The 15 Richest People On The Planet Right Now

By on March 25, 2017 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Can you imagine how great it would feel to be one of the wealthiest people on the planet? These 15 billionaires certainly can! There are 11 Americans, 14 men and one woman. It takes a lot of drive, ambition, hard work, and a great idea to go from nothing to one of the richest people in the world. Of these 15 mega-rich people, 11 of them are self-made; six of these billionaires made their fortunes in technology; four people on the list inherited their fortunes; two people built multi-billion dollar fortunes in retail and the poorest person on this list has a net worth of $30 billion. These are the 15 richest people in the world as of right now:

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#15. S. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $30 billion

Source: Walmart, inherited

Country: United States

S. 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.

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#14. Bernard Arnault

Net Worth: $33 billion

Source: LVMH, self-made

Country: France

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.

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#13. Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $35 billion

Source: L'Oreal, inherited

Country: France

Liliane Bettecourt is the principal shareholder of L'Oreal and the richest woman 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.

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#12. Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: $36.5 billion

Source: Bloomberg L.P., self-made

Country: United States

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.

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#11. Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $37 billion

Source: Google, self-made

Country: United States

Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, after meeting at Stanford a few years earlier. Today, Brin oversees Google's parent company, Alphabet, as its president. He is working on a way to provide Wi-Fi to rural communities using high altitude balloons.

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#10. Larry Page

Net Worth: $38 billion

Source: Google, self-made

Country: United States

Larry Page is the slightly wealthier Google c0-founder. These days, Page is CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet. It was Page who came up with the algorithm at the heart of Google's search engine, which compiles results in a specific ranking. Page also led Google's acquisition of Android.

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#9. (tie) David Koch

Net Worth: $40 billion

Source: Koch Industries, inherited

Country: United States

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.

#9. (tie) Charles Koch

Net Worth: $40 billion

Source: Koch Industries, inherited

Country: United States

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.

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#9. (tie) Larry Ellison 

Net Worth: $40 billion

Source: Oracle, self-made

Country: United States

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.

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#6. Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $50 billion

Source: Facebook, self-made

Country: United States

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook, which he famously started while an undergraduate at Harvard. He first became a billionaire at the age of 23 when Facebook went public.

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#5. Carlos Slim Helu

Net Worth: $52 billion

Source: America Movil, self-made

Country: Mexico

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.

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#4. Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: $70 billion

Source: Amazon, self-made

Country: United States

Jeff Bezos wrote the business plan for what would become Amazon during a cross country road trip with his wife. He single-handedly revolutionized the way we buy books, and after a while, also everything else under the sun. These days his focus is on the Washington Post, which he owns, as well as his space exploration company Blue Origin.

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#3. Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $75 billion

Source: Zara, self-made

Country: Spain

Amancio Ortega 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 third-richest person in the world.

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#2. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $78 billion

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Country: United States

Warren Buffett is the second-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.

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#1. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $90 billion

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Country: United States

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, by far.

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 www.hsx.com. 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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