Who is the richest man in the world? Where are these billionaires from, and what have they done to reach such a fortune? According to the Oxfam report, published before the World Economic Forum, the 26 richest people on the planet have a fortune of more than half the world’s population. Something around 3.8 billion people, the previous year needed 43 billionaires. This shows the great concentration of wealth in a small number of people. The most significant changes are due to the fall of Mark Zuckerberg from the fifth position (71 billion) to the eighth (62.3 billion), after privacy scandals involving the Facebook. There are 2,153 billionaires in the world, 55 less than 2018. Americans lead with 607, then comes to China with 324.
Top 15 Richest Men In The World 2019
15. FRANCOISE BETTENCOURT MEYERS – US $ 49.3 BILLION – L’OREAL
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. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
14. SERGEY BRIN – $ 49.8 BILLION – GOOGLE
Brin works as president of technology giant Alphabet, Google’s parent company. He formerly led the reserved division Google X. Brin co-founded the Google search engine firm with Larry Page in 1998. Google came to the public in 2004 and changed its name to Alphabet in 2015. He is 44 years old, is of American nationality, and his source of fortune is Google by his own efforts.
13. MUKESH AMBANI – US $ 50 BILLION – PETROCHEMICAL, OIL AND GAS
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. Mukesh presides and leads the $ 51 billion oil and gas giant, Reliance Industries, which is among India’s most valuable companies. Reliance was founded by his father Dhirubhai Ambani, a yarn merchant, in 1966 as a small textile manufacturer. After his father’s death in 2002, Ambani and his younger brother Anil shared the family empire.
In 2016, Reliance provoked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecommunications market with the launch of the 4G Jio telephony service. Currently, Mukeshi boasts one of the most expensive houses in the world and one of the largest collections of cars in the world .
12. DAVID KOCH – $ 50.5 BILLION (US) – KOCH INDUSTRIES
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 percent of Koch Industries, to which Charles is the president, and David is the vice, so the family controls the various industries in the manufacturing, trading and investment industry, employing more than 70,000 people across the globe. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
11. CHARLES KOCH – $ 50.5 BILLION (US) – KOCH INDUSTRIES
Charles is one of the brothers, mega entrepreneurs, of the United States industry. 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. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
10. LARRY PAGE – $ 50.8 BILLION – GOOGLE
Larry Page has as a source of fortune Google and by effort. He 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. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
9. MICHEL BLOOMBERG – US $ 55.5 BILLION (US) – BLOOMBERG
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 résumé, Michael can boast of being Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
8. MARK ZUCKERBERG – US $ 62.3 BILLION – FACEBOOK
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. One of the world’s youngest billionaires After founding in 2004, at only 19 years old, 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. Personal life: Zuckerberg, a 32-year-old married man who has been married for 6 years and two daughters, has announced plans to donate 99 percent of his charitable contributions during his lifetime. His family resides in Palo Alto, where he bought 4 neighboring houses for privacy. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
7. LARRY ELLISON – US $ 62.5 BILLION (US) – ORACLE
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. Way beyond Oracle 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.
Personal life: 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. Top 15 richest men in the world 2019.
6. AMÂNCIO ORTEGA – US $ 62.7 BILLION (SPAIN) – ZARA
At the age of 81, Spaniard Amâncio 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. Textile billionaire He currently owns the brand names Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oyshio, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius with over 6,000 stores in 77 countries, including 35 in Brazil. Its personal equity is valued at 1.4 billion, the majority in real estate.
The company represents 90% ($ 53.1 b.) Of its fortune, and other private investments. Personal life: After his retirement from the presidency of Inditex in 2011, he lives in La Coruña (Spain) with his second wife and 3 children.
5. CARLOS SLIM – US $ 64 BILLION (MEXICO) – AMÉRICA MÓVIL
It was 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 (Pachuca, León, Universidad del Fútbol and Sports Science and Real Oviedo). So many diversified investments make him one of the richest men in the world.
4. BERNARD ARNAULT – $ 76 BILLION (FRANCE) – LVMH
Now 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 fashionable country.
3. WARREN BUFFETT – $ 82.5 BILLION (US) – BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY
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. Investment billionaire He has the lighthouse to invest in the right companies. Through Berkshire Hathaway , which is a majority shareholder, it controls holdings in various infrastructure companies, 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.
The company acquired Heinz Ketchup together with Jorge Paulo Lemann, the richest man in Brazil . And in 2017, they made a great offer to merge Kraft Heinz with giant Unilever. The $ 143 billion offer was declined. Personal life: In his will, he promises to leave the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 83% of the fortune, and as long as 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 three children and receives the “modest salary” of $ 100,000 a month.
2. BILL GATES – $ 96.5 BILLION (US) – MICROSOFT
Gates, as everyone knows, 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 2018, its equity was increased by $ 6 billion, but it was not enough to maintain the position of the richest man in the world. Personal life: 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. 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 company, Berkshire Hathaway , one of the most profitable in the world.
1. JEFF BEZOS – $ 131 BILLION (US) – AMAZON.COM
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 on 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. New richest man in the world: 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 2019, the first civilian tourist flight from its space tourism company, Blue Origin, is to be orbited around the globe. Personal life: At age 54, a graduate in fine arts, the billionaire is married to 25, has 4 children and resides in Seattle.