This is a materialistic world in many ways. It measures you in terms of the money you are worth. However, in the absence of any other concrete alternative, this might seem to be the right way as well. Whether one likes it or not, they have to abide by this criterion alone. While on the topic of money, one would naturally like to know as to who the richest people in the world are.
We shall look at the top 10 richest people in the world based on their net worth alone. If you go through the list carefully, you will find that the majority of these people did not get anything on a platter. They had to work hard for the money they have earned. One has to salute these people for the extraordinary work they have done in their respective fields. One can also look at them with a sense of envy. Under such circumstances, who is the person to blame? We leave the answering part to you.
In the meanwhile, let us look at the top 10 richest people in the world. This list can form the who’s who of the entrepreneurial world. One should look at their success and take some inspiration. This is a fluctuating list where the fortunes can fluctuate back and forth frequently. You can take the example of Jeff Bezos. He was at the No 4 spot just few weeks back. However, a recent surge in his stock made him leapfrog to the No 2 position.
Let’s find out who is the richest man in the world….
10. Charles Koch: $48.4 billion
You often find siblings in the top richest people charts. Mukesh and Anil Ambani would feature in every Top 10 richest Indian list. The US cannot be far behind in this sibling rivalry. Born on 01 November 1935, Charles Koch is the elder brother of David Koch. He is the Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries. He is also equally involved in philanthropic activities like his brother. There seems to be many similarities between the two. Hence, it should not surprise you that Charles Koch is worth an identical amount of $48.4 billion. By virtue of his age, we have placed him below his brother.
09. David Koch: $48.5 billion
Born on 03 May 1940 David Koch is lucky to be on this list at No 9. We do not doubt his capabilities at all. In fact, he survived the UA Air Flight 1943 crash in 1991. Maybe, the good work that he is doing has come to his rescue. At present, he is the Vice President of Koch Industries. He is also a philanthropist having contributed generously to various charitable causes. He has very strong political leanings with the Republican Party. Maybe, his fortunes could rise during the Trump administration. Having a net worth of $48.5 billion, he is No 9 on this list.
08. Bernard Arnault: $54.6 billion
At No 8, we have Bernard Arnault, a French business magnate. Born on 05 March 1948, Bernard Arnault is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH, the largest luxury goods company in the world. He is also the Chairman of Christian Dior S.A. He is a shrewd investor having invested in many businesses as diverse as supermarket retailing, etc. He is a famous art collector as well. With a net worth of $54.6 billion, he is the latest entrant into the top 10 richest people in the world.
07. Larry Ellison: $60.4 billion
This is the age of the computers and technology. Therefore, you can find a good representation of this industry in the top 10 list. At No 9, we have the first such entry in the form of Lawrence Joseph Ellison. Born on 17 August 1944, Lawrence, better known as Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle Corporation. He was the CEO of the Company until as recently as September 2014. See the fickle nature of this list. If we had prepared this list in February, he would have been much higher than the present No 7. Today, he is worth $60.4 billion, up from the $55 billion in February 2017.
06. Carlos Slim: $68.7 billion
The American economy is such that it produces the maximum billionaires in the world. Still, you have a Frenchman at No 10 in this list. You have Carlos Slim, a Mexican magnate at No 6. Born on 28 January 1940, Carlos Slim holds important stakes in various companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. He has been the CEO of companies like Remex, America Movil, and Samsung Mexico. He was the undisputed richest person in the world between 2010 and 2013. However, he is now at the No 6 position. He has contributed his mite to various charities as well.
05. Mark Zuckerberg: $70.4 billion
Who does not know Mark Zuckerberg? Known as the launching face of Facebook, unarguably the most popular social media channel, every person having a Facebook account should have heard of him. That should make him win any popularity contest hands down. Born on 14 May 1984, Mark is the youngest person in this exalted list. When he launched Facebook, he was only 20 years old. The journey of Facebook from the dormitory room of Harvard University to every home in this world is the stuff of dreams. At present, Mark is at No 5 with a net worth of $70.4 billion. Only time can tell where he would eventually end up in future.
04. Amancio Ortega: $84.8 billion
At No 4, we have Amancia Ortega, only the third person from outside the US in this exalted list. Born on 28 March 1936, Amancia Ortega is a Spanish business tycoon. Co-founder of the Inditex fashion group, Amancia has officially retired from Inditex in 2011. Amancia has great philanthropic leanings as well having donated € 20 million to Caritas International, a religious relief organisation. Worth $84.8 billion, he has only three people ahead of him in the race.
03. Warren Buffett: $75.2 billion
At No 3, we have the oldest person in this magnificent list. Born on 30 August 1930, Warren Buffet must rank as the most successful business magnate ever. He has a terrific sense of investing money in the right places at the right time. This trait made him acquire a textile company named Berkshire Hathaway and convert it into a diversified holding company. The market knows him as the Wizard of investing. With a net worth of $75.2 billion, he is occupying the 3rd spot now. About two weeks back, he was in the No 2 position.
02. Jeff Bezos: $84.7 billion
People who have done internet shopping would have experienced Amazon.com. Similarly, people who have not done internet shopping would have heard of Amazon.com as well. In short, everyone knows what Amazon is. We have the founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com at No 2 on the list of the top 10 richest people in the world. Born on 12 January 1964, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen aka Jeff Bezos has an estimated net worth of $ 75.6 billion making him the second richest man in the world today.
01. Bill Gates: $89.7 billion
The No 1 spot belongs to William Henry Gates, popularly known as Bill Gates. Any person who has worked on a computer would have used his products at one time or the other. The founder member of Microsoft, Bill Gates was born on 28 October 1955. He has topped this list several times over since 1995. He has now retired from the Company having handed over the reins to CEO Satya Nadella. Along with his wife, Melinda, he looks after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic endeavours in the world. With an estimated worth of $89.7 billion, Bill Gates is unarguably the richest man of 2017 on the planet earth.
Now that you know who the richest people in the world are, you should concentrate on taking inspiration from their lives and start building your own worth. Maybe one day, you might sneak into the list as well.