“If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake” – Bill Gates
Getting rich doesn’t happen in a day, years of hard work and passion for your work yields success. Being rich means one can purchase any type of comfort and luxury. It means that you have made enough money to sustain a lifestyle despite making bad decisions in your business. The person could have enough money and not be bothered about it.
All the richest men come from diverse backgrounds, from business tycoons, actors, tech gurus, entertainment companies, high-tech industrialists, real estates, etc. The more money and assets one has, the easier it is to expand one’s overall wealth and property. They have even reshaped our lives in many ways along with contributing to the world economy.
Let us have a look at the top 10 richest men in the world and some interesting facts about them.
1. JEFF BEZOS
Jeffery Preston Bezos is an American entrepreneur, founder, and executive chairman of e-commerce giant Amazon. His net worth is 212.4 billion $ with sizable holdings in real estate, as well as a notable number of shares in prominent companies. With graduation from Princeton in computer science and electrical engineering, he started Amazon in 1994 which was initially selling books in the US and countries all over the world. Amazon flourished during the pandemic since people stayed at home and made online purchases.
2. BERNARD ARNAULT
Bernard Jean Etienne Arnault is a french investor, businessman, and art collector. He is the chairman of LVMH Moet Hennesy, Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s largest luxury brand company. LVMH completed a deal this year in January for Tiffany & Co. which is supposed to be the biggest brand acquisition ever in the world. His net worth is 198 B$, ranking him to be the second richest man in the world.
3. ELON MUSK
Elon Reeve Musk is an entrepreneur and a business tycoon. Founder, chief engineer, and CEO at SpaceX, Tesla Inc., founder of The Boring Company, and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI, and PayPal is the third richest man in the world with a net worth of 180.5 B$. Elon Musk is working towards reforming both on earth as well as space via rocket producer SpaceX and Tesla. He has a tenacious work ethic, single-minded vision, has resisted the critics, and made advances in all the frontiers.
4. MARK ZUCKERBERG
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American tech entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Co-founder of Facebook, it became the ultimate tool for communication during the pandemic lockdown. He had started Facebook in 2004 and made it public in 2012. With a net worth of 127.9 B$, he is one of the youngest billionaires in the world.
5. BILL GATES
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He earned most of his fortune as CEO, chief software architect OF Microsoft making him worth 19.9 B$. In March 2020, he stepped down from the Microsoft board and owns 1% of the company’s shares. He has invested in various companies including the Canadian National Railway and AutoNation and is one of the largest owners of farmland in the U.S.
6. LARRY PAGE
Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and an Internet entrepreneur. Co-founder of Google, a powerful search engine, stepped down as the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet in 2019 but remains a board member and a controlling shareholder. He is a founding investor in space exploration company Planetary Resources and is also funding “flying car” startups Kitty Hawk and Opener. His net worth is 116.6 B$ making him one of the richest in the world.
7. LARRY ELLISON
Lawrence Joseph Ellison is an American businessman and an investor, chairman, chief technology officer, and co-founder of software giant Oracle, of which he owns about 35%. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014. In 2012, Ellison spent a fortune to buy nearly all of Hawaiian island Lanai to build a hydroponic farm and a luxury spa there. He joined Tesla’s board in December 2018, after purchasing a few million Tesla shares earlier that year. His net worth is 115.5 B$, which makes him rank in the list of the richest men in the world.
8. SERGEY BRIN
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American business tycoon, computer scientist, and Internet entrepreneur. Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998. He was the President of the parent company, but became mostly absent from public Alphabet events in 2019 and spent his time on Alphabet’s moonshot research lab X. Brin is now funding a high-tech airship project. His net worth is 112.7 B$.
9. WARREN BUFFETT
Warren Edward Buffett is an American business mogul, investor, and philanthropist. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 companies, including insurer Geico, Duracell, and restaurant chain Dairy Queen. Known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy investors of all time making his net worth of 104.1 B$. In 2010, Bill Gates launched the Giving Pledge, asking billionaires to engage in donating at least half of their wealth to charitable causes. He has so far given 45 B$ mostly to the Gates Foundation and his kids’ foundations.
10. MUKESH AMBANI
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian businessman, chairman, managing director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd. Reliance Industries engages in petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecom, and retail. In 2016, Reliance triggered a war in prices of India’s hyper-competitive telecom market with the launch of 4G phone service Jio. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Ambani raised more than 20 B$ selling one-third of Jio to a string of investors, such as Facebook and Google, making him a net worth of 82.8 B$.