The richest people in this list are a very tight nit group, which all together make up a majority of the world’s wealth. Of these richest people, we have plenty of founders, CEOs, and majority shareholders of large companies. Some of these names you may recognize, while some you might just be learning about for the very first time. Never-the-less, here is the current list of the world’s richest people.
Mukesh Ambani – $75.8 Billion
The first entry on our list is Mukesh Ambani, the largest shareholder of the biggest Fortune 500 company in India. Reliance Industries is a multinational conglomerate company that owns plenty of businesses across India. He is the richest person in all of Asia, and at one time he lived in the most expensive home in the world, “Antilia”. The 27-story home features helipads, a 50 seat movie theater, and a 168-car garage.
Sergey Brin – $75.9 Billion
Our next 2 entries are basically tied, with only a few billion separating these two long time associates. First up, Sergey Brin co-founded Google in 1998. Until 2019, Brin was the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Currently, Brin has seemed to step away from Google and is funding a high-tech airship project.
Larry Page – $78.1 Billion
Next up from the Google duo is Larry Page, co-founder of Google alongside Sergey Brin. Page was with Sergey Brin for Google’s beginning and has been both the CEO of Google and Alphabet. He also seems to have stepped away from being hands-on with Google, as he is currently funding Planetary Resources, Kitty Hawk, and Opener. Though he and Brin are not as hands-on, they both still hold shares in Google. What does it say that only a few billion dollars are not that much of a difference to the richest people on earth.
Warren Buffett – $86 Billion
Warren Buffett is considered the most successful investor in the world. With a net worth of over $86 billion, he runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns over 60 companies including Dairy Queen and Duracell. Buffett has been buying stock since he was 11 and filed taxes for the first time at just 13 years old. Ever since becoming a billionaire, he has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth before he dies. As of today, he has given over $40 billion to charity, and he works closely with The Gates Foundation for all sorts of charity.
Elon Musk – $90.8 Billion
Elon Musk has tons of credentials that add up to his fortune. He is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, CEO and early investor for Tesla, co-founder of both Neuralink and OpenAI, and the founder of The Boring Company. It really isn’t hard to see why his net worth is at over $90 billion as of writing this article. But if I was a betting man, I would say his net worth will definitely go up. Musk is like a mad scientist who always has a new idea coming, I mean just look at when he sold flame throwers.
Mark Zuckerberg – $101.7 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most well-known entries on this list. Zuckerberg founded Facebook, and today is the CEO and majority shareholder. Zuckerberg has been active since 2004 and since has grossed a net worth of over 101 billion dollars. Another interesting fact is that Zuckerberg joined a group of tech CEOs who only make a salary of $1 every year. They do this to pay other employees’ salaries, but also because he has 100 billion dollars and he doesn’t need more.
Bill Gates – $119 Billion
Third place for the richest people goes to Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 and developed IBM’s first personal computer operating system. He would sell shares in the company, but keep a 45% stake in Microsoft. In 1990, Microsoft released another product which boosted Gates fortune, Microsoft Office, which is still one of their best selling products to this day. Then, with the release of Windows 95, Bill Gates became the richest man in the world until 2008. Ever since Gates has dedicated a lot of his time and money to causes he believes in, as well as through his charity, The Gates Foundation.
Bernard Arnault – $133.8 Billion
I know you may be like me and ask yourself who the hell is Bernard Arnault? Well, Arnault is the CEO of LVMH, a chairman for Christian Dior, and an art collector. Since 1988, Arnault has been part of LVMH, a luxury goods seller, and ever since has acquired dozens of brands. Of all he owns, the most notable include Sephora and Louis Vuitton. LVMH also purchased Tiffany & Co for $16.2 billion in what was the biggest luxury brand accusation ever. Additionally, his art collection features works from Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Yves Klein. One thing is for sure, Bernard Arnault is the richest person in fashion, and the second richest person in the world.
Jeff Bezos – $183.6 Billion
Jeff Bezos is currently the richest person on earth by a hefty majority. Founder, CEO, and president of Amazon. Bezos has been active since 1986 and became a millionaire in 1997, and just two years later joined the Forbes list of billionaires with a net worth of $10.1 billion. Nowadays, it seems like there is truly nowhere to go but up for Jeff Bezos, with the success of Amazon, it now seems like it is a necessity. Bezos had his best day ever on July 20, 2020, in which he made $13 billion in a single day. Jeff Bezos has the pleasure of calling himself the richest person in the entire world.
How poor do you feel? The richest people on this list have amassed an unbelievable amount of wealth and makes you ponder what you would if you were Jeff Bezos. If you had even just one billion dollars, what would you do with it? Let me know in the comments below!
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