The Top 21 Richest People In The World For 2018

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Last Updated March 26th 2021

In a world where we are constantly trying to improve our lives and our wealth, it's often a good idea to get motivation and inspiration from those who have made a success in various industries.

Have you ever wondered who the richest people in the world are? Wonder no more! Below we list the richest in the world 2018. These results are based on the Forbes Rich List. Find out what industries they work in, what they are worth and a little bit more about how they got where they are today:

1. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Job: CEO and Founder, Amazon.com

Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Net Worth: $112 billion

Jeff Bezos is the first person to ever top the $100 billion as number 1 on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires. He owns 16% of Amazon, which he founded in a garage in 1994 in Seattle.

2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Job: Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Born: Seattle, Washington, United States

Net Worth: $90 billion

Alongside his wife, Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is currently the world’s biggest private charitable foundation. Gates was also the principal founder of Microsoft, but has sold and given away most of his stake. He currently owns just over 1% of the shares. He still continues to stand as a board member of Microsoft.

3. Warren Buffett

warren buffett

Job: CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Born: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Net Worth: $84 billion

Warren Buffett is considered one of the best investors who has ever lived. Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns over 60 companies including Dairy Queen (the restaurant chain), Duracell and GEICO among others.

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4. Bernard Arnault & Family

Bernard Arnault

Job: Chairman and CEO, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)

Born: Roubaix, France

Net Worth: $72 billion

Bernard Arnault is one of the world's ultimate taste-makers who oversees an empire of 70 brands, including Sephora and Louis Vuitton.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Job: Cofounder, Chairman, and CEO, Facebook

Born: White Plains, New York, United States

Net Worth: $71 billion

Mark Zuckerberg is CEO of Facebook, which he founded in 2004. His net worth has soared as the social network's stock price has risen rapidly. He took Facebook public in May 2012 and still owns around 17% of the stock.

6. Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega

Job: Founder & Former Chairman of Inditex fashion group

Born: Busdongo

Net Worth: $70 billion

Amancio Ortega is without a doubt the wealthiest retailer in the world and currently one of the richest men in Europe. He co-founded Inditex, known for its Zara fashion chain, with his ex-wife in 1975. He owns around 60% of Madrid-listed Inditex, which has eight brands, including Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, and currently has over 7,500 stores around the world. He earns over $400 million each year in dividends.

7. Carlos Slim Helu & family

Carlos Slim Helu

Job: Honorary Chairman, América Móvil

Born: Mexico City, Mexico

Net Worth: $67.1 billion

Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man in Mexico and he, alongside his family, runs America Movil, which is the biggest mobile telecom firm in Latin America. He also owns stakes in Mexican consumer goods, construction, mining and real estate companies and 17% of The New York Times.

8. Charles Koch

Charles Koch

Job: CEO, Koch Industries

Born: Wichita, Kansas, United States

Net Worth: $60 billion

Charles Koch has been CEO and chairman of Koch Industries since 1967. It’s America's second-largest private company and enjoys $100 billion in revenue from businesses including chemicals, pipelines, Dixie cups, Stainmaster carpets and Brawny paper towels.

9. David Koch

David Koch

Job: Executive Vice President, Koch Industries

Born: Wichita, Kansas, United States

Net Worth: $60 billion

David Koch shares majority control of Koch Industries with his brother.

10. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Job: CTO and Founder, Oracle

Born: The Bronx, New York City

Net Worth: $58.5 billion

Larry Ellison co-founded software firm Oracle in 1977. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 but continues to serve as chief technology officer and chairman of the board. In 2016, Oracle acquired cloud-software from Netsuite for $9.3 billion as part of the company's push into cloud-based computing. In 2010, it moved into hardware, buying Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion.

11. Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Job: CEO, Bloomberg

Born: Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Net Worth: $50 billion

In 1981, Michael Bloomberg cofounded media company and financial information Bloomberg LP.

After putting down the company's initial funding, he has continued to take an 88% stake in the business, which currently has revenue north of $9 billion.


12. Larry Page

Larry Page

Job: CEO, Alphabet

Born: East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Net Worth: $48.8 billion

Larry Page sits at the forefront of the parent company of Google, Alphabet, smart home appliance division Nest, healthcare division Calico and more. He co-founded Google in 1998 with fellow student Sergey Brin.

13. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

Job: President, Google

Born: Moscow, Russia

Net Worth: $47.5 billion

The other half of tech giant Alphabet, Sergey Brin works as president. He previously ran the Google X division and he co-founded search engine firm Google in 1998 alongside Page.

14. Jim Walton

Jim Walton

Job: CEO and Chairman, Arvest Bank Group, Inc.

Born: Newport, Arkansas, U.S.

Net Worth: $46.4 billion

Jim Walton is the youngest of the sons of Sam Walton, who is the founder of Walmart. He runs the family-owned 'Arvest Bank', which has assets of more than $15 billion.

15. S. Robson Walton

S Robson Walton

Job: Director, Wal-Mart Stores

Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Net Worth: $46.2 billion

After his father's death, S. Robson Walton took over as chairman and chaired the board of Walmart for 23 years. He retired as chairman in 2015 and his son-in-law replaced him. He continues to sit on the board of Walmart.

16. Alice Walton

Alice Walton

Job: Chairman, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Born: Newport, Arkansas, United States

Net Worth: $46 billion

Alice Walton is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

Rather than working for Walmart, her focus has been curating art. In 2011 she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown.

17. Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng

Job: Chairman and CEO, Tencent Holdings

Born: Chaoyang, China

Net Worth: $45.3 billion

Ma Huateng chairs Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, which is among the largest businesses by market cap in China. Tencent Holdings popular social messaging app ‘WeChat’ has almost one billion users.

18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Job: Chairwoman

Born: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Net Worth: $42.2 billion

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family own 33% stock of L'Oreal. She is currently chairwoman of the family's holding company. In 2017 she became the reigning L'Oreal Heiress of France when Liliane Bettencourt, her mother, who was previously the world's richest woman, died.

19. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Job: Founder and Chairman, Reliance Industries

Born: Aden, Yemen

Net Worth: $40.1 billion

Mukesh Ambani runs and chairs gas and oil giant Reliance Industries, which, with revenues of over $50 billion, is one of the most valuable companies in India.

20. Jack Ma

Jack Ma

Job: Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Born: Hangzhou, China

Net Worth: $39 billion

Jack Ma chairs and co-founded Alibaba Group, which is one of the world's biggest e-commerce businesses. Their revenue in the 12 months ending in March 2017 rose by over 50% to $23 billion. Ma's investments beyond his founding company include stakes in entertainment industry firms, Beijing Enlight Media and Huayi Brothers.

21. Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson

Job: Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands

Born: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Net Worth: $38.5 billion

Adelson is the CEO and chairman of Las Vegas Sands, which is the largest casino company in the United States. He reportedly made the largest donation of its kind in US history to Donald Trump's inaugural committee.

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