Today we are going to look at the worlds richest people. Some names you may know but some may not be quite so familiar. Top of the list is someone you should all be aware of…
1 William Henry Gates III – $56.0 billion – United States – Microsoft
Bill Gates is an American business man who is best known as being the driving forces and joint founder of Microsoft. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and he still remains the largest sole shareholder. He currently has more than 8 percent of the common stock.
2 Warren Buffett – $37.0 billion - United States – Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Edward Buffett was born in August 1930. He is an American investor and businessman. He has made his money by investments and is one of the most successful investors in history. He is the primary shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett has given billions of dollars to charity. Buffett is currently considered the second richest man in the United States with a net worth of $37 billion.
3 Carlos Slim Helú – $35.0 billion – Mexico – Telmex, América Móvil
Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican engineer and businessman who has made his millions in the telecommunications industry. He is the third richest person in the world with a net worth of approximately 35 dollars.
4 Lawrence Ellison – $22.5 billion - United States – Oracle Corporation
Lawrence Joseph Ellison was born August 17, 1944 and is an American entrepreneur and also the co-founder of Oracle Corporation, a major software company. He is listed on the Forbes list of billionaires as the fourth richest person on the planet. Ellison is the third richest American and has an estimated net worth of $22,5 billion (US)
5 Ingvar Kamprad and family – $22.0 billion - Sweden – IKEA
Ingvar Feodor Kamprad is a Swedish entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the furniture retailer IKEA. He is the richest person in Europe and currently the fifth richest person on the planet. Kamprad has an estimated net worth of around 22 billion US dollars
6 Karl Albrecht – $21.5 billion – Germany – Aldi Süd
Karl Hans Albrecht is a German entrepreneur who founded the well known supermarket chain Aldi alongside his brother. He has an estimated net worth of $21.5 billion. Albrecht is currently considered the wealthiest man in Germany.
7 Mukesh Ambani – $19.5 billion – India – Reliance Industries
Mukesh Ambani is an Indian engineer and businessman. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector enterprise and a Fortune 500 company. His personal stake in Reliance Industries stands at approximately 48%. His wealth is valued at $ 32 Billion, which makes him India’s richest person.
8 Lakshmi Mittal – $19.3 billion – India – Arcelor Mittal
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is an International steel magnate. He was born in Sadulpur village, in India. He is the CEO and founder of ArcelorMittal. He also serves as a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, EADS and ICICI Bank He is currently the vice chairman of the World Steel Association. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People” by Time magazine.
9 Theo Albrecht – $18.8 billion - Germany – Aldi Nord, Trader Joe’s
Theodor Paul Albrecht is a German entrepreneur, who was ranked as the 9th wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of approximately $18.8 billion. He owns and was the CEO of the Aldi supermarket chain. In the US he owns the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain. His brother Karl Albrecht owns the Aldi Süd discount supermarket chain. The two chains originally were a single family enterprise until a friendly division of assets in 1960. Aldi Süd operates the Aldi groceries in the United States. So Aldi and Trader Joe’s, while owned by the brothers, have separate and distinct ownership and operations.
10 – Amancio Ortega – $18.3 billion - Spain – Inditex Group
Mancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion entrepreneur. Ranked as Spain’s richest man and the 10th wealthiest man in the World. He is the founder, with his first wife Rosalía Mera, and chairman of the Inditex Group. He now lives with his current wife in the centre of A Coruña. Ortega keeps an extremely low profile and there are very few photographs of him. He likes to dress in blue jeans and T-shirts and refuses to conform to the typical suit and tie businessman. He is said to be very active in the design process within the company.