The 20 Richest People In The World Right Now

By on September 30, 2015 in ArticlesBillionaire News

There are interesting observations to be made in looking at the 20 richest people in the world right now. There are 13 Americans on the list. There are 17 men and three women. All of the women on the list either inherited their wealth and/or joined the family business. Only four of the men either inherited their wealth or joined an established family business. Thirteen of the richest people in the world right now are self-made billionaires. It takes a lot of drive, focus, ambition, patience and chutzpah to go from nothing to a billionaire. Of those 13 men, seven of them are American. These are the 20 richest people in the world right now:

20. Michael Bloomberg

Founder, Bloomberg L.P.

Net Worth: $36.5 billion

Michael Bloomberg is the former Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP a financial news and media information services company. He is one of the wealthiest men in New York and in America.

19. Larry Page

Co-Founder, Google

Net Worth: $36.7 billion

Larry Page is to co-founder and current CEO of Google. He founded Google with Sergey Brin while both were graduate students at Stanford.



18. Liliane Bettencourt

L'Oreal Heiress

Net Worth: $37 billion

Liliane Bettencourt is the principal shareholder of L'Oreal and one of the richest women in the world. Her father, Eugene Schuller founded L'Oreal. Liliane began working in the family business at the age of 15 mixing products and putting labels on bottles of shampoo and she's had a place in the family business ever since.

17. Alice Walton

Wal-Mart Heiress

Net Worth: $37.1 billion

Alice Walton is an heiress to the Walmart fortune as well as a board member of Amon Carter Museum. She began a career in finance with the First Commerce Corporation in Texas and has held positions with a number of financial firms since then.

16. Jack Ma

Founder, Alibaba

Net Worth: $37.1 billion

Jack Ma is a Chinese entrepreneur who founded the commerce website Today, Alibaba is the largest commerce site in the world, bigger than eBay and Amazon combined.

15. Bernard Arnault


Net Worth: $37.2 billion

Bernard Arnault is a French billionaire and CEO of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which is made up of such companies as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Moet & Chandon, and Fendi.

14. S. Robson Walton

Walmart Heir, Chairman

Net Worth: $38.5 billion

Robson Walton is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law and became a member of the firm Conner & Winters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1978, he joined Walmart as a senior vice president. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Walmart two days after his father's death in 1992.

13. Jim Walton

Walmart Heir

Net Worth: $40 billion

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He currently sits on the Walmart Board of Directors as well as serves as CEO of their Walton family owned bank Arvest Bank. He is also owner and chairman of Community Publisher's Inc., a newspaper company founded by his father.

12. Christy Walton

Widow of Walmart Heir

Net Worth: $41 billion

Christy Walton is the richest woman in the world. She is the widow of the late John Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. After the death of her husband in 2005, she inherited his $15.7 billion fortune.

11. Ingvar Kamprad

Founder, IKEA

Net Worth: $42.5 billion

Ingvar Kamprad is a Swedish businessman who founded IKEA. He is well known for being exceptionally frugal. The multi-billionaire only flies in economy class and is rumored to be in the habit of recycling tea bags and grabbing salt and pepper from restaurants to take home.

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10. Mark Zuckerberg

Founder, Facebook

Net Worth: $43 billion

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook, which he famously started while an undergraduate at Harvard.

9. Wang Jianlin

Founder, Dalian Wanda Group Corporation Limited

Net Worth: $46 billion

Wang Jianlin is one of China's richest people and founder of the Dalian Wanda Group. Founded in 1988 as a residential real estate company, it is now one of China's largest conglomerates with interests in real estate, tourism, hotels, and entertainment.

8. Jeff Bezos

Founder, Amazon

Net Worth: $47 billion

Jeff Bezos is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of He single-handedly changed the way the world shops. He wrote the business plan for Amazon while driving across country with his wife to start the business.

7. Larry Ellison

Founder, Oracle

Net Worth: $48 billion

Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of software giant Oracle. Ellison lives in a $200 million house in Silicon Valley. The mansion is modeled after a 16th century Japanese estate.

6. Charles Koch

Co-Owner, Koch Industries

Net Worth: $50 billion

Charles Koch is an American businessman who is co-owner of Koch Industries alongside his brother David. Charles Koch is also chairman of the board and CEO.

5. David Koch

Co-Owner Koch Industries

Net Worth: $50 billion

David Koch is an American businessman who is co-owner of Koch Industries alongside his brother Charles. David Koch also serves as executive vice president.

4. Carlos Slim Helu

Chairman, Telmex & American Movil

Net Worth: $57 billion

Known as the Warren Buffet of Mexico, Carlos Slim Helu oversees a vast business empire. He has his hands in every sector of the Mexican economy and his holding account for 40% of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

3. Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Net Worth: $62 billion

Warren Buffett is the third richest person in the world. He is the most famous and successful investor in the world. In fact, if you had invested $10,000 with Buffett in 1966, you would have $300 million today.

2. Amancio Ortega Gaona

Founder, Zara

Net Worth: $71 billion

Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion executive who is the founder and owner of global retail store Zara. He is the richest person in Spain and the second richest person in the world.



Bill Gates

Founder, Microsoft

Net Worth: $76 billion

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft and is one of the people largely credited with igniting the personal computer revolution. He is the richest person in the world.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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