The Rich Keep Getting Richer: The 30 Top Earning Billionaires Of The Year

By on September 21, 2018 in ArticlesBillionaire News

You know the old sayings; It takes money to make money; The rich keep getting richer. They are clichés because they are true. These sayings are especially true for billionaires. The 30 billionaires on this list certainly know how to grow their wealth. The world's billionaires have collectively seen their net worth grow by 24% since last year.

We took a look at the world's richest billionaires and how much they earned in the past year. We looked at the difference between the 2017 and 2018 net worths for each of the 30 billionaires on our list. Francois Bettencourt and Giovanni Ferrero were not included because they just inherited their multi billion fortunes in the last year.

The billionaire who earned the least on this list is Bill Gates. He "only" made $4 billion over the past year. The highest-earning billionaire is Jeff Bezos. He grew his net worth by $40 billion in the last year.

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#30. Bill Gates – $4 billion

Current billionaires rank: 2

#29. Susanne Klatten – $4.6 billion

Current billionaires rank: 32

#28. Georg Schaeffler –  $4.6 billion

Current billionaires rank: 31

#27. Lee Shau Kee –  $5.9 billion

Current billionaires rank: 24

#26. Larry Ellison – $6.3 billion

Current billionaires rank: 10

#25. Thomas Peterffy – $6.5 billion

Current billionaires rank: 47

#24. Serge Dassault – $6.5 billion

Current billionaires rank: 41

#23. Sergey Brin – $7.7 billion

Current  billionaires rank: 13

#22. He Xiangjian – $7.8 billion

Current billionaires rank: 50

#21. Lui Che Woo – $8 billion

Current billionaires rank: 50

#20. Larry Page – $8.1 billion

Current billionaires rank: 12

#19. Sheldon Adelson – $8.1 billion

Current billionaires rank: 21

#18. Steve Ballmer – $8.4 billion

Current billionaires rank: 22

#17. Warren Buffett – $8.4 billion

Current billionaires rank: 3

#16. Dietrich Mateschitz – $9.6 billion

Current billionaires rank: 37

#15. Jack Ma – $10.7 billion

Current billionaires rank: 20

#14. Francois Pinault –  $11.3 billion

Current billionaires rank: 30

#13. David Koch – $11.7 billion

Current billionaires rank: 8

#12. Charles Koch – $11.7 billion

Current billionaires rank: 8

#11. Rob Walton – $12.1 billion

Current billionaires rank: 15

#10. Alice Walton –  $12.2 billion

Current billionaires rank: 16

#9. Jim Walton – $12.4 billion

Current billionaires rank: 14

#8. Carlos Slim Helu – $12.6 billion

Current billionaires rank: 8

#7. Yang Huiyan – $12.9 billion

Current billionaires rank: 43

#6. Mark Zuckerberg – $15 billion

Current billionaires rank: 5

#5. Mukesh Ambani – $16.9 billion

Current billionaires rank: 19

#4. Hui Ka Yan – $20.1 billion

Current billionaires rank: 24

#3. Ma Huateng – $20.4 billion

Current billionaires rank: 17

#2. Bernard Arnault – $20.5 billion

Current billionaires rank: 4

#1. Jeff Bezos – $39.2 billion

Current  billionaires rank: 1

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 has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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