The richest men in the world are the subject of envy of men everywhere. We may turn green all we want, but these guys didn’t get to where they are just standing around with their palms open. In this list, we take a look at some of the richest men in the world, their empires, and of course, how much they have in the bank.
Meet The Richest Men In The World
10. Ma Huateng
Net Worth: $22.5 billion
A.K.A. Pony Ma, this man is China’s tech behemoth. He started China’s biggest internet company Tencent Holdings when he was 26, and everything came up roses for him since then. He’s brought to life China’s most used online platforms, including the messaging app QQ, the incredibly popular WeChat which boasts a 938 million user base. Ever the futurist, Ma also ventured into e-commerce with WeChat Wallet and owns China’s biggest online gaming platform, Tencent Games.
9. Phil Knight
Net worth: $25 billion
A household name in the retail industry, Phil Knight started his self-made career after a tour of duty in the US Army and an MBA in Stanford. He started off convincing the makers of the popular Onitsuka Tiger shoes to allow him to distribute in the US under his company Blue Ribbon Sports. Eventually, this company is to become the ubiquitous swoosh-logo titan Nike, making him one of the richest men in the world. Knight was its full-time accountant until 1968. After building enough credibility with his customers, Knight assumed a chairmanship in Nike, building its success in athlete and celebrity endorsements. To this day, Nike remains to be the footwear of choice for athletes in every sport, and the go-to choice for the common man for his sneakers.
8. Sheldon Adelson
Net worth: $35.2 billion
Of course, a list of the richest men in the world would not be complete without The King of Las Vegas. He struck when he sold COMDEX, the largest trade show in Las Vegas to the Japanese company Softbank for $860 million. Adelson used this new capital to build the Sands Casino. He demolished these and built the Venetian Casino Resort and the Sands Expo Convention Center, two of the most memorable landmarks in Nevada. In 2004, Las Vegas Sands, his gambling conglomerate, went public, netting him billions of dollars. He has since then branched out to numerous countries around the world, among them China, where he built the China Sands. He also has 13 private jets. Who needs that many jets?
7. Bernard Arnault
Net worth: $40 billion
No one knows luxury brands as much as this man does. Arnault owns LVMH, the biggest conglomerate to hold the world’s best-known luxury brands, including Dom Perignon, Hennessy Cognac, and of course, Louis Vuitton. LVMH is controlled by his family’s Groupe Arnault. He started out as a civil engineer but assumed control of the family trade eventually. Arnault started his reign by buying the failing fashion house, Christian Dior. From there, he has proven to have a penchant for reviving old names. The brand started thriving under his leadership, maintaining its position as an industry standard. It reportedly earned $39.5 billion last year.
6. Sergey Brin
— Foluwa T. Rewane (@FoluwaRewane) July 20, 2017
Net worth: $45.5 billion
Silicon Valley has produced its share of billionaire disruptors, and Sergey Brin is one of these. The co-founder of Google, Brin has moved on from Google and now manages the restructured Alphabet as its President. This shift in roles allowed Brin to focus on Google’s other ventures, particularly Google X. This secretive and experimental tech arm explores inventive and groundbreaking “moonshot” projects for the betterment of mankind. To date, they’ve made self-driving cars close to commonplace and are currently working on thousands of other projects. Among them is Loon, which aims to provide free internet access to the world through the use of weather balloons. Another project is Foghorn, an initiative that aims to make fuel from seawater.
5. Ingvar Kamprad
— Genius U (@geniususocial) July 20, 2017
Net worth: $45.8 billion
Look around your house. How many of your items came from IKEA? You’ll have to thank Swedish powerhouse Ingvar Kamprad for that! He founded the world’s largest furniture superstar at 17, making over $36 billion. He wishes to keep IKEA off the stock market by giving it a really complex and well-thought out corporate structure, allowing for charity projects, retail, and franchising departments. IKEA has since become a global furniture powerhouse in its 73 years, making Kamprad a very wealthy man indeed.
4. Larry Page
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— Sailesh (@saileshvora55) July 26, 2017
Net worth: $46.7 billion
Google wasn’t Google in its early days. This Stanford Ph.D. student and his classmate Sergey Brin worked on a little project called BackRub. It was an early version of a search engine, which employed the use of web crawlers. From then on, the rest was history. He now heads Alphabet as its CEO and has moved on from improving consumer tech to tackling the bigger problems in society. He champions causes such as global warming, the extension of human life, and automating everything from homes to cars. He’s a modest man and doesn’t make a lot of huge purchases to show off his wealth. He does, however, boast of his eco-friendly mansion which runs on rainwater and geothermal energy in Palo Alto. His only known vice is kiteboarding.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
For the past decade, we’ve focused on making the world more open and connected. We’re not done yet and we will continue working to give people a voice and help people connect. But even as we make progress, our society is still divided. So now I believe we have a responsibility to do even more. It’s so important that we’re changing @facebook’s whole mission to take this on. It’s not enough to simply connect the world; we must also work to bring the world closer together.
Net worth: $69.1 billion
How does a 19-year-old Harvard sophomore get himself to $69.1 billion net worth in just 13 years? By building a social network platform that’s used by over a billion people daily. The now 32-year-old Zuckerberg holds the CEO office of Facebook and is currently the youngest billionaire in the world. Facebook continues to be a social networking giant. It makes the bulk of its money through advertising. The company is currently valued at close to $400 billion, establishing itself as the prime social network. You’d be remiss to find anyone that doesn’t have a Facebook account. Zuckerberg started from being a college kid who just wanted a list of the cutest chicks in campus to developing a brand new form of connectivity, one the world depends on for so many of their social needs.
2. Jeff Bezos
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— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) July 28, 2017
Net worth: $88 billion
The convenience of having things delivered straight to your door has become such a disruptive presence in the retail market, and we have this man to thank for it. With a net worth of $73.1 billion, Jeff Bezos pioneered e-commerce with Amazon from his garage in Seattle in 1994, starting it out as an online bookstore. It went public in 1997 and has grown to sell everything from groceries, hobbies, furniture, and its own consumer electrics. They have also pioneered drone delivery systems with Amazon Prime Air, where orders are shipped through drones. Awesome, right?
1. Bill Gates
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) July 29, 2017
Net worth: $90.1 billion
The founder of Microsoft, and quite possibly the progenitor of the zeitgeist of personal computing, Gates rests on a net worth of $90.1 billion dollars thanks to Microsoft, providing operating systems at an affordable price to people around the world. He was involved in the company up until 2014. Gates reports that he is no longer involved in Microsoft’s day-to-day activities, although he is still part of the company’s board. He founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, controlling a $40 billion endowment. They have made it their mission to eliminate infectious diseases, poverty, and to bring mobile banking to billions of adults without bank accounts. He launched the Giving Pledge in 2010 with Warren Buffett, a billionaire’s club with 156 members who have pledged 50% or more of their money to charity.
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And there you have it, a short list of the richest men in the world. Most of them have been self-made and relied only on their entrepreneurial instincts and hard work, which makes all their success well deserved. But with the world so quickly changing, things might change and a shift of wealth might happen – and you can be sure we’ll bring you another list when that happens!
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