The world as we know it currently has a population of over 7.3billion people who keep increasing amongst them, there’s just another select few, so few they are 1826 in number who are billionaires these billionaires account for $7.5trilion in total of the world’s wealth and global assets; It’s been proven that all the world’s wealth is controlled by just 1% of the earth’s population, the billionaires who are really the world’s richest sit atop the earth’s wealth pyramid, at that sport there is only room for a few people, we are looking at a list of the first 10, some of them who are quite popular, being house hold names such as Bill Gates, the rest will most undoubtedly make you surprised or just bob your head at how much they have been able to amass in wealth, these select few are also in the class of those who can afford “anything” money can buy, which might just be a space rocket to the moon or a multi-million dollar mega yacht which they only get to use probably only once a year
- Bill Gates ($80 billion)
With a net worth of over $80billion, he stands atop the A list of the top billionaires. He made his money from the company Microsoft which he co-founded in the year 1975, Microsoft remains the world’s largest PC software company. William Henry Gates was born on the 28 of October 1955, who is currently a technology advisor at Microsoft and a co-chair at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation; he is also the C.E.O of Cascade investment and Carbis cooperation, which deals with licenses on photographs and footage right. Bill Gates has multiple sources of income and he also remains a board at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway. For a Harvard university drop out, he has maintained the sport as the richest man on earth since 1995, only dropping within 2007 and 2008 and between 2009 and 2014 his wealth doubled from $40billion to $82billion.
2. Amancio Ortega ($68.1billion)
Spanish born Amancio Ortega is a fashion business man who is the funding chair man of Inditex fashion group the owners of Zara clothing and accessories retail shop world wide as of June 2015 he was ranked by Forbes as the second richest man on earth, and all this from making fashion clothing. Ortega who was previously a shop hand for a shirt maker “Gala” founded his own quitted bathroom robes selling store in 1972, which he got by organizing local women to sew in cooperatives for him. He is one billionaire with an extremely low profile, and in fact no picture of him was found published until the year 1999, and since then only granted interviews to three journalist. He is known to live a very low profile life, living in his neighbourhood and patronizing the same coffee shop for decades.
3. Warren Buffet ($67billion)
He is the C.E.O and largest share holder of Berkshire Hathaway, he was once ranked Forbes list of wealthiest person as the world’s wealthiest in 2008; despite his vast wealth, Buffet has been known to be a very frugal person at the same time a very notable philanthropist, he has vowed to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropy while he currently makes his donations through the Bill & Belinda Gates foundation. Warren is known as the most successful investor in the 20th century, and he is also known as the “wizard of Omaha” his birth place.
4. Carlos Slim Helu ($65.6Billion)
Currently the world’s 4th wealthiest man, he has overtaken Bill Gates twice to become the world’s richest in 2007 and in 2010 through 2013. born on the 28th of January 1940, this business magnate is the richest man in Mexico, popularly referred to as the “warren Buffet” of Mexico, he has vast holdings in every sector of the Mexican economy, through his conglomerate “Grupo Carso” .he is currently the chair man and C.E.O of the telecommunications companies; Telmex and America Movil, the latter being Latin America’s largest mobile phone carrier which also accounted for $49 billion of his wealth in the year 2010. His holdings in the Mexican economy alone accounts for about 40% of the Mexican stock exchange listings. One of the impressive things about Slim is that, he has always been good with numbers; he taught linear programming and algebra at the university, while at the same time being a student.
5. Larry Ellison ($50billion)
Popularly known as the co-founder and CEO of Oracle corporation and only just retired in 2014, the 3rd wealthiest American and 5th wealthiest in the world, he is a New York born and Chicago bred programmer, business man and philanthropist. Asides’ being a programmer and billionaire, Ellison is also a licensed aircraft pilot who owns 2 military jets, he owns 98%of the Hawaiian Island of Lana’l which he acquired from between $500-$600million which is nothing compared to the stakes he holds in companies such as salesforce.com, Netsuite, Quark Biotechnology and some others.
6. Lilliane Bettencourt ($42.3 billion)
Holding the spot as the 6th richest in the world, and the richest woman in the world, she is the principal stakeholder at the L’Oreal, a cosmetic company which she inherited from her father after death. She also owns a 3% stake in nestle S.A, a Swiss multinational food and beverage company.
7. Charles Koch; ($41.2 billion)
He is the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, which was inherited from his father Fred C. Koch, he alongside his brother David Koch further expanded the company and diversified from just oil refining into other fields such as agriculture, polymers and fibers, commodity trading and more.
8. David Koch; ($41.2 billion)
A brother to Charles Koch who is the CEO of Koch Industries; David is the vice president of Koch Industries and holds a 42% of the conglomerate alongside his brother Charles.
9. Christy Walton; ($35.9 billion)
Known as the world leading female philanthropist, She inherited her wealth after her husband’s demise. Her wealth is gotten from the Walmart family wealth owned by Sam Walton her husband John Walton’s father, alongside her husband’s investment in the company “First Solar”
10. Jim Walton; ($34.9 billion)
He is the youngest son of the late American entrepreneur, Sam Walton who founded walmart and sam’s club. He is also the CEO of Arvest bank owned by his family and also the chairman of community publishers incorporation, a newspaper firm.