Who are the richest people in the world? Money is a medium of exchange. It is a weaver of dreams. It allows people to envision the idyllic life they could have if they only had more money. There are around 2000 billionaires in all over the world, with US being the top supplier. Some of them are highly influential. Their success stories are truly inspirational for us. These people have transformed and reshaped the world. Most of the top wealthiest people are aged more than 60. All of them had a futuristic vision and epic decision making power. Let’s have a look at the list of richest people in the world right now.
Charles de Ganahl Koch is an American business tycoon and philanthropist. He has been chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, America’s 2nd largest private company. Koch Industries was founded as Wood River Oil and Refining Company in 1940, and later as Rock Island Oil & Refining Company. Charles, David, Frederick, and William inherited Koch Industries after father’s death. Charles and David bought out William and Frederick for $1.3 billion in 1983. Charles’s net worth is estimated to be US $47 billion derived from his 42% stakes in Koch Industries.
He is an American business tycoon, author, politician. He is the founder and CEO of Bloomberg LP, a global financial data, and media company. He has been involved in politics too. He was frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for the US Presidential elections in 2008 and 2012. He is the ninth richest person in the world. His net worth is estimated to be approx US$ 53 billion.
Arnault is the richest person in France. Bernard Arnault is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH, the world’s largest multinational luxury goods company. LVMH is a major sponsor of art in France. Arnault supervises an empire of 70 brands including Dom Perignon, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Sephora and Tag Heuer. His net worth is estimated to be about US$ 55 billion.
Lawrence Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle Corporation. Oracle is a successful database vendor to mid and low range systems. Larry was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 5th richest person in US and as the 7th richest in the world. He has a net worth of about US$ 59 billion. In 2016 he committed $200 million to the University of Southern California for a cancer treatment center.
Mark is the youngest person in the list of Top 10 richest persons 2017. He is CEO and co-founder of well known social networking website Facebook. Mark was just 19 years old when he cofounded Facebook in 2004. Facebook is the number one social networking platform with the highest number of users all over the world. Mark Zuckerberg receives a US$ 1 salary as CEO of Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be about US$ 70 billion.
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He is Mexican business magnate and investor. From 2010 to 2013, He was ranked as the richest person in the world. He is the chairman and CEO of Telmex, America Movil, Samsung Mexico and the conglomerate Grupo Carso. He is known as “Warren Buffet of Mexico”. He was named as CEO of the decade in 2004 by Latin Trade magazine. His net worth is estimated to be $70 billion.
Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in the world. This 86 years old business magnet has net worth of $77 billion. He is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He was rejected from Harvard Business School. In 2012, He was named as one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine. He has donated more than 99% of his fortune to charity. Buffett’s futuristic vision has influenced many investors.
This person grabbed the media attention in July 2017, when he topped the list of richest persons for short period of time, Later he was dethroned by Bill Gates because of Amazon’s stock drop. Jeffrey Preston is the founder and CEO of popular e-commerce store Amazon. Bezos owns nearly 17% of Amazon shares, which has the market value of $83.9 billion. Jeff Bezos was recognized the first time when he was named Time’s Person of the Year in 1999. Later in 2000, He founded the company ‘Blue Origin.’ This company has plans for commercial suborbital human spaceflight. Jeff purchased The Washington Post newspaper in 2013. This American tycoon has net worth of $82 billion.
Amancio is the richest person in the Europe. This Spanish business tycoon has the net worth of $84 billion. He is also the wealthiest retailer in the world. Ortega cofounded Zara’s parent company Inditex. Zara is known for clothing and accessories. Last year, Amancio was ranked 2nd in Forbes list of world’s billionaires.
61 years old Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. He was the number one wealthiest man from the period of 1995 to 2007. This American businessman has grabbed the first position in Forbes world’s billionaires list for 18 out of the past 23 years. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975. He is known as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the tech industry. This richest man on Earth has net worth of US$85 billion.
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