In all our passions, we manage to bring out the entrepreneurs inside us. We make money out of the things we love to do. Some of them surpass the billion mark which makes them very prominent in the world for being among the richest and the wealthiest. Forbes magazine creates an annual list of the World’s Billionaire. Now, let us take a look at some of the richest individuals in the world.
For four consecutive years in a row, Bill Gates managed to top again Forbes’ magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires. Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. He also chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which is the world’s largest private charitable foundation. Gates has been on the list for 18 out of the past 23 years. He has a fortune of $86 billion, up for $11 billion since last year.
Ortega remains to be the richest person in Europe and the richest retailer in the world. Ortega typically makes more than $400 million in dividends a year. He has financed an ever-expanding real estate portfolio, which includes buildings in London, Chicago, Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, and New York. As of August 2017, he has a net worth of $84.2 billion.
Jeff Bezos is the Amazon’s chief who is very notable for his quick surge to the top of billionaires. Bezos earned $30 billion more than last year as his online retailer’s stock increased. He owns almost 17% of Amazon. He attended Princeton and worked at a hedge fund before deciding to quit to sell books online. Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million. As of August 2017, Bezos has a $80.7 billion net worth.
Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time. He first bought stocks at age 11 and first filed his taxes at age 13. Together with Bill Gates, he launched The Giving Pledge which asks billionaires to donate from their wealth. Buffett has nearly given $32 billion to charity. He has a net worth of $77.3 billion as of August 2017.
The ever famous Mark Zuckerberg is the cofounder, chairman and CEO of the ever famous social media platform Facebook. After dropping out of Harvard, he founded Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19 which help him skyrocket to the list of billionaires. He took Facebook public in May 2012 and owns about 17% of the stock. As of August, Zuckerberg has a net worth of $69.2 billion.
If you want to see the full list of Forbes’ World’s Billionaire in 2017, you can check this link. Forbes also ranks the richest men and women of various countries.