Being wealthy can have a variety of definitions. In the simplest of its forms, being rich can mean acquiring plentiful of wealth to purchase whatever you desire. However, the people mentioned in this article put that definition to shame.
There are individuals in the world, who has amassed wealth beyond measure. And the best part? It keeps growing by the second. Their wealth combined is more than GDP of many of the nations in the world. A bank account so large, that anything that comes to their mind is within their grasp.
The following nine people have either created or inherited billions of dollars in cash or stocks and are one of the richest people not only in the world but history as well. Out of the list of 2000 billionaires, these 9 have topped the list by miles and year after year, they only get richer.
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Net worth: $51.4 Billion
Micheal is the founder, owner, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. The company was founded by Bloomberg in 1981 and has grown to be the world leader in providing financial data and services for people all around the world. The company is responsible for global financial services, mass media, and software. Bloomberg also became the 108th mayor of New York for three consecutive terms. He has an estimated 88% stake in the company which allows him to reap profits from $9 billion dollars worth of revenue each year.
— Oracle (@Oracle) December 14, 2017
Net worth: $59.7 billion
Elison is the co-founder, executive chairman and chief technology officer at Oracle. The company was founded in 1977 by Larry and operates as a software corporation. Oracle is responsible for providing database vendor to mid- and low-range systems throughout the world. Other than software, he also found success in yachting through Oracle Team USA.
— LVMH (@LVMH) December 8, 2017
Net worth: $64.8 billion
LVMH is the largest luxury good provider in the world, housing big names such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Sephora. As chairman and CEO, his stakes in the giant corporation have allowed him to amass a whopping 64 billion dollars. Under LVMH, it is estimated that they recorded north of $40 billion dollars in sales in 2016 alone.
Carlos Slim Helu
Net worth: $67 billion
Carlos is a Mexican investor who amassed his wealth through various holdings in Mexican companies through his corporation called Grupo Carso. He accounts for almost 40% of the listings on the Mexican stock exchange which makes his net worth the equivalent of 6% of the GDP of Mexico.
Net worth: $72.5 billion
The co-founder of Inditex fashion group is the richest man in Europe. Ortega is also the richest retailer in the world thanks to the success of Zara, the famous clothing and accessory brand. He founded the company in 1975 and is known for the level of personal privacy he maintains, granting interviews to only 3 people till date.
Net worth: $75.3 billion
Mark is the CEO and co-founder of Facebook. He is also the youngest person on this list. The website ‘Facebook’ is regarded as the most famous and profitable social media platform in the world and has acquired other giants such as Instagram and WhatsApp to add to Mark’s massive wealth. However, he has committed to ”The Giving Pledge’ program and plans on giving away 99% of his wealth away.
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Net worth: $87.6 billion
Warren is the world’s most famous and richest investor. He owns the corporate giant Berkshire Hathaway. He remains the chairman and largest shareholder in the company. Buffet is also known for being the founder of ‘The Giving Pledge’ alongside Bill Gates. He is known for his frugal lifestyle despite being the third richest man in the world.
Net worth: $91.8 billion
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, which is the largest PC software company in the world. He has topped the billionaire’s list. Gates is one of the few people responsible for paving way for personal computing revolution. He stepped down from Microsoft duties in 2014 and has since taken up full-time work on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also co-founded ‘The Giving Pledge’ alongside Warren Buffet.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 8, 2017
Net worth: $104.1 billion
Jeff is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon.com, owing almost 17% of the company. As of 2018, after a surge in Amazon stock prices, Bezos became the richest person in the world. Not only that but with a net worth of more than $100 billion, he is the richest man of all time. He is mainly known for owning and controlling Amazon.com, Blue Origin (an aerospace company) and The Washington Post (publishing/newspaper company).