Time for yet another record-breaking story! If you want to know those 1% people who reign the world with their billions, you’ve come to the right place as we talk about the top of the tops. These billionaires that have been listed here have been in the game for quite some years now and are amongst the most elite people in the world.
With some luck, intelligence, instincts and a lot of hard-work, these people have garnered the unimaginable amount of wealth. As we talk about the top ten richest people in the world, it is a must to know that they collectively bank a total of $556 billion. Now let’s uncover the exceptional stories behind the highest piles of riches of the planet’s wealthiest people.
10. Liliane Bettencourt and Family, Net worth: $40.1 billion
The family that made the brand L’Oreal, dominate cosmetics and beauty markets all over the world has made into the top ten list of richest people with a net worth of $40.1 billion.
Liliane is the principal shareholder of L’Oreal, a multinational company that homes the country, France and has its wings expanded in every corner of the world. This company earns billions of dollars in a year from its personal care products.
9. Jim Walton, Net worth: $40.6 billion
Wal-mart has made people millionaires and some lucky few have been able to garner billions from the mart’s success. Jim Walton is among those few who have not only made billions but also have made enough of the money to get listed as the ninth richest person in the whole world.
Being the youngest son of Sam Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, Jim has been an active shareholder of the company and is also one in the Board of Directors.
8. Christy Walton and Family, Net worth: $41.7 billion
The Waltons of Wal-Mart are the real contenders for being the wealthiest people in the world. Christy is the widow of John T. Walton who was the son of Sam Walton. She inherited the fortune of $18 billion and more after the death of John in June 2005.
Her wealth has only grown more and more with time and now, it has landed her a number eight position among the wealthiest in the world.
7. David Koch, Net worth: $42.9 billion
The MIT graduated chemical engineer David Koch has managed to reach number seven in the list with the success of his co-owned company, Koch industries. David’s banks billions from his company and piles on with his involvement in other diversified businesses as well. He is a high-profiled philanthropist and is active in politics as a supporter of Republican party. Currently, David Koch is the 7th richest person in the world and boasts a net worth of $42.9 billion.
6. Charles Koch, Net worth: $42.9 billion
Charles is another billionaire listed as the wealthiest with the net worth of $42.2 billion, same as that of David Koch, his brother. Charles is a co-owner of Koch industries where he currently serves as a CEO and chairman of the board.
He is also a noted philanthropist and an author to the book, The Science of Success: How Market Based Management Built the World’s Largest Private Company.
5. Larry Ellison, Net worth: $54.3 billion
The fifth number of the list is held by the well-deserving, Larry Ellison, the owner of Oracle with a net worth of $54.3 billion. A true businessman who gave this world a new vision about the internet business, Larry Ellison, was the CEO of the software company Oracle Corporation from 1977 to 2014.
He made a name as the first Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur to live large and fast with Oracle in his hands. Larry is an inspiration to all the techno-savvy youth of this generation.
4. Armanicio Ortega, Net worth: $64.5 billion
The Spanish fashion businessman and founding chairman of Inditex Fashion Group, Amancio Ortega has made his position in the fourth rank of planet’s richest. His business group is best known for its chain of Zara clothing and retail shops that extend to every corner of the world and earns him billions of dollars each year.
3. Warren Buffett, Net worth: $72.7 billion
Warren Edward Buffett is arguably the most successful investor of twentieth century. The American business magnate, investor and noted philanthropist, Warren is the CEO, Chairman and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway.
With his keen intelligence in investments, he made himself the wealthiest person in the world in 2008. In 2015, he is ranked as the third riches person in the planet with a net worth of astounding $72.7 billion.
2. Carlos Slim Helu and Family, Net worth: $77.1 billion
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican business magnate and investor widely known for his investments in telecommunication of Mexico. He invest in almost every sector of Mexican economy and is accounted for holding around 40% of the listings in Mexican share market.
He currently serves as the CEO of telecommunication companies like Telmex and America Movil. Widely known as Warren Buffett of Mexico, Carlos has surpassed Warren in terms of wealth and now stands as the second richest person in the world.
1. Bill Gates, Net worth: $79.2 billion
With Microsoft leading the communication world, Bill has been reigning the world with his billions of money. The philanthropist and an indigenous businessman, Bill Gates has always managed to be on the top of the game. Despite some ups and downs in the ranks in recent years, the usual suspect, Gates has always topped the position for more than a decade now.
This college drop-out is surely someone to be inspired from, for he has been one of the best-known entrepreneurs of computer revolution. His net worth currently is listed at $79.2 billion, making him the richest man in the world.
Most of the billionaires in this list are Americans, which proves that the country is full of opportunities for people who know how to make the most out of their ideas and entrepreneurship. These people have managed to increase their fortunes even in the time of economic inflation while their hard-work can be considered as some of the best rags-to-riches stories.