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 15 people top the lists:
Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com CEO and the company’s largest shareholder has an estimated net worth of about $124 billion. After stalking (not literally) Bill Gates for the title for a number of years, Bezos has shot past Gates, who’d long been the richest. Based on Amazon’s track record, Bezos is likely to hold this spot for a long time to come.
Bill Gates – Estimated Net Worth: $106 billion. Despite giving away plenty of his wealth through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the billions keep piling up. Gates still owns at least $20 billion in Microsoft stock, but he has spread his investments around since leaving the company and his investments have done quite well.
Bernard Arnault – The richest man in France is the Chairman and CEO of luxury brand conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), which also includes brands Dom Perignon, Tag Heuer, Christian Dior, Fendi, Sephora and more. Estimated net worth: $89 billion.