Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The 50 Wealthiest People On Earth

1. Bill Gates

The Richest 50 people in the world control a staggering portion of the world economy: $1.46 trillion.That's according to new data provided to by Wealth-X, which conducts research on the super-wealthy.

The latest ranking of the world's billionaires found that 29 of the top 50 hail from the US and nearly a quarter made their fortunes in techs. To crack this list, you'd need to have a net worth of at least $14.3 billion. And for the most part these people weren't born with a silver spoon. More than two-thirds are completely self-made, having built some of the most powerful companies, including Dangote,Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Google, Nike, and Oracle.

1. Bill Gates

Net worth: $87.4 billion
Age: 60
Country: US
Industry: Tech
Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft

2. Amancio Ortega

2. Amancio Ortega

Net worth: $66.8 billion
Age: 79
Country: Spain
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Self-made; Inditex

3. Warren Buffett

3. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $60.7 billion
Age: 85
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Berkshire Hathaway

4. Jeff Bezos

4. Jeff Bezos

Net worth: $56.6 billion
Age: 51
Country: US
Industry: Tech
Source of wealth: Self-made; Amazon.com

5. David Koch

5. David Koch
Net worth: $47.4 billion
Age: 75
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Koch Industries

6. Charles Koch


6. Charles Koch
Net worth: $46.8 billion
Age: 80
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Koch Industries

7. Larry Ellison

7. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $45.3 billion
Age: 71
Country: US
Industry: Tech
Source of wealth: Self-made; Oracle

8. Mark Zuckerberg

8. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $42.8 billion
Age: 31
Country: US
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Facebook

9. Michael Bloomberg

9. Michael Bloomberg

Net worth: $42.1 billion
Age: 73
Country: US
Industry: Financial services
Source of wealth: Self-made; Bloomberg LP

10. Ingvar Kamprad

10. Ingvar Kamprad

Net worth: $39.3 billion
Age: 89
Country: Sweden
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Self-made; IKEA

11. Larry Page


11. Larry Page

Net worth: $38.5 billion
Age: 42
Country: US
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Google

12. Sergey Brin

12. Sergey Brin

Net worth: $37 billion
Age: 42
Country: US
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Google

13. Jim Walton

13. Jim Walton
Net worth: $34.8 billion
Age: 67
Country: US
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Walmart

14. Rob Walton

14. Rob Walton

Net worth: $33.5 billion
Age: 71
Country: US
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Walmart

15. Alice Walton

15. Alice Walton

Net worth: $33.2 billion
Age: 66
Country: US
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Walmart

16. Wang Jianlin

16. Wang Jianlin

Net worth: $29.2 billion
Age: 61
Country: China
Industry: Real estate
Source of wealth: Self-made; Dalian Wanda Group

17. Liliane Bettencourt


17. Liliane Bettencourt

Net worth: $29 billion
Age: 93
Country: France
Industry: Cosmetics
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; L'Oreal Group

18. Bernard Arnault

18. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $28.9 billion
Age: 66
Country: France
Industry: Luxury goods
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; LVMH

19. to 21. Forrest, Jacqueline, and John Mars

19. to 21. Forrest, Jacqueline, and John Mars
John Mars owns the Mars candy empire along with siblings Forrest and Jacqueline.
Net worth: $28.6 billion each
Age: 84, 76, and 80
Country: US
Industry: Candy
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Mars Inc.

22. Stefan Persson

22. Stefan Persson

Net worth: $26.7 billion
Age: 68
Country: Sweden
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Self-made; H&M

23. Jack Ma

23. Jack Ma

Net worth: $26.5 billion
Age: 51
Country: China
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Alibaba

24. Steve Ballmer

24. Steve Ballmer
Net worth: $26.3 billion
Age: 59
Country: US
Industry: Tech
Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft

25. Phil Knight

25. Phil Knight
Net worth: $25.7 billion
Age: 77
Country: US
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Self-made; Nike

26. Jorge Lemann

26. Jorge Lemann

Net worth: $25 billion
Age: 76
Country: Brazil
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; 3G Capital

27. Mukesh Ambani

27. Mukesh Ambani

Net worth: $24.8 billion
Age: 58
Country: India
Industry: Petrochemicals, oil, and gas
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Reliance Industries

28. Carlos Slim Helú

28. Carlos Slim Helú

Net worth: $23.5 billion
Age: 75
Country: Mexico
Industry: Telecom
Source of wealth: Self-made; Grupo Carso

29. Sheldon Adelson

29. Sheldon Adelson
Net worth: $23 billion
Age: 82
Country: US
Industry: Real estate
Source of wealth: Self-made; Las Vegas Sands
30. Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
30. Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
Net worth: $22.5 billion
Age: 60
Country: Saudi Arabia
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Kingdom Holding Company

31. Georg Schaeffler

31. Georg Schaeffler

Net worth: $22.2 billion
Age: 51
Country: Germany
Industry: Manufacturing
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Schaeffler Group

32. George Soros

32. George Soros

Net worth: $21.7 billion
Age: 85
Country: US
Industry: Hedge funds
Source of wealth: Self-made; Soros Fund Management

33. Dieter Schwarz

33. Dieter Schwarz

A Lidl store in Germany.

Net worth: $20.9 billion
Age: 76
Country: Germany
Industry: Retail
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Schwarz Gruppe

34. Leonardo Del Vecchio

34. Leonardo Del Vecchio


Net worth: $19.7 billion
Age: 80
Country: Italy
Industry: Eyewear
Source of wealth: Self-made; Luxottica Group

35. Li Ka-shing

35. Li Ka-shing

Net worth: $19.5 billion
Age: 87
Country: Hong Kong
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; CK Hutchison Holdings

36. Michael Dell

36. Michael Dell

Net worth: $18.9 billion
Age: 50
Country: US
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Dell

37. Carl Icahn

37. Carl Icahn

Net worth: $18.7 billion
Age: 79
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Icahn Enterprises

38. Lee Shau Kee

38. Lee Shau Kee

Net worth: $18.5 billion
Age: 87
Country: Hong Kong
Industry: Real estate
Source of wealth: Self-made; Henderson Land Development

39. Paul Allen

39. Paul Allen

Net worth: $18.3 billion
Age: 62
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft

40. Ma Huateng

40. Ma Huateng

Net worth: $17.1 billion
Age: 44
Country: China
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Self-made; Tencent Holdings

41. Donald Bren

41. Donald Bren

Net worth: $17 billion
Age: 83
Country: US
Industry: Real estate
Source of wealth: Self-made; Irvine Company

42. Len Blavatnik

42. Len Blavatnik

Net worth: $16.7 billion
Age: 58
Country: US
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Access Industries

43. Azim Premji

43. Azim Premji
Net worth: $16.5 billion
Age: 70
Country: India
Industry: Technology
Source of wealth: Inheritance/self-made; Wipro

44. Dilip Shanghvi

44. Dilip Shanghvi
Net worth: $16.4 billion
Age: 60
Country: India
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Source of wealth: Self-made; Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

45. Ray Dalio

45. Ray Dalio
Net worth: $16.3 billion
Age: 66
Country: US
Industry: Hedge funds
Source of wealth: Self-made; Bridgewater Associates

46. Charlie Ergen

46. Charlie Ergen
Net worth: $14.5 billion
Age: 62
Country: US
Industry: Media
Source of wealth: Self-made; Dish Network

47. TIE: Lei Jun

47. TIE: Lei Jun
Net worth: $14.4 billion
Age: 45
Country: China
Industry: Tech
Source of wealth: Self-made; Xiaomi

47. TIE: Laurene Powell Jobs

47. TIE: Laurene Powell Jobs
Net worth: $14.4 billion
Age: 52
Country: US
Industry: Media
Source of wealth: Inheritance; Disney

49. TIE: James Simons

49. TIE: James Simons
Net worth: $14.3 billion
Age: 77
Country: US
Industry: Hedge funds
Source of wealth: Self-made; Renaissance Technologies

49. TIE: Aliko Dangote

49. TIE: Aliko Dangote
Net worth: $14.3 billion
Age: 58
Country: Nigeria
Industry: Diversified investments
Source of wealth: Self-made; Dangote Group

Sources: Wealth-X; Business Insider

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