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The richest people in the world in 2019

“The only difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they use their time.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki

May 5, 2019 |
7 min read

Have you ever wondered who are the richest people in the world? You aren’t alone! Most of us wonder what it would be like to be phenomenally wealthy. For the people on this list, that dream is a reality!

If you’ve been asking who is the richest person in the world, you’ll find out all the details here. These are some of the richest people in the world in 2019 (as of April 7) – people who are reshaping and transforming the world.

#1. Jeff Bezos

The title of “richest man in the world” goes to Jeff Bezos. With a net worth of $152.9 billion, Amazon’s founder earned the title of one of the richest people in the world. In 2018, he added $40 billion to his net worth boosting him up the list. In fact, Bezos is the first ever man to get to the $100 billion point which is pretty amazing!

#2. Bill Gates

One name that you probably expected to be on this list is Bill Gates. You were right! Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, has a net worth of $89.7 billion. 2019 is the first time in several years that he’s been knocked off the top spot. Gates’ Microsoft company is the biggest computer software company in the world. Just last year, he gained an impressive $10 billion of extra net worth!

#3. Bernard Arnault

You may not recognize this name but you’ll recognize his company. Bernard Arnault is worth $86 billion. He is also CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. This company was created by merging two luxury brands – Moet Hennessey, the cognac and champagne manufacturer and fashion-house Louis Vuitton.

Just two years ago, Arnault was right down this list at number 14. However, he’s made enormous strides and is now at number 3. Not bad progress!

#4. Warren Buffett

Have you heard of a company called Berkshire Hathaway? Maybe not. You probably haven’t heard of its CEO Warren Buffett either. However, he’s at number 4 on this list with a net worth of $85.4 billion.

He’s the world’s most profitable investor, admired by traders everywhere. Yet he still lives in the house he bought back in the day when he hadn’t even made a million. That just goes to show how humble he is.

#5. Amancio Ortega

Are you familiar with the Zara fashion brand? You probably are. Zara is part of the Inditex fashion group and Amancio Ortega is its founder. Even though Ortega is at the 5th slot of the world’s richest people he actually lost money last year. His net worth is $67.7 billion.

#6. Mark Zuckerberg

Here’s another name you’d expect to be on this list. Actually, you might have expected him to appear higher on it. Facebook’s founder has a net worth of $67.4 billion. Until recently he was in third position on this list. However thanks to the Cambridge data scandal, Facebook’s stock price fell.

#7. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison founded the Oracle Corporation, holding the position of company CEO until 2014. Oracle has gone from strength to strength. As of 2019, the company is almost 40 and employs more than 136,000 people. Ellison is at number 6 on the list with his $64.6 billion net worth.

#8. Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu owns “Grupo Carso” – a conglomerate with an impressive portfolio encompassing retail, real estate, energy, media and healthcare. Carlos has the number 8 spot on the list with his $61 billion net worth. However, not so long ago he was at number 4. Having lost $6 billion over the past few months he has fallen 3 places.

#9. Michael Bloomberg

You’ll almost certainly have heard of the media and financial data company Bloomberg LP. Michael Bloomberg is its CEO and founder. Now aged 64, he’s the 9th richest person in the world. With a net worth of $59.8 billion, over the past few months Bloomberg added $5 billion more to his coffers.

#10. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani is Asia’s richest man. 2019 sees him making onto the world’s richest list. With a net worth of $58.4 billion, Ambani is a business magnate from India.

#11. Larry Page

Larry Page is famous for co-founding Google – a company which began in his garage back in 1998. He’s now at number 11 on the richest people in the world list with a net worth of $54 billion. It’s no wonder that he’s so rich since Google is the world’s most popular search engine.

#12. Sergey Brin

Just slightly behind his friend and Google co-founder Larry Page, Sergey Brin is at number 12 on this list. With his net worth of $54.0 billion he is still living the high life!

#13. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

Have you ever wondered who is the richest woman in the world? Françoise Bettencourt Meyers holds that title. With a net worth of $54 billion she owns the L’Oreal empire. She began running the company two years ago after the death of her mother. Today, she us the charwoman of L’Oreal and her family owns a third of the company

#14. Charles Koch

CEO and co-owner of Koch Industries, Charles Koch is known as a philanthropist and businessman. Koch Industries includes pollution and process control technologies and equipment as well as fertilizers, polymers, ranching and forest products. His $51.8 billion net worth puts him at 14th spot.

#15. David Koch

As you might imagine, Charles and David Koch are brothers. David is Koch Industries’ Executive Vice President. The brothers each own a stake of 42% in the conglomerate. With his net worth of $51.8 billion, David should actually be in joint place with his brother.

#16. Jim Walton

Sam Walton’s son, Jim Walton is worth $47.6 billion. His father founded Walmart, the biggest retail chain in the world. Jim is on the company’s board of directors. He is also CEO of Arvest Bank, his own company.

#17. Alice Walton

Alice Walton is the second richest women in the world. She has a net worth of $45.4 billion. As you might imagine from her name, she and Jim Walton are siblings. Alice is also Sam Walton’s child and will inherit the Walmart fortune. Not only that, but she founded her own company in 1988 – The Llama Company.

Although that company has now closed down, she is still the world’s 17th richest person.

#18. S. Robson Walton

The third Walton on this list, S. Robson Walton, is Sam Walton’s eldest son. Until 2015 he was Walmart’s chairman. He is still slightly behind his siblings with a net worth of $45.3 billion.

#19. Steve Ballmer

If you’ve heard of NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, you’ve probably heard of Steve Ballmer. He currently owns the team and is also Microsoft’s former CEO. This year, he has a net worth of $45.3 billion and is number 19 on the list.

#20. Ma Huateng

One of Asia’s richest men, Huateng is a business magnate from China. He is also a technology and internet entrepreneur, engineer, investor and philanthropist. He also founded Tencent – Asia’s most profitable company. With a net worth of $42.1 billion, he is number 20 on the list.

#21. Jack Ma

You’ll definitely have heard about Alibaba. Jack Ma founded the company. He has been on Asia’s richest list for years, but only recently made it onto the world’s richest list. Worth $37.3 billion, he is at spot 21.

#22. Hui Ka Yan

Worth $36.2 billion, Hui Ka Yan is China’s Evergrande Group’s current chairman. This company is in the commercial and residential property sector and is based in Hong Kong.

#23. Sheldon Adelson

American investor, philanthropist and business magnate Sheldon Adelson has a net worth of $34.5 billion. He founded the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the company that owns Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.

#23. Lee Shau Kee

Lee Shau Kee had a meteoric rise to success. He was raised in a poor family, however today he has a net worth of $31.9 billion. He founded Sun Hung Kai, a property development company which has proved to be very successful.

#25. Li Ka-Shing

One of Asia’s most influential business people, Li Ka-Shing has a net worth of $29.6 billion. He is currently the chairman of CK Asset Holdings and CK Hutchison Holdings.

The richest black person in the world

Have you ever asked “who is the richest black person in the world?” The answer is Aliko Dangote. Hailing from Nigeria, this tycoon is in the cement, flour and sugar industries with a net worth of $10.9 billion. The business man is now working on an oil refinery project in his native Nigeria. It will have an impressive refining capacity of over 6 million barrels per day.

The idea is that it will reduce his country’s dependency on imported oil. Dangote has been in business for over thirty years and from humble trading beginnings he now runs the Dangote Group. His company is West Africa’s biggest industrial conglomerate.

So, there you have it – some of the richest people in the world! Some of them are the world’s biggest names, but others are quietly successful. I bet you wish your name appeared on this list!

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