Wealthy people tend to arouse their interest. Although most people have a pretty good idea of who the richest people in the world are, the majority of them do not know how these people managed to make their fortune or how much it amounts to. Discover now the 24 richest people in the world in 2019. These people have changed the game and helped to transform and reshape the world. The net worth of these billionaires has fluctuated enormously over the past year.
24. Leonardo Del Vecchio
Net worth: $19.8 billion
If you have vision problems, you may know this man. Indeed, this Italian entrepreneur is the founder and president of Luxottica, a company specializing in glasses and lenses.
23. Gennady Timchenko
Net worth: $20.1 billion
Timchenko is known as a great Finnish businessman. He founded Volga Group. This investment group specializes in transport, energy and infrastructure. This businessman is also a philanthropist.
22. Susanne Klatten
Net worth: $21 billion
Susanne Klatten is also part of our 2019 ranking. Indeed, this German woman is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt, which makes her one of BMW’s heirs. His fortune is $21 billion.
21. Elon Musk
Net worth: $22.3 billion
This name is probably no stranger to you. This is not surprising! This wealthy man is known for his contribution to the world of technology. In fact, Elon Musk, who is an entrepreneur, business leader and engineer, is a director of Tesla.
20. David Thomson
Net worth: $32.5 billion
David Thomson is also a man whose fortune is most impressive. This Canadian businessman was president of the Zellers chain and founded the real estate firm Osmington.
19. Ma Huateng
Net worth: $37.2 billion
Ma Huateng is a Chinese business magnate, investor, philanthropist, engineer, technology and Internet entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Tencent, which is the largest company in Asia.
18. David Koch
Net worth: $42.1 billion
David Koch is Charles Koch’s brother and Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. David and Charles both have a 42% interest in the conglomerate. David is an extremely rich man… and intelligent!
17. Charles Koch
Net worth: $42.1 billion
Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. Koch is co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries. Koch Industries now includes process and pollution control equipment and technologies, polymers and fibres, minerals, fertilizers, commodities trade and services, forest and consumer products and ranching. Like his brother David, he has an incredible fortune.
16. Steve Ballmer
Net worth: $49.1 billion
Steve Ballmer is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, and he is also the former CEO of Microsoft. Its net worth is currently estimated at $49.1 billion.
15. S. Robson Walton
Net worth: $49.2 billion
Rob Walton is Sam Walton’s eldest son and was Chairman of the Board of Walmart after his father’s death until 2015.
14. Sergey Brin
Net worth: $49.3 billion
Sergey Brin and Larry Page co-founded Google in 1998, in a simple small garage. The duo led Google to the top, placing Sergey Brin a few places behind Page in this list of the world’s richest people.
13. Alice Walton
Net worth: $49.4 billion
Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune. She founded the Llama Company in 1988, but it has since closed. Today, Alice Walton’s net worth is estimated at $49.4 billion, making her the 14th richest person in the world. According to Walton: “I know the price of lettuce. You must understand the price and value. You buy the best lettuce possible at the best possible price.”
12. Jim Walton
Net worth: $50.3 billion
Jim Walton is the son of Sam Walton, founder of the world’s largest retail chain, Walmart. He sits on the Board of Directors of Walmart and is Chief Executive Officer of his own company, Arvest Bank. In 2019, Jim Walton’s net worth was $50.3 billion.
11. Larry Page
Net worth: $50.3 billion
Larry Page is the co-founder of Google, which was founded in a garage in 1998. Google, without a doubt, has become the most advanced search engine in the world, and the company has continued to make various acquisitions such as YouTube. Google’s success has made Larry Page one of the richest people in the world.
10. Mukesh Ambani
Net worth: $52.6 billion
Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business magnate, currently President, Chief Executive Officer and majority shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). Ambani is the richest man in Asia for some time now, and this year he was ranked on the list of the richest in the world! He has already said: “Today, I see a billion people as a billion potential consumers, an opportunity to create value for them and to make a return on investment for myself.
9. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Net worth: $54.9 billion
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers became the reigning heiress of L’Oréal when her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, died in 2017. She currently heads the holding company as President, with her family holding 33% of L’Oréal’s share capital.
8. Carlos Slim Helu
Net worth: $60.1 billion
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman and investor who owns the conglomerate’Grupo Carso’. The conglomerate’s portfolio consists of brands in many different sectors, such as healthcare, media, energy, real estate and retail. Carlos is 8th on this list of the world’s richest people, with a net worth of $60.1 billion. In recent months, Carlos Slim has lost nearly $6 billion of his net worth and has moved from 4th to 7th place.
7. Amancio Ortega
Net worth: $64 billion
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish entrepreneur and founder of the Inditex fashion group. Inditex owns Zara, which is one of the most popular clothing chains in the world.
6. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $64.9 billion
Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle Corporation, and was also its CEO until September 2014. Over the years, Oracle has become an incredibly successful technology company, now 39 years old and employing more than 136,000 people.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $67.4 billion
We all know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder of Facebook. Facebook has become the most popular and largest social media company in the world. And it all started in Mark’s room at Harvard University. Mark Zuckerberg recently moved up from the third place, after losing a large portion of his net worth due to the Cambridge data scandal and various other issues that caused Facebook stock prices to fall.
4. Warren Buffett
Net worth: $84.8 billion
Warren Buffett is an entrepreneur, American investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett is the most successful investor in the world, and millions of other traders admire him for his success. Despite his fortune, Buffett still lives in the house he bought when he didn’t even know what a billion dollars looked like.
3. Bernard Arnault
Net worth: $93.9 billion
Bernard Arnault is Chief Executive Officer of LVMH (Louis Vitton Moet Hennessey).
The company was born from the merger of the two companies. Louis Vitton is the most successful luxury fashion brand in the world, and Moet Hennessey is the merger of champagne and cognac manufacturers.
2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $102.1 billion
Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft and has been the richest man in the world for several consecutive years. Mr. Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen. Microsoft has since become the world’s largest PC software company.
1. Jeff Bezos
Net worth: $153.72 billion
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, one of the largest and most popular companies on the web. Amazon started as a simple online bookstore in Jeff’s room, and initial sales were slow.
In 2019, Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world, after adding $40 billion to his net worth last year! Amazon is taking important steps, after recently acquiring Wholefoods, launching the expedition of drones and a host of other impressive ideas.