In today’s world, we have got around 2,000 billionaires. The amount of wealth the top richest person have as if today are greater than the GDP of some countries. There are billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates who have made their wealth themselves in a few years by turning a small idea in a billion dollar. Also, there are others such as the Koch Brothers who, though they inherited the business, have put a lot of work in it to make it a billion dollar industry.
Statistics are regularly provided about the richest person in the world. So here’s a list of 10 richest people in the world.
1. JEFF BEZOS: $ 150 BILLION
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is currently the richest person in the world. He is best known for being the founder, CEO, chairman and president of the world’s largest E-Commerce site Amazon. He is the first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, he was named the richest man in modern history after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018. He is an American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Apart from Amazon, Jeff Bezos also has a taste for space travel and he is committed to improving the space technology. The 54-year-old self-made billionaire is a resident of Seattle, Washington in the USA. To acquire the ownership of the Washington Post Jeff Bezos sacrificed the whopping sum of $ 250 million.
2. BILL GATES: $ 95.4 BILLION
William Henry Gates lll is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Bill Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Bill Gates held the title for many years until he was surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Gates is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Bill gates with his spouse Melinda Gates serves as the chairperson of their charity Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has become the largest charitable organisation. Bill Gates is also a self-made billionaire and a resident of Medina, Washington in the US.
3. WARREN BUFFETT: $ 84.9 BILLION
Warren Edward Buffett also known as the Oracle of Omaha is one of the most successful investors of all time. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist. He has a net worth of US$84.9 billion as of February 12, 2019, making him the third-wealthiest person in the world. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist. He has pledged to give away 99 per centof his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He founded The Giving Pledge in 2009 with Bill Gates. where billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their fortunes. He is also actively contributing to political causes.
4. BERNARD ARNAULT: $ 79.8 BILLION
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault the ultimate taste-maker is a French business magnate, an investor and an art collector. He is the chairman and CEO of LVMH Moet Hennessy. Arnault overseas an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury product group and brands like Sephora, Dior. Bernard Arnault is the richest french person. Arnault is a 69-year-old resident of Paris, France who has appeared among the most powerful people of the world.
5. MARK ZUCKERBERG: $ 61 BILLION
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is the youngest self-made billionaire in the top 10 list of billionaires. Zuckerberg is also the only one who is under 50 in the top 10 richest people in the world. Best known for co-founding and leading arguably the largest social site Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer Zuckerberg is an American born technology Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Like Bill Gates, Zuckerberg is also a Harvard drop-out. He is also one of the most influential and powerful people in the world. A resident of California, US Zuckerberg with his wife, has promised to give out 99% of their Facebook stake in charity.
6. AMANCIO ORTEGA: $60 BILLION
Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish billionaire. He is the founder and former chairman of Inditex. It’s best known for its fashion line Zara. He is the 6th wealthiest person in the world and 2nd in Europe after Berner Arnault. Ortega also is the wealthiest retailer in the world. Ortega is an 81-year-old businessman resident of La Coruna, Spain. Ortega’s stake accounts for 60% of the overall shareholding in Inditex.
7. LARRY ELLISON: $ 58.4 BILLION
On number 7 is Lawrence Joseph Ellison. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and chief technology officer of one of the largest software companies Oracle Corporation. The 73-year-old American philanthropist is a self-made billionaire. In 2016 Ellison made a pledge that he would donate $200 million to the University of Southern California.
8. CARLOS SLIM: $56 BILLION
From 2010 to 2013 Carlos Slim Helu was the richest man in the world. Slim Helu is a Mexican business magnate, investor, engineer and philanthropist and the richest person in Mexico. Carlos Slim and his family control the America Movile and Telmex. It is Latin America’s largest telecom firm. Slim is a self-made billionaire. He is the son of Catholic Lebanese immigrants to Mexico.
9. LARRY PAGE: $ 53 BILLION
Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin. Page id the CEO of Alphabet which is Google’s parent company. He is also the inventor of a well-known search engine Algorithm for Google called PageRank. A resident of Palo-Alto, California, US, Page received the Marconi prize with Brin. Page is an investor in Tesla Motors. He has invested in renewable energy technology. He promotes the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric cars and other alternative energy investments.
10. CHARLES KOCH & DAVID KOCH: $ 51 BILLION
On number 10 we have the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch. Both with an estimated net worth of $51 billion.
Charles de Ganahl Koch is the chairmen and the CEO of Koch Industries. It is the second biggest company by returns in the United States. The diverse businesses of Koch Industry areChemicals, Pipelines, Stainmaster Carpets, Brawny Paper towels and Dixie Cups. The Koch brothers inherited the company from their father Fred Koch in 1967. Fred Koch was held for inventing a method of turning heavy oil in Gasoline.
David Hamilton Koch the co-owner, executive vice President and also the majority stakeholder of Koch Industries. Davis Koch is a Chemical Engineer. He controls the chemical Technology groups of the firm. A native of Kansas 77-year-old David Koch is a resident of New York. David is also a philanthropist who has donated a massive amount to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and New York’s Lincon Centre.