Top 100 richest people in the world: Some interesting facts

Top 100 richest people in the world: Some interesting facts
Top 100 richest people in the world: Some interesting factsBCCL/ BI India
  • Nearly 40% — or four in ten — individuals in the top 100 richest list are from the USA.
  • India is now home to seven of the 100 richest people in the world.
  • The youngest billionaire in the top 100 list made his wealth through cryptocurrency.
The richest 100 people in the world collectively hold wealth worth $$4,387 billion, Forbes real-time billionaires list has revealed. Upon a quick analysis of the list, here are some quite interesting facts that Business Insider has gathered.

The data reflected below was collected on April 25, 2022.

The list of 100 richest people in the world, as on April 25, 2022

RankNameNet worthAgeSourceCountry
1Elon Musk$269.7 B50Tesla, SpaceXUnited States
2Jeff Bezos$170.2 B58AmazonUnited States
3Bernard Arnault & family$166.8 B73LVMHFrance
4Bill Gates$130.2 B66MicrosoftUnited States
5Gautam Adani & family$123.0 B59infrastructure, commoditiesIndia
6Warren Buffett$121.7 B91Berkshire HathawayUnited States
7Larry Ellison$107.6 B77softwareUnited States
8Mukesh Ambani$103.2 B65diversifiedIndia
9Larry Page$102.4 B49GoogleUnited States
10Sergey Brin$98.5 B48GoogleUnited States
11Steve Ballmer$89.8 B66MicrosoftUnited States
12Carlos Slim Helu & family$88.6 B82telecomMexico
13Michael Bloomberg$82.0 B80Bloomberg LPUnited States
14Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family$76.4 B68L'OréalFrance
15Jim Walton$71.6 B73WalmartUnited States
16Alice Walton$70.7 B72WalmartUnited States
17Rob Walton$70.3 B77WalmartUnited States
18Zhong Shanshan$67.3 B67beverages, pharmaceuticalsChina
19Mark Zuckerberg$66.1 B37FacebookUnited States
20Changpeng Zhao$65.0 B44cryptocurrency exchangeCanada
21Charles Koch$62.4 B86Koch IndustriesUnited States
21Julia Koch & family$62.4 B60Koch IndustriesUnited States
23Amancio Ortega$55.9 B86ZaraSpain
24Michael Dell$52.7 B57Dell computersUnited States
25Zhang Yiming$49.5 B38TikTokChina
26Phil Knight & family$49.3 B84NikeUnited States
27David Thomson & family$48.8 B64mediaCanada
28Dieter Schwarz$44.2 B82retailGermany
29MacKenzie Scott$42.6 B52AmazonUnited States
30Rodolphe Saadé & family$41.4 B52shippingFrance
31Klaus-Michael Kuehne$41.0 B84shippingGermany
32François Pinault & family$38.3 B85luxury goodsFrance
33Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. & family$37.8 BsupermarketsGermany
34Ma Huateng$35.8 B50internet mediaChina
35Li Ka-shing$35.6 B93diversifiedHong Kong
36Giovanni Ferrero$35.6 B57Nutella, chocolatesItaly
37Robin Zeng$35.1 B53batteriesHong Kong
38John Mars$34.9 B86candy, pet foodUnited States
38Jacqueline Mars$34.9 B82candy, pet foodUnited States
40Stephen Schwarzman$33.5 B75investmentsUnited States
41Lee Shau Kee$33.1 B94real estateHong Kong
42Len Blavatnik$32.0 B64music, chemicalsUnited States
43Alain Wertheimer$31.7 B73ChanelFrance
43Gerard Wertheimer$31.7 B71ChanelFrance
45Gina Rinehart$30.0 B68miningAustralia
46Leonardo Del Vecchio & family$29.5 B86eyeglassesItaly
47Jim Simons$28.6 B84hedge fundsUnited States
48German Larrea Mota Velasco & family$28.3 B68miningMexico
49Miriam Adelson$27.5 B76casinosUnited States
50William Lei Ding$27.2 B50online gamesChina
51He Xiangjian$26.8 B79home appliancesChina
52Ken Griffin$26.7 B53hedge fundsUnited States
53Shiv Nadar$26.6 B76software servicesIndia
54Dietrich Mateschitz$26.4 B77Red BullAustria
55Vladimir Potanin$25.6 B61metalsRussia
56Emmanuel Besnier$25.2 B51cheeseFrance
57Susanne Klatten$25.1 B59BMW, pharmaceuticalsGermany
58Li Shufu$24.9 B58automobilesChina
59Tadashi Yanai & family$24.7 B73fashion retailJapan
60Cyrus Poonawalla$24.2 B80vaccinesIndia
61Sam Bankman-Fried$24.0 B30cryptocurrency exchangeUnited States
62Vladimir Lisin$23.8 B65steel, transportRussia
63Qin Yinglin$23.1 B57pig breedingChina
64R. Budi Hartono$23.1 B81banking, tobaccoIndonesia
65Leonard Lauder$23.0 B89Estee LauderUnited States
66Guillaume Pousaz$23.0 B40fintechSwitzerland
67Jack Ma$22.8 B57e-commerceChina
68Michael Hartono$22.2 B82banking, tobaccoIndonesia
69Ray Dalio$22.0 B72hedge fundsUnited States
70Iris Fontbona & family$21.9 B79miningChile
71Takemitsu Takizaki$21.8 B76sensorsJapan
72Stefan Quandt$21.4 B55BMWGermany
73Masayoshi Son$21.1 B64internet, telecomJapan
74Andrey Melnichenko$21.1 B50coal, fertilizersRussia
75Abigail Johnson$20.8 B60money managementUnited States
76Eric Schmidt$20.7 B66GoogleUnited States
77Wang Wei$20.6 B51package deliveryChina
78Leonid Mikhelson$20.5 B66gas, chemicalsRussia
79Andrew Forrest$20.2 B60miningAustralia
80Thomas Peterffy$20.2 B77discount brokerageUnited States
81Rupert Murdoch & family$20.0 B91newspapers, TV networkUnited States
82Theo Albrecht Jr & family$19.2 B71Aldi, Trader Joe'sGermany
83Radhakishan Damani$19.1 B67retail, investmentsIndia
84Wang Chuanfu$19.0 B56batteries, automobilesChina
85Alexey Mordashov$18.9 B56steel, investmentsRussia
86Savitri Jindal & family$18.7 B72steelIndia
87Pang Kang$18.7 B66soy sauceChina
88Daniel Gilbert$18.5 B60Quicken LoansUnited States
89Jensen Huang$18.3 B59semiconductorsUnited States
90Lakshmi Mittal$18.1 B71steelIndia
91Vagit Alekperov$18.0 B71oilRussia
92Hank & Doug Meijer$18.0 BsupermarketsUnited States
93Thomas Frist Jr & family$18.0 B83hospitalsUnited States
94Gianluigi & Rafaela Aponte$17.7 B81ShippingSwitzerland
95Lukas Walton$17.7 B35WalmartUnited States
96Reinhold Wuerth & family$17.6 B87fastenersGermany
97Steve Cohen$17.4 B65hedge fundsUnited States
98Harold Hamm & family$17.4 B76oil & gasUnited States
99Gennady Timchenko$17.2 B69oil, gasRussia
100Yang Huiyan & family$17.1 B40real estateChina
101Li Xiting$17.1 B71medical devicesSingapore
Source: Forbes Real-time Billionaire listNote: As of April 25, 2022

US continues to be the biggest billionaire maker

Nearly 40% — or four in ten — individuals in the top 100 richest list are from the United States of America (USA). China created 13% of billionaires.

In the top 10 list alone, seven people are from the USA, two are from India and one is from France.

Gautam Adani is among the top five richest people in the world

Earlier in April, Gautam Adani of the Adani Group became the sixth richest person in the world surpassing the likes of Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page. By April 22, he jumped another rank to become the fifth richest person in the world.

Adani’s net worth surpasses that of Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani at the moment. He is currently the richest person in Asia and in India.

India is home to seven of the 100 richest people in the world

From only four in 2020, India is now home to seven of the 100 richest people in the world. The list includes Shiv Nadar of HCL Technologies at 53rd rank, Cyrus Poonawalla of Cyrus Poonawalla Group at 60th rank, Radhakishan Damani of DMart at 83rd rank, Savitri Jindal of O.P.Jindal Group at 86th rank and Lakshmi Mittal of ArcelorMittal at 90th rank.

Adani sits on the fifth rank and Mukesh Ambani is at the eighth rank.

There are 11 women in top 100 richest list

There are 11 women in the top 100 richest list, according to Forbes real-time Billionaires' list. The richest among them is French businesswoman Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of L'Oreal, who sits on the 14th rank with a net worth of $76.4 billion.

She is followed by Alice Walton, the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, at 16th rank with a networth of R70.7 billion. Julia Koch, who inherited her fortune from her husband David Koch, and Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott are also part of the top 30 richest in the world.

The list also includes Jacqueline Mars, Gina Rinehart, Susanne Klatten, Iris Fontbona, Abigail Johnson and Yang Huiyan.

FTX’s CEO is the youngest billionaire in the top 100

Sam Bankman-Fried, who is also known by his initials SBF, is the youngest billionaire in the top 100 richest list. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of US-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX. The 30-year-old currently sits on the 61st rank with a networth of $24 billion.

The oldest billionaire in top 100 hails from China

At 94, Lee Shau Kee is the oldest billionaire in the top 100 billionaires list, according to Forbes’ real time billionaire list. He is a Hong Kong-based business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He has co founded property developer Sun Hung Kai with Kwok Tak-Seng.He is currently the 41st richest person in the world with a networth of $33.1 billion.

Overall, three people in the list are aged over 90.


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