The 15 Richest People In The World Right Now

By on January 20, 2019 in ArticlesBillionaire News

There are interesting observations to be made in looking at the 15 richest people in the world right now. There are 12 Americans on the list. There are 14 men and one woman. 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. The poorest person on this list has a net worth of $40 billion. Of these 15 people, 10 are self-starters who built business empires in tech, finance, fashion, and sports. A few inherited stakes in their family's companies. From tech tycoons to fashion moguls to a makeup heiress, here are the 15 richest people in the world right now:

#15. Mukesh Ambani

When his father died in 2002, Mukesh Ambani took over as chairman of Reliance Industries. He now controls about 40% of the company, which owns the world's largest oil refining complex. He is also making inroads to becoming the leading mobile and internet provider in India.

Net worth: $40 billion

Source of wealth: Inherited; Reliance Industries

Industry: Energy

Age: 61

Citizenship: India

#14. Rob Walton

Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton is the oldest son of Walmart founders Helen and Sam Walton. He started working at the superstore empire back in 1969.

Source of wealth: Inherited; Walmart

Industry: Retail

Net worth: $44 billion

Age: 74

Citizenship: United States

#13. Jim Walton

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Walmart founders Helen and Sam Walton.

Source of wealth: Inherited; Walmart

Industry: Retail

Net worth: $45 billion

Age: 70

Citizenship: United States

#12. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers became the heiress to the L'Oréal cosmetics empire after her mother's death in September 2017. She controls 33% of the company.

Source of wealth: Inherited; L'Oréal Group

Industry: Consumer

Net worth: $46 billion

Age: 64

Citizenship: France

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#11. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg launched the social network then known as when he was a sophomore at Harvard before dropping out to move to Palo Alto, California and work on the site full-time.

Net worth: $50 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Facebook

Industry: Technology

Age: 34

Citizenship: United States

#10. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle Corp., the second largest software maker behind Microsoft. He stepped down as CEO in 2014.

Net worth: $51 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Oracle

Industry: Technology

Age: 74

Citizenship: United States

#9. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page back in 1998. He is now the president of Alphabet, the company that owns Google.

Net worth: $52 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Google

Industry: Technology

Age: 45

Citizenship: United States

#8. Larry Page

Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 in a garage in Mountain View, California. He is now the CEO of Alphabet, which is the company that owns Google.

Net worth: $53 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Google

Industry: Technology

Age: 45

Citizenship: United States

#6. (tie) Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg founded his financial-data firm in 1981. He added the news and media subsidiary in 1990, but the majority of Bloomberg LP's revenue continues to come from the sale of terminals. He later served as mayor of New York City for three terms.

Net worth: $56 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Bloomberg LP

Industry: Financial Services/Media

Age: 76

Citizenship:United States

#6. (tie) Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim is the richest person in Mexico. He owns a large number of companies in Mexico through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. He also controls America Movil, the largest operator of mobile phones in Latin America.

Net worth: $55 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Grupo Carso

Industry: Diversified

Age: 78

Citizenship: Mexico

#5. Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega is the founder of fast fashion chain Zara and the parent company Inditex, which also owns Massimo Dutti, Oysho, and others.

Net worth: $64 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Inditex

Industry: Retail

Age: 82

Citizenship: Spain

#4. Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the chair of LVMH, which owns dozens of luxury brands. Arnault bought Christian Dior when he joined the business, which helped revive the company.

Net worth: $68 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made/Inheritance; LVMH

Industry: Consumer

Age: 69

Citizenship: France

#3. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett went to Columbia, where he studied under Benjamin Graham, who would become his mentor. After college he moved back to Nebraska, bought Berkshire Hathaway, and transformed it into a powerhouse holding company.

Net worth: $82 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Berkshire Hathaway

Industry: Diversified

Age: 88

Citizenship: United States

#2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen and served as CEO until 2000. He was recently de-throned as the world's richest man after a long run.

Net worth: $96 billion

Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft

Industry: Technology

Age: 63

Citizenship: United States

#1. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos founded in the garage of his home in 1994 after writing the business plan while his wife drove them cross country to Seattle. The online marketplace went public three years later. It now sells everything under the sun. His net worth will be affected by his upcoming divorce from MacKenzie Bezos, his wife of 25 years.

Net worth: $136 billion

Age: 54

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Amazon

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