The list of the world’s richest people may vary from time to time, which is mostly dependent on their current financial performance and net worth. Below is the list of the world’s current top 8 billionaires according to Forbes.
The Current Top 8 World Billionaires
1. Jeff Bezos: Net Worth: $160.1 billion
Jeff Bezos takes the number one spot on the list of current top 8 billionaires in the world. Bezos founded Amazon in his garage in Seattle, shortly after he resigned from the hedge fund giant D.E. Shaw. Though Amazon.com originally started out as selling only books. Today, you can get almost everything you want right at amazon.com.
Furthermore, Jeff Bezos and his wife McKenzie divorced recently, making her one of the world’s wealthiest women since she will be getting tens of billions of amazon stock. Bezos owns other companies which include the aerospace company Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and the 10,000-year clock.
2. Bill Gates: Net Worth: $108.6 billion
Bill Gates is one of the two Harvard dropouts in the Top Five Billionaire list is a co-founder of Microsoft in 1975. Though he has given away much of his Microsoft stake, he still retains over 1% of his stake there and invested in other assets.
Bill Gates chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The world’s largest private charitable foundation. Through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he has also spent billions to fight polio and malaria. He also pledged $50 million in 2014 to help fight Ebola.
3. Bernard Arnault and Family: Net Worth: $102.8 billion
Bernard Arnault is a French national and the chairman and CEO of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company. The company owns some of the biggest brands on earth including Louis Vuitton, Hennessey, Bulgari, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Sephora, etc. Arnault and LVMH pledged $220 million to help repair the Notre Dame Cathedral in mid-April 2019. He also invested in technology and yacht companies.
4. Mark Zuckerberg: Net Worth: $87.9 billion
CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the second Harvard dropout in the Top Five. He started Facebook in 2004 when he was 19years old. He took Facebook public in May 2012 and was estimated to have more than two billion active users monthly in late 2018. Its market cap was approximately $462 billion in early 2019.
5. Warren Buffett: Net Worth: $71.4 billion
Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors of all time. He bought his first stock at age 11 and filed his first tax return in 1944 at age 13, declaring his earnings from his boyhood paper route. Warren Buffett is popularly known as “The Oracle of Omaha” because of his great talent for value investing.
He first bought shares in a textile company called Berkshire Hathaway in 1962, and in 1965, he becomes the majority shareholder. Currently, the textile company Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 60 companies including Geico and Duracell and is a half-trillion-dollar company. It has a single share of a stock trading at over $300,000 per share as of early 2019.
6. Steve Ballmer: Net Worth: $68.9 billion
Steven Ballmer is a wealthy American industrialist and investor. He was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 13, 2000, to February 4, 2014, making it nearly 15 years in total that he led the Microsoft company. He held onto his 4 percent stake in Microsoft even after stepping down as CEO.
Besides, this contributes significantly to his wealth and makes him the company’s largest individual shareholder. Currently, he is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He was born on the 3rd of March, 1956. Married with 3 children. He studied at Harvard University.
7. Larry Ellison: Net Worth: $68.9 billion
Ellison is listed at Forbes as the seventh wealthiest in the world. He joined Tesla’s board in 2018 after buying 3million Tesla shares that same year. Larry Ellison co-founded the software firm oracle in 1977. He is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Also, a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer (CTO) of Oracle Corporation.
8. Amancio Ortega Gaona: Net Worth: $65.6 billion
Amancio Ortega takes the number 8 spot on the list of current top 8 billionaires in the world according to Forbes. Ortega is a Spanish billionaire businessman. The founder and former chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories shops. He is one of the richest men in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world. He earns more than $400million in dividends a year.
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