Top 30 Richest People in the World

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Ever wondered who the richest people in the world are?

If you are curious to find out, then this list will definitely wow you! 

In fact, if you divide the net worth of the richest person in the world to 7.7 billion people, everyone will get a least $14 each.

Isn’t that amazing?

Surely, you may be familiar with some of the names in this top list of billionaires or recognize their products. 

One thing is common with everyone on this list… they have become billionaires by solving major world problems. 

You may want to call them “The Game Changers” of the world.

Actually, that’s who they are because they are very disruptive in their innovations and solutions.

By now, you probably already have some names popping into your mind as to who will appear on the list of the richest people in the world.

Save those names somewhere in your mind and read through this list to know who the real billionaires are.

We are about to reveal to you who the top 30 high net worth people are.

The Top 30 Richest People in the World

We all know that there are days when business is good and there are days when it is bad.

This frequent fluctuations in business also affect the net worth of these top billionaires from time to time.

Therefore, you should know that these net worth figures are subject to change in the future.

Until then, this is the latest list of billionaires in the world in 2019 according to Forbes.

The arrangement of this list is in descending order, however, you can scroll down to see the summary of the list from 1-30.

30. Hui Ka Yan is the 30th person in this top 30 list of Forbes billionaires

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Hui is the chairman and largest shareholder of China Evergrande Group.

The company is the second-largest property developer in the country and has built more than 810 projects in 280 Chinese cities, according to its website.

Hui is the largest shareholder of China Evergrande Group, controlling a 74% stake in the publicly-traded company.

The majority of Hui’s wealth comes from his stake in Evergrande group.

Hui Ka Yan is currently the 30th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$30.1 billion.

29. Tadashi Yanai & family

Tadashi-Yanai Uniqlo founder and Japanese richest man

Tadashi Yanai is the richest person in Japan and the chairman of Fast Retailing, the largest clothing retailer in Asia with Uniqlo as a subsidiary.

Yanai and his family are the biggest shareholders of Fast Retailing, owning about 44% stake in the company.

The majoring of Yanai’s fortune comes from his stake in the company.

As of November 2019, Yanai ranks as the 29th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$31.3 billion.

28. Michael Dell

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Michael Dell is an American Forbes billionaire, the chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies.

Dell Technologies is one of the world’s largest technology infrastructure companies which was formed in 2016 when Dell merged with computer storage giant EMC.

Michael Dell is the biggest shareholder of Dell Technologies, owing about 52% stake of the company as of May 13, 2019.

He derives most of his fortune from his stake in Dell Technologies, a publicly-traded computer products maker.

In addition, much of Dell’s fortune lies in his private investment firm MSD Capital, which has stakes in hotels and restaurants.

Michael Dell currently ranks as the 28t richest person in the world with a net worth of US$32.6 billion

27. François Pinault & Family

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François Pinault is a French billionaire businessman, founder of the luxury group Kering and the investment company Artémis.

The company, Kering, which started as a wood and building materials company, in 1963 owns fashion brands Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Gucci.

François Pinault is currently the honorary chairman of luxury group Kering while is son, Francoise-Henri serves as CEO.

The family also owns watch brand Girard-Perregaux, which is run by François-Henri.

Pinault derives the majority of his wealth from his family’s 41% stake in Kering.

He is also credited with a 29% stake in PUMA, a sporting apparel company, following a spin-off from Kering in May 2018.

François Pinault & family sit as the 27th richest people in the world, with a net worth of US$33.6 billion

26. MacKenzie Bezos

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MacKenzie S. Bezos is the ex-wife of Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos.

She is an American novelist and philanthropist who was married to Jeff from 1993 until their divorce in 2019.

As part of her divorce entitlement, MacKenzie received a 4% stake in Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer.

She derives the majority of her fortune from her stake in Amazon.

Mackenzie Bezos’ net worth is estimated to be US$35.2 billion, making her the 26th richest person in the world.

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25. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. are the 25th 25th world billionaires

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Heirs to the Aldi retail fortune, Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr. are the children of Karl Albrecht Sr., who died in July 2014 at age 94.

Karl Hans Albrecht Jr. is a German billionaire, and the son of Karl Albrecht, who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo.

Albrecht Jr. and His brother, Heister inherited the Aldi retail fortune after the death of their father in July 2014 at age 94.

The majority of their wealth stems from the Aldi supermarket chain.

Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. net worth is US$35.6 billion, making them the 25th richest people in the world.

24. Phil Knight

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Phil Knight is the co-founder of shoe giant Nike Inc.

He served as the chairman of the company for 52 years before retiring in June 2016.

Knight remains the largest shareholder of Nike, the world’s biggest maker of athletic shoes and sports apparel.

The majority of his fortune stems from the large stake he owns in the company.

As at November 2019, Phil Knight worth US$36.3 billion and ranks as the 24th billionaire in the world.

23. Ma Huateng

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Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, politician, and philanthropist.

He is the chairman of Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, which ranks among the nation’s largest businesses by market cap.

His company owns the popular messaging app WeChat that has more than 1 billion users.

Ma derives the majority of his fortune from his stake in Tencent.

As of November 2019, Ma Huateng worth US$37.1 billion and ranks as the 23rd richest person among the top 30 billionaires in the world.

22. David Thomson

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The family also holds a stake in telecom giant Bell Canada and own the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper.

David Thomson is the 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet, a British title he inherited from his father after his death in 2006.

Thomson is currently the chairman of Thomson Reuters Corporation, a media and publishing empire founded by his grandfather Roy Thomson.

Together with his family, Thomson holds more than 350 million shares of Thomson Reuters Corporation.

The majority of his wealth comes from his stake in the company.

He and his family also hold a stake in Bell Canada and own the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper.

David Thomson is currently worth US$37.6 billion and ranks as the 22nd richest man in the world.

21. Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon Adelson is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and political donor.

As a big President Trump supporter, Adelson and his wife donated $123 million to Republican campaigns and political action committees in 2018.

Adelson is the CEO, Chairman and majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino operator.

The Las Vegas-based business controls casino resorts and convention centres in the U.S. and Asia.

Even though Adelson is currently being treated for cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), he’s still able to fulfil his executive duties.

Sheldon Adelson is currently the 21st richest person on earth with a net worth of US$37.9 billion.

20. Jack Ma is the 20th Billionaire in the world

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Jach Ma is a Chinese Billionaire and the co-founder of Alibaba group.
He used to be an English teacher before he found Alibaba, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses.

Ma has investments beyond Alibaba including stakes in Chinese entertainment industry firms Huayi Brothers and Beijing Enlight Media.

In addition to Alibaba eCommerce store, Ma also owns Taobao, a Chinese online shopping site, and Tmall, a facilitator of online stores.

Ma gets the majority of his wealth from publicly traded Alibaba Group Holdings and its online payment service Alipay.

Jack ma is the 20th richest man in the world as of November 2019 with a net worth of US$39.8 Billion

19. Julia Koch

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Julia Flesher Koch is the widow of David Koch a former executive and co-owner of Koch Industries

After David Koch’s death in August 2019 at 79, Julia and her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries from her husband.

The majority of her wealth comes from her stake in the Koch Industries, as a result, Her net worth is US$43.3 Billion.

Julia Koch is currently the 19th richest person in the world.

18. Charles Koch

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Charles Koch is an American businessman, philanthropist, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries.

Koch Industries operates in oil refining, pipelines, commodities trading, ranching and paper pulp, and it’s said to be America’s second-largest private company by revenue, since 1967.

Charles owns a 42% stake in the firm, as did his brother David, who died in August 2019.

He derives a majority of his fortune from his stake in Koch Industries.

Charles Koch ranks as the 18th richest man in the world as of November 2019, with a net worth of US$43.3 Billion

17. Michael Bloomberg

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Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, author, and co-founder of financial information and media company, Bloomberg LP.

As a politician, Bloomberg served as the mayor of New York City for 12 years.

He is one of four individuals who have served that long.

Bloomberg derives a majority of his wealth from his 88% stake in his company.

As of November 2019, Michael Bloomberg’s net worth is estimated to be US$52.4 billion, making him 17th richest person in the world

16. Rob Walton is the 15th richest man in the world

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Samuel Robson Walton is the eldest son of Helen and Sam Walton.

He is an heir to the fortune of Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer.

After the death of his father in 1992, Rob took over Walmart’s chairman until 2015.

The majority of Walton’s fortune comes from his shares in Walmart.

He and his siblings collectively own almost 50% of Walmart stock under the umbrella of Walton Enterprises.

That’s not all, he also owns a 25.5% stake in his brother’s (Jim Walton) bank, Arvest Bank.

As of November 2019, Rob Walton worth US$53.0 billion, making him the 16th richest person in the world.

15. Alice Louise Walton

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Alice Louise Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, and heiress to the fortune of Walmart Inc.

Rather than working together with her siblings at Walmart Inc., Alice prefers to curate art.

In fact, her strong passion for art has led her to open the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown, Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Museum features works from the likes of Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol as well as that of Mark Rothko.

Alice currently is worth US$53.1 Billion, therefore, she ranks as the 15th richest person in the world.

14. Jim Walton

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Jim Walton is the youngest son Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart the world’s largest retailer, according to its website.

Most of Jim’s wealth stems from the large stake he has with Walmart.

Collectively, he and other heirs of Sam Walton’s fortune own about half of Walmart’s stock.

Besides owning shares in Walmart, Jim also owns a 44% stake in Arvest Bank, arguably the largest bank in Arkansas.

Jim Walton is currently the 14th richest man in the world and sits on a net worth of US$53.3 billion.

13. Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer former microsoft ceo and one of the world richest person

Ballmer is an American businessman and the former CEO of Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker.

After retiring from Microsoft in 2014, Ballmer still derives most of his fortune from the company.

He gets money from his 4% stake in Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker.

Besides his stake in Microsoft, Ballmer also owns the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers a club he bought for $2 billion in the same year he retired.

Ballmer currently ranks as the 13th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$53.7 billion.

12. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s  

Mukesh Ambani forbes billionaire and the richest man in India

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is the 12th richest man in the world.

He controls almost 42% of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), owner of the world’s largest oil refining complex. 

The company is India’s most valuable company by its market value.

Ambani derives a majority of his wealth from his 42% stake in publicly traded Reliance Industries. 

His current net worth is US$56.2 billion

11. Francoise Bettencourt Meyer

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Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is a French Billionaire and the richest woman in the world.

She is the granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder, Eugene Schueller.

In 2018, the company recorded its highest sales growth in more than a decade.

Meyers and her family own a whopping 33% of L’Oreal stock. 

A major part of Meyer’s wealth stems from her stake in L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company.

The stake is an inheritance to her after the death of her mother, Liliane, at age 94.

Before Liliane’s death, she was the richest female billionaire in the world.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is currently the 10th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$57.4 billion.

10. Sergey Brin is the 10th richest person in the world 

Sergey brin - cofounder of google and one of the richest billionaire in the world

Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is a computer scientist and the president of Alphabet, the holding company that owns Google, YouTube and Verily.

He co-founded the company in 1998 with his grad school buddy, Larry page. 

Both of them have put in much effort to take Google to the top.

Google currently handles about 1 trillion searches a year and reported a revenue of $137 billion in 2018. 

Brin gets most of his wealth from his stake in Alphabet owning about 6% of the world’s most visited website.

He also owns small stakes in electric-car maker Tesla and 23andMe, a genome-mapping company started by his ex-wife, Anne Wojcicki.

As of 2019, Brin is the 10th richest man in the world, with a net worth of about US$57.4 billion. 

9. Larry Page

Larry-Page google founder and one of the world richest person

Larry Edward Page is the CEO of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of subsidiaries like Google and YouTube.

He is an Internet entrepreneur and a computer scientist from Stanford University. 

Larry is best known for being one of the co-founders of Google along with his friend, Sergey Brin. 

Google is currently the world’s largest search engine, according to Net Market Share statistics.

The majority of Larry’s fortune comes from his stake in his company, Alphabet. 

Larry Pages is currently the 8th richest person in the worth with a Networth of $59.5B

8. Carlos Slim Helu

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Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business mogul, engineer, philanthropist, and serial investor. 

As an active investor, Slim buys public shares from companies and other public tradings. 

The majority of his fortune comes from these investments.

His most valuable asset is a majority shareholding in America Movil, the biggest mobile-phone operator in Latin America.        

At some point, from 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world by the Forbes business magazine.

Currently, Carlos Slim Helu is the 8th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$61.4 billion.

7. Amancio Ortega’

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Amancio Ortega is an 83 years old Spanish billionaire

He is one of the richest men in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world.

Ortega derives the majority of his fortune from his 59.3% stake in Inditex.

Inditex is the world’s largest clothing retailer. 

The company owns brands like Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and others.

Amancio invests most of his dividends from Inditex in real-estate.

He has properties in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Miami, Chicago and New York.

Amancio Ortega is currently the 7th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$68.1 billion.

6. Larry Ellison’

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Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the software firm Oracle.

He is the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation.

The company focuses on producing software for the growing need for customer relationship management databases.

Besides being the CTO of Oracle, Larry also sits on Tesla’s board after purchasing 300 million Tesla shares in 2018.

Larry Ellison has an incredible real estate portfolio with properties in Silicon Valley, Japan, Hawaii, and more.

He also owns a sailing team and the Indian Wells tennis event.

Larry Ellison’s Current Networth is US$69.2 billion, making him the 6th richest man in the world.

5. Mark Zuckerberg is the 5th richest person in the world

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Who doesn’t know who the Facebook Genius is? 

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, the company behind the world’s most valuable social network.

He found Facebook in his Harvard University dormitory in 2004.

15 years after its launch and Mark’s name is on the list of billionaires.

The company currently has facebook app, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus under its umbrella.

Mark is one figure on this list of the richest people in the world who I admire.

Despite being slammed with many fines and faced many criticisms in the past, he has always come back fine.

Mark Zuckerberg is currently the 5th richest man in the world and he is worth US$70.8 billion.

4. Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet owner of Berkshire Hathaway

The name Warren Buffet is very synonymous to investment.

He is the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ and one of the most successful investors of all time.

A lot of people (Including me!) look up to Warren Buffet to learn everything about investment.

He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway that owns over 60 different companies including Duracell Battery, Dairy Queen Restaurant chain and Insure Geico.

Warren Buffet occupies the 4th position in this list of the Top 30 Richest People in the World with a net worth of US$87.1 billion.

There is one interesting thing about Warren Buffet which many people do not know about.

He lives a very simple lifestyle – no iPads, no iPhones, and lives in the same house he bought in 1958 for $31,000.     

3. Bernard Arnault

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Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH at his office in Paris.
Photo by Magali Delporte© for the Financial Times

Bernard Arnault is the chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH).

Call him the king of the world’s largest luxury house, and you are very correct.

His empire consists of over 70 different brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Sephora and Moet Hennessy.

Arnault’s net worth has continued to increase consistently since 2017.

He first hit the centibillionaire status in June 2019, making him the world’s third-richest person with $100.4 billion.

Bernard Arnault’s Net worth as of November 2019 is $106.6B

2. Bill Gates

Bill gates, one of the richest billionaire in the world

Who else do you expect to see on this list of billionaires? 

Of course, an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist and humanitarian. – William Henry Gates III

He is the founder of Microsoft along with his friend Paul Allen. 

The company they founded in 1975 is now the largest PC software company worldwide.

Bill Gates was the richest man in the world for several years running.

However, he has left that position for the next man on our list.

Gates derives the majority of his fortune Cascade Investment, a holding company that was created with the proceeds of Microsoft stock sales and dividends. 

He is currently worth US$107.1 billion and ranks as the second richest billionaire in the world.

The next on our list is the world’s wealthiest man.

We’re so excited to introduce him to you already.

1. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world

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Bezos is the founder and CEO of the world’s No.1 eCommerce platform, Amazon. 

The company which was founded in Seattle, straight out of Jeff’s garage in 1994 is now worth over $1 trillion.

Bezos is the first person to cross the $100 billion mark on the Forbes list of billionaires in early 2018.

Even though Jeff Bezos had his Amazon shares sliced by 4% after he got a divorce with his wife, MacKenzie in July 2019, he is back at the top again as the world’s richest man.

That’s incredible!

Besides Amazon eCommerce platform, Bezos also owns other businesses that increase his wealth. 

Among the companies are The Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing a rocket for commercial use. 

There is also Alexa, Twitch, Audible, IMDb, and … the list goes on and on.

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world as of November 2019 with a Net worth of US$111.3 billion.

Summary of The Top 30 Billionaires in the World

Okay! There you have it, the list of the top 30 billionaires in the world.

Here is a quick summary of the top 30 richest people in the world.

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  1. Jeff Bezos – US$111.3 B
  2. Bill Gates – US$107.1 B
  3. Bernard Arnault & Family – US$106.6 B
  4. Warren Buffet – US$87.1 B
  5. Mark Zuckerberg – US$70.8 B
  6. Larry Ellison – US$69.1 B
  7. Amacio Ortega – US$68.1 B
  8. Carlos Slim Helu & Family – US$61.4 B
  9. Larry Page – US$59.5 B
  10. Sergey Brin – US$57.4 B
  11. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family – US$57.4 B
  12. Mukesh Ambani – US$56.2 B
  13. Steve Ballmer – US$53.7 B
  14. Jim Walton – US$53.3 B
  15. Alice Walton – US$ 53.1 B
  16. Rob Walton – US$53.0 B
  17. Michael Bloomberg US$52.4 B
  18. Charles Koch – US$43.3 B
  19. Julia Koch & family – US$43.3 B
  20. Jack Ma – US$39.8 B
  21. Sheldon Adelson – US$37.9 B
  22. David Thomson & family – US$37.6 B
  23. Ma Huateng – US$37.1 B
  24. Phil Knight & family – US$36.3 B
  25. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. – US$35.6 B
  26. MacKenzie Bezos – US$35.2 B
  27. François Pinault & family – US$33.6 B
  28. Michael Dell – US$32.6 B
  29. Tadashi Yanai & family – US$31.3 B
  30. Hui Ka Yan – US$30.1 B

How many of these people did you originally expect to be on this top billionaires list?

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