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Top 20 Richest People in the World: Some Interesting Facts About the Top 20 Richest People!
The richest people in the world might change from year to year based on their current net worth and financial results. As of 06 April 2022, below is a list of the world’s richest people, based on the Forbes list and data from that day.
1. Elon Musk – $290.3 billion
Elon Musk is working to revolutionize transportation both on Earth and in space through Tesla and SpaceX. A valuation of roughly $800 billion for the electric car manufacturer Tesla puts Elon Musk’s net worth at nearly $300 billion. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, is currently worth over 100 billion dollars. In October 2021, Tesla had a market capitalization of $800 billion, making it the most valuable automaker in the world.
2. Jeff Bezos – $189.8 billion
The creator and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has a fortune estimated at $189.8 billion, making him the world’s second-richest person. His stance hasn’t changed, even after his divorce from MacKenzie in 2019 and the transfer to her of 25% of his Amazon shares. From his Seattle garage in 1994, Jeff Bezos launched the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com. The coronavirus pandemic has boosted sales for the e-commerce giant, as more individuals are shopping online.
3. Bernard Arnault & Family – $175.9 billion
Arnault is the third richest person on the planet today. LVMH – France Chairman and CEO His empire of more than 70 businesses, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora, has earned him a fortune of $175.9 billion. Bernard Arnault, the richest man in Europe, amassed his $100 billion fortune in December of last year.
4. Bill Gates – $135 billion
Melinda Gates, Bill Gates’s wife, is the originator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Having built the software giant Microsoft along with Paul Allen, Bill Gates later gave away much of his own in the firm retaining just 1 percent of the shares and investing the rest in stocks and other assets. Last year, as Microsoft’s stock price jumped following its earnings, Bill Gates joined the exclusive club of billionaires with a fortune of $100 billion. The Gates Foundation, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, is the largest private foundation in the world.
5. Warren Buffet – $124.2 billion
Warren Buffet, the “Oracle of Omaha,” is widely regarded as one of history’s most successful investors. He controls Berkshire Hathaway which owns over 60 firms including the notable ones Geico insurance, Duracell, and Dairy Queen Restaurant. His total wealth is estimated at 124.2 billion dollars. The son of a US politician, he acquired his first stock at the age of 11.
6. Larry Page – $119 billion
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google has a net worth of $119 billion and sits in the sixth position among the world’s richest men. Along with Planetary Resources, he’s also invested in the well-known space exploration firm Kitty Hawk and Opener’s “Flying Car” venture.
7. Larry Ellison – $116.2 billion
Larry Ellison has a net worth of $116.2 billion which he gained via Oracle, the software corporation he cofounded in 1977. His role at the company has changed since he stepped down as CEO in 2014, and he now serves as chairman of the board and chief technical advisor. A Tesla board member since December 2018, Ellison bought 3 million shares earlier in the year. He owns practically all of the Hawaiian island Lanai.
8. Sergey Brin — $114.3 billion
The co-founder and board member of Alphabet, Sergey Brin has a net worth of $114.3 billion which positions him in the eighth position among the world’s richest men. He co-founded Google along with Larry Page in 1998 which went public in 2004 and became Alphabet in 2015.
9. Gautam Adani and family – $113.3 billion
The promoter of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani has split his multimillion corporate fortune into energy, logistics, agriculture, aerospace, and other areas. Adani is now Asia’s richest man because of his company, the Adani Group, which specializes in port operations and development in India.
10. Mukesh Ambani – $99.7 billion
A Stanford dropout, Ambani has become one of the richest men in Asia, for over a decade now. He is the owner and chairperson of Reliance Industries, which generates a revenue of approximately $99.7 billion, as per Forbes.
11. Steve Ballmer – $99.6 billion
As the former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer oversaw the corporation from 2000 to 2014. Microsoft has been directed toward long-term viability and success thanks to its strong leadership during a difficult period. His net worth is $99.6 billion and in 2018 he spent $59 million on Social Solutions, a company that produces software for government agencies and non-profit groups.
12. Carlos Slim Helu and family – $90.9 billion
America Movil, Latin America’s largest mobile telecommunications company, is controlled by Carlos Slim Helu and his family. His net worth is $90.9 billion and he too owns investments in Mexican construction, New York Times, mining, and real estate industries.
13. Mark Zuckerberg – $82.7 billion
The co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg advocates for the social network that has become a go-to communications outlet today. His net worth is $82.7 billion and presently he has roughly 15 percent holdings in Facebook after the corporation went public in May 2012.
14. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family – $82.4 billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the great-granddaughter of L’Oreal founder Louis Vuitton, is one of the world’s wealthiest women, with a stake in the company worth 33 percent in 2019 alone. Her net worth is 92.3 billion US$.
15. Michael Bloomberg – $82 billion
An American businessman, politician, philanthropist, and author, Michael Bloomberg is the majority owner, co-founder, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. He was elected the 108th mayor of New York City. First elected in 2001, he held office for three consecutive terms, earning re-election in 2005 and 2009.
16. Zhong Shanshan – $73.3 billion
The creator of China’s largest beverage firm is a $73.3 billion Chinese millionaire. He held several professions, including construction worker and news reporter before developing his firm, Nongfu Spring. He is also the Chairman of a drug business, Wantai.
17. Jim Walton – $69.6 billion
Jim Walton, the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, owns 44% of Arvest Bank. He and the other two heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton have a combined net worth of $69.6 billion, making up more than half of Walmart’s stock.
18. Alice Walton – $68.7 billion
While her older siblings worked at Walmart, Alice Walton, the founder’s daughter, pursued a career in art curation instead of the retail giant’s workforce. She established the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011 as a result of her efforts. She and her brother are also issuing bonds to help charter schools invest in buildings. Her total wealth is $68.7 trillion.
19. Rob Walton – $68.4 billion
Robson Walton, also nicknamed Rob Walton is the eldest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. His total wealth is estimated at $68.4 trillion. Moreover, half of Walmart’s stock is held by him and his two other siblings.
20. Changpeng Zhao – $65 billion
When it comes to trading volume, Zhao founded and is the CEO of Binance, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the world as of April 2018. CZ’s family emigrated to Canada from Jiangsu, China when he was a small child.