Who is the richest man in the world? Where are these billionaire people from and what have they done to achieve such a fortune? According to the Oxfam report published before the World Economic Forum, the 8 richest people on the planet have a fortune of more than half the poorest people on the planet. The total net worth of 50% of the world’s poorest population (3.6 billion people) is equivalent to US $ 409 billion. Fortune is equal to the 8 largest billionaires in the world. World richest men.
Forbes announces its list of 2018 with some changes of positions in the Top 10. The most significant changes are on account of the entrepreneurs of the digital environment. Jeff Bezos saw his fortune take a big leap from year to year. For the first time, he achieved the most coveted position in the world, the position of the richest man in the world. With more than $ 100 billion in equity, he overtook Bill Gates who was in first place since 2013.
There are 2,208 billionaires in the world, 259 more than 2017. The Americans lead with 585, then comes to China with 373.
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Top 50 World Richest Men – 2018
|1. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)||$ 112 B|
|2. Bill Gates (Microsoft)||$ 90 B|
|3. Warren Buffett (Investments)||$ 84 B|
|4. Bernard Arnault (Louis Vitton)||$ 72 B|
|5. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)||$ 71 B|
|6. Amancio Ortega (Zara)||$ 70 B|
|7. Carlos Slim (America Movil)||$ 67.1 B|
|8. Charles Koch (Koch Industries)||$ 60 B|
|9. David Koch (Koch Industries)||$ 60 B|
|10. Larry Ellison (Oracle)||$ 58.5 B|
|11. Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg)||$ 50 B|
|12. Larry Page (Google)||$ 48.8 B|
|13. Sergey Brin (Google)||$ 47.5 B|
|14. Jim Walton (Wal-Mart)||$ 46.4 B|
|15. S. Robson Walton (Wal-Mart)||$ 46.2 B|
|16. Alice Walton (Wal-Mart)||$ 46 B|
|17. Ma Huateng (WeChat)||$ 45.3 B|
|18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (L’Oreal)||$ 43.2 B|
|19. Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries)||$ 40.1 B|
|20. Jack Ma (Alibaba)||$ 39 B|
|21. Sheldon Adelson (Casinos)||$ 38.5 B|
|22. Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)||$ 38.4 B|
|23. Li Ka-shing (Various)||$ 34.9 B|
|24. Hui Ka Yan (Real estate)||$ 30.3 B|
|25. Lee Shau Kee (Real estate)||$ 30.3 B|
|26. Wang Jianlin (Real estate)||$ 30 B|
|27. Karl Albrecht Jr. (Aldi)||$ 29.8 B|
|28. Phil Knight (Nike)||$ 29.6 B|
|29. Jorge Paulo Lemann (AB InBev)||$ 27.4 B|
|30. Francois Pinault (Gucci)||$ 27 B|
|31. Georg Schaeffler (Automotive)||$ 25.3 B|
|32. Susanne Klatten (BMW)||$ 25 B|
|33. David Thomson (Thomson Reuters)||$ 25 B|
|34. Jacqueline Mars (Sweets)||$ 23.6 B|
|35. John Mars (Sweets)||$ 23.6 B|
|36. Joseph Safra (Bank)||$ 23.5 B|
|37. Giovanni Ferrero (Nutella)||$ 23 B|
|38. Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull)||$ 23 B|
|39. Michael Dell (Dell PC)||$ 23.3 B|
|40. Masayoshi Son (Telecommunications)||$ 22.4 B|
|41. Serge Dassault (Miscellaneous)||$ 22.6 B|
|42. Stefan Quandt (BMW)||$ 22 B|
|43. Yang Huiyan (Real Estate)||$ 21.9 B|
|44. Paul Allen (Microsoft)||$ 21.7 B|
|45. Leonardo Del Vecchio (Ray-ban, Oakley)||$ 21.2 B|
|46. Dieter Schwarz (Supermarkets)||$ 20.9 B|
|47. Thomas Peterffy (Brokerage)||$ 20.3 B|
|48. Theo Albrecht, Jr. (Aldi)||$ 20.2 B|
|49. Len Blavatnik (Warner Music)||$ 20.2 B|
|50. He Xiangjian (Midea)||$ 20.2 B|
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Georg is an entrepreneur, has German nationality, is divorced and has 4 children. Its source of wealth comes from the automotive sector. He and his mother, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann, are the owners of Schaeffler Group, one of the largest in ball bearing products and machine components of the world.
In 1946, Wilhelm Schaeffler and his brother Georg, the husband of Maria-Elisabeth, founded the manufacturer who became known as INA, which initially only produced wooden buttons and belt buckles. Georg is the head of the supervisory board of Schaeffler Group and a member of the supervisory board of Continental. He rarely appears in public events or gives interviews, and leads an isolated life in the United States.
Francois is 81 years old, has French citizenship, is married and has 3 children. Its source of wealth comes from luxury goods, and from self-effort. Pinault and her family own the fashion brands Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. They also hold the Christie’s auction house, 4 wineries and 3 French publications. The collection of 3,000 art pieces from the Pinault family includes works by Picasso, Mondrian and Koons.
Jorge Paulo is the one of world richest men.He is an investor and philanthropist who has Brazilian citizenship, 78 years old, married and has 5 children. With his partners Carlos Sicupira and Marcel Herrmann Telles, he holds stakes in the Burger King network and Tim Hortons. But its main source of wealth comes from beer, the AB InBev group. The trio’s first success was at Garantia Bank, founded in 1971 and sold to Credit Suisse First Boston in 1998 for $ 675 million.
Phil is the president of the Nike, and is 79 years old, of American nationality, married, and with 3 children. Its source of wealth comes from the Nike and self-effort. Founder of shoe giant Nike, he retired as president in June 2016 after 52 years in the company. Nike has revenues of $ 34 billion. And it has 74,400 employees and offices in 52 countries.
The late Karl Albrecht Sr and his brother Theo Albrecht transformed a family corner grocery store into a retail strength establishment, called Aldi. Their nationality is from Germany and the source of fortune comes from the supermarkets. The ownership split in 1961, Karl Sr obtained stores in southern Germany, plus the rights of Aldi stores in the UK, Australia and the United States. After the brothers died, their sons Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr inherited some of the companies. Beate Heister had never worked for Aldi Sued, but with her husband Peter, and son Peter Max Heister, one of six children, participates in the advisory council. Karl Jr., who has no children, worked in different positions in the company, but moved away from his duties after he was diagnosed with cancer. World richest men.
Wang is the chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group. He has Chinese citizenship, is married and has a child. Your source of fortune comes from the real estate market. World richest men lists. He chairs the Dalian Wanda Group, one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the world with more than 200 squares in China. Wang reversed a major dent in tourism and hotels by spilling $ 9.3 billion of assets in 2 industries in mid-2017. of American film AMC dragged the wealth of Wang in 2017, since the lack of films of impact harmed the profits. Wanda Film Holding of Wang operates one of the largest film chains in China.
Lee is a citizen of Hong Kong, is 90 years old, and his source of fortune comes from real estate. He grew up in a poor family who could afford to eat fish or meat only 2 times a month. He co-founded real estate developer Sun Hung Kai with Kwok Tak-Seng, the father of Hong Kong billionaire Kwok brothers. As a dedicated philanthropist, he has donated more than $ 400 million to education over the years. World richest men.
Hui is president of China Evergreen Group, and his source of wealth comes from real estate construction. He is 59 years old. Hui graduated from a college specializing in steel, he worked as a steel mill technician for 10 years after graduating in 1982. Evergrande holds most of the stakes of one of China’s most successful soccer teams, Guangzhou, and Alibaba Group holds a minority interest.
He is chairman of Holdings CK Hutchison, is from Hong Kong, and his source of wealth is diversified. Li Ka-shing is one of the world richest men and most influential magnates in Asia with interests in everything from ports and utilities to telecommunications. Li is the chairman of CK Asset Holdings and CK Hutchison Holdings. Their companies employ 310,000 people in more than 50 nations. Its Li Ka Shing Foundation donated more than $ 2.6 billion, more than 80% goes to Greater China. World richest men.
Steve Ballmer is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. He is 61 years old and is married with 3 children. Steve has US citizenship and his source of fortune comes from Microsoft. Steve Ballmer is Microsoft’s former high-powered CEO and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA’s basketball team. World richest men. His philanthropic side has made the Ballmer Group Foundation commit to donating $ 96 million over 6 years to StriveTogether, a support group of local efforts to reduce economic disparities. As a Harvard graduate, he led Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. He bought the Clippers for $ 2 billion the same year he resigned as chief executive. Balmmer left the Stanford MBA program to join Microsoft as No. 30 employee in 1980.
Sheldon is president and CEO of Las Vegas Sands. He is 84 years old, has US citizenship, is married and has 5 children. Their source of wealth comes from casinos and self-help. The son of immigrants from Lithuania and Wales, Adelson grew up sleeping on the floor of a Boston housing. He is the president and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino company in America. He donated $ 5 million to the Donald Trump election committee, allegedly the largest donation in US history. In 2016, Las Vegas Sands agreed to pay a $ 9 million fine to settle charges that violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. World richest men.
Jack Ma is the founder and CEO of Alibaba Group, and his source of fortune comes from e-commerce and self-effort. He has Chinese citizenship and is married. As a former English teacher, Ma co-founded and chairs Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses. Alibaba’s 12-month revenue in March 2017 rose 56 percent to $ 23 billion. The Alibaba IPO in New York in 2014 set a record as the world’s largest public offering, raising $ 25 billion. World richest men. Ma’s investments, in addition to Alibaba, include holdings in China’s entertainment industry firms Huayi Brothers and Beijing Enlight Media, making him one of the world richest men. A direct competitor to Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com.
Mukesh Ambani is the president and founder of Reliance Industries, and his source of fortune comes from petrochemical, oil and gas. He is the richest man in India, is married and has 3 children. World richest men Mukesh Ambani presides and leads the $ 51 billion oil and gas giant, Reliance Industries, which is among India’s highest value companies. Reliance was founded by his father Dhirubhai Ambani, a yarn merchant, in 1966 as a small manufacturer of textile. After his father’s death in 2002, Ambani and his younger brother Anil shared the family’s empire. In 2016, Reliance provoked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecommunications market with the launch of the 4G Jio phone service.
Currently, Antilia is one of the most expensive houses in the world and having one of the largest collections of cars in the world.
World richest woman Francoise is the daughter of the famous Liliane Bettencourt, who died in 2017 at the age of 94. The mother was for many years the richest woman in the world. Now, Francoise assumes the family holding company as president and controls 33% of L’Oreal shares. As the granddaughter of the founder and heiress of the family, she becomes the richest woman in Europe at the age of 64, married and has 2 children.
World richest men Ma Huateng is the president and CEO of Tencent Holdings, and his source of fortune comes from internet media and by his own efforts. He is 46 years old and is married with a household in China. It is the richest person in China, in a nation with more than 1 billion people, it is a privilege.
Huateng is chairman of Tencent Holdings, the Chinese Internet giant that ranks among the country’s largest business by market capitalization. Tencent’s popular WeChat message application has more than 960 million users. In contrast to his extroverted rival “Alibaba”, Ma has a discreet personal style that benefits his engineering background.
Alice Walton is president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and her source of income comes from Wal-Mart. She has US citizenship and is divorced. Alice is the only daughter of Wal-Mart’s founder, Sam Walton. She has focused on art curation, rather than working for Wal-Mart as her brothers, Rob and Jim. In 2011 she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Your personal art collection is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.
Robson is the president of Wal-Mart stores and has US citizenship. He is married and has 3 children. Rob is the son of Wal-Mart’s founder, Sam Walton. He led the network for 23 years, taking over as president as a result of his father’s death in 1992. Retired as president in June 2015 and was replaced by his son-in-law, Greg Penner. Robson still sits on the Wal-Mart board.World richest men.
Jim Walton President and CEO of Arvest Bank Group and his source of fortune comes from Wal-Mart. Jim has US citizenship and is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He leads the family’s Arvest Bank, which owns assets of more than $ 16 billion. He sat on the board of Walmart for more than a decade before giving the seat to his son, Steuart, in June 2016.
Brin works as president of technology giant Alphabet, Google’s parent company. He previously ran the Google X private division. Brin co-founded the Google search engine firm with Larry Page in 1998. Google came to public in 2004 and changed its name to Alphabet in 2015. He is 44 years old, is from American nationality, and its source of fortune is Google by its own efforts.World richest men.
Larry Page has Google as his source of fortune and effort. Larry is a US citizen and has been married to Lucinda Southwort since 2007. He sits in the direction of the Alphabet Group, Google’s parent company, Calico medical care division, Nest’s smart appliance division, and more. He co-founded Google in 1998 with his Stanford colleague, student Sergey Brin. Page was the first CEO until 2001. After serving as president of products, he took the SEO position again in 2011.
Michael, 76, is the co-founder of the world’s largest financial information company. It has become the largest source of news for all financial media (banks, brokers, insurance companies, investment funds). The company has a presence in 173 countries and employs over 20,000 people. The company has a cable TV station, books and magazines with financial content. In his resume, Michael can boast himself as Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013.
Larry is a co-founder and largest shareholder of Oracle Corporation, a multinational technology and information technology company valued at more than $ 160 billion and employs 105,000 workers.
In addition to holding 23% of Oracle, it owns 46% of NetSuite and LeapFrog Enterprises shares, totaling $ 57.1 billion. It still has 4.5 billion in equity / personal money. Among its luxurious assets, there is 98% of an island in Hawaii, with yachts and hotels.
Despite leaving the CEO position in 2014, he remains as board chairman at age 73. Abandoned by his mother, he was raised by his great-uncles and it was only learned that he was adopted at the age of twelve. Today, the billionaire has two children and lives in California.
David and his brother control the holding company that has become one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with annual revenues above 100 billion. He owns 42% of Koch Industries, to which Charles is the president, and David is the vice, so the family controls the various sectors involved in the manufacturing, trading and investment industry, employing more than 70,000 people on the planet. World richest men.
Charles KochCharles is one of the brothers, mega entrepreneurs, of the industry of the United States. At 79, he is president of one of the 10 largest private companies there. Koch Industries is a holding company operating in the asphalt, commodity, energy, fertilizer, fiber, finance, gas, mineral, paper, oil, plastics and chemicals sectors. His performance at the helm of the company made him one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and 41st most powerful person in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012. World richest men.
Carlos Slim HeluFoi considered from 2007 to 2012, the richest man in the world, surprising the former owner of the post – Bill Gates. Carlos is a 77-year-old Mexican entrepreneur with a degree in engineering from a local university.
King of telecommunications
He is the majority shareholder of the largest mobile operator in the Americas, America Movil (In Brazil, it is represented by Claro, Embratel and Net). Currently, it owns only 43% of the company which corresponds to 40.8 billion (53% of its fortune). His company controls almost 90% of Mexico’s telecommunication networks. It is often criticized for its monopoly size. Slim’s commercial presence in Mexico is so wide that many Mexicans find it appropriate to call the country “Slimlandia,” since it is almost impossible to go to Mexico one day without contributing to Slim’s wealth.
He also invests in several sectors, such as minerals (Minera Frisco), financial (Inbusa and CaixaBank group), tobacco (Philip Morris), media (New York Times) and football teams . So many diversified investments make him one of the richest men in the world.
Amancio Ortega is the richest resident in Europe with a 59% stake in the Inditex group, the world’s largest textile retailer. A visionary who learned to be a tailor working in other stores, until starting his own business at age 42.
He currently owns the brand names Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oyshio, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius with more than 6,000 stores in 77 countries. Its personal equity is estimated at 1.4 billion, the majority in real estate. The company represents 90% ($ 53.1 b.) Of its fortune, and other private investments.
One of the best known people on this list, Mark became famous for being one of the founders of Facebook, the largest social network in the world. The story of the billionaire was told in the controversial movie “The Social Network” in 2010, with the motto “You can not get 500 million friends without making some enemies.” Currently, Facebook has more than 2 billion users. World richest men.
One of the world’s youngest billionaires
After founding in 2004, at age 19, its equity skyrocketed with the growth and entry of Facebook on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Facebook has also acquired several rising companies, including Oculus, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Zuckerberg, a 32-year-old married couple with six daughters, has announced plans to donate 99 percent of his charitable shares in his lifetime. His family resides in Palo Alto, where he bought 4 neighboring houses for privacy.
Currently 68, Bernard is CEO and founder of the LVMH brand conglomerate.
Luxury brand billionaire
The company oversees a fashion empire with more than 70 brands including Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Tag Heuer, Fendi and Christian Dior. The businessman also owns interests in the supermarket chain Carrefour and Hermes. The billionaire is currently the richest person in France with all the luxury and glamor of the fashion country.
Warren Buffet Billionaire This 87-year-old American is one of the biggest investors in the world. Unlike other billionaire of this top 10, he has not founded any big company to be what it is.
It has lighthouse to invest in the right companies. Through holding company Berkshire Hathaway, which is majority shareholder, controls holdings in several companies of infrastructures such as gas, electric power, railroads and multinational companies that have surpassed expectations, such as Coca-Cola, Gilette, American Express and Walt Disney. Warren has also made investments with Brazilians. And in 2017, they made a great offer to merge Kraft Heinz with giant Unilever. The offer of $ 143 billion was declined. World richest men.
In his will, he promised to leave the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 83% of the fortune, and while he remains alive he donates 5% to charity each summer. He currently lives with his second wife in the same house he bought in 1958. He has 3 children and receives a “modest salary” of $ 100,000 a month.
Bill Gates, as you all know, is the world’s greatest philanthropist, agnostic, tycoon, living in excellence at age 62. Having topped that list 17 times in the last 22 years, in 2018 he lost the spot to Jeff Bezos. In 2017, its equity was increased by $ 5 billion, but it was not enough to maintain the position of the richest man in the world.
Gates retired from the Microsoft presidency to take care of the interests of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a project that has targeted more than 700 million Microsoft actions in social and humanitarian causes since 1996. If the billionaire does not had given up its assets to charity, would now have a fortune of more than $ 150 billion.World richest men.
Microsoft profit is not enough
Although it holds a 5% stake in Microsoft, its largest equity are the shares managed by the holding company “Cascade Investment”, which include companies such as Coca-Cola, Televisa, Ecolab, Railroad companies, hotels and resorts. The holding company is also a shareholder in another holding, Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most profitable in the world.
Bezos is CEO and founder of Amazon.com, the world’s largest e-commerce site. He founded the company in 1994 and launched the site in 1995 with only 20 books for sale. In 2018, he became the richest man in the world for the first time, leaving behind billionaire Bill Gates who held the position since 2013. world richest men.
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Obstined by the online field, in addition to the creation of Amazon, he still acquired Alexa Internet, A9.com, and Internet Movie Database (IMDb). His latest acquisition was The Washington Post for $ 250 million in 2013. By 2017, he bought Whole Foods’ grocery network, marking his presence beyond the virtual territory. By 2018, the first civilian tourist flight from its space tourism company, Blue Origin, orbiting around the planet is due to take place.
At age 53, a graduate in fine arts, the billionaire is married to 25, has 4 children and resides in Seattle.