With 2017 coming an end, it has been a hell of a ride for many. Many had their ups and downs, whereas many excelled massively. The world advanced in technology but lagged in achieving humanitarian goals. By the end of the year everyone is curious to find out who holds the throne of “The Richest Person In The World”, by the end of the year. Well no need to look further, here is the list of the top 10 richest people in the world by the end of 2017.
- Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com, USA
The rightful owner of the world largest e-commerce store, Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos has crossed Bill Gates and became the richest person in the world. With a net worth of $99 billion, Jeff Bezos is the leading online retailer store owner in the world. Jeff Bezos is not all about Amazon.com; he also owns an aerospace company “Blue Origin” and The Washington Post. Jeff Bezos’s jump to the first place and getting the throne of being the world’s richest man came because of Black Friday Sale 2017. In which he made a record breaking sales margin of 12.78 million transactions in just two days, taking over 45% of all online sales made in the world during those two days.
2. Bill Gates – Microsoft, USA
For the first time, it is believed that Bill Gates will end the year in 2nd place after 26 years. The throne is no longer his, with a net worth of $ 90.6 billion. Bill Gates is the owner and the founder of the world’s first and the largest software company, “Microsoft”. He and his wife Melinda Gates own a private charity foundation, known as “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”. This foundation is the world largest private charity foundation. One of his most amazing assets includes his mansion, Xanadu 2.0, which is a 66,000 square foot property worth $154,286,409. According to the latest studies it is believed that in the next 25 years, Bill Gates would be the world first trillionare.
3. Warren Buffet – Berkshire Hathaway, USA
Warren Buffet is the world most successful investor, chairing an organization, “Berkshire Hathaway” consisting of more than 60 companies. These companies include Duracell, GEICO, and Heinz etc. Warren Buffet is currently the worlds 3rd richest man with a net worth of $84.4 billion. Warren Buffet has committed to give 99% of his wealth to charity after his death. Those who are changing their names to “charity”, it’s not going to work guys. Warren Buffet is a very down to Earth personality, not caring of how much wealth he owns, he always looks after the poor and the needy. In 2010 Warren Buffet launched a campaign with Bill Gates, encouraging billionaires to donate half of their wealth to charity.
4. Amancio Ortega – Zara, Spain
Amancio Ortega is the owner and co-founder of world largest clothing empire “Inditex Clothing Group”, which is the parent company of “Zara”. With the company’s goal of precision and quality, Amancio’s strategies have taken him to the 4th spot in our list. A net worth of $ 76.3 billion, he is the richest person in all of Europe. Amanico Ortega is also a person with a big heart, donating more than $20 billion to charity over the years. In 2011, Ortega announced his retirement from Inditex, and currently he is enjoying his retirement life.
5. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook, USA
We all know the famous social media website “Facebook”. Well Mark over here is the creator and the mastermind behind it. Over the years the website gained popularity and has become an alternate digital identity for people around the world. Facebook has done a lot of success over the past years, making it’s owner and founder Mark Zuckerberg, end up at 5th spot in our ranking. Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $ 72.7 billion, making him the 4th richest man and the youngest billionaire in The United States. With this on the side, Mark also has a soft side in him. Mark and his wife Priscilla have made a commitment to donate 99% of their wealth to those in need, over their lifetime.
6. Carlos Slim Helu – América Móvil, Mexico
Carlos Slim Helu is Mexico’s richest man, a person who the Mexicans proudly calls their own. He is the owner of Latin America’s biggest telecom firm “América Móvil”. With the net worth of $64.5 billion, Carlos is the 6th richest man in the world. Carlos Slim also owns 17% stock share in The New York Times. He is a very basic man, unlike other billionaires; he has a house with 6 bedrooms and has been living there for almost 40 years. Carlos Slim prefers keeping all the financial record on a notebook rather than putting it up on a computer.
7. Larry Ellison – Orcale, USA
With a net worth of $59 billion, Larry Ellison is the 7th richest man in the world. Larry Ellison is the founder and Chief Technology Officer, of a software firm known as “Oracle”. He recently gave up the position of CEO in 2014, but is still the Chairman of the Board. Larry created this software firm way back in 1977, in order to have a better customer relationship management database. Well after that, the rest became history. Larry has donated more than $200 million to the University of Southern California for their research in cancer.
8. Charles and David Koch – Koch Industries
Charles and David Koch both have the net worth of $50.1 billion and shares the 8th and 9th spot in our list. David is the Executive Vice President, whereas Charles is the CEO of Koch industries. Koch industry was a family business founded in 1940 by their father Fred Koch. The company back then had new cheaper methods for refining heavy oil into gasoline. Nowadays, Koch Industry has become the second largest private company in The United States. Koch Industry deals in various products which include pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets.
10. Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg LP
Michael Bloomberg is the owner and the co-founder of the world first financial information and media company “Bloomberg LP”. He has a net worth of $49.9 billion, making him the 10th richest man, and the last one in our list. Michael Bloomberg has 88% of the company’s share. He started his career on Wall street with Saloman Brother’s Investment Bank. After 15 years, he was fired by them and that was the time he realized that he needs to prove himself. Michael Bloomberg currently owns more than 6 houses all around the world, including one in London and one in Bermuda. He is also a very warm hearten and kind person. He has donated more than $ 4 billion, in gun control, climate change and other various medical fields.