Top 100 Richest People In The World (2023)

Research has shown that the 100 richest people in the world control an obscene amount of the worlds’ wealth. However, proponents of capitalism have often used this same list to prove that a system where people are allowed to control as much wealth as possible works. They maintain that as long the rich contribute to the larger society by establishing industries in which the populations can work and be productive.

In this article, I highlight the 100 richest men in the world and their industries. Whether that supports your views on capitalism or not, we will leave you to decide.  The key takeaways are their industries and their nationalities. Please take a moment to notice the number of entrants for each particular country, and measure that against the perceived wealth of that country.

Top 100 Richest People in the World

  • 1. Elon Musk

Nationality: American

Elon Musk was born in South Africa. He is an inventor and investor. Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, and he is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has also developed a newfound love for cryptocurrencies.

  • 2. Jeff Bezos

Nationality: American

Jeff Bezos is the founder and former CEO of He is a visionary who turned a website designed for selling books, into the world’s largest e-commerce hub.

Jeff left his hedge fund job in New York in order to found the retail giant that is in the year 1994. This billion-dollar retail company started off as an online book retailer which Bezos operated out of his garage in Seattle, and from there it grew into the world’s largest online retailer with more than $430 billion as reported by CNBC. Jeff Bezos aside from being the founder of Amazon also owns a private space company known as “Blue Origin” and recently bought the Washington Post as well as in the year 2013. 

  • 3. Bernard Arnault

Nationality- French

Bernard Arnault is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the largest luxury goods company in the world.

This billionaire can be credited with being responsible for many of the most fashionable brands in the world including Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Sephora, and Bulgari. He has a net worth of $185 billion and is a notable art collector. His foundation, Louis Vuitton based in Paris, supports artistic creation in the nation of France. He is Europe’s wealthiest man. 

  • 4. Bill Gates

Nationality:  American  

Bill Gates is an American software designer, author, and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Microsoft Corporation which was initially a software company but is now a tech conglomerate. He has been the richest man in the world for more than 20 years.

Bill Gates along with fellow billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet created “The Giving Pledge” as a means of encouraging colleagues and fellow billionaires and wealthy people to give a considerable amount of their wealth to charity. His foundation which he co-chairs with his wife focuses on infectious diseases all over the world such as HIV and Malaria. 

  • 5. Mark Zuckerberg

Nationality- American

 Mark Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of Facebook (META). Mark Zukerberg is also developing a payment solution that will allow members of the social network to make payments directly to one another.

This billionaire created the first version of Facebook in the year 2004 and was only a sophomore at Harvard at the time. This behemoth social media platform was first used on college campuses but now has more than 1.2 billion users from all over the world. With several offices around the world, Facebook (META) is reported to be worth more $400 billion. Mark Zuckerberg is one of the youngest person on this list of wealthiest people in the world and aside from being the co-founder of Facebook is also its chairman and CEO. Together with his wife, Priscilla Chan, through their Chan Zuckerberg initiative, they have donated to multiple charities and have vowed to give about 99% of their wealth to charitable causes. 

  • 6. Larry Ellison

Nationality- American

Larry Ellison is the founder of Oracle. He is an entrepreneur and designer of technology hardware and software.

Larry Ellison started from very humble beginnings and as at the time he founded his company in the year 1977, it is said that he has never taken a computer science class in his life. Ellison moved from New York to California, following his dropping out from college two times and then worked in several jobs which required him to learn computer programming including one where he lent his assistance towards the building of a database for the CIA. He left the company along with two co-workers and proceeded to found ORACLE which is the most popular database company worldwide. Before stepping down as CEO in 2014, he was the highest-paid executive in the United States. The sixth richest person in the world, is a philanthropist and has pumped in millions towards charity and education.

  • 7. Larry Page

 Larry Page is the founder of Google; the world’s largest search engine, and electronic advertising platform.

  • 8. Sergey Brin

Nationality- American 

Sergey Brin was born in Russia. He is the co-founder of Google. He is a long-time friend of Larry Page, and they started the company together in their college days at Stanford University.

  • 9. Warren Buffett

Nationality- American

Warren Buffett is an American investor and philanthropist. He is now the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world.

With a net worth of $104 billion, Warren Buffet is currently the 9th richest person in the whole world. An investment genius known to have bought his first stock at the young age of eleven and filed his first taxes two years later at the age of thirteen. Warren Buffet is known for his cheap spending habits despite owning over 60 companies. This great investor whose nickname is “The Oracle Omaha” is a great philanthropist and has vowed to give away about 99% of his total wealth to charity.

  • 10. Steve Ballmer

Nationality- American

Steve Ballmer is an American businessman. He was formerly the CEO of the Microsoft Corporation, but he is now the owner of the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers.

  • 11. Mukesh Ambani

   Nationality: Indian 

Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business. He is the Chairman of Reliance Industries; which encompasses Retail, Energy, Communication, Television, Textiles, Manufacturing, Chemicals, and so on.

  • 12. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers

    Nationality: French

Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers is the richest woman in the world. She is an Author and Heiress, and her grandfather was the founder of the beauty products company L’Oreal.

  • 13. Amancio Ortega Gaona

  Nationality- Indian

 Amancio Ortega is a Spanish businessman. He is a fashion executive and entrepreneur whose businesses have penetrated markets in every corner of the world.

This Spanish, self-made billionaire is the founder of Inditex Fashion group which is known to include Zara clothing stores. Inditex Fashion group was founded in the year 1975 by Amancio Ortega and his ex-wife Rosalia Mera who, unfortunately, passed away in the year 2013. Ortega is the wealthiest retailer in the world, owning about 59% of Inditex Fashion group known to operate about 7,000 stores all over the world. In the year 2011, he stepped down from the position of chairman of the company. Amancio Ortega, unlike many of his colleagues, has opted to stay out of the public eye and there was even no published photograph of him until the year 1999.  

  • 14. Gautam Adani

     Nationality- Indian

 Gautam Adani is the Chairman of the Adani Group which is involved in port development, hydroelectric power, real estate, agriculture, and more.

  • 15. Carlos Slim Helu

   Nationality- Mexican

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman whose business empire spans across education, healthcare, real estate, media, energy, hospitality, retail, sports, manufacturing, and technology.  

Carlos Slim is the owner of more than 200 companies in various industries from telecommunication to retail. He is the owner of American Movil which is the largest telecommunication company in all of Latin America as well as Grupo Carso Conglomerate, a company that includes several restaurants and retailers amongst others. According to Business Insider, Slim’s father moved from Lebanon to Mexico before the birth of Slim and while there, he recorded good success in the retail and real estate business.

After his father died in the year 1953, Carlos Slim Helu inherited the businesses and when he graduated from college in the year 1960, he founded his first company, an investment company known as Inversora Bursatil. Carlos Slim is the owner of about 19% of the New York Times. Despite being a philanthropist, he is known to have criticized other billionaires for giving all their money to charity because, according to him, company leaders should create other companies rather than give them away. 

  • 16. Vladimir Putin

Nationality: Russian

Vladimir Putin is the controversial president of Russia. He is said to have several stakes in Oil, Gas production, and so many other business ventures.

  • 17. Jim Walton

    Nationality- American

 Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. He is currently the Head of Strategic Planning and Finance of Walmart. Before that he was CEO of Arvest Bank, then he became chairman of Arvest Bank.

  • 18. Alice Walton

   Nationality- American

Alice Walton is an American billionaire heiress. She inherited Walmart; the biggest supermarket chain in the world from her father Sam Walton.

  • 19. Samuel Robson Walton

    Samuel Rob Walton, better known as Rob Walton is the eldest son of the late Sam Walton who founded Walmart. He is a businessman; he was Chairman of the company from 1992 to 2015. He is also a collector of automobiles. 

  • 20. Zhong Shanshan

Nationality- American

Zhong Shanshan is a Chinese successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairperson of the Nongfu Spring beverage company, which produces several popular beverages in China, and he is also the majority owner of Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy.

  • 21. Zhang Yiming

        Net Worth- $59.4 Billion

        Nationality- Chinese

Zhang Yiming is a Chinese internet businessman and entrepreneur. He created ByteDance, Toutiao; a news aggregator website and app, but his biggest success yet is the video-sharing platform TikTok which is now one of the biggest video sharing platforms in the world, specializing in short one minute videos.

  • Michael Bloomberg

    Net Worth- $59 Billion

    Nationality- American

Michael Bloomberg is an American billionaire businessman, politician and author. He is the founder and chairman of Bloomberg; a financial resources company. He was also the mayor of New York. He was also a presidential candidate.

  • Phil Knight

    Net Worth- $58.4 Billion

    Nationality- American

Phil Knight is an American businessman, sports lover, and filmmaker. He is the co-founder of sports apparel maker Nike. He was at one time the CEO, and he is also a Chairman Emeritus of the company. He is also the owner of Laika; a film production company.

  • Michael Dell

    Net Worth- $55.7 Billion

    Nationality- American

Michael Dell is an American entrepreneur and businessman. He is the founder of Dell Computers; makers of computers, laptops, and such devices.

  • Satoshi Nakamoto

 Net Worth- $57 Billion

Nationality- Japanese 

Nobody knows who Satoshi Nakamoto truly is. This is probably a made-up name and identity, but the person behind it is a real genius. He is an entrepreneur; and a software developer. He created bitcoin; a digital asset and payment solution that has risen in value, taking his personal net-worth with it.

  • Charles Koch

    Net Worth- $52 Billion

    Nationality- American

Charles Koch is an American businessman, philanthropist, financier, and politician. He has been known together with his brother (the Koch Brothers) for their business interests, and liberality.

  • Julia Flesher Koch

   Net Worth- $52 Billion

   Nationality- American 

Julia Flesher Koch is one of the richest women in the world. She inherited her fortune from her husband David Koch, the other Koch Brother who died in 2019. She is the chairman of the David Koch Foundation.

  • David Thomson

    Net Worth- $52 Billion

    Nationality- Canadian

David Thomson is the richest man in Canada. He is the 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet- a title he inherited from his father, who also inherited it from his father. He bought Reuters and rebranded it Thomson Reuters. He is therefore a media magnate and an art collector.

  • Ma Huateng

    Net Worth- $50 Billion

Nationality- Chinese

Pony Ma Huateng is a Chinese internet entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman, and Chief Executive of Tencent which is one of the largest technology conglomerates encompassing Gaming, Mobile Messaging, Entertainment, and so on. His holding company owns Wechat.   

  • Francois Pinault

    Net Worth- $48.2 Billion

    Nationality- French    

Francois Pinault is a French billionaire businessman. He started as a timber trader but is now also a luxury goods mogul. His holding company owns controlling stakes in Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

  • Jack Ma

    Net Worth- $42.5 Billion

    Nationality- American

Jack Ma is a Chinese businessman and investor. His company; Alibaba is one of the world’s biggest e-commerce websites; known across the world. He is also a venture capitalist, philanthropist, and investor.

  • Len Blavatnik

    Net Worth: $41.9 Billion

    Nationality: Ukrainian -American 

Len Blavatnik was born in Ukraine, but he now holds American and British citizenship. He is in fact the richest person in Britain. His holding company is Access Industries, and he holds investments in diverse fields such as petroleum, finance, entertainment, and so on. He is a big philanthropist as well.

  • Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Alsaud

  Net Worth:  $39 Billion

  Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud is a Prince of Saudi Arabia. He is also a Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He has business interests in oil and other investments.

  • Stephen Schwarzman

    Net Worth- $37.4 Billion

    Nationality: American

Stephen Schwarzman is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. His company is called Blackstone Group and he serves as the chairman and CEO of the company. He has also had a brief stint at political appointments under President Donald Trump.

  • Colin Huang

    Net Worth- $35 Billion

    Nationality- American

Colin Huang is a Chinese entrepreneur and businessman. He was born to poor parents who worked in a factory. He worked with Google as an intern and left the company to establish his own company Ouku. He is a co-founder of e-commerce website Pindoudou.

  • Giovanni Ferrero

    Net Worth- $34 Billion

    Nationality- Italian

Giovanni Ferrero is an Italian businessman. He became CEO of Ferrero SPA after his brother Pietro died of a heart attack while cycling in South Africa. He is now the richest person in Italy, and one of the richest in the world.    

  • Li Ka-Shing

    Net Worth- $32.2 Billion

Nationality- Hong Kong 

Li Ka-Shing is a Hong Kong businessman and Asia’s biggest philanthropist. He was the Chairman of CK Hutchinson Holdings, but he has now retired from that position, and now holds the position of advisor to the company.  

  • Tadashi Yanai

    Net Worth- $32.4 Billion

    Nationality- Japanese

Tadashi Yanai is a Japanese entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Fast Retailing, which is the parent company of Uniqlo. He is the richest person in Japan, and one of the richest in Asia.

  • William Ding

    Net Worth- $31.7 Billion

    Nationality- Chinese

William Ding is a Chinese entrepreneur. He is credited with contributing immensely to the development of computer technology in mainland China. He has now diversified his businesses in pork production, and real estate investments in many corners of the world.

  • He Xiangjian

    Net Worth- $31.6 Billion

    Nationality- Chinese

He Xiangjian is a Chinese billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder of Midea Group which is one of china’s biggest appliance makers.

  • Leonardo Del Vecchio

    Net Worth- $31.6 Billion

    Nationality: Italian

Leonardo Del Vecchio is one of the richest persons in Italy. He is an Italian businessman. His company is called Luxottica, and he is the chairman. Luxottica is the world’s largest producer and retailer of glasses and frames. The company has about 77,734 employees and over 8,000 stores in various locations in the world.

  • Alexey Mordashov

    Net Worth- $31.6 Billion

    Nationality: Russian

Alexey Mordashov is a Russian billionaire businessman. He is not just one of the richest 100 people in the world; he is one of those with the most diversified asset portfolios. He is also very handsome. His company is called Severstal, and it is a holding company with which he controls businesses in metal extraction and production, energy, and mining.

  • John Mars

    Net Worth- $31.4 Billion

    Nationality- American

John Mars is an American businessman. He is heir to the Mars Candy company, which was founded by his grandfather Frank C Mars.

  • Jacqueline Mars

    Net Worth- $31 Billion

    Nationality- America

Jacqueline Mars is the sister to the John Mars highlighted above. He is the granddaughter of Frank Mars who founded the Mars Candy company. 

  • Gerard Wertheimer

   Net Worth- $31.2 Billion

   Nationality: French

Gerard Wertheimer is a French businessman. He lives in Geneva and New York.  Together with his brother, he owns the fashion brand Chanel.

  • Lee Shau Kee

    Net Worth- $31 Billion

    Nationality: Hong Kong

 Lee Shau Kee is a billionaire businessman from Hong Kong. His company is Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate that has property, hotels, restaurants, and internet services in its portfolio. He is also a philanthropist.

  • Dan Gilbert

    Net Worth: $30.8 Billion

    Nationality- American

Dan Gilbert is an American self-made billionaire. He is an entrepreneur and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Quicken Loans.

  • Maha Vajiralongkorn

   Net Worth- $30 Billion

   Nationality- Thailand

 Maha Vajiralongkorn is the crown prince of Thailand.

  • Leonid Mikhelson

    Net Worth- $30 Billion

    Nationality: Russian

Leonid Mikhelson is a Russian businessman. His business is energy; he is the Chairman and CEO of Novatek; one of the biggest gas companies in Russia.

  • Shiv Nadar

 Net Worth- $29.5 Billion

Shiv Nadar is an entrepreneur and an Indian tech tycoon. He is recognized as the father of India’s computer technology. He is the founder and chairman of HCL; one of India’s leading software and hardware development companies.

  • Yang Huiyan

    Net Worth- $29 Billion

 Yang Huiyan is a Chinese billionaire businessman. His main business is real estate; he is the major shareholder of Country Garden Holdings, and a real estate company in China.

  • Susanne Klatten

    Net Worth: $28.8 Billion

    Nationality: German

Susanne Klatten is a German heiress and businesswoman. Along with her brother, she inherited a business empire that includes chemical manufacturer Altana, automobile maker BMW, and other businesses. She is the richest woman in Germany, and one of the richest in the world.

  • Miriam Adelson

    Net Worth- $28 Billion

    Nationality: Israel -American

Miriam Adelson is an Israeli American physician and casino heiress. She owns the Las Vegas Sands casinos, and she is the 5th richest woman in the world and the richest person in Israel.

  • Takemitsu Takizaki

        Net Worth- $28.5 Billion

        Nationality- Japanese

Takemitsu Takizaki is a Japanese billionaire. He is a tech entrepreneur; the founder of Keyence. His company makes sensors, vision systems, barcode readers, laser markers, digital microscopes, and so on.

  • Vladimir Potanin

    Net Worth- $28 Billion

    Nationality- Russian

 Vladimir Potanin is a Russian businessman who has investments in Technology, Real Estate, and so on.

  • Vladimir Lisin

    Net Worth -$27.9 Billion

    Nationality- Russian

 Vladimir Lisin is a Russian billionaire businessman. His business is mainly steel, although he is said to have several diversified investments.

  • Gennady Timchenko

    Net Worth- $27.9 Billion

    Nationality- Russian

Gennady Timchenko is a Russian oligarch who doubles as a billionaire businessman. His company is called Volga Group, and it is the holding company with which he controls businesses in energy, transport, and infrastructure assets. He is also one of the most respected citizens of Russia; he is a citizen of 3 countries, and an honorary consul of Serbia.

  • Dietrich Mateschitz

    Net Worth- $25.8 Billion

    Nationality: Austrian 

Dietrich Mateschitz is an Austrian entrepreneur and billionaire businessman. He is the co-founder of the Redbull energy drink company. He is one of the new entrants into the 100 richest men in the world list.

  • Qin Yinglin

    Net Worth- $25.6 Billion

 Qin Yinglin is a Chinese businessman and the world’s richest farmer. He is a pig farmer; the chairman of Muyuan Foodstuffs- a pig farming company.

  • Abigail Johnson

    Net Worth- $25 Billion

    Nationality: American 

Abigail Johnson is an American billionaire businesswoman. Her company Fidelity Investments was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II, and was led by her father Edward C. Johnson III. Now she is president and chief executive of the company. She personally owns about 25% of the company, while the family owns about 49%. She is one of the richest women in the world, and also one of the most powerful.

  • James Simons

    Net Worth- $24.4 Billion

    Nationality: American 

James Simons is an American billionaire businessman. He is a mathematician, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. His company is Renaissances Technologies, and he has developed mathematical calculations with which he profits from price movements of shares and other investment vehicles.

  • Pierre Omidyar

    Net Worth- $23.1 Billion

    Nationality-French American     

Pierre Omidyar is of Iranian descent. He was born in France but later went to America. He founded several companies the most noteworthy being eBay. He also founded First Look Media, Honolulu Civil Beat, and Ulupono Initiative.

  • Gina Rinehart

    Net Worth- $23.1 Billion

    Nationality- American

Gina Rinehart is an Australian mining heiress. She is the richest person in the mining industry. Her company Hancock Prospecting is the biggest single employer in the Australian mining industry.

  • Eric Schmidt

    Net Worth- $23 Billion

Nationality: American 

Eric Schmidt is an American billionaire businessman and tech entrepreneur. He is most noted as the one-time CEO of google.

  1. Rupert Murdoch

    Net Worth- $23.3 Billion

    Nationality: Australian

Rupert Murdoch is an Australian media mogul. However, his business empire is not restricted to only Australia; if you read news in print, or watch it on TV, you are probably familiar with one of his companies.

  • Masayoshi Son

       Net Worth- $22 Billion

       Nationality: Japanese 

 Masayoshi Son is a Japanese national although he is of Korean Ancestry. He is a tech entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist. He is one of the biggest chipmakers in Japan.

  • Stefan Quandt

      Net Worth: $22.9 Billion 

      Nationality: German

Stefan Quandt is the younger brother to the Sussane Klatten listed above. He is an heir, engineer, and billionaire businessman. He inherited control of German automaker BMW. Through his holding company Delton AG, he controls several other companies which he inherited.    

  • Wang Wei

    Net Worth- $22 Billion

    Nationality: Chinese

 Wang Wei is a Chinese business magnate. His businesses include transportation and logistics. His logistics company is called SF Express and has expanded beyond the shores of his native China.

  • Dieter Schwarz

    Net Worth- $22 Billion

    Nationality: Germany

Dieter Schwarz is a German entrepreneur and billionaire businessman. He is the chairman and owner of Schwarz Gruppe, which is the holding company that owns the biggest retail company in Europe, and the fifth-largest retailer in the world. He has stepped down from the day-to-day running of the company, but he still owns the businesses.

  • Leonard Lauder

    Net Worth- $21 Billion

    Nationality: American 

Leonard Lauder is an American businessman and heir. Together with his brother, he controls cosmetics brand Estée Lauder, which is a cosmetic brand established by his father and mother. 

  • Vagit Alekperov

    Net Worth: $21 Billion

    Nationality: Russian, Azerbaijani

Vagit Alekperov is a Russian, Azerbaijani businessman. His business is petroleum. He is the president of the leading Russian oil company LUKOIL.

  • Alain Wertheimer

    Net Worth: $21 Billion

    Nationality: French 

Alain Wertheimer is the younger brother to Gerard Wertheimer highlighted above. He is a French businessman who together with his brother controls a fashion empire known as Chanel.

  • Dustin Moskovitz

    Net Worth- $21 Billion

    Nationality- American

Dustin Moskovitz is an American internet entrepreneur.  He is mostly known as the co-founder of Facebook, which he founded with Mark Zuckerberg and other friends.

  • Tony Zhang Zhidong

    Net Worth- $21 Billion

    Nationality: Chinese

Tony Zhang Zhidong is a Chinese internet entrepreneur. He is one of the youngest billionaires in China. He is the co-founder of Tencent, which is a conglomerate with businesses including gaming, entertainment, and other aspects of technology.

  • Ken Griffin

    Net Worth- $21 Billion

    Nationality: American

Ken Griffin is an American entrepreneur. He is a hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and investor. His company is Citadel LLC. Ken Griffin is not just the largest market maker in America; he is also an avid art collector.

  • Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

        Net Worth- $20 Billion

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the king of Saudi Arabia. His son is considered the de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia because he runs the day-to-day activities of the country. As ruler of Saudi Arabia, he is the custodian of all national assets, and he controls the family fortunes.

  • Carl Icahn

    Net Worth- $20 Billion

    Nationality: American

Carl Icahn is an American businessman, investor. He is the co-founder of Icahn Enterprises which is an investment company with which he uses to purchase shares in companies, take them over, and attempt to make them more profitable.

  1. Sir Evelyn De Rothschild

 Net Worth- $20 Billion

 Nationality: English

Sir Evelyn De Rothschild is the scion of the English branch of the Rothschild Family; which is the wealthiest family in the world. He is a banker, an art collector, and a car enthusiast. He is also the owner of business interests related to thoroughbred horse racing. He is also a philanthropist.

  • Sultan of Brunei

    Net Worth- $20 Billion

    Nationality- Brunei

Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Hassanai Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is one of the richest men in Asia. He owns all the lands in the country.  

  • Elaine Tettemer Marshall

    Net Worth- $20 Billion

    Nationality: American

Elaine Tettemer Marshall is an American billionaire heiress. She inherited her wealth from her late husband Pierce Marshall and is now a member of the Board of Koch Industries. She also benefited from several trusts passed down to her by her family.         

  1. James Ratcliffe

    Net Worth- $19 Billion

    Nationality: British

Sir James Ratcliffe is a British billionaire who lives in Monaco. He is a self-made billionaire who started out as a chemical engineer but is now a rich financier, and investor. His company is called Ineos Chemical Group. He is also the owner of the French football club OGC Nice.

  • Zhong Huijuan

    Net Worth- $19.7 Billion

    Nationality: Chinese

Zhong Huijuan is a Chinese businesswoman. She is not just one of the richest 100 in the world, she is the richest self-made woman as well. Zhong Huijuan is a pharmaceutical executive; the biggest in China.

  • Stefan Persson

    Net Worth- $19.2 Billion

    Nationality- Swedish

Stefan Persson inherited the fashion company H&M from his father. He has since divested the family fortunes into technology, and real estate. He has now handed over the reigns of H&M to his son, but he remains the majority shareholder.

  • Lakshmi Mittal

    Net Worth-$18.6 Billion

    Nationality: Indian

Lakshmi Mittal is an Indian billionaire steel mogul. His company is called ArcelorMittal, and he is the chairman and CEO. ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel-making company and has operations not just in India but also in Britain. Lakshmi Mittal is based in Britain.

  • Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    Net Worth- $18 Billion

    Nationality: Emirati

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He controls the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and also all the oil reserves in the state as well.

  • John Menard

    Net Worth-$18 Billion

    Nationality: America

John Menard, Jr. is an American entrepreneur and billionaire businessman. He founded Menards; a chain of home improvement stores. He used to own an INDYCAR racing team, among other investments.

  • Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Net Worth- $17 Billion

Sheikh Mansour is a member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. He is an Emirati politician and businessman, who holds the position of the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. His brother is the President of the United Arab Emirates. 

  • Lukas Walton 

    Net Worth- $16.9 Billion

    Nationality: American

Lukas Walton is a member of the Walton family which owns Wal-Mart. His 4 percent stake is enough to make him a noteworthy billionaire.  

  • Laurene Powell Jobs

Net Worth- $16.8 Billion

Nationality: American

Laurene Powell Jobs is an American billionaire heiress. She inherited her wealth from her husband Steve Jobs who was CEO of Apple Computers, and other investments. She is a philanthropist and a social activist.

  • David & Simon Reuben

   Net Worth: $16 Billion

   Nationality: British 

David & Simon Reuben are Jewish people who were born in India but later moved to England at a young age, together with their mother. They entered the scrap metal and carpet trade. They now have a huge real estate empire that includes residential places, resorts and hotels, and so on. 

  • Pallonji Mistry

      Net Worth- $15.8 Billion

      Nationality: Indian

Pallonji Mistry was born in India. He started his career in architecture in India where he designed some of the notable landmarks in Mumbai, including the Federal Reserve Bank. In Ireland, he is the richest man with an impressive real estate empire. He inherited a stake in Tata and Sons, and he has maintained control of the company which has continued to be an iconic Indian company.

  • Jorge Paulo Lemann

Net Worth- $15 Billion

Nationality: Brazilian, Swiss

Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Swiss-Brazilian banker. He is an investment banker, with expert knowledge of the money markets.

  • Roman Abramovich

    Net Worth-$14.9 Billion

    Nationality: Russian, Israeli

Roman Abramovich is often described as a Russian Oligarch. He is mostly known as the owner of English Premier League heavyweights Chelsea Football Club. Before that, he was heavily invested in Russian energy establishments, but he is no longer active in the energy sector. 

  • Eric Yuan

    Net Worth- $13.4 Billion

    Nationality- American

Eric Yuan is a Chinese American businessman and entrepreneur. He is the brains behind Zoom Technologies which is a telecommunications software that allows real-time video calling. He was born and raised in China but only moved to America to realize his dream of software engineering.

  • James Dyson

    Net Worth-$9.7 Billion

    Nationality: English    

James Dyson is an industrial designer, inventor, farmer, and billionaire entrepreneur. He is best known as the inventor of the dual cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. His company is Dyson Ltd, and he has not just made a fortune for himself, but gained a lot of accolades both in Britain and abroad.

  1. Laurent Dassault

    Net Worth- $8.6 Billion

    Nationality: French

Laurent Dassault is a French heir and billionaire businessman. He inherited control of the Dassault Group which was founded by his grandfather, and which is an engineering company that produces defense systems. 



Presently, according to a report by Forbes, there are more than 2000 billionaires from various parts of the world, and there is an expected rise in that number in years to come. These world richest people range from CEOs of tech companies to heirs and heiresses, to expert investors all over the world, based on estimates presented by Forbes.

This list of the top 100 richest men in the world has removed recently deceased entrants. As you can see from the list above, some of the most well-represented countries are America, China, Germany, Russia, and India. This list can further provide insights about the most rapidly developing economies because the presence of billionaires usually means the markets will be developed, and that will usually trickle down to the workers; improving their living standards.  

These rich men and women who basically have the world at their feet are usually charity giants and philanthropists who give a very substantial percentage of their overall wealth out to charity as a means of giving back to the community and making a positive impact with their impressive pockets. As a matter of fact, it is known that some of these rich men and women have taken “the Giving Pledge” which simply means that they have promised that at least half of their considerable wealth will go towards philanthropic pursuits and charity for the less privileged.