This world is full of wealthy people. There are those who have made their wealth by offering solutions to several humanitarian problems, and there are others who lived ahead of their time, providing solutions for both their generation and for posterity. As a result of their invaluable contribution to mankind, they have become very rich.
This list of the top twenty-one people in the world is not just some ordinary compilation of wealthy individuals. It is also proof of the fact that, with persistence and passion in a definite direction, your dreams can become a reality. These individuals did not become billionaires overnight! Many of them tried and failed many times at their businesses, but refused to give up on their dreams. For others, it was just an issue of being in the right place, at the right time, to maximize the right opportunity.
Every year, quite a number of organizations take it upon themselves to estimate the wealth of the world’s richest individuals. Companies like Forbes and a few others, regularly publish listings of the world’s wealthiest individuals. This list is based on the most authentic of such listings.
So, starting from the twentieth, here are the top twenty richest individuals on the planet.
#21. Jack Ma Yun (Net-worth – $35 billion)
Jack Ma Yun (otherwise simply known as Jack Ma) is a Chinese billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the president and founder of Alibaba, a group of multiple business interests, ranging from retail to technology. He is also a known author and speaker, and he regularly speaks to motivate young entrepreneurs.
He is currently 54 years old, and is a graduate of Hangzhou Normal University and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. He is a known philanthropist, and a father of three kids. He is currently worth $35 billion.
#20. Mukesh Ambani Dhirubhai (Net-worth – $42 billion)
Mukesh Ambani is a 61-year-old Indian business tycoon. His business interests span across the petroleum industry, retail marketing, sports, and the telecommunications industry. Since the year 2008, he has emerged as the richest man in India, where he resides.
Mukesh had a humble beginning, after being born in Yemen. His family moved from Yemen back to India when he was only a little boy, and he had to assist his father in his business at an early age. He struggled through life as an adolescent, before eventually gaining admission to study at Stanford University. A series of events took place, and he had to drop out of Stanford to support his father’s business.
However, his father’s business empire grew rapidly; and, after his take-over of the business following his father’s demise, the business, Reliance Industries, has grown to become one of the biggest brands in India.
He currently lives with his family in a $1 billion home called ‘Antilla’ in India. He is currently worth approximately $42 billion dollars.
#19. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (Net-worth – $45.3 billion)
This 65-year-old French national is the second-richest female billionaire on the earth today. She is an author and entrepreneur. She currently sits on the board of L’Oreal, a company owned by her wealthy family.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers has strong ties with the Jews and Judaism. Her husband, Jean Pierre Meyers, happens to be the direct descendant of an ancient Jewish Rabbi, and she also raises her two children in Jewish ways and customs.
Much of her writing work revolves around Bible commentaries and other Jewish literatures. She is currently worth $42 billion, and is the world’s second-richest woman.
#18. Huateng Ma – also known as Pony Ma (Net-worth – $45.5 billion)
Hauteng Ma is a 46-year-old Chinese businessman and philanthropist. His business empire cuts across the technology and engineering sectors. He is the president of one of the largest technology corporations in Asia, Tencent. His company basically controls the internet, gaming and online transaction market in China. Even though he keeps a relatively low profile, he is known to be the richest man in China, with a net-worth of over $45.5 billion.
He owns properties in exquisite locations in Asia and other places in the world. He also runs a foundation to facilitate his philanthropic activities.
#17. Samuel Robson Walton (Net-worth – $45 billion)
Robson (Rob) Samuel Walton is a 74-year-old American businessman and investor. He belongs to a rich lineage of individuals, the Waltons, to whom belongs the world’s largest retail store – Walmart. His father, Sam Walton died in the year 2002, and Rob took over as chairman from then on. As a matter of fact, Rob Walton served as chairman of Walmart for a period of 23 years, before resigning in the year 2015.
He has two siblings, Jim and Alice Walton; and he is currently married to his third wife, Melani Lowman-Walton. He is worth approximately $45 billion.
#16. Jim Walton (Net-worth – $45.2 billion)
Jim Walton is the younger brother of Rob Walton. He is 70 years old, and has also served as a key figure in the leadership of Walmart in the past. Asides his business dealings in retail, banking and real estate, Jim Walton is also a Philanthropist. He, together with his siblings Alice and Rob, has pledged a total of over $2 billion to the Walmart Family Foundation, which executes all humanitarian aid and intervention programs on behalf of the family. He is married and has four children. He is worth an estimated $45.2 billion.
#15. Alice Walton (Net-worth – $47 billion)
Alice Walton is the only sister of billionaire brothers, Rob and Jim Walton. She is the only official heiress to the fortune of the Walton family, with an estimated net-worth of over $45.5 billion.
She is 69 years old, and she is an astute businesswoman. She has interests in investment banking and arts, and has been an Investment analyst for several years. She also has strong political inclinations, and regularly donates to worthy political causes. She is currently divorced, and is the richest woman on the planet.
#14. Sergei Mikhaylovich Brin (Net-worth – $51 billion)
When you think about the world’s most popular and arguably the most efficient search engine, Google, one name comes to mind; the man, Sergei Brin.
Sergey Brin is the brain behind google. He is a 45-year-old computer scientist, originally from Mosco, Russia but now an American citizen. He is known for co-founding Google, alongside Larry Page. He is divorced, but has two kids. He is currently worth $51 billion.
#13. Michael Rubens Bloomberg (Net-worth – $52 billion)
Michael Bloomberg is the founder and president of Bloomberg L.P, a conglomerate of companies with interests and investments in financial services, media, and software. He is currently 76 years old, and is also an astute politician. He is a graduate of John Hopkins University and Harvard University.
He has in the past, served as the mayor of New York City. He is also rumoured to be preparing a move to contest for the 2020 presidential elections. He is worth approximately $52 billion.
#12. Larry Page (Net-worth – $54 billion)
Larry Page is the co-founder of Google Incorporated. He is a computer scientist, researcher and philanthropist. He is also known to have co-founded Alphabet Inc. and PageRank alongside Sergei Brin.
He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Michigan; and, as a matter of fact, he is the current chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. He is married with two kids, and he is currently worth over $54 billion.
#11. Charles de Ganahl Koch (Net-worth – $55 billion)
83-year-old Charles Koch is an American business tycoon, politician and philanthropist. He co-owns Koch Industries with his brother and fellow billionaire, David Koch. He presently still serves as the chairman of the company, while his brother functions as the vice-president.
Even though he prefers to maintain a low profile, Charles Koch has been correctly identified as one of America’s most outstanding philanthropists. He has been married for 46 years and has two children. He is currently worth $55 billion.
#10. David Hamilton Koch (Net-worth – $56 billion)
David Hoch is the co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries. He is also an astute businessman, engineer, philanthropist and political figure. He is known to have funded a number of political campaigns in the past, as well as many philanthropic activities.
He is currently the joint-tenth richest man in the world, tying with his brother, Charles, at an estimated net worth of 55 billion dollars. He has been married for 22 years.
#8. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Joseph Ellison (Net-worth – $59 billion)
Larry Ellison is an American business magnate and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and president of Oracle Corps.
He is 74 years old. He was born in New York city, and attended the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He has been married four times and has divorced all four times. He has two children but is currently without a legally-recognized spouse. He is worth an estimated $59 billion.
#7. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (Net-worth – $67 billion)
Mark Zuckerberg is perhaps known for two things, amongst many. One, as the founder of Facebook, and two; as one who dropped out of Harvard University to focus on his dream. He is the youngest billionaire on this list.
He is only 34 years old, but has an estimated net worth of $67 billion. He is married to his long-time friend and lover, Priscilla Chan, and together they have had two kids. Asides his technology engagements, he is also a philanthropist, and actively donates towards improving technology facilities in under-developed and developing parts of the world.
#6. Carlos Slim Helu (Net-worth – $68 billion)
Carlos Slim is the richest man in Mexico, and the sixth richest man in the world. he is a businessman, engineer and philanthropist. For four years, between 2010 and 2013, he was ranked as the world’s richest, but he has since been surpassed by five different individuals. His business franchise includes assets and structures in healthcare, education, telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. His total net worth is put at $68 billion, which is equivalent to roughly 10% of Mexico’s GDP.
#5. Amancio Ortega (Net-worth – $70 billion)
Amancio Ortega is an 82-year-old business man of Spanish descent. He is the founder and president of Zara clothing; and he is unarguably the world’s wealthiest retailer. He is the second richest man in Europe, and the fifth in the entire world. He keeps a relatively low profile and is known to be worth an estimated $70 billion.
#4. Bernard Arnault (Net-worth – $85 billion)
69-year-old Bernard Arnault is the richest man in Europe. He is a French businessman and art specialist. He is known to be an expert in the fashion business, and he also deals in luxury goods and collections for high-end customers. Arnault currently serves as the chairman of LVMH and is worth $85 billion.
#3. Warren Buffet (Net-worth – $86 billion)
Warren Buffet is the third richest man in the world. He is known to be one of the most successful investors of our time. He has a net worth of over $90 billion, and he still actively serves as the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway in the United States. He is a known philanthropist and motivational speaker. He has been married to his second wife, Astrid Menks since 2006.
#2. Bill Gates (Net-worth – $95.6 billion)
Bill Gates (full name – William Henry Gates III) is the founder of Microsoft Corporation. He is a known businessman, philanthropist, speaker, author and entrepreneur.
He has been married to Melinda Gates since 1994. He co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, before stepping down to focus on his philanthropy, through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. He is currently worth an estimated $95.6 billion.
#1. Jeff Bezos (Net-worth – $137 billion)
Jeffery Preston Bezos is known as the founder of global retail company, Amazon. Amazon currently ranks as the world’s wealthiest shopping retail store.
He is married to Mackenzie Bezos, and together they have four children. He is currently worth $137 billion, and is the first ever individual to cross the $100 billion threshold for personal fortune.