The 17 Richest People in the World
This year we’ve seen a major shake-up of our ranking of the world’s 17 richest people. The fortunes of 42 from last year’s list fell, with just eight growing richer. In total, their collective net worth decreased by $285 billion to $4.4 trillion. There were 11 newcomers, including two women and a married couple, the first time we’ve had such a diverse group in a single ranking.
Bezos’ fortune dropped $77 billion after he went through a divorce and split his Amazon stake in half with his ex-wife Mackenzie Scott. Zuckerberg’s was down $9 billion as Facebook is mired in yet another privacy scandal and its shares tumbled over concerns about increased regulation.
Mark Cuban saw his net worth soar nearly 100%, adding some $5 billion since last year thanks to his Dallas Mavericks NBA team winning the championship and shares in his streaming service AXS TV being acquired by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
The 17 Richest People in the World.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, has a net worth of $112 billion. He is the richest person in the world as of this writing.
Bezos was born in 1964 to a teenage mother and raised by her aunt and uncle after his parents separated. He attended Princeton University but dropped out before graduating.
While there, he wrote software code for an early version of an online bookstore called Cadabra that would later be acquired by what became known as Amazon.com in 1994.
It was founded as an online bookseller on July 5th 1995; just two months later it went public with shares selling at $18 each.”
Elon Musk is South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor and engineer. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal.
He has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop with a working prototype constructed in France.
As of March 2019, he has an estimated net worth US$20.5 billion—making him one of the wealthiest people in America
Bernard Arnault & family
Bernard Arnault is the chairman and CEO of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company. He is also the richest person in Europe (for this year) with a net worth of $80 billion. It should be noted that he’s also France’s richest man by far.
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French billionaire businessman and art collector. He is the chairman and chief executive of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods company
Bill Gates is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $92.2 billion, and co-founded Microsoft in 1975. The company started out as a small start-up firm with Gates as its CEO. It later became one of the largest software companies in the world with offices worldwide and employees numbering over 100,000 people.
Microsoft went public on March 13, 1986; it was listed on NASDAQ under the ticker MRV and remains there today. Microsoft’s current market capitalization makes it one of America’s most valuable companies at $873 billion (as of June 30th 2019).
The company has also diversified into other areas such as cloud computing services for businesses, online advertising platform Bing!, smart home assistants Cortana & Alexa., mobile phones including Surface line-up., gaming consoles Xbox One / X
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. By 2009, Zuckerberg had become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire as a result of Facebook’s success.
He is one of the co-founders of the social networking website Facebook, of which he is chairman and chief executive. He was also involved in other projects at school, such as AQUA (an implementation of the Lisp programming language), and an alternative to the Instant Messenger (IM) service known as ZuckNet.
Steve Ballmer is the former CEO and current board member of Microsoft. He also served as a guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He’s a big fan of basketball and has said that he started playing for fun when he was about 12 years old, later becoming captain of his college team at Harvard University.
Ballmer was born in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan. His father worked at Ford Motor Company and had an office one floor above Henry Ford II; Steve credits this with inspiring him to work hard. After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in computer science and economics, he went on to earn an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft as employee number 30 (he was hired by Bill Gates).
Warren Buffett is the third-richest person in the world with a net worth of $80.7 billion. He has been CEO of Berkshire Hathaway since 1965, when he took over from his father who founded it in 1839.
Buffett is famous for being a philanthropist and has given away more than $30 billion to various causes over his lifetime, including giving 1/3rd of all his fortune to charitable organizations like Susan G Komen for the Cure and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Buffett has been an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016. In addition, he supported Barack Obama during his two runs in 2008 & 2012 as well as Joe Biden’s run for president in 2020 (which ultimately failed).
Larry Page, co-founder of Google and current CEO of Alphabet Inc., is worth $51.5 billion. Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan on March 26th 1973 to middle class parents Carl and Gloria Page. He spent most of his childhood in the small suburb of Richland where he attended elementary school with Sergey Brin—the other co-founder of Google.
While attending the University of Michigan in 1991, he began working at an artificial intelligence research lab as a part time volunteer; this led him to drop out after 2 years when he was offered funding for his research from Silicon Graphics Inc.. After dropping out and moving back home with his parents for three years (1994–1997), Larry founded another company called “Google” with Sergey Brin who had also recently dropped out from Stanford due to financial problems with their startup company “BackRub” which later became known as Google Search Engine.
Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, is the world’s sixth richest person with a net worth of $65.8 billion.
Oracle is one of the largest database management companies in the world with annual revenue over $34 billion and almost 90,000 employees. Ellison founded Oracle in 1977 with two friends to create an enterprise database product for minicomputers—a database system that would make it easier for users to find information stored on multiple computers rather than having to write code from scratch each time they wanted access to that data.
The company made its first profit three years later when they won a major government contract at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after beating out IBM and others for the project; this put them on track toward becoming one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies over time due largely in part because of his leadership style as well as his vision for what technology could do if we took advantage of it properly (much like Steve Jobs’ vision).
Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google, a Russian-born American computer scientist, and a son of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union. He is also married to Anne Wojcicki, who founded 23andme.
He has a net worth of $82 billion USD (as of November 2017).
Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in India and the seventh richest person in the world, has an estimated net worth of $50.1 billion.
Mukesh Ambani’s age is 61 years old. He was born on April 18th 1956 in Aden, Yemen.
Mukesh Ambani was born to Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben Modi (Kokilaben). He has two brothers, Anil and Rajendra. His mother Kokilaben died October 6th 2002 at the age of 68 years old from cancer. She was married to Dhirubhai for 55 years before he passed away from a heart attack on December 6th 2002 at 58 years old
Carlos Slim Helu & family
Carlos Slim Helu & family
Net worth: $64.5 billion
Country of origin: Mexico
Occupation: Business, telecommunications industry (former)
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world. She’s also one of the richest people alive, period. The heiress to L’Oreal, Francoise inherited her fortune from her mother Liliane and father Eugene Schueller who founded the cosmetics giant back in 1907.
As for how rich she is? Between her personal net worth and that of her family trust (which she owns a majority stake in), she’s worth $46 billion USD as of March 2019.
Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish business magnate and the founder of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops.
Ortega owns 59% of the company’s shares; his daughter Marta Ortega owns another 2%.
Ortega founded Inditex in 1963 after working in the textiles industry since 1954. He set up his first shop in La Coruña, Galicia, with an initial investment of $5000 from his mother and aunt. The next year, he opened two more shops in Ourense (Galicia) and A Coruña (Galicia). In 1975 he opened his first store outside Spain: Zara Mexico followed by Zara Portugal (1980), Zara France (1984), Zara Germany (1986), Fast Retailing Japan Co Ltd., Uniqlo Co Ltd., Max&Co France SA….
Jim Simons & family
- Jim Simons is a US billionaire investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He is the founder of Renaissance Technologies and has an estimated net worth of $20 billion.
- In addition to his wealth, Jim Simons has been recognized for his charitable contributions which include $1 billion in donations to various charities including the Simons Foundation that he co-founded with his wife Marilyn Cox-Simons.
Julia Koch & family
You may know her as the daughter of Charles Koch, the second richest man in the world. Julia Koch is a board member of the Charles Koch Foundation and has been involved with the foundation since her father founded it in 2011. She also serves on several other boards:
- The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT (chair)
- The James Madison Program at Princeton University (vice chair)
- The Leadership Institute for Women in Politics
Julia is married to Chase Koch and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Charles Koch & family
Charles Koch is an American businessman, political donor and philanthropist. He and his brother David Koch are co-owners of Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest private companies. The brothers inherited their wealth from their father Fred C. Koch, who developed an extensive business empire after founding Rock Island Oil & Refining Company in 1940.
Charles Koch is the CEO of Koch Industries and he also serves as chairman for other subsidiaries within the company, including Flint Hills Resources LLC (oil refining), INVISTA (textiles) and Molex (electrical components). He’s also chairman emeritus at Kansas City Southern Railway Company; a director at Matador Cattle Co.; trustee at Wichita State University; trustee emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; vice president/board member/trustee at National Presbyterian Church in DC
The Richest People in the World 2022
- Mukesh Ambani, Net Worth: $60 billion, Up from $56 billion in 2018 and $50 billion in 2017
- Larry Page, Net Worth: $57 billion, Down from $62 billion in 2018 and $60 billion in 2017
- Larry Ellison, Net Worth: $54 billion (Up from $50 Billion), Down from #19 last year
- Jeff Bezos , Net Worth: $52 Billion (Up From #26 last year)
Ranking of the richest billionaires in the world
This past year proved to be a tumultuous one for some of the world’s most prominent billionaires. China’s richest man, Zhong Shanshan, saw his wealth rise by $65 billion in 2020 as he benefited from soaring sales at Nongfu Spring Co., a bottled water company he founded in 1996. He is now the third-richest person in the world with a net worth of $77 billion. His growing fortune helped him surpass another Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, who previously held the spot on this list. Jack Ma’s net worth has dropped by more than $4 billion as his eponymous ecommerce company Alibaba has faced increasing pressure from regulators