While thousands of entrepreneurs don’t really care about money, a lot of them just want to earn more revenue and get rich. Entrepreneurship is a lifelong commitment to a process of building, designing and running a business. This can include a product, service or process based company. Entrepreneurship might seem like a tempting prospect but it demands a structured lifestyle, which involves considerable investments and risks. Today we have listed 10 richest entrepreneurs in the world, who can act as an inspiration if you are planning on launching your own startup.
10. David Koch – $48.3 Billion
David Hamilton Koch is an engineer, philanthropist, businessman, politician and an American billionaire entrepreneur. He completed his education in Chemical Engineering. He is currently the vice president of Koch Industries. David is one of the most influential members of Libertarian. He even ran for vice president in 1980’s US elections. He is the founder of ‘Citizens for a Sound Economy’. He is one of the richest people on the planet. David is considered very lucky because of his bank balance, and the fact that he defeated death, surviving in 1991’s USAir Flight 1493’s crash.
9. Charles Koch – $48.3 Billion
Another brother from the Koch family is a few million richer than his younger brother. Charles and David Koch both inherited Koch Industries from their father. He currently acts as the CEO and chairman of Koch Industries. Initially, this business was limited to developing chemicals and oil refineries, but the brothers expanded it, including everything from pollution equipment, minerals, fertilizers, ranching, trading and several other services. He is popular for his political and philanthropic involvement in America. He actively supports Republican Party and libertarian groups. He is also involved in multiple charities and cultural institutions.
8. Michael Bloomberg – $50.4 Billion
Michael Rubens Mike Bloomberg is best known as the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., which is a global financial, mass media, and software development company. He started off his professional career working with Salomon Brothers as a security broker, before establishing his Bloomberg L.P. in 1981. He has also served as 108th New York City Mayor, staying in the office for constantly three consecutive terms, beginning with the first election win in 2001. He was also planning on running for US elections last year but later planned for just supporting Hillary Clinton.
7. Larry Ellison – $55 Billion
Lawrence Joseph Ellison is one of the richest entrepreneurs in the world, who is also a successful businessman and an active philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. He also acts as the Chairman and Chief officer of technology in Oracle. He was ranked as the fifth richest person in America by Forbes this year, and the seventh richest entrepreneur in the world. He has signed ‘The Giving Pledge’ and has donated 1% of his total earnings to charity. He is also a licensed aircraft pilot and owns 2 military jets.
6. Mark Zuckerberg – $63.7 Billion
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, aka the Facebook co-founder, is a popular American Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer. He also acts as Facebook’s chief executive officer and chairman. Thanks to the popularity of Facebook, and the movie ‘The Social Network’, Mark has become a well-renowned face worldwide. He is a Harvard University dropout and pursued to focus on his social media website, after its expansion. The tech brand is known for taking every other company aka competition into its acquisition. Instagram and Whatsapp are just a few examples of it.
5. Carlos Slim Helu – $64 Billion
Carlos is one of the richest Mexican on the planet, who is a smart investor, active philanthropist and a business magnate. From 2010 till 2013, he topped the list of the richest men in the world. Forbes ranked him as the sixth richest man on the planet this year. He is best known as the CEO of Telmex. He enjoys an extensive hold on Mexican companies like Samsung Mexico, Grupo Carso, and America Movil. His conglomerate includes everything from transportation, media, energy, industrial manufacturing to media and energy. His total net worth is same as the 6% GDP of Mexico.
4. Warren Buffett – $73.3 Billion
Warren Edward Buffet is best known as an American business tycoon, investor, and active philanthropist. He is amongst the richest and most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He has a net worth of $73.3 billion. He gained his financing specialization by completing his education from New York Institute of Finance. He has been the largest shareholder and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway ever since 1970. He is also one of the co-founders of The Giving Pledge, in which the billionaires give 50% of their total fortune to charity.
3. Amancio Ortega- $82 Billion
Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion and business magnet. He is the founder of Inditex fashion co., who is best known for manufacturing and selling clothes under the name Zara. Forbes has declared Amancio as the richest man in Europe with his eye-whopping net worth of $82 Billion. He also acted as the former chairman of Inditex. Their Zara chain helps him make millions of dollars every month from its retail sales.
2. Jeff Bezos – $85.4 Billion
Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen is a retail and technology based American entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor. He is popularly known as the founder of Amazon.com, who also acts as a chief executive officer and chairman of the company. Amazon is the worlds’ biggest online shopping retails, who deal in pretty much everything from books to gadgets, offering all types of services and products. He has also founded Blue Origin in 2015 and the newspaper The Washington Post in 2013. Most of his business investments are handled through Bezos Expeditions.
1. Bill Gates – $89.1 Billion
Now this name doesn’t need any introduction. Almost every household worldwide owns at least one or other gadget or app of his co-founding company, Microsoft. He is also known as an author, philanthropist and a successful investor. Microsoft was co-founded by Bill with Paul Allen in 1975, which is the biggest PC software company on the planet. He has served as a chairman, chief software architect and CEO at Microsoft in the past couple of years. He is one of the richest humans on the planet, so it’s a good thing he has taken the ‘The Giving Pledge’.
These are some of the richest entrepreneurs on the planet, who have reached this level of success with their hard work, knowledge, and dedication. They have thrived for this success and struggled throughout their life, dedicating all their time and energy on their work. It’s a good thing that they haven’t forgotten about the society and are known for helping the unprivileged in the society.