Everyone has dreamed about what it would be like to be one of the world’s richest people. Admit it; you’ve spent a lifetime daydreaming about how your life would be different if you were rolling in the dough. For the 50 people on this list, they have more money than anyone could ever spend. Fortunes of this magnitude are life changers, and none of these people live lives that are ordinary by any means. No one can fully understand what these people go through daily without being in their shoes. It’s not all about glitz and glamour, many on this list have given up their entire lives in pursuit of wealth, and their personal lives bare the scars to prove it.
Leonard Lauder — $23.0 billion
Ladies, you’ve used products that lined the pockets of Leonard Lauder. Leonard and Ronald Lauder are the sole heirs to the Estee Lauder fortune. Yes, Leonard is one of the richest men globally, and it’s all because of cosmetics. Who knew that women used so many cosmetics that it could make two people some of the wealthiest people on the planet. Look at that smile on his face; that’s a man who’s enjoying life. Anyone who says that money doesn’t buy happiness hasn’t seen that grin plastered all over his face. The family business has been good to Leonard, and his enormous wealth results from the empire that his parents built.
Pang Kang — $23.2 billion
Pang Kang is making money hand over fist. He owns Foshan Haitian Flavoring and Food, and it’s the biggest Chinese soy sauce producer. You can’t eat Chinese food without soy sauce, so you can imagine that he’s rolling in the dough. There’s not much known about Pang since he’s a very secretive person. Can you blame a guy who’s worth over 23 billion dollars for staying low key? It makes sense that he wouldn’t want to draw too much attention to himself. Another reason for him staying out of the spotlight might be that he’s too busy to do anything else. A person doesn’t amass the amount of wealth he has by living a flamboyant lifestyle.
Dieter Schwarz — $23.4 Billion
Dieter Schwarz made his money in the grocery business in Europe. Dieter Schwarz is the founder of the Schwarz Group who owns Lidl and Kaufland grocery stores. If you’re a European, you probably shop at one of his grocery stores at least once a week. Like most billionaires, Dieter likes to stay to himself. You’ll never see him boasting about how much money he has or rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Dieter is the type of stays at home and lives a tranquil, unexciting lifestyle. If anything, he’s the type of person who you’d love to have as a neighbor. You’d know that Dieter would always be quiet, and he’d never throw loud parties.
Jim Ratcliffe — $23.7 Billion
Jim Ratcliffe isn’t a recluse like some billionaires, but he does enjoy his privacy. He learned how to count as a child by counting nearby homes’ chimneys by looking out his window. Jim used to like to pick up frogs as a child with his friends. His Ineos Group owns over 20 companies, and they’re always looking to expand. He’s the kind of guy who loves to think outside the box and try to paint as big of a picture as possible with a broad brush. Having amassed so many companies means he is diversified enough not to worry about his net worth going down any time soon.
Hui Ka Yan — $25.3 billion
Hui Ka Yan is the type of entrepreneur that has his fingers in many different pots. He is the Evergrande Group owner, one of China’s largest real estate companies. Hui also makes money through pig farming, solar panels, and even electric cars. It’s possible to say that Hui very well could own the next Tesla in China. The demand for electric vehicles is promising, but probably not as much as his investments in pork. The Chinese, like the rest of the world, loves to eat pork. There’s no shortage of hungry customers waiting to sink their teeth into his delicious hogs.
Goh Cheng Liang — 25.6 Billion
Who knew that you could make billions of dollars in the paint business? Goh Cheng Liang has made billions of dollars through his Nippon Paint South-East Asia Group. His business skills are what got him through World War Two. As a boy, he sold fishing nets, and in 1949 he bought old paint from the British army. The following year the Korean War took place, and he made a mint selling the British paint. He would continue selling paint throughout Asia. Few people would ever look at a bucket of paint and see mega dollar signs as he did. It goes to show that there’s money to be made in the strangest of places if you’re willing to find a market that’s not being properly served.
Takemitsu Takizaki — $25.8 Billion
Takemitsu Takizaki has taken automation to a whole new level. His Japanese company Keyence has developed products that make the lives of people easier all over the world. There’s not much known about him, other than he has a love of fossils. He’s known to place fossils throughout the headquarters of his company. He’s the type of businessman who doesn’t let much leak out about his personal life. He has sat down with the Japanese media, but he hasn’t spoken to any American media outlets as of late. Little is known about him other than he’s married and has a love of fossils.
Vladimir Potanin — $26.0 billion
Vladimir Potanin made his money the old fashioned way through banking. His Uneximbank became so insanely wealthy that it allowed him to purchase Norilsk Nickel. The rest is, well, as they say, history. Today his network has blossomed to $26, and the sky is still the limit. Vladamir is still fairly young compared to some guys on our list, and that makes it even more likely that his wealth will continue to grow over the years. Vladamir has a knack for turning everything he touches into gold, well, nickel, and it wouldn’t be surprising if, down the line, he ventured off into some other areas to amass even more wealth.
Yang Huiyan — $27.3 billion
Yang Huiyan is a rarity on the list in that she’s a female billionaire. Yang is worth a ton of money, and it all stems from her father. Yang’s dad was a Chinese real estate tycoon. You may have heard of the Country Garden Group. He founded the group and passed on his shares to his daughter Yang. She is the sixth richest person in all of China. Think about that for a minute, and it’ll sink in how rich she is. Yang is richer than billions of people, and that’s no small responsibility. She must maintain her wealth and preserve her father’s image at the same time. Two tasks that seem almost impossible if you don’t have a real estate tycoon’s DNA flowing through your veins.
He Xiangjian — $27.9 Billion
He Xiangjian got his start in business in one of the strangest stories you’ll ever read. He starting a lid manufacturing business at only $706 and 23 workers. Yes, a factory making nothing but lids. His company, now called Midea, makes all kinds of things from refrigerators to microwave ovens. Midea is the sixth-largest home appliance maker in China. It’s hard to believe that a company that made lids is now a humungous company that’s the sixth-largest in China. A dream is all it takes for many of these billionaires, and no one follows through with their vision quite as He does.
William Ding — $28.0 Billion
William Ding is one of those billionaires who has worked hard to diversify his portfolio. He is the owner of NetEase, which is one of the largest internet gaming companies. Big-time game companies such as Blizzard Entertainment license games through them. NetEase also operates email services and even other forms of social communication platforms. If all that wasn’t enough, William also owns pig farms. He hopes to raise 670,000 pigs per year by 2024. That’s a whole lot of pork, and if anyone can do it, William certainly can. All of these things are the reason why William is worth so many billions of dollars, and his wealth continues to grow.
Colin Huang — $28.1 Billion
Colin Huang has been on the cusp of something truly magnificent, and that’s why he is so young and incredibly wealthy. He was the CEO of Pinduoduo, Inc. The way they market products is amazing. Colin devised a system where he would advertise highly discounted items on social media. The lure was for people to get as many friends to buy the products along with them to receive an even larger discount. The concept took off like a rocket, and now he’s one of the richest people in the world. It only took him a few short months to rack up a net worth that would take most business tycoons decades or longer to accumulate.
Abigail Johnson — $28.5 Billion
Abigail Johnson is the CEO and president of Fidelity. You’ve probably seen their television ads or have money invested with them. Her father, Edward Johnson, started the company and passed the baton onto her. Abigail has grown the family businesses to heights that no one could’ve seen coming. Her net worth seems to almost double overnight. Abigail’s father may have started the company, but she has had an impact. The vision she has had not only has skyrocketed the company ahead of the pack, but it has also made her one of the richest women in the entire world. She’s still young, which means it’s anyone’s guess as to how far she’ll take the business.
Sheldon Adelson — $29.6 Billion
Sheldon Adelson made his money from gambling. He owns some of the most exciting casinos in the entire world. Adelson’s career began in Las Vegas, but it didn’t end there. These days he puts as much focus on Macau, China, as he does Las Vegas. Macau is quickly becoming a gambling hot spot in Asia, and it’s only going to continue to grow as Asian people become wealthier. Adelson knows that as people have more money to blow, they want to enjoy all of the perks of gambling and the highest quality hotels and food possible.
Laurene Powell Jobs — $31.1 Billion
Laurene Powell Jobs is the wife of the late Steve Jobs. The two met in 1989 at Standford Business School. They were together for over 20 years before Steve’s death. She now works on the Emerson Collective, which is a social change organization. The Emerson Collective also bought a majority stake in the Atlantic. She has dedicated using her wealth for good and making sure that it causes the change she wants. It goes without saying that she misses Steve every day and wants to do everything she can to preserve his memory.
Li Ka-Shing — $31.5 Billion
Li Ka-Shing is known as Superman, and it’s no wonder because he’s going strong into his 90s. Longevity has been one of the secrets to his success, making him a bit like Warren Buffet. He owns Hutchison Holdings, which is invested in infrastructure, retail, and telecoms. The company is also one of the largest international beauty retailers. Not only is he one of the richest men in the world, but he also likes to spread the wealth by giving away plenty of his money. No one will ever say that he’s a scrooge when it comes to parting ways with his cash for a good cause.
Tadashi Yanai – $31.9 Billion
Tadashi Yanai made his money in the world of retail. Specifically, he has made a mint in clothing. His father started Ogori Sohji back in 1949. Yanai would later become president of the company, and he would change the focus. He realized that casual wear was where the big money is at. That’s why he started Unique Clothing, a retailer that can be found all over Asia and even the United States. Yanai is currently the richest person in Japan, and he’s climbing the ranks of the wealthiest around the world. Clothing is big business; after all, we all need something to wear. As long as people need to wear clothes, guys like him will continue to cash in on it.
Gerard Wertheimer — $32.7 Billion
Gerard Wertheimer, along with his brother co-own Chanel. He’s old school rich in the sense that he never likes to boast about his wealth. Though he is well known for rubbing shoulders with the wealthiest families in the world. Gerard has fine tastes, and his hobbies prove it. He loves to go dove hunting. He would go to Mexico to shoot doves in his younger years, but these days, he goes hunting closer to home. He is also a huge fan of horses and has one of the highest quality stables in all of the world. You won’t find Gerard’s face and name plastered all over TMZ, but he still makes his presence known in the world of business. A class act all the way is who Gerard is, and he’s the type who always maintains his dignity.
Alain Wertheimer — $32.7 Billion
Alain Wertheimer co-owns Chanel along with his brother Gerard. The Wertheimer family are notorious for being very low key. You’ll never see their name in the tabloids. It’s said that the family owns three vineyards in France and one in California. They also have an extensive art collection and also breed high-quality horses. Not much is known about Alain, and that’s the way he likes to keep it. Alain prefers to live under the radar and will do just about anything to stay away from all the glitz and glamour that many wealthy people seem to thrive for these days.
Len Blavatnik — $32.8 billion
Len Blavatnik made his fortune with the natural resources in Russia. He later created Access Industries, where he invests quite a bit of his money into various things. Len is known as a big giver and has donated to Tate and Harvard. He’s such a charitable guy that Queen Elizabeth knighted him for his Philanthropic work. That means he’s now Sir Len Blavatnik. He’s focused on increasing his wealth while at the same time maintaining a level of privacy for himself and his four children. He maintains his private life by being a kind-hearted person who people respect. The world needs more people like Len who have their eye set on creating wealth but also making sure to give back.
Giovanni Ferrero — $33.0 Billion
Giovanni Ferrero owns Ferrero SpA. You know what company that is if you have a sweet tooth. They make everything from Kinder to TicTacs. The company also bought the American Arm of Nestle. Giovanni is responsible for making such favorites as the Crunch Bar, Baby Ruth, and the Butterfinger. It’s impossible for anyone who considers themselves a lover of candy to have never tasted one of his products, no matter where in the world you live. Giovanni is like most billionaires, and he’s a very private person. No one knows much about him other than he loves to delight tastebuds all over the globe.
Dan Gilbert — $35.2 Billion
Dan Gilbert is the cofounder of Quicken Loans. Dan also operates Rock Ventures. If all that wasn’t enough, he owns the Cleveland Cavaliers as well. What pushed Dan’s net worth over the top is when he took Quicken Loans public once again. Going public sent his worth skyrocketing into the stratosphere. Dan is well known for his love of Detroit and has tried his best to bring it back to the glory it once was. It’s a task that no one can likely do, but you must give him credit. The love he has for his hometown is strong, and the people who call Detroit home should be thankful that he’s looking out for them.
Michael Dell — $36.7 Billion
Computer geeks all know who Michael Dell is. You might have even owned a Dell computer or two. Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. He is one of the people responsible for delivering home computers to the masses. It wasn’t long ago that he bought back the shares of his company and turned it private. A few years later, he took Dell public again, and his net worth shot up. It was a great move because Michael knew that he had quite a bit of stuff to do behind the scenes. The hard work paid off, and now he’s one of the wealthiest people on the planet. That’s not bad, considering he sells gadgets to nerds.
Phil Knight — $40.7 Billion
Everyone reading this has either owned a product Phil Knight helped put on the market or knows someone who has. Phil Knight was the co-founder and chairman of Nike. Yes, Nike shoes. These days Nike makes a lot more than shoes, but that’s what they’re the most famous for. Phil stepped down from Nike in 2004, shortly after when his son died from a scuba diving accident at 34 years of age. Phil is still on the board at Nike, so it’s not like he’s totally out of the picture. Nike shoes were innovative at the time when they were created in 1971. Nike is still on the cutting edge, and that’s why they’re able to maintain such a loyal customer base.
John Mars — $41.1 Billion
You might not know who John Mars is, but you definitely enjoy some of the products his company makes. He, along with his siblings, are part owners of Mars. They produce some of the most delicious candies sold anywhere. John’s father died in 1999, and that’s when he inherited his portion of the company alongside his sister Jacqueline and his brother Forrest. Sadly, his brother died after inheriting the money. John’s grandfather is the one who started Mars. The company is also invested in pet care and other food companies such as Uncle Ben’s rice, which decided to change its name in 2020.
Jacqueline Mars — $41.1 Billion
Jacqueline Mars along with her brother, own Mars. You know what the Mars company makes. You do if you have a sweet tooth. Mars is responsible for making some of the most delicious candy all over the world. Jacqueline held an executive position within the company for almost 20 years before stepping down in 2001. She gained unimaginable wealth when her father died. Her grandfather started Mars, and he’s the one responsible for the family’s breathtaking fortune. The family has branched out into other businesses to include pet care products and also food. If you’ve ever eaten an Uncle Ben’s product, you’ve helped her fortune grow because Mars owns that company as well.
Francois Pinault — $44.7 billion
Francois Pinault is the owner of the luxury group Kering. You might have never heard of Kering, but you do know some of their ultra-famous products. Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent are just a few of the luxury companies he owns. Francios got his start in the timber business and used the profits to venture off into other areas. Now his focus is solely on luxury, and it’s easy to see why since it has put a bundle of cash in his pocket. These days Francois’ son Francois-Henri is in charge of the day-to-day operations. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s married to Salma Hayek. They tied the knot back in 2009, and it’s been wedded bliss ever since.
Carlos Slim — $46.6 billion
Carlos Slim is a billionaire who has his fingers in so many pots that it’s incredible. Mexicans often refer to Mexico as Slimlandia as a term of respect, meaning that the entire country is his. Grupo Carso owns 200 companies, and it’s impossible for a Mexican not to use the products he’s responsible for during their everyday life. He is involved in health care, energy, media, real estate, and manufacturing. He owns a stake in The New York Times and also Philip Morris. Slim is most famous for his Latina American mobile company America Movil. The key take away from Slim’s empire is how important it is to diversify to ensure constant growth.
Pony Ma — $52.9 billion
Pony Ma is the CEO of Tencent, which is the biggest company in Asia. Tencent is also the largest video game company in the world. Tencent also owns WeChat, which is a massively popular chat app. Pony only owns 7.4 percent of Tencent, and his wealth is enormous. That tells you right there that the company is so massive that it’s almost unthinkable. Pony has $150 million of property in Hong Kong, where he likes to stay. Pony is a private man, and not much is known about him other than his business interests. He has made his fortune in the digital age and is a product of what the power of computing can do to a person’s bottom line if they’re determined to make a difference in the world.
Zhong Shanshan — $52.7 Billion
Zhong Shanshan is the second wealthiest man in China. He made his money selling water. Yes, water. His company Nogfu Spring skyrocketed due to a catchy advertising campaign and going public. Now the company produces soft drinks and even premium water. Zhong was born into wealth, but Chairman Mao killed his parents. Being an entrepreneur is in Zhong’s blood, and that’s why he was able to turn something like water into a company that made him one of the wealthiest in the entire world. Bottled water is a segment of the growing economy, and there’s only room for improvement when it comes to increasing his bottom line.
Julia Flesher Koch — $56.2 Billion
Julia Flesher Koch is the late widow of industrialist David Koch. The two met when she was 27, and he was 50 years old. The two had a whirlwind romance that lasted until he died in 2019. Julia is a private person who doesn’t flash her wealth. Though, she is a bit of a socialite and does like to rub shoulders with other wealthy people. Julia resides in a $19 million mansion in South Hampton, New York. Somehow she has been able to keep on going after losing the love of her life. David may be gone, but she tries her very best to ensure that his memory and philanthropy continue.
Charles Koch — $56.2 Billion
Charles Koch and his late brother David are well-known supporters of the republican party. He made his money from Koch Industries, which is the second-biggest private company in America. Koch Industries produces chemicals, energy, and petroleum. Charles, much like his brother, is well known for his philanthropy. Charles enjoys helping causes that are close to his heart. The impact that the Koch brothers have had on the American political landscape can’t be overstated. Their libertarian-leaning beliefs have been felt from sea to shining sea. The vast majority of their contributions have been in the form of shady special interest groups that work within the law but outside the understanding of the average person who doesn’t follow politics closely.
Jack Ma — $56.7 Billion
Jack Ma’s rise to the top is somewhat of a surprise considering his background. Jack was having a difficult time in the 1990s, finding a job, so he decided to build websites for Chinese companies. Fast forward to 1999, and that’s when he created Alibaba. Jack gathered 17 friends, and they worked on creating what would be the largest online retailer out of his apartment. Jack owns the Alibaba Group, which pushed him over the edge and made him one of the world’s wealthiest men. In 2018 he retired and decided to spend the rest of his time on philanthropy and environmental causes.
MacKenzie Scott — $56.7 Billion
MacKenzie Scott is the former wife of Jeff Bezos. Yes, the richest man in the world. The divorce caused Jeff a pretty penny, which is why MacKenzie is one of the world’s wealthiest people. She got 25% of his Amazon stocks. The divorce between MacKenzie and Jeff was one of the most expensive in all of humanity’s history. She has put some of that money to good use by donating $1.7 billion to 119 nonprofit organizations. It’s hard to say what’s going on now between the two of them, but one thing that’s for sure, she doesn’t need money.
Alice Walton — $59.1 Billion
Alice Walton is the wealthiest woman in America. She got her wealth from her father, Sam Walton, who founded Walmart. Alice wanted to create her own path in life, and that’s why she founded the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The art museum was built from the ground up using her own money. She has been married twice and seems to focus much of her time these days on art. Giving back to the art community is important to her, and that’s what she feels the museum does best. It seems that she has no interest in running Walmart and would rather spend her time doing other things.
Jim Walton — $59.7 Billion
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, who founded Walmart. Jim was on the Walmart Board of Directors and was also the CEO of Arvest Bank, which is almost entirely owned by the Waltons. Jim isn’t the type who relaxes and enjoys the wealth of his deceased father. He has spent his career trying to improve Walmart and also to build a bank that is worthy of being inside their store. It wasn’t the easiest task in the world, but he was able to pull it off with the same type of dedication that his late father had.
Rob Walton — $59.9 Billion
Rob Walton is the son of the late Sam Walton who founded Walmart. Rob was chairman of Walmart from 1992 to 2015. Not much is known about Rob since he lives a very private life. He’s known to be a bit of a car nut and has a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and a Ferrari 250 GTO. Rob has an accounting and legal background which explains why his thought process is more analytical. Rob has worked hard to maintain and improve what his father built and that’s a testament to his core values. Above all else, Rob is someone who wants to further his father’s vision while ensuring that Walmart grows into a company that will maintain its relevance.
Amancio Ortega — $61.9 Billion
Amancio Ortega is the classic rags to riches story that keeps everyone hoping that they too can make it big someday. Amancio came from humble beginnings in Spain and worked his way to success the old fashioned way. He owns Inditex Ventures, which includes Zara, the fast-fashion clothing chain. The most surprising thing about Amancio is that he retired only in 2017 at the age of 81. It says quite a bit about a person when they retire later on in life the way he did. It says that Amancio loves his work, and he loved it so much that the thought of quitting even in his old age was something that he couldn’t stomach.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers — $65.7 Billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the entire world. Francoise inherited her wealth when her father L’Oréal founder Eugene Schueller died in 2017. She now is a board member of L’Oréal and owns a majority share of the company. Being the wealthiest woman in the world hasn’t tampered her love of the beauty industry, and that’s why she worked so hard to maintain the company that her father started. L’Oréal continues to go strong after her father died, and she is one of the leading reasons why it is. The company has maintained its relevance globally by staying on top of the beauty trends and making sure to carve a path forward.
Sergey Brin — $67.8 Billion
Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google. Yes, the search engine that you use every day of the week to look up everything. He, along with Larry Page, founded Google quite some time ago. Sergey was the president of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, up until 2019. He is still considered an employee of the company but isn’t involved with day-to-day operations like he once was. Sergey undoubtedly left his mark on America and the rest of the world by organizing the internet in a way that everyone could easily search for the information they were looking for. Alphabet is a much bigger company than only Google. They even produce the Chrome browser and the Android operating system that powers a staggering number of smartphones worldwide.
Larry Page — $70.0 Billion
Larry Page co-founded Google alongside Sergey Brin. The two came up with a system that allowed users to search the internet to find relevant information. Until this point, search engines didn’t produce high-quality results. Larry and Sergey saw an opening and ran with it. Larry would later go on to be the CEO of Google and later Alphabet. Larry stepped down from his position but remained an Alphabet board member, controlling shareholder, and employee. It sounds like Larry has his hands full even though he’s no longer involved in the daily operations at Alphabet. No one will ever doubt Larry’s contribution to the internet, considering that people use his product daily.
Larry Ellison — $70.7 Billion
Larry Ellison made his fortune by founding the database company Oracle. Larry now owns 25% of the company. His wealth primarily comes from Oracle, but he also has a diverse portfolio of investments that include real estate and professional sports teams. He has a sailing team and a tennis tournament at Indian Wells in California. Larry is proof that the digital revolution has transformed wealth not only in America but also in the rest of the world. He created something that just a few short decades prior wouldn’t have been able to exist. Computers and the internet have been responsible for creating more wealth than anything else in human history.
Steve Ballmer — $72.5 Billion
Steve Ballmer took over Microsoft from Bill Gates back in 2000. His tenure at Microsoft had mixed results at best. Steve doubled Microsoft’s profits but was way out of touch with the direction technology was going. Steve was late to the mobile smartphone craze, tablet computing, and Internet Explorer became all but a joke. Still, Steve amassed a massive personal fortune, and it enabled him to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $400 million in cash. Steve left Microsoft in 2014 after being CEO for 14 years. Steve Ballmer may not have left the same type of imprint that Bill Gates did on Microsoft, but almost no one else could’ve accomplished what Bill did when he was CEO.
Warren Buffett — $82.4 Billion
Warren Buffett has an incredible work ethic that has lead him to be one of the wealthiest people of all time. Longevity has also played a role in that. He has been alive longer than most people could ever dream of, and that’s another reason why he’s been able to build up such an amazing net worth. Warren owns Berkshire Hathaway, which has over 60 companies under it. Warren started as a paperboy and worked his way up to where he is today by the sweat of his brow. It says quite a bit about a person who’s in their 90s and still hasn’t retired. It looks like he’s never going to stop doing what he loves. Warren is also known as someone who enjoys junk food and isn’t shy about his love of sweets, salty snacks, and McDonald’s.
Mukesh Ambani — $88.3 Billion
Mukesh Ambani is trying to sell his $20 billion stakes in Amazon. If the deal goes through, it would be the biggest in Indian history. Mukesh owns Reliance Industries, which has interests in retail, energy, and telecommunications. Mukesh also owns the franchise Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The industries he’s invested in have paid off handsomely, and his timing couldn’t be better. It seems that everything Mukesh touches turns into gold, and that’s probably why he was smart enough to get in at the right time and buy up as much of Amazon as he could. Telecommunications is another perfect field for someone like himself, considering that India is going through a smartphone explosion right now with millions of new users jumping onto the bandwagon.
Bernard Arnault — $90.4 Billion
Bernard Arnault’s products are some of the most sought after things of the rich and famous. You’ve seen your favorite celebrities sipping on bottles of Dom Perignon champagne. Ladies, you all gush over the reality stars who carry Louis Vuitton brand handbags. Let’s not forget Tag Heuer and everything they’re well known for. Bernard Arnault owns all of that under LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. All of his brands speak of luxury, and that’s why he’s one of the top wealthiest people in the entire world. Everyone young and old alike dream of one day being able to afford the things that his companies produce.
Mark Zuckerberg — $95.8 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg is by far the wealthiest benefactor of social networking. Everyone these days uses Facebook, and he’s the person who founded it. These days Facebook owns quite a few companies, and they’re gobbling up the competition left and right. Almost everyone reading this uses at least one of the social networks that Mark owns. He owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. None of that mentions the small companies that his business owns. It’s hard to imagine what the internet would be like today if Mark and a handful of others didn’t spend an enormous amount of time creating Facebook and getting it off the ground.
Elon Musk — $107 Billion
Everyone knows who Elon Musk is. What you know Elon for may be different depending on what you’re into. Elon’s riches initially came from PayPal. Yes, the way you pay for things online and how you give your pal’s a few bucks instantly was what made Elon rich in the first place. After that, he set his sights on SpaceX and Tesla. SpaceX reached a milestone when they put a person into space for the very first time. Tesla manufactures the best selling electric cars in the world. Elon has been on the cutting edge, and he continues to do so by venturing off into unchartered territories that few people are courageous enough to go into.
Bill Gates — $122 Billion
Bill Gates held the top spot as the world’s richest person for what feels like forever. Now, usually, Bill is in the number two position. If you didn’t already know, Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft. Bill has stepped down as CEO and also has retired from the company. These days he spends most of his time figuring out how to improve the world with his money. Through The Giving Pledge, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to put its money to good use all over the world. Bill Gates is using his money for good, and that’s something that people should note about him. Back in the 90s, some people felt Bill Gates was nothing more than a money hungry businessman who put out less than stellar products. As time went on, people now see his philanthropy and see him in a different light.
Jeff Bezos — $175 Billion
Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the entire world. Jeff owns Amazon, and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Right? Amazon started as a modest bookstore back in 1994. Since then, Amazon has blossomed into something that no one could’ve ever thought would exist. Amazon now sells almost everything you can think of. Amazon has AWS, which is the cloud computing arm of the business. A staggering percent of the internet is hosted on AWS, and the number is growing every day. Amazon also has a streaming video service that rivals the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Jeff also owns Blue Origin, which will someday propel humankind into space. If that wasn’t enough, Jeff is also hard at work building a satellite system that will deliver internet to people all over the world.