In a world with booming entrepreneurship success stories, success is often measured by the value one has in terms of money. The success, however, is years of hard work and toil that gets people where they are today.
According to the The World’s Billionaires (2016), which is an annual ranking of the world’s wealthiest people, compiled and published every March by the American business magazine Forbes. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. We look at the who’s who of the list and also their present net worth.
10. David Koch
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17 : $44.5 Billion
David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. Valued the same as his brother at $55.2 billion, David is the tenth richest person in the world. David also owns 42% of the conglomerate that the brother inherited from their father and then expanded.
9. Charles Koch
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $44.5 Billion
Valued at $44.5 billion, American businessman, political donor and philanthropist Charles Koch is the ninth richest person in the world. He is CEO, co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, famous also for its mention in an popular American TV show The Newsroom. He owns 42% of the shares of the conglomerate.
8. Michael Bloomberg
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $44.8 Billion
Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. Bloomberg is the founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media, and software company that bears his name. He is currently the eighth richest person in the world.
7. Larry Ellison
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $50.3 Billion
American businessman Larry Ellison is co-founder of Oracle Corporation and was CEO until September 2014. Valued at $50.3 billion, he is currently the seventh richest person in the world. Currently, he is the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle. Ellison has donated up to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge.
6. Mark Zuckerberg
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $54.9 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is the sixth richest person in the world valued at $54.9 billion. American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he founded Facebook from his college dorm room in Harvard. The website later expanded rapidly with one billion users signing up by 2012.
5. Jeff Bezos
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $69.8 Billion
Founder chairman and the largest shareholder of the online shopping giant Amazon, Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and investor, valued at $69.8 billion, the fifth richest person in the world. Bezos’s other business interests include aerospace and newspapers. He is the founder and owner of the privately-funded aerospace developer and manufacturer Blue Origin. Founded in 2000, the company has conducted test flights to space beginning in 2015, and plans for commercial suborbital human spaceflight beginning in 2018. He also purchased The Washington Post newspaper in 2013.
4. Carlos Slim Helu
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $50 Billion
Slim is a Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who is the fourth richest person in the world, valued at $50.0 billion. Slim is known as the “Warren Buffett of Mexico”, deriving his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso.
3. Warren Buffett
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $73.5 Billion
Warren Buffett is a business magnate and a philanthropist, valued at $73.5 billion. He is the CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathway, the American multinational conglomerate holding company. Buffett, the third richest person in the world, is often referred to as the most successful investor in the world.
2. Amancio Ortega
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $71.8 Billion
He is founder and chairman of the Inditex fashion group, which is best known for its global brand Zara, the Spanish business magnate is valued at $71.8 billion and is the second richest person in the world.
1. Bill Gates
Real Time Net Worth As of 2/4/17: $84.5 Billion
The co-founder of Microsoft, tech magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, programmer, Bill Gates has a solid profile that makes him the richest individual, his worth marked $84.5 billion. Also the founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has made strides in every sphere he has touched. He stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 and as Chairman in 2008. Currently, he works full-time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is the technology adviser to the current CEO Satya Nadella.