Top 10 Richest People in the World – List of Billionaire Men – 2014
Who are the richest people in the world? Who is the richest man in the world? Who are the top 10 people having more money than anyone else on this planet? Who is the richest person in the world in 2014? Here lies the answer. We present the list of richest billionaires on Earth along their net worth for the year 2014. Info on this page is according to the Forbes Magazine. And plenty of things have changed since we first wrote this article. The world economy has come out of a recession of 2007-08. And the billionaires have seen their wealth rise dramatically, indicating the health of the world economy as well as US economy.
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#1) Bill Gates – The Richest Man in the World
Net Worth: $79 Billion
Business: Microsoft and Other Invesments
Also read. Richest people in America. This man needs no introduction. This man had been occupying the richest billionaire spot for the most consecutive years ever in history of Forbes. Bill gates was a child prodigy in computer programming and he co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. During his early years of business, Gates struck a deal first with IBM and later on went to do business with other companies like Xerox and Apple. His operating system is used in almost all the computers around the world. Some of them are Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and most recently launched Windows 8. Visit his site.
2) Carlos Slim Helu – One of the Richest people in the World
Net Worth: $74 Billion
He is the richest person in Mexico and he ranked first on this list for the first time in the year 2010. In the same year, he displaced Warren Buffet to become the person having a net worth second to none. He was born in Mexico to Lebanese parents. His father came to Mexico from Lebanon in as early s 1904. Since then, his family has been into business and Carlos Slim taking the legacy to a new higher level. Carlos Slim holds a Civil Engineering Degree from National Autonomous University of Mexico. In short, richest engineer in the world happens to be the richest person as well. During the stock market crash of Mexico, he invested heavily in a wide range of companies. His business is diversified with investments in companies ranging from insurance to telecommunications. His major chunk of wealth comes from American Movil. Read more about him here.
#3) Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $66.5 Billion
Born in the province of Leon, located in Northwestern Spain, Mr. Ortega continues to find a spot in wealthiest Spaniards. He was born to a railway-worker in Leon and he moved to province of La Coruna which was going to be the birth-place of his clothing company Zara. Before starting his clothing company, he worked in various clothing stores. Later on, he founded Inditex, which serves as parent company for many of his hundreds of textile companies and even includes Zara. His holdings stands at 59 percent shares of Inditex. If rumors are to be believed then he got a chunk of money from underground drug business. And that he used to build the Zara clothing company(ref)
#4) Warren Buffet
Net Worth: $66.1 B
Country: United States
Business: Berkshire Hathaway
One of the inspiration for most of the investors around the world, Warren Buffet is fourth among the top 10. He is an investor and currently chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He became the wealthiest person in the world in 2008 by displacing Bill Gates from the top spot. His company has a significant amount of stocks in companies like Coca Cola, IBM and Heinz. He is counted as one of the greatest value investors of the 20th century. Buffett counts the late Benjamin Graham and Phil Fisher as his gurus and the persons who had the greatest influence on his investing decisions. . He lives in Omaha which is the largest city of state Nebraska in United States. He is also a US national. Over the years, Buffett transformed Berkshire from a small cotton textile mill to an investment-holding company owning several multi-billion dollar companies. (Ref)
5) Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $61 B
Business: Oracle Corporation
Born in Manhattan and co-founder of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison occupies the sixth position. He holds 22.5% shares of Oracle. His company deals with Data Base Management Systems and he started it in 1977 when the database management system was a relatively a new concept. He owns several yachts and once served as one of the Board of Directors for Apple. Let alone the database technology, he is more famous for hiss lavish spendings on buying islands and airplanes. He once bought a fighter-jet. Walter Isaacson reveals in his biography of Steve Jobs that Ellison was one of the best friends of Jobs and also the one who helped Jobs made a comeback to Apple. He is a college dropout from the University of Illinois. (ref)
#6) Charles Koch
Net Worth: $41.6 Billion
Country: United States of America
Business: Koch Industries (Oil Refining and Chemicals)
This American billionaire derives his wealth from Koch Industries. Koch Industries was started by Charles’s father, Fred Chase Koch, who was an alumnus of MIT. His father developed an innovative way of thermal cracking which led to many problems. Charles along with his brother David took over the reins of Koch Industries when it was not much renown and has pretty less revenues. Since then, he has increased its revenues over 2000 times since 1967.
#6) David Koch
Net Worth:$41.6 Billions
Country: United States of America
Business: Koch Industries (Oil Refining and Chemicals)
Brother of Charles, David is lesser know Koch and along with his brother, together they hold 84% stake in Koch Industries. The much controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has had the backing of the Koch brothers, if a report by International Forum on Globalization is to be believed. However, both of the brothers have turned down the reports as rubbish. Their company generates $115 billion in sales while the amount of profit earned by the brother is still undisclosed. Both of the brothers studied from the much-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
#8) Sheldon Adelson
Net Worth: $38.1 Billion
Business: Casinos and Hotels
Adelson is a well-known name in the gambling and the hotel industry in America. The largest casino Las Vegas Sands has Sheldon as its majority stockholder. He is also a super-donor for Republican parties and organizes a number of meetings of Jewish Republican supporters. In the last 6 years, his wealth has surged dramatically from a few billion dollars to more than $30 billions.
#9) Christy Walton
Net Worth:: $37.7 BIllion
Business: Walmart and First Solar
First time, this year, a woman has found a spot in the top 10 list of Forbes Billionaires. Christy is the widow of late John Walton, who was the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. She made some good investment decisions by pouring her money in First Solar. She is also one of the richest women in the world.
#10) Liliane Bettencourt
Net Worth:: $35.5 Billion
Ripe at the age of 91, Liliane was accused to have illegally funded former French President Nicola Sarkozy. She is suffering from severe Dementia. A dispute with her daughter and an ensuing court-battle proved her incapable of running Loreal company. She was forced into retirement and her grandson and family members taking over the reigns of the company.
Li Ka-Shing – Richest Man in Hong Kong and Mainland China
Net Worth: $31 B
With investments in diversified businesses, Li Ka-Shing is the richest person in Asia and also the wealthiest man in Hong Kong. He started his first company which dealt with the manufacturing of plastics. Then, he went on to grow his holdings by acquiring different firms and manufacturing units. One of his most renown investments have been on Facebook. He acquired 0.8 percent stake in Facebook for $120 million in 2007. (source)
Bernard Arnault -Richest Man in France and Wealthiest in Europe
Net Worth: $29 B
With a net worth of $29 billion, Mr. Arnault is the richest person in France. He holds an engineering degree from École Polytechnique in France. He is chairman and CEO of luxury goods company, LVMH which officially stands for Mo Hennessy-Louis Vuitton. (ref)
Eike Batista – $30B – Richest in Brazil
He is the richest man in Brazil and seventh overall. He is CEO of EBX group which is involved in logistics, mining, oil and gas exploration in Brazil. He dropped out of college and started his business in early 1980’s. His company is involved in mining and oil exploration in the Amazon basin. (Source)
Stefan Persson – $26B – Richest Man in Sweden
He is associated with retail-clothing company H&M (stands fro Hennes and Mauritz) which was founded by his late father. He earned his bachelors from the University of Stockholm and then succeeded his father at H&M in 1982. H&M is involved in fashionable clothing for men, women and teenagers. He occupies the first spot in the list of richest people in Sweden. In 2009, he Stefan purchased a whole village near Hampshire which has a manor house, wood, farmland and a cricket pitch. (ref)
Karl Albrecht – $25.4B Richest Man in Germany
The tenth spot on this list is occupied by the richest individual from Germany. Aged 92, Karl Albrecht hardly gives any interviews and hence very less is known about him. Among the very few info is that he likes to play golf and grows Orchid. In partnership with younger brother Theo, he started the Aldi Sud which is a discount chain in Germany. Stores in Southern Germany are owned by him, whereas those in North Germany are owned by his deceased brother. (ref) With this, we finish the list of wealthiest people in the world. One point to note is that, this is for the year 2012. There may occur changes and we will try our best to update this every time. Note: Source for this information is Forbes. The information on this page may be outdated after some time. TechScio.com will try its best to reflect the changes. However, for latest and fresh info, Visit Forbes List.