Top 20 richest people in the world: some interesting facts about the list

Top 20 richest people in the world: some interesting facts about the list
The list of the world's richest persons can vary from year to year depending on their latest net worth and financial performance. Here is the latest list of the world’s top 20 richest persons and some interesting facts about each of them based on the Forbes list and data were taken on 07 March 2021.

1. Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $188.5 billion and ranks as the richest person on the earth today. His position remains the same even after divorcing his wife MacKenzie in 2019 and transferring a quarter of his stakes in Amazon to her.

2. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is working to revolutionize transportation both on Earth, through electric car maker Tesla - and in space, via rocket producer SpaceX. Elon Musk's rocket company is now valued at nearly $100 billion, currently, his net worth is $169.9 billion.

3. Bernard Arnault
LVMH – France Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault rank third in the world in terms of riches. His net worth today is $163.7 billion from his business across an empire of more than 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

4. Bill Gates

The co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has a net worth of $129.2 billion. Having founded the software giant Microsoft along with Paul Allen, Bill Gates eventually sold away much of his stakes in the company retaining just 1% of the shares and investing the rest in stocks and other assets.

5. Mark Zuckerberg
The co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg champions the social network that has become a go-to communications avenue today. His net worth is $111.6 billion and today he owns about 15% stakes in Facebook after the firm went public in May 2012.

6. Warren Buffet
Popularly known as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet is seen as one of the most successful investors of all times. He runs Berkshire Hathaway that owns over 60 companies including the famous one's Geico insurance, Duracell, Dairy Queen Restaurant. His net worth is $99.8 billion.

7. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison has a net worth of $98.5 billion which he earned from Oracle, the software firm he co-founded in 1977. He quit as the CEO of the company in 2014 and since then he functions as the chairman of the board and chief technology advisor of the company.

8. Larry Page
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google has a net worth of $96.1 billion and ranks in the ninth position among the world’s richest persons. He has also invested in Planetary Resources, the famed space exploration company and is also funding “Flying Car”, startup companies Kitty Hawk and Opener.

9. Sergey Brin
The co-founder and board member of Alphabet, Sergey Brin has a net worth of $93.2 billion which ranks him in the tenth position among the world’s richest persons. He co-founded Google along with Larry Page in 1998 which went public in 2004 and became Alphabet in 2015.

10. Mukesh Ambani
The founder chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani has a net worth of 77.3 billion US$. He runs the biggest oil and gas companies in India in addition to a very popular and influential telecom network in India.

11. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Counted among the richest women on the earth, L’Oreal founder’s granddaughter Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and her family owns 33% stocks in the company which showed phenomenal growth in 2019. Her net worth is 77.3 billion US$.

12. Amancio Ortega
Noted as the richest person in Europe, Amancio Ortega is also the wealthiest clothing merchant in the world today. He co-founded Inditex, the firm that is popular for its Zara Fashion chain. He owns 60% stakes in Inditex that has 8 brands like Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear, and runs 7,500 stores around the world. His net worth is $77.2 billion.

13. Steve Ballmer
As the former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer led the firm from 2000 to 2014. His able leadership during a very tough time steered Microsoft towards sustainability and progress. His net worth is $73.3 billion and in 2018 he invested $59 million in Social Solutions, a company that makes software for government agencies and non-profit organizations.

14. Carlos Slim Helu & family
Carlos Slim Helu & his family control America Movil, the biggest mobile telecom firm in Latin America. His net worth is $66.3 billion and he too owns stakes in Mexican construction, New York Times, mining, and real estate companies.

15. Alice Walton
The daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, Alice Walton focused on curating art instead of working for Walmart as her two siblings did. In 2011, she instituted a museum called Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She and her brother are also issuing bonds to help charter schools invest in facilities. Her net worth is $66.1 billion.

16. Jim Walton
The youngest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, Jim Walton has 44% stakes in Arvest Bank. With a net worth of $64.3 billion, he and the other two heirs of the Walmart founder own more than half of the company’s stake.

17. Rob Walton
Robson Walton, also called Rob Walton is the eldest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. His net worth is $63.6 billion. He and the other two siblings of the Walmart founder own more than half of the company’s shares.

18. Zhong Shanshan
The Chinese billionaire is the founder of the largest beverage company in China and his net worth is $62.6 billion. He held a variety of jobs, including construction worker and news reporter before building his own business, Nongfu Spring. He is also the Chairman of a pharma company, Wantai.

19. Ma Huateng - $61.2 billion

20. Gautam Adani
Gautam Adani’s net worth as per the latest records is $59.6 billion. He is the fourth richest person in India and ranks 139 on the list of world’s most richest. Apart from Mundra Port, the largest in India, his wealth generating portfolios include a range of commodities, power generation including renewable energy (like solar farms) and transmission to name a few.

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