors in 1990 and shifted Straumann Holding's focus solely on dental products. His net worth as of Feb. 3 is $5.3 billion. 

Christoph Zeller: Christoph Zeller inherited dental products company Ivoclar Vivadent AG. His grandfather bought the Liechtenstein-based company in 1948. Mr. Zeller served as CEO of the company from 1990 to 2003 and continues to serve on the supervisory board. His net worth as of Feb. 3 is $2.3 billion.

Heikki Kyostila: Heikki Kyostila is the president of dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca. He originally founded Planmeca as a small dental stools and cabinets manufacturer in 1971. Today, the Finland-based company makes 2D and 3D imaging X-ray devices and software. Mr. Kyostila's net worth as of Feb. 3 is $1.3 billion. 

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