The list of the world’s richest persons can vary from year to year, depending on their latest net worth and financial performance.

#1 Jeff Bezos

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  • NET WORTH – $193.2 B
  • AGE – 57
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Amazon, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Seattle, Washington
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – In Relationship
  • CHILDREN – 4
  • EDUCATION – Bachelor of Arts/Science, Princeton University

Success Story:

  • Jeff Bezos founded e-commerce giant Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle. He will step down as CEO and become executive chairman in late 2021.
  • Between March and April 2020, amid the pandemic, Amazon said it hired 175,000 additional workers.
  • In April 2020, Bezos said he would give $100 million to Feed America, a nonprofit that operates food banks and food pantries across the country.
  • Amazon has faced criticism from U.S. senators and the general public for its treatment of warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • He and his wife MacKenzie divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage and he transferred a quarter of his Amazon stake to her.
  • In 2019, Amazon notched $386.1 billion in revenues and a record $21.3 billion in net profit.
  • Bezos owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing rockets for commercial use.

#2 Bernard Arnault & family

Bernard Arnault

  • NET WORTH – $183.2 B
  • AGE – 72
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – LVMH
  • RESIDENCE – Paris, France
  • CITIZENSHIP – France
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 5
  • EDUCATION – Bachelor of Arts/Science, Ecole Polytechnique de Paris

Success Story:

  • One of the world’s ultimate taste-makers, Bernard Arnault oversees an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
  • In January 2021, LVMH completed a deal for American jeweler Tiffany & Co for $15.8 billion, believed to be the biggest luxury brand acquisition ever.
  • LVMH spent $3.2 billion in 2019 for luxury hospitality group, Belmond, which owns or manages 46 hotels, trains and river cruises.
  • His father made a small fortune in construction; Arnault got his start by putting up $15 million from that business to buy Christian Dior in 1985.
  • Four of Arnault’s five children work in corners of the LVMH empire: Frédéric, Delphine, Antoine and Alexandre.

#3 Elon Musk

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  • NET WORTH – $166.2 B
  • AGE – 49
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Tesla, SpaceX, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Austin, Texas
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – In Relationship
  • CHILDREN – 7
  • EDUCATION – Bachelor of Arts/Science, University of Pennsylvania

Success Story:

  • Elon Musk is working to revolutionize transportation both on Earth, through electric car maker Tesla – and in space, via rocket producer SpaceX.
  • He owns 21% of Tesla but has pledged more than half his stake as collateral for loans; Forbes has discounted his stake to take the loans into account.
  • He stepped down as chairman in 2018, after making alleged “false statements” about a plan to take Tesla private, triggering an SEC probe.
  • SpaceX, Musk’s rocket company, is now valued at $74 billion after its latest funding round in February 2021.
  • He grew up in South Africa, then immigrated to Canada at age 17. He landed in the U.S. as a transfer student to the University of Pennsylvania.

#4 Bill Gates

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  • NET WORTH – $130.4 B
  • AGE – 65
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Microsoft, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Medina, Washington
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 3
  • EDUCATION – Drop Out, Harvard University

Success Story:

  • With his wife Melinda, Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation.
  • In May 2020, the Gates Foundation said it would spend $300 million to fight the coronavirus pandemic, funding treatment, detection and vaccines.
  • Gates has sold or given away much of his stake in Microsoft — he owns just over 1% of shares — and invested in a mix of stocks and other assets.
  • In mid-March 2020, Gates stepped down as a board member of Microsoft, the software firm he founded with Paul Allen (d. 2018) in 1975.
  • The foundation works to improve global health and to create equal opportunity for people around the globe.
  • To date, Gates has donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Gates Foundation.

#5 Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

  • NET WORTH – $115.4 B
  • AGE – 36
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Facebook, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Palo Alto, California
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 2EDUCATION – Drop Out, Harvard University

Success Story:

  • Facebook, the social network Zuckerberg runs, has become a go-to communications tool during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
  • More than 1,000 advertisers joined boycott in June to protest Facebook’s lax policing of hate speech and misleading posts from politicians.
  • Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard in 2004 at the age of 19 for students to match names with photos of classmates.
  • He took Facebook public in May 2012 and still owns about 15% of the stock.
  • In December 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes.

#6 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

  • NET WORTH – $105.9 B
  • AGE – 90
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Omaha, Nebraska
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – Widowed, Remarried
  • CHILDREN – 3

Success Story:

  • Known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time.
  • Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 companies, including insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen.
  • The son of a U.S. congressman, he first bought stock at age 11 and first filed taxes at age 13.
  • He has promised to donate over 99% of his wealth. So far he has given more than $41 billion, mostly to the Gates Foundation and his kids’ foundations.
  • In 2010, he and Bill Gates launched the Giving Pledge, asking billionaires to commit to donating at least half of their wealth to charitable causes.

#7 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

  • NET WORTH – $103.2 B
  • AGE – 76
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – software, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Lanai, Hawaii
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – In Relationship
  • CHILDREN – 4

Success Story:

  • Larry Ellison is chairman, chief technology officer and cofounder of software giant Oracle, of which he owns about 35%.
  • He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 after 37 years at the helm.
  • Oracle has grown in part through steady acquisitions of software companies, the biggest of which was $9.3 billion for NetSuite in 2016.
  • In May 2016, Ellison pledged $200 million to the University of Southern California for a cancer treatment center.
  • In 2012, Ellison spent $300 million to buy nearly all of Hawaiian island Lanai; so far, he has built a hydroponic farm and a luxury spa there.
  • Ellison joined Tesla’s board in December 2018, after purchasing 3 million Tesla shares earlier that year.

#8 Larry Page

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  • NET WORTH – $100.7 B
  • AGE – 48
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Google, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Palo Alto, California
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 1

Success Story:

  • Larry Page stepped down as CEO of Alphabet, the parent of Google, in December 2019 but remains a board member and a controlling shareholder.
  • He cofounded Google in 1998 with fellow Stanford Ph.D. student Sergey Brin.
  • With Brin, Page invented Google’s PageRank algorithm, which powers the search engine.
  • Page was CEO until 2001, when Eric Schmidt took over, and then from 2011 until 2015, when he became CEO of Google’s new parent company Alphabet.
  • He is a founding investor in space exploration company Planetary Resources and is also funding “flying car” startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.

#9 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

  • NET WORTH – $97.6 B
  • AGE – 47
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Google, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – Los Altos, California
  • CITIZENSHIP – United States
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 3

Success Story:

  • Sergey Brin stepped down as president of Alphabet, parent company of Google, in December 2019 but remains a controller shareholder and a board member.
  • He cofounded Google with Larry Page in 1998 after the two met at Stanford University while studying for advanced degrees in computer science.
  • Google went public in 2004 and changed its name to Alphabet in 2015.
  • Brin was absent from public Alphabet events for much of 2019; he spent his time on Alphabet’s moonshot research lab X.
  • Brin is reportedly funding a high-tech airship project.

#10 Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega

  • NET WORTH – $83.7 B
  • AGE – 85
  • SOURCE OF WEALTH – Zara, Self Made
  • RESIDENCE – La Coruna, Spain
  • CITIZENSHIP – Spain
  • MARITAL STATUS – Married
  • CHILDREN – 3

Success Story:

  • Amancio Ortega of Spain is one of the wealthiest clothing retailers in the world.
  • A pioneer in fast fashion, he cofounded Inditex, known for its Zara fashion chain, with his ex-wife Rosalia Mera (d. 2013) in 1975.
  • He owns about 60% of Madrid-listed Inditex, which has 8 brands, including Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear, and 7,500 stores around the world.
  • Ortega typically earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.
  • He has invested his dividends primarily into real estate in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Chicago, Miami and New York.

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