According to Forbes, there are more than 2,200 billionaires in the world today and is expected to grow even more. Based on estimates by researchers, the world’s richest people are either tech CEO’s or heiresses to expert investors. Here we will cover the 15 richest people in the world and how they achieved it.
15. Samuel Robson Williams
S. Robson “Rob” Williams is an American that has achieved the title of a billionaire through the success of his retail store. Today his business has become the world’s largest retailer, called Walmart. Rob is now worth $46.2 billion.
14. Jim Walton
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Samuel Robson Williams, the owner of Walmart. Jim Walton achieved his billionaire status from his success as a chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank, which boasts assets at a staggering $16 billion. Jim is now worth $46.4 billion.
13. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin is a Russian-born American computer scientist. Together with Larry Page, he is a co-founder of Google. Today Sergey is the president of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. Sergey is now worth $49.4 billion.
12. Francoise Bettencourt
Francoise Bettencourt is a French heiress to the big cosmetic company L’Oréal. Francoise and her family own the remaining 33% of the company. She now runs as the family’s holding company as the chairwoman. She is now worth $46.9 billion.
11. Larry Page
Larry Page is an American computer scientist. He managed to become a billionaire through a company he co-founded with Sergey Brin called Google. Today Larry Page sits in the helm of CEO in Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. Larry is now worth $50.6 billion.
10. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman who founded Bloomberg LP, a financial information and media company. As of today, he is still the CEO of Bloomberg LP. Michael is now valued at $51.7 billion.
9. Larry Elison
Larry Elison is an American businessman and engineer that co-founded a computer software called Oracle. He is now the CTO of Oracle. Larry has a net worth of $61.1 billion.
8. David and Charles Koch
Both David and Charles Koch take the same spot in this list. The Koch brothers are the major stakeholders of Koch Industries, a parent company consisting of subsidiaries that focus mainly on oils and mineral refining. David and Charles are each worth $60 billion (total up to $120 billion).
7. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman that was once the world’s richest man from 2010 to 2013. Carlos was able to reach the billionaires status from his conglomerate Grupo that would own several other Mexican businesses. He is now the Honorary Chairmen for América Móvil. As of today, Carlos is worth $64.1 billion.
6. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish billionaire. He achieved the billionaire status through the means of his company Inditex fashion group, a company known for their world renown clothing chain called Zara. Amancio is now worth $63.1 billion.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook, the world’s largest social media website. Today, Mark is worth $56.2 billion.
4. Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault is a French businessman who is the chairman and CEO of the largest luxury-goods company LVMH. He is known to be the richest person in all of France. Today, Bernard is worth $73.4 billion.
3. Warren Buffet
Warren Buffet is an American businessman that has reached his billionaire status through the investing game. He started investing in his money when he was 11 years old from doing newspaper deliveries then he would invest in farmlands. Now, Warren is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. His net worth is now $84.9 billion.
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is an American computer scientist, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Bill is known for founding the famous Microsoft company. Microsoft is known for their state-of-the-art computer operating system, Windows, that is spread throughout the whole world. Bill Gates has stepped down from Microsoft and now resides as the co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill is now worth $96.4 billion.
1. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur that started his small company called Amazon. Now, Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce system. Bezos is now richest person in the world with a net worth of $138 billion.