The world’s top 10 richest billionaires in 2017


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The wealthy lot

There’s rich. And then there’s world’s richest people rich. To make it into the latter group, you need a net worth of at least $19.1 billion.

Using the calculations from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, here is a list of the top 10 richest people in the world. Bloomberg updates its data at the close of every trading day in New York, the list is based on the latest data available for November 30.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in the garage of his Seattle home in 1994. The online marketplace went public three years later and has since grown to sell everything from fashion to tech to food and Amazon’s own consumer-electronics products.

On November 24, 2017 — Black Friday — Bezos’s net worth hit $100 billion.

Net worth: $98.4 billion

Age: 53

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Amazon

Bill Gates

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen, and served as CEO until 2000. He still sits on the company’s board, but is no longer active in the day-to-day dealings.

Net worth: $89.4 billion

Age: 62

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft

Warren Buffett

After getting rejected from Harvard Business School, Warren Buffett went to Columbia instead where he studied under Benjamin Graham, who would become his mentor. He later bought Berkshire Hathaway in 1969 and transformed it into a powerhouse holding company.

Net worth: $81.7 billion

Age: 87

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made; Berkshire Hathaway

Amancio Ortego

Amancio Ortego controls fashion giant Inditex, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, and others. At least part of his success can be attributed to Zara’s fast-fashion business model.

Net worth: $75.9 billion

Age: 81

Citizenship: Spain

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made; Inditex

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg launched TheFacebook.com when he was a sophomore in college before dropping out to work on the site full-time.

Net worth: $72.3 billion

Age: 33

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Facebook

Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim owns a large number of companies in Mexico through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. He also controls America Movil, the largest operator of mobile phones in Latin America.

Net worth: $63.5 billion

Age: 77

Citizenship: Mexico

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made; Grupo Carso

Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the chair of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which houses dozens of luxury brands. Arnault bought Christian Dior when he joined the business, and helped revive the company.

Net worth: $61.5 billion

Age: 68

Citizenship: France

Industry: Consumer

Source of wealth: Self-made/Inheritance; LVMH

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison teamed up with two colleagues from an electronics company in 1977 to start their own programming firm, which then shortly landed a contract to build a relational database-management system for the CIA. The project later grew into what’s known today as Oracle Corp., the second largest software maker behind Microsoft. He stepped down as CEO in 2014.

Net worth: $53.9 billion

Age: 73

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Oracle

Larry Page

Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. He is now the CEO of Alphabet, which is the company that owns Google.

Net worth: $51.5 billion

Age: 44

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Google

Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA, powerhouse furniture retailer, when he was 17. He moved IKEA and his family out of Sweden in the 1970s in order to avoid its taxes.

Net worth: $50.7 billion

Age: 91

Citizenship: Sweden

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made; IKEA


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