Every year, more and more opportunities arise for the rich and the elite in the world to claim a place as one of the richest people in the world. This is the ultimate achievement in the rich world. While some of them held on to their positions, while others have been successful with new leaders and innovators. Including the top 10 on this list, there are 1,810 billionaires recorded in the modern world, their total net assets totaling a staggering 6.48 trillion.
1. Bill Gates – 75 Billion
The programmer, entrepreneur, business, investor, philanthropist and philosopher Bill Gates founded the largest software company in the world, the Microsoft in 1975. Until 2014 he was the largest shareholder of the company. He was the CEO of Microsoft until 2000, when he resigned to be chief software architect instead.
Despite the fact that he originally was on his way to become a lawyer, Gates found himself fascinated with computers at an early age. He entered Harvard in 1973, he did not have a specific study plan, but he often spend time around the school computers.
In June 2006, Gates announced that he will work part-time at Microsoft, and full-time at the Bill and Melinda Gates, his wife Melinda and personal charity. The charitable organization has an investment of more than 40 billion dollars.
2. Amancio Ortega – 67 Billion
Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega had humble beginnings, founded a small family textile factory in 1963. Later, he founded his main money maker, the company for the production of clothing Zara with his then-wife Rosalia Mera in 1975. By 1980, the Zara stores were all over Spain . In 1989, the first Zara store was opened in the United States. With the expansion of Zara, it has acquired companies such as Massimo Dutti and Pull and Bear. He also owns a textile company Inditex, according to many, is one of the most innovative companies in the textile world.
Despite the fact that he quietly about his money, it is known that Ortega recently made a fortune in real estate. Its property portfolio worth a combined 8 billion. Zara is very low profile and private with his personal life, and no official photos of Ortega were not released until 1999, he nevertheless makes a donation in the amount of EUR 20 million for the aid organization Caritas in 2012, so he, of course, do not keep it all to himself.
3. Warren Buffett – 60.8 Billion
Until now, Warren Buffett is the most successful investor in the world. He is the CEO and main shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. Even more incredible is the fact that he is self-made.To this day, he is known for his thrifty habits, in spite of its massive wealth. From a young age he had a penchant for business and investment. His first job was selling a kind of soda, gum and newspapers from door to door.
Berkshire Hathaway owns massive companies like Geico, Dairy Queen and Fruit of the Loom. It also has large blocks of shares of Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, IBM. It is the fifth most valuable company in the United States.
Until now, he is known for his thrifty habits, in spite of its massive wealth. He even lives in the same house he bought in 1958 for 31,500 dollars. Although it is usually lean with itself, it is generous in relation to others. Buffett has pledged to give away 83% of his wealth to the foundation of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which will likely make it the largest charitable donation in history.
4. Carlos Slim Helu – 50 Billion
Carlos Slim Helu, often shortened to just Carlos Slim has earned the name of the richest man in the world several times. Known as the “Warren Buffett of Mexico,” he made his fortune at the expense of investment and ownership of many large companies. He is the CEO of telephone services Telmex and America Movil, the largest supplier of mobile phone services in Latin America. Slim has a stake in an incredibly diverse portfolio of businesses, from everyday products such as beverages, to financial services.
Despite its wealth, the main place of residence is Sliema 6 bedroom house close to the town where he grew up in Mexico City. He is actively involved in the real estate business but often buying and selling real estate in prestigious cities such as New York and Beverly Hills. He also opened the largest aquarium in Latin America in 2014, Inbursa aquarium. Slim founded several charities through his many companies.
5. Jeff Bezos – 45.2 Billion
Chances are, if you ordered something online, you ordered something at least one of Amazon.com. Despite the huge size of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also manages two other successful companies. He is the founder and owner of the aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin, and manages the Washington Post, which he bought for 250 million in August 2013.
Bezos quit his job as an investor in a hedge fund, to establish Amazon in 1994, he started the business out of his garage, inspired to do so after reading about the boom in Internet usage. Bezos is well known for his skills as a manager and his attention to detail in the workplace.
Through Amazon.com, Bezos launched several charity campaigns. It also supports multiple campaigns for equality, and often donates scientific and educational projects.
6. Mark Zuckerberg – 44.6 Billion
You are likely to have an account on the very spot that made Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire. Facebook is the largest social network in the world, hosting 1.65 billion users. Facebook was founded in 2004 as a small scale social networking site in his dorm room at Harvard University. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard after the shooting began, to pursue their dreams in Silicon Valley. At the age of 31, Zuckerberg is one of the youngest billionaires.
Facebook has acquired more than 50 companies throughout the entire service life. His first major acquisition was sharing social network Instagram for one billion dollars in April 2012. In February 2014 she acquired photo sharing app WhatsApp messages at a whopping $ 19 billion. Only a month later, in March, Facebook acquired virtual reality company Oculus 2 billion in an attempt to capitalize on the rapidly developing field of VR games.
While Zuckerberg has not signed The Giving Pledge, like many other billionaires, he and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged to give at least 99% of their income to charity during his lifetime. Priscilla Chan stands for the promotion of equality, health, education, influenced the decision philanthropal her husband. Zuckerberg and Chan plan to create a special charity to schools in California.
7. Larry Ellison – 43.6 Billion
The self-made businessman Larry Ellison began his journey to wealth through the creation of computer databases for the CIA in the 1970s. He called the “Oracle” database, which later became the name for the software company, which he founded in late 1977 Named Labs developers while Ellison has invested $ 2,000 with two partners to build the future billion-dollar database software giant .
Before becoming one of the richest men on earth, Ellison dropped out of college – twice! He spent two years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then attended the University of Chicago for one term, which led to his interest in computer design.
Larry Ellison has donated at least 1% of their wealth to charity, as well as signed The Giving Pledge, a promise to donate most of his wealth to charity money after his death. He is also a licensed pilot and owns two military aircraft. He also had great success in yachting.
8. Michael Bloomberg – 40 Billion
Michael Bloomberg is best known for serving as the 108th Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013, as well as his current career as a politician. He is also the owner and CEO of Bloomberg LP, which he founded in 1981 after his career with Solomon Brothers.
There was a lot of speculation that Bloomberg will run in 2016 elections, and the Bloomberg announced that he is considering the possibility of working as an independent candidate because of his dissatisfaction with the composition. Later, however, he chose not to, and focused his energy on Bloomberg LP.
9. Charles and David Koch – 39.6 Billion Each
The brothers Charles and David Koch are the main shareholders of the multinational Koch Industries. Koch Industries is mainly involved in the oil industry and chemical technology business, and also has subsidiaries trade, investment and production of products such as paper towels and Dixie cups. Koch Industries is the second largest private company in the United States. Charles Koch has been chairman of the company since 1967, last year when Charles Koch has made attempts to run as a Republican Party candidate with the support of his younger brother David. David Koch is also an active philanthropist, having donated more than 1.2 billion dollars to various charitable causes through the David H. Koch Foundation. Brothers also regularly finance the republican cause.
10. Liliane Bettencourt – 38.9 Billion
Attention was drawn to Betancourt after several members of its staff were found guilty of taking advantage of her mental state, to steal millions from it. One of them included a celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier, who received a sentence of 3 years in prison and ordered to pay Betancourt 172 million dollars in damage. Bettencourt is the wealthiest man in France and throughout Europe.