Who are the richest people in the world?
Most people have a pretty good idea, even if they’re not an entrepreneur, or interested in the subject at all for that matter. As you’re reading this, you probably already have names popping into your head as to who will appear on the list of the richest.
Let’s find out in this article, where we list the top 25 richest people in the world as of 2018. These are the game-changers, and the people who have helped transform and re-shape the world. These are the top richest people in the world in 2018:
Net Worth: $40 Billion
Steve Ballmer is the current owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, and he is also the former CEO of Microsoft. As of 2018, Steve Ballmer’s net worth is estimated at $40 billion.
Net Worth: $42.2 Billion
Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, and although he’s been one of the richest people in Asia for several years, he’s only just made it onto the list of the richest people in the world this year.
Jack was rejected from multiple jobs, including KFC when it was first introduced to China. Today, Jack Ma’s net worth is estimated to be $42.2 billion, launching him to the 16th spot on this list
Net Worth: $49.6 Billion
Sergey Brin and Larry Page co-founded Google back in 1998, in just a small simple garage. The duo have taken Google to the top, putting Sergey Brin just behind Page in this list of the richest people worldwide.
Net Worth: $50.9 Billion
Ma Huateng is a Chinese business magnate, investor, philanthropist, engineer, internet and technology entrepreneur. He’s also the founder of Tencent, which is the most valuable company in Asia.
Huateng is another of the richest in Asia, who made it on this list in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $49.3 billion in 2018.
Larry Page is the co-founder of Google, which was founded back in a garage in 1998.
Google, no doubt, has become the most successful search engine in the world, and the company has gone on to make various acquisitions such as YouTube. Google’s success has made Larry Page one of the richest people in the world.
Net Worth: $64.1 Billion
Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation, and he was also the company’s CEO until September 2014. Over the years, Oracle has become an incredibly successful tech company, now being 39 years old and employing over 136,000 people.
Larry Ellison is 8th on this list of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $64.1 billion.
Net Worth: $70.5 Billion
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish entrepreneur and founder of the Inditex fashion group. Inditex owns Zara, and Zara is one of the most popular clothing chains worldwide.
Net Worth: $74.6 Billion
We all know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder of Facebook. Facebook has become the most popular and most valuable social media company in the world. And it all started in Mark’s dorm room at Harvard University.
Mark Zuckerberg has recently moved up a position on the list this year, after gaining an ridiculous $30 billion in net worth, now making him the 5th richest man in the world.
It’s expected that he will continue to climb the list in the future, and maybe even make it to the top. Considering how young he is, it’s not out of his reach.
Bernard Arnault is the CEO of LVMH (Louis Vitton Moet Hennessey).
Ultimately, the company was formed from merging the two businesses together. Louis Vitton is the very successful luxury fashion brand, and Moet Hennessey is the merged champagne and cognac manufacturers.
Bernard has been making serious movements up this list in the past year. In fact, at the beginning of 2017, he was at 14th. Now, a year later, he’s placed at 4th on the list of the 20 richest people on earth in 2018.
Net Worth: $91.3 Billion
Warren Buffett is an American entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett is the most successful investor worldwide, and millions of other traders look up to him because of his success.
Warren Buffett is the 3rd richest man in the world, with an incredible net worth of $91.3 billion. However, despite this fact, Buffett still lives in the home he purchased back when he didn’t even know what a billion dollars looked like.
What a humble guy!
Net Worth: $92.2 Billion
Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, and was the richest man in the world for several years running. Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen, and has since become the largest PC software company worldwide.
Last year, Bill Gates has gained an incredible $10 billion in additional net worth! This has put him at an estimated net worth of $92.2 billion overall. However, he’s recently been overtaken by the next man on this list
Net Worth: $130.5 Billion
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, one of the biggest and most popular companies on the web. Amazon started as a simple online bookstore in Jeff’s bedroom, and the initial sales were slow.
In 2018, Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in the world, after adding a whopping $40 billion to his net worth last year! Amazon is making major moves, after recently acquiring wholefoods, launching drone shipping and a bunch of other strong ideas. Jeff Bezos is the first man ever to reach the $100 billion mark, which is just insane!
Technology comes in right behind finance and fashion as the top industry for creating billionaires, and the most represented industry in the top 100, with 17. Half of the 54 billionaires claim United States citizenship. Familiar names lead the way, with Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as the two richest not only in technology, but in the entire world, and Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Larry Page are also among the top 10 wealthiest people in the world. If you want to strike it rich while you’re still young, the technology industry is the place to be, as four billionaires are under 40. The other 17 industries had just six billionaires under 40 combined, and only the food and beverage industry had more than one.