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 forbes list and data taken at 14 June 2020.

1. Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of 153.6 Billion US$ and ranks as the richest one 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. Bill Gates

The co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has a net worth of 107.8 Billion US$. 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.

3. Bernard Arnault


LVMH – France Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault ranks the second in the world in terms of riches. His net worth today is 104.7 Billion US$ ensues from his business across an empire of more than 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

4. 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 82.7 Billion US$ and today he owns about 15% stakes in Facebook after the firm went public in May 2012.


5. 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 ones Geico insurance, Duracell, Dairy Queen Restaurant. His net worth is 70.4 Billion US$.

6. 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 66.2 Billion US$ and in 2018 he invested $59 million in Social Solutions, a company that makes software for government agencies and non-profit organizations.

7. 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 65.9 Billion US$.


8. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison has a net worth of 65.4 Billion US$ which he earned from Oracle, the software firm he cofounded 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.

9. Larry Page


Larry Page, the cofounder of Google has a net worth of 63.2 Billion US$ 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.

10. Sergey Brin

The cofounder and board member of Alphabet, Sergey Brin has a net worth of 61.7 Billion US$ which ranks him in the eighth position among the world’s richest persons. He cofounded Google along with Larry Page in 1998 which went public in 2004 and became Alphabet in 2015.


11. Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg is the cofounder of the media and financial information company Bloomberg LP in 1981. The company has revenues over $10 billion and he owns 88% stakes in the firm. His net worth of 58 Billion US$ makes him the thirteenth richest man on the earth.

12. 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 up a phenomenal growth in 2019. Her net worth is 56 Billion US$.

13. Mukesh Ambani

The founder chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani has a net worth of 67 Billion US$. He runs the biggest oil and gas companies in India in addition to a very popular and influential telecom network in India.


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 72 Billion US$ and he too owns stakes in Mexican construction, New York Times, mining and real estate companies.

15. 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 57 Billion US$, he and the other two heirs of the Walmart founder own more than half of the company’s stake.

16. 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 59 Billion US$.

17. Robson Walton

Robson Walton, also called Rob Walton is the eldest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. His net worth is 55 Billion US$. He and the other two siblings of the Walmart founder own more than half of the company’s shares.

18. Mackenzie Bezoz

Mackenzie Bezos is an author and the ex-wife of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezoz. As part of the divorce settlement, Jeff transferred 25% of his Amazon stake to Mackenzie, Which was 4% of the company. currently her net worth is 49.9 Billion US$

19. Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng also known as Pony Ma chairs chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat has more than one billion Users. currently his net worth is 49.4 Billion US$

20. Charles Koch

Charles koch has been chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, America’s second largest private company by revenue since 1967. His father Fred Koch improved a method of refining heavy oil into gasoline in 1927 and started the family business in 1940. his net worth is 47.6 Billion US$.

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