The list of the world’s wealthiest people changes every year, depending on their most recent net worth and financial success. Based on the real-time Forbes List on August 5, 2021, here is the most recent list of the world’s top 10 richest people, along with some fascinating facts about each of them.
- Bernard Arnault & Family – $198.4 billion
Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH – France, is the world’s richest person today. His empire of more than 70 companies, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora, has earned him a net worth of $198.4 billion. Bernard Arnault, a French businessman and Europe’s richest man, amassed a $100 billion fortune in December of last year.
2. Jeff Bezos – $193.8 billion
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, has a net worth of $193.8 billion, making him the world’s second richest person. Even after divorcing his wife MacKenzie in 2019 and giving a quarter of his Amazon stock to her, his position remained unchanged. In 1994, Bezos launched the giant Amazon from his Seattle garage. With more individuals purchasing online as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, the e-commerce behemoth has enjoyed the advantages.
3. Elon Musk – $184.7 billion
Elon Musk is striving to transform transportation on Earth and in space, with his electric vehicle company Tesla and his rocket company SpaceX. Elon Musk’s rocket firm is now worth almost $100 billion, and his personal wealth is approximately $184.7 billion. SpaceX, Musk’s rocket firm, is currently worth over $100 billion. With a market value of $342 billion in February 2021, Tesla has become the world’s most valuable automaker.
4. Bill Gates – $131.6 billion
Bill Gates, the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is worth $131.6 billion. Bill Gates, who co-founded the software giant Microsoft with Paul Allen, eventually sold most of his shares in the firm, keeping only 1% and investing the rest in stocks and other assets. Bill Gates became the first person to reach the $100 billion mark in April of last year, when Microsoft’s stock price soared following its results announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the biggest private philanthropic organization in the world.
5. Mark Zuckerberg – $129.2 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Facebook, is a staunch supporter of the social media platform that has evolved into a go-to communication tool in today’s world. His net worth is $129.2 billion, and since Facebook went public in May 2012, he now controls roughly 15% of the company. The youngest billionaire is Mark Zuckerberg. His net worth has surpassed $100 billion, due to Instagram Reels, a rival to TikTok, which was banned in India earlier this year and is currently experiencing legal issues in the United States.
6. Larry Ellison – $117.1 billion
Larry Ellison’s net worth is $117.1 billion, thanks to Oracle, the software company he cofounded in 1977. He stepped down as CEO of the firm in 2014, and since then, he has served as chairman of the board and chief technical adviser. Ellison has also been a member of the Tesla board of directors since December 2018, after purchasing 3 million shares in the company earlier that year. He owns almost the whole Hawaiian island of Lanai.
7. Larry Page – $115.7 billion
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, has a net worth of $115.7 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the planet. He’s also a backer of Planetary Resources, a well-known space exploration firm, as well as “Flying Car,” Kitty Hawk, and Opener, two startup firms.
8. Sergey Brin – $112.0 billion
Sergey Brin, the co-founder and board member of Alphabet, has a net worth of $112.0 billion, putting him in tenth place among the world’s wealthiest people. In 1998, he and Larry Page co-founded Google, which went public in 2004 and was renamed Alphabet in 2015.
9. Warren Buffet – $101.3 billion
Warren Buffet, often known as the Oracle of Omaha, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful investors. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate that controls over 60 businesses, including the well-known Geico insurance company, Duracell, and the Dairy Queen restaurant chain. He has a net worth of $101.3 billion dollars. He acquired his first stock when he was 11 years old, the son of a US politician.
10. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family – $92.3 billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, a French billionaire with a net worth of $92.3 billion, is the world’s richest woman. Liliane Bettencourt is the only daughter and heiress of Liliane Bettencourt, and her family controls the L’Oréal cosmetics business.