Let’s be honest, at some point in our life, we’ve all taken our curiosity about the richest in the world to the Google search engine. My first time doing that was at the age of 8 when my brother told me that Bill Gates was the world’s richest man.
Wealth is an interesting topic because almost everyone wants more of it. And if you can’t have more of it, sometimes you just entertain yourself by knowing more about it. So without further ado, here are 2018’s top 25 richest people in the world.
25- Lee Shau Kee
Lee Shau Kee comes from a poor childhood and background. But today, his total net worth is over $30 billion. He is the co-founder of Sun Hung Kai, a huge property development firm.
24- Li Ka-Shing
One of Asia’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, Li Ka-Shing is the chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings. Although, this year, he has chosen to give his seat up. Last recorded in March 2018, Li Ka-Shing’s net worth is about $34.9 Billion.
23- Hui Ka Yan
The Hong Kong-listed property developer, China Evergrande Group in Shenzhen is chaired by Hui Ka Yan. The firm manages and develops residential and commercial properties.
Hui Ka Yan’s current net worth is $35.5 billion.
22- Mukesh Ambani
The chairman, managing director and biggest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani is India’s wealthiest man and most influential entrepreneur.
Not only India, but Ambani has also stayed the richest man in all of Asia for a while now. This year, he has secured a position on the list of the richest people across the globe! Ambani’s current net worth is $39.6 billion.
21- Steve Ballmer
At the moment, Steve Ballmer owns NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, and previously, he was also the CEO of Microsoft. Steve Ballmer’s net worth this year is approximately $40 billion.
20- Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson is an influential entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist from the United States of America. Along with this, Adelson also found, is chief of and chairs the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a firm that owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Sheldon has recently made his debut on the list of the top 20 richest worldwide in 2018, with a new approximate net worth of $40.1 billion.
19- Alice Walton
Sam Walton, Alice inherited the Walmart asset. Alice was formerly founder of the Llama Company in 1988 before it stopped operating.
18- S. Robson Walton
Eldest son of Sam Walton, Up until 2015, following his father’s demise, Robson remained chairman of Walmart.
In addition, only recently and by a small cut, Rob got one step ahead of his brother Jim, on this list of the richest people in the world. Robson’s current net worth is estimated at $41.8 Billion.
17- Jim Walton
Another heir to the Walmart fortune is Jim, son of Sam Walton. Jim is also one of Walmart’s board of directors and is Chief Executive of his company, Arvest Bank.
This year, Jim Walton’s estimated net worth is $41.9 billion.
16- Jack Ma
Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma has remained the richest man in Asia for many years. But only recently, he made his way onto the list of the world’s richest.
In his initial years, Jack was rejected by many employers, including KFC for a job as a cashier. Today, Jack Ma’s net worth is about $42.2 billion, giving him the 16th position on this list.
15- Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
After Liliane Bettencourt’s demise in 2017, the L’Oreal fortune landed in daughter Francoise’s lap. Today she chairs the beauty firm alongside her family’s 33% ownership of it. Her estimated net worth is $44.5 Billion.
14- Sergey Brin
In 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page co-founded Google, a revolutionary search engine, in just a tiny garage. The boys have taken Google to many heights, leaving Sergey Brin only a tad bit behind Page in this list of the wealthiest worldwide. Sergey’s net worth is at $49.6 Billion.
13- Ma Huateng
Ma Huateng is a Chinese investor, philanthropist, engineer, internet and technology entrepreneur. He founded Tencent, one of Asia’s richest and influential firms. Huateng’s estimated net worth is $49.3 billion this year.
12- Michael Bloomberg
American entrepreneur and politician, Bloomberg are the is chief of Bloomberg L.P, the monetary data, and media firm. At 74 years of age, he is one of the richest people in the world with an estimated at $52.1 billion.
11- Larry Page
As mentioned above, Larry co-founded Google alongside Sergey Brin. With the ever-growing success of the search engine website, Larry’s estimated net worth has grown to a whopping $53.5 Billion.
10- David Koch
The Koch fraternity owns a 42% stake in Koch Industries. Brother to Charles Koch, David serves as the Executive Vice President of the firm.
Koch appears 10th, and right after Charles on this list of the richest people in 2018, and with a net worth of $61.8 billion.
9- Charles Koch
Charles Koch is an entrepreneur and philanthropist from the United States. As mentioned above, Charles is the co-owner and CEO of Koch industries. The firm is active in process and pollution control equipment and technologies; polymers and fibers; minerals; fertilizers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching.
With an approximate net worth of $61.8 billion, Charles is positioned on this list right above his brother David.
8- Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison founded the Oracle Corporation. He was also the chief of the firm until September 2014. Gradually, over the course of years, Oracle has grown into a hugely successful tech firm. Upon its 39th birthday, Oracle was employing over 136,000 people.
Ellison stands 8th on this list, with an approximate net worth of $64.1 billion.
7- Amancio Ortega
Ortega owns the Inditex fashion group, which ultimately owns brands like Zara. Ortega’s current net worth is at $70.5 Billion.
6- Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Helu is a businessman and investor and owns the conglomerate firm ‘Grupo Carso.’ Carlos is 6th on this list with a net worth of $70.5 Billion.
5- Mark Zuckerberg
Well-known for founding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has been one of the richest for a while now. But he moved up a position with an addition of $30 Billion in his net worth. At such a young age, his net worth totals to $74.6 Billion.
4- Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault is the Chief of Louis Vitton Moet Hennessey. Until 2017, he was at the 14th position on this list. Now with a net worth of $75.7 Billion, he’s at 4th.
3- Warren Buffett
Humble man Warren Buffet is a world renown entrepreneur and investor. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Even with being the 3rd richest man in the world with a net worth of $91.3 billion, Warren lives in the same home that he bought before his big break.
2- Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft, we all know that Bill Gates stood at the top of this list for a very long time. Bill’s current net worth is at a shocking $92.2 billion. But he has recently been surpassed in the race by Jeff Bezos.
1- Jeff Bezos
Jeff founded Amazon and started it as an online bookstore. Today Amazon covers almost all industries and has made some incredible strategic moves, gaining Bezos $40 billion in his net worth. Being the first man in history to have a $100 Billion net worth, Bezos is currently the richest man in the world.