Someone has said it correctly, ” All that a person needs is a billion dollars.”
There are thousands of billionaires on the list of World Billionaires, an annual ranking system that is calculated on the net worth of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. Published by Forbes, a business magazine , the list of billionaires was first published in the month of March 1987. The net worth of each of the billionaires is documented in their assets and debts, and the money is cited in dollars . The Royals are excluded from the list as their wealth comes from the positions they hold. In the year 2018, 2208 people were on the list who around 259 people entered the list for the first time along with a record number of women. The total value of all the billionaires compiled together adds up to 9 trillion U.S. dollars, a few trillion dollars more from 2017. The Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has been the most consistent and has been on the top of the list eight times.
Different Methods of Selecting a Billionaire
A team of reporters from all over the world is employed by Forbes to track the activities of the richest people of the world. However, it is not an easy task. According to Forbes, some people refuse to let in the details, some inflate their own wealth and the co-operating ones leave out important details. Values of assets that include land, vehicles, homes etc. go for estimation. Then they are cross-checked by interviews and scrutiny.
A majority of the people who are self made make it to the list of the world’s richest people by building business empires in different fields ranging from sports to technology and fashion to finance.
The list of the top ten richest people is as follows –
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops the list with a net worth of 98.4 billion dollars. The Amazon that took its first steps in the garage of his home is now the biggest online shopping place where one can find everything from fashion to food.
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The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, comes in the second position. With a net worth of 89.4 billion dollars, he still holds a position as a board member of the company.
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Warren Buffett has an interesting story. When Harvard Business School rejected his application, he went on to study under the mentorship of Benjamin Graham in Colombia. In 1969 he bought Berkshire Hathaway and made it into a powerhouse company. With a net worth of 81.7 billion dollars, he holds the third position.
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Bernard Arnault,the CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, has a net worth of 75.7 billion dollars. For companies like Louis Vuitton, a high-end fashion brand, and Moet Hennessey, Champagne manufacturers merged to form the LMH.
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Mark Zuckerberg , a name known to most people all over the globe, is the fifth-richest man with a total worth of 74.6 billion dollars. He launched Facebook, the most popular social media site when he was in college.
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The Mexican investor and businessman Carlos Slim Helu is the owner of Grupo Carso. It is a conglomerate that has different industrial brands in media , real estate, health care etc. His net worth is 70.5 billion dollars.
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Amancio Ortega is the owner of Inditex which includes famous brands like Zara, Masssimo Dutti etc. Dropping on the list, he ranks seventh with a net value of 70.5 billion dollars.
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Larry Ellison, with 64.1 billion dollars, is the co-founder of Oracle, a tech company.
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with a total value of 61.8 billion dollars Charles Koch is a noted businessman and philanthropic man. CEO of the Koch industry, it produces a variety of products.
Larry Page, the tenth richest man, with a net worth of 53.5 billion dollars, was the co-founder of the giant search engine Google..