The World’s 100 Billionaires

The Richest People On The Planet

This year’s list broke records in size (1,210 billionaires) and total net worth ($4.5 trillion). China doubled its number of 10-figure fortunes, and Moscow now has more billionaires than any other city. Mexico’s Carlos Slim widened his lead at No. The World’s 100 Billionaires


Rank Name Net Worth Age Source Country of Citizenship
1 Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu & family

$74 B 72 telecom Mexico
2 Bill Gates

Bill Gates

$56 B 56 Microsoft United States
3 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

$50 B 81 Berkshire Hathaway United States
4 Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault

$41 B 62 LVMH France
5 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

$39.5 B 67 Oracle United States
6 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal

$31.1 B 61 Steel India
7 Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega

$31 B 75 Zara Spain
8 Eike Batista

Eike Batista

$30 B 55 mining, oil Brazil
9 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

$27 B 54 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
10 Christy Walton

Christy Walton & family

$26.5 B 57 Walmart United States
11 Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing

$26 B 83 Diversified Hong Kong
12 Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht

$25.5 B 91 Aldi Germany
13 Stefan Persson

Stefan Persson

$24.5 B 64 H&M Sweden
14 Vladimir Lisin

Vladimir Lisin

$24 B 55 Steel Russia
15 Liliane Bettencourt

Liliane Bettencourt

$23.5 B 89 L’Oreal France
16 Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson

$23.3 B 78 casinos United States
17 David Thomson

David Thomson & family

$23 B 54 media Canada
18 Charles Koch

Charles Koch

$22 B 76 Diversified United States
18 David Koch

David Koch

$22 B 71 Diversified United States
20 Jim Walton

Jim Walton

$21.3 B 64 Walmart United States
21 Alice Walton

Alice Walton

$21.2 B 62 Walmart United States
22 S. Robson Walton

S. Robson Walton

$21 B 68 Walmart United States
23 Thomas & Raymond Kwok

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

$20 B N/A real estate Hong Kong
24 Larry Page

Larry Page

$19.8 B 38 Google United States
24 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

$19.8 B 38 Google United States
26 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

$19.6 B 56 Investments Saudi Arabia
27 Iris Fontbona

Iris Fontbona & family

$19.2 B N/A Mining Chile
28 Lee Shau Kee

Lee Shau Kee

$19 B 84 real estate Hong Kong
29 Alexei Mordashov

Alexei Mordashov

$18.5 B 46 Steel Russia
30 Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

$18.1 B 69 Bloomberg United States
30 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

$18.1 B 48 Amazon United States
32 Michele Ferrero

Michele Ferrero & family

$18 B 85 chocolates Italy
32 Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov

$18 B 46 Investments Russia
34 Vladimir Potanin

Vladimir Potanin

$17.8 B 51 nonferrous metals Russia
35 Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov

$17.7 B 58 steel, telecom, stocks Russia
36 Azim Premji

Azim Premji

$16.8 B 66 Software India
36 Oleg Deripaska

Oleg Deripaska

$16.8 B 44 aluminum Russia
38 Michael Otto

Michael Otto & family

$16.6 B 68 Retail Germany
39 Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov

$16 B 45 steel, coal mines Ukraine
39 German Larrea Mota Velasco

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

$16 B 58 Mining Mexico
39 John Paulson

John Paulson

$16 B 56 hedge funds United States
42 Shashi & Ravi Ruia

Shashi & Ravi Ruia

$15.8 B 68 Diversified India
43 Mikhail Fridman

Mikhail Fridman

$15.1 B 47 oil, banking, telecom Russia
44 Michael Dell

Michael Dell

$14.6 B 46 Dell United States
44 Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten

$14.6 B 49 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
46 Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

$14.5 B 55 Microsoft United States
46 George Soros

George Soros

$14.5 B 81 hedge funds United States
48 Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht

Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht & family

$14.4 B N/A Aldi, Trader Joes Germany
49 Birgit Rausing

Birgit Rausing & family

$14 B 88 packaging Sweden
50 Vagit Alekperov

Vagit Alekperov

$13.9 B 61 Lukoil Russia
51 Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

$13.8 B 54 sugar, flour, cement Nigeria
52 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

$13.5 B 27 Facebook United States
53 Anne Cox Chambers

Anne Cox Chambers

$13.4 B 92 Cox Enterprises United States
53 Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich

$13.4 B 45 steel, investments Russia
55 Jorge Paulo Lemann

Jorge Paulo Lemann

$13.3 B 72 beer Brazil
56 Savitri Jindal

Savitri Jindal & family

$13.2 B 61 Steel India
57 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family

$13 B 60 real estate United Kingdom
57 Paul Allen

Paul Allen

$13 B 59 Microsoft, investments United States
57 Viktor Vekselberg

Viktor Vekselberg

$13 B 54 oil, metals Russia
60 Phil Knight

Phil Knight

$12.7 B 73 Nike United States
61 Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

$12.5 B 75 leveraged buyouts United States
61 Robert Kuok

Robert Kuok

$12.5 B 88 Diversified Malaysia
63 Mohammed Al Amoudi

Mohammed Al Amoudi

$12.3 B 67 oil Saudi Arabia
64 Donald Bren

Donald Bren

$12 B 79 real estate United States
64 Ronald Perelman

Ronald Perelman

$12 B 69 leveraged buyouts United States
66 Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

$11.9 B 80 Mining Mexico
67 Francois Pinault

Francois Pinault & family

$11.5 B 75 Retail France
68 Joseph Safra

Joseph Safra

$11.4 B 73 banking Brazil
69 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

$11.3 B 50 Fidelity United States
70 Viktor Rashnikov

Viktor Rashnikov

$11.2 B 63 Steel Russia
71 Leonardo Del Vecchio

Leonardo Del Vecchio

$11 B 76 eyewear Italy
72 John Fredriksen

John Fredriksen

$10.7 B 67 shipping Cyprus
72 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt

$10.7 B 45 BMW Germany
74 James Simons

James Simons

$10.6 B 73 hedge funds United States
75 Luis Carlos Sarmiento

Luis Carlos Sarmiento

$10.5 B 79 banking Colombia
75 Horst Paulmann

Horst Paulmann & family

$10.5 B 77 Retail Chile
77 Nasser Al-Kharafi

Nasser Al-Kharafi & family

$10.4 B 68 construction Kuwait
77 Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte

Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte

$10.4 B N/A paper Chile
79 Sammy Ofer

Sammy Ofer & family

$10.3 B 90 shipping Israel
80 Len Blavatnik

Len Blavatnik

$10.1 B 54 Access Industries United States
81 Forrest Mars

Forrest Mars

$10 B 80 candy, pet food United States
81 Klaus-Michael Kuhne

Klaus-Michael Kuhne

$10 B 74 shipping Germany
81 John Mars

John Mars

$10 B 75 candy, pet food United States
81 Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars

$10 B 72 candy, pet food United States
81 Hans Rausing

Hans Rausing

$10 B 85 packaging Sweden
81 Ernesto Bertarelli

Ernesto Bertarelli & family

$10 B 46 biotech Switzerland
81 Gautam Adani

Gautam Adani

$10 B 49 commodities, infrastructure India
88 Iskander Makhmudov

Iskander Makhmudov

$9.9 B 48 mining, metals, machinery Russia
89 Johanna Quandt

Johanna Quandt

$9.8 B 85 BMW Germany
89 Maria-Elisabeth & Georg Schaeffler

Maria-Elisabeth & Georg Schaeffler

$9.8 B N/A ball bearings Germany
89 George Kaiser

George Kaiser

$9.8 B 69 oil & gas, banking United States
92 German Khan

German Khan

$9.6 B 50 oil, banking, telecom Russia
93 Dmitry Rybolovlev

Dmitry Rybolovlev

$9.5 B 45 fertilizer Russia
93 Ananda Krishnan

Ananda Krishnan

$9.5 B 73 telecom Malaysia
95 Robin Li

Robin Li

$9.4 B 43 Internet China
96 Serge Dassault

Serge Dassault & family

$9.3 B 86 aviation France
97 Kumar Birla

Kumar Birla

$9.2 B 44 commodities India
97 Petr Kellner

Petr Kellner

$9.2 B 47 insurance Czech Republic
99 Leonid Mikhelson

Leonid Mikhelson

$9.1 B 56 Natural gas Russia
100 Cheng Yu-tung

Cheng Yu-tung

$9 B 86 real estate Hong Kong


Source:  Forbes

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    For example, one of the world’s richest billionaires, I think Carlos Slim Helu, was only worth around 1/2 billion a few years ago, but upon making his company public has shot up to the 30/40/50 billion dollar mark.

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