List of the 10 Richest People in the World
1. Jeff Bezos
Net worth: $90.6 billion
The founder, chairman as well as chief executive officer of the world’s largest online shopping retailer, Amazon, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen is an American engineer, technology and retail entrepreneur and an investor. Bezos has diversified his business interests in newspapers (he purchased Washington Post) and aerospace (he is the manufacturer and founder of Blue Origin, a spaceflight services company). Bezos is currently the third richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of USD 82 billion as of May 2017.
2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $90 billion
Co-founder of world’s largest personal computer software company, Microsoft, William Henry Gates is an American business tycoon and an investor. With an estimated net worth of USD 87.4 billion as of May 2017, Gates is the richest person in the world. Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people has Gates’ name continuously included in it since 1987. Besides a great businessman, Bill Gates is a huge philanthropist as well. He founded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 that primarily aims at providing better healthcare and reducing extreme poverty.
3. Amancia Ortega
Net worth: $83.2 billion
Amancia Ortega is a Spanish business magnate and a pioneer in fast fashion. He, along with his now ex-wife, cofounded Inditex fashion group in 1975 and has never looked back since. The brand is better known for its chain of clothing and accessories stores, Zara, which is a huge name in the world of high street fashion. As per Forbes list, with an estimated net worth of USD 83.4 billion as of May 2017, Ortega is the richest person in Europe, world’s wealthiest retailer and also the second richest person in the world.
4. Warren Buffett
Industry: Finance and investments
Net worth: $74.3 billion
Considered as one of the most successful investors in the world, Warren Buffet is an American industrialist with a total net worth of USD 73.3 billion as of May 2017. He is the second wealthiest person in America, and fourth in the world. Having developed special interest in investment business in his early youth, Buffet went on to become the chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, an American multinational conglomerate holding company. He is a noteworthy philanthropist who has pledged to part with 99% of his wealth for philanthropic causes. Along with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Buffett founded ‘The Giving Pledge’, to urge billionaires to pledge half of their wealth for charity.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $72.2 billion
In the world of social media frenzy, this Harvard dropout needs no introduction. Co-founder, chairman and the CEO of Facebook, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer, software developer and entrepreneur. As of April 2017, Mark’s net worth is USD 59.4 billion and he stands fifth in the list of world’s richest person. For his outstanding online presence and philanthropic work, Mark has constantly been a part of Times 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world since 2010. In the spirit of ‘The Giving Pledge’, Mark and his wife Priscilla have decided to give away 99% of their Facebook shares to their foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, with an aim to “advancing human potential and promoting equality”.
7. Carlos Slim Helu
Industry: Telecommunications, banking, retail
Net worth: $69.7 billion
This Mexican business mogul held the position of the richest person in the world continuously from 2010 to 2013.Carlos Slim Helu invested and diversified into several Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso dealing in products and servicing ranging from healthcare, education, transportation, media, telecommunications, energy, hospitality, retail, sports, to financial services. He is the CEO of América Móvil, Telmex and Samsung Mexico besides Grupo Carso. His net worth is estimated at more than USD 50 billion as of July 2016.
7. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $62.1 billion
Lawrence Joseph Ellison is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, a giant computer technology corporation. Oracle is the second largest software maker by revenue, after Microsoft, specializing mainly in developing database software and technology, and marketing it. Larry is the fifth richest person in America and the seventh richest in the world as of February 2017, with a net worth of USD 55 billion. A generous humanitarian, Ellison has signed ‘The Giving Pledge’ and donated 1% of his wealth to various charities.
8. Charles Koch
Co-owner and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, United States’ second largest private company that has subsidiaries involving manufacturing, trading, distribution and investments, Charles de Ganahl Koch is an American business magnate, a philanthropist and a political donor. Koch’s net worth is USD 48.7 billion as of February 2017 and is the eighth richest person in the world.
9. David Koch
Following his elder brother Charles Koch’s footsteps, David Hamilton Koch joined the family business of Koch Industries, taking it to new heights. The company has diversified interests and produces famous brands, such as Stainmaster, Dixie Cup, the Lycra and Quilted Northern tissue. He has a net worth of USD 47.5 billion. An influential Libertarian, David was the candidate for the position of Vice President of USA in 1980 and generously funded the campaign. He is a benevolent yet understated philanthropist, having contributed to various charities like New York Presbyterian Hospital, Sloan Kettering, Lincoln Center, among many others.
10. Ingvar Kamprad
This Swedish business magnate is the founder of IKEA, a multinational retail corporation specializing in cheap chic furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories. Now 91 years old, Ingvar Feodor Kamprad was just 17 when he started IKEA in 1943, which is the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008. With a net worth of USD 43.4 billion, Kamprad was listed by Forbes (November 2015 issue) as one of the ten richest people in the world.