The world is full of wealthy people, but some are richer than others. In this blog post, we will count down the top 10 richest people in the world. From tech moguls to business magnates, these are the people who have made billions and show no signs of slowing down. Read on to find out who made the list and how they got their start. You might be surprised at just how many billionaires there are in the world.
Jeff Bezos is the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, an online retailer. He also owns The Washington Post and space exploration company Blue Origin. In 2017, he was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world, with a net worth of US$90.6 billion.
Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street before moving to Seattle in 1994 to start Amazon.
In May 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. He has also invested in other companies, including Google, Twitter, and Uber.
Bezos has a long-term vision for space exploration and has been working on developing technology for reusable rockets through his company Blue Origin. In 2015, he announced that Blue Origin would be opening a factory in Florida to build rockets for commercial use.
In December 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted praise for Bezos, calling him “a great leader of the industry.”
With a net worth of $79.2 billion, Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. The Microsoft co-founder has been the richest person on the planet for 18 out of the last 24 years. In addition to his massive wealth, Gates is also one of the most generous philanthropists in the world, having given away over $35 billion to charitable causes through his foundation.
As of March 2019, Bernard Arnault is the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $106.6 billion.
Arnault is the chairman and CEO of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company. He is also the majority shareholder of Christian Dior SE, and his other holdings include stakes in several other luxury brands.
Arnault was born in 1949 in France. He began his career working for his family’s construction company. In 1984, he acquired a minority stake in LVMH, and three years later he became its chairman and CEO.
Under Arnault’s leadership, LVMH has acquired many prestigious brands, including Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon, Hennessy, and Sephora. The company now includes more than 60 brands across a wide range of product categories, from fashion to cosmetics to wine and spirits.
In 2018, Forbes estimated that Arnault’s net worth had increased by $39.2 billion over the course of the year, making him the biggest gainer on the list of billionaires.
Warren Buffett is an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of over $87 billion as of 2019.
Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, and began his career as a newspaper delivery boy. He eventually started investing in stocks and by the age of 11, he had made his first investment. After graduating from high school, Buffett attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business but decided to transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln after two years.
In May 1954, Buffett married Susan Thompson and they had three children: Susie, Howard, and Peter. Buffett often spoke about how his family life was integral to his success as an investor. “If you’re going to be a successful investor,” he once said, “you need to have a wonderful family life because that’s where you get your strength.”
Buffett started his own investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, in 1962 with $100 and it eventually became one of the most successful companies in America. In 1971, he became the sole owner after buying out all the other shareholders. As CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has made numerous acquisitions including GEICO, Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, and TheWashington Post Company. He is also known for his frugal lifestyle despite his vast wealth; he still lives in the same house he bought for $31,500 in 1958.
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish billionaire businessman and fashion executive. He is the founder and former chairman of the Inditex fashion group, which includes the brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, and Uterqüe. As of December 2020, Ortega had a net worth of $79.5 billion, making him the second-richest person in Europe after Bernard Arnault and the third-richest person in the world.
Amancio Ortega was born on March 28, 1936, in Busdongo de Arbás, León Province, Spain. His father was a railway worker and his mother was a housewife. He left school at the age of 14 to work as a shop hand for Galaica Sorda y Castellana, a textile company in La Coruña. In 1972, he founded Confecciones Goa with his then-wife Rosalía Mera. The company initially produced bedroom and bathroom textiles before expanding into ready-to-wear clothing for women under the Zara brand name in 1975.
Ortega expanded Inditex to include several other brands over the years, including Massimo Dutti (1991), Bershka (1998), Oysho (2001), Stradivarius (2009), Pull&Bear (2000), Uterqüe (2008), and Zara Home (2003). As of 2020, Inditex operated over 7,000 stores in 96 countries.
In 2015, Ortega announced his retirement from Inditex, although he remains a shareholder and serves on the company’s board of directors. He is also the largest shareholder in The Economist Group and a major shareholder in El País.
Ortega is a notoriously private person and shuns publicity. He is married to Flora Pérez Marcote and they have three children: Marta, Sandra, and Amancio Jr.
Mark Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Facebook, and currently serves as its chairman and CEO. with a net worth of $56.0 billion as of march 2018, Zuckerberg is ranked by Forbes as the fifth richest person in the world.
Zuckerberg was born in white plains, new york, on May 14, 1984, into a middle-class Jewish family. he has an older sister named Randi and a younger sister named donna. his mother, Eddie, was a psychiatrist before the birth of her children; his father, mark senior, ran a dental practice. Zuckerberg was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
At Ardsley High School, Zuckerberg excelled in classes. He also played classical piano and took up fencing. In his junior year, he wrote a program that he called “Zucknet” that allowed all the computers on his father’s dental office network to communicate with each other. It is considered a “primordial” version of AOL’s Instant Messenger service; however, Zuckerman says that he did not create it with that intention. Since “Zucknet” was open-source software for which no one owned the copyright or trademark rights at that time according to The Harvard Crimson, it became very popular among students at other schools who improved upon it before incorporating it into their own school networks.
Larry Ellison is an American businessman, co-founder, and CEO of Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies. He is also a philanthropist, environmentalist, and racing enthusiast.
Ellison was born in New York City in 1944 and raised in Chicago. His mother died when he was just nine years old, and he was largely raised by his aunt and uncle. Ellison dropped out of college after just one semester but went on to found Oracle in 1977 with two partners.
Under Ellison’s leadership, Oracle has become a leading provider of enterprise software, with products that are used by some of the world’s largest organizations. The company employs more than 136,000 people worldwide and has a market capitalization of over $180 billion.
Ellison is also a noted philanthropist. He has donated billions of dollars to charitable causes, including medical research, education, and environmental protection. He is a signatory of The Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals to donate the majority of their wealth to charity.
In addition to his business and philanthropic endeavors, Ellison is also an avid racing enthusiast. He has competed in America’s Cup yachting competition multiple times and owns the BMW Oracle Racing team.
Larry Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Google, alongside Sergey Brin. As of June 2019, Larry Page is the 12th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $57 billion.
Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan, on March 26, 1973. His father, Carl Victor Page Sr., was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University, and his mother, Gloria Marie Page (née Hoge) was an instructor in computer programming at Lyman Briggs College. the page has two younger brothers—Carl and Karen. He graduated from East Lansing High School in 1991 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan in 1995.
After graduating from college, Larry Page and Sergey Brin began working on a search engine called “BackRub.” The pair eventually renamed their project “Google,” which officially launched as a search engine in 1998. Since then, Google has become one of the world’s most popular websites and Larry Page has become one of the richest people in the world. In 2001, he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.”
Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, together with Larry Page, co-founded Google. Brin is the president of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. As of June 2019, Brin is the 12th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $55.5 billion.
Brin was born in Moscow, Russia in 1973 to Yevgenia and Mikhail Brin, both mathematicians. When he was six years old, his family emigrated to the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
In 1995, while at Stanford, Brin and Page developed a search engine called BackRub that operated on Stanford servers for more than a year. They eventually renamed it Google, and the rest is history. The company went public in 2004 and today is a household name all over the world.
Alphabet Inc., which was created as Google’s holding company in 2015, now includes not just Google but also Calico (healthcare), GV (venture capital), CapitalG (growth equity), X (formerly Google[x]), Verily (life sciences), Nest (connected home devices), Fiber (high-speed internet) and more.
Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial data, and media company. He is also the mayor of New York City.
Bloomberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1942. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1964. He then went on to study at Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA in 1966.
After graduation, Bloomberg began his career at the investment bank Salomon Brothers. He later founded his own company, Bloomberg L.P., in 1981. The company provides financial data and news to its clients through its flagship product, Bloomberg Terminal.
Bloomberg has been involved in politics since 2001 when he was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican. He won reelection twice and served for three terms until 2013. During his time as mayor, Bloomberg made headlines for his policies on the smoking ban, gun control, and climate change.
In 2018, Forbes estimated Bloomberg’s net worth to be $53 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the world.