Richest People in the World

Who are the richest people in the world? There’s no exact science to figuring it out, and most people aren’t telling. But there are ways to make educated guesses, whether it’s finding the major shareholders of successful public companies or seeing who has inherited great wealth. Regardless of how it’s calculated, these 6 men top the lists:

Bill Gates – Estimated Net Worth: $85 billion. Despite giving away plenty of his wealth through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the billions keep piling up. Gates still owns about $12 billion in Microsoft stock, but he has spread his investments around since leaving the company and his investments have done quite well.

Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com CEO and the company’s largest shareholder has an estimated net worth of between $75 billion and $80 billion. Based on Amazon’s track record, his stock holding are likely to make him #1 on this list someday.


Warren Buffett – Sage of Omaha has built Berkshire Hathaway into a behemoth collection of companies and stock investments that has given him a net worth of somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 billion. Like Gates, Buffett has committed to giving away much of his wealth, but for now he still has enough to be #3 on this list.

Amancio Ortega – The richest person in Europe and (sometimes) the world, Ortega is the founder and current chairman of Inditex Fashion Group, parent company of the wildly-successful Zara clothing store. Ortega’s net worth goes up and down with Inditex stock, but he and Bill Gates are neck-and-neck, as Ortega’s riches are estimated to be anywhere from $70 billion to $75 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder is easily the richest person under 40, and is Top Five overall, with a net worth estimated at $60 billion. Like others in this group, he is promising to give away a significant chunk of those riches during his lifetime.

Carlos Slim Helu – The richest man in Mexico made the bulk of his estimated $55 billion in the telecom industry, as the head of America Movil, the biggest mobile phone operator in Latin America. He also holds significant stakes in other public companies, including a stake of over 15% in The New York Times.

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