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The Top 20 Richest People in the World 2017



There’s been a huge fluctuation in the net worth of these 20 billionaires in the past month. But, you can find out more about that below!

The stats given here in regards to net worth have come from Forbes directly. These are the top 20 richest people in the world in 2017:

1. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $89.9 Billion

Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, and the richest man in the world as of 2017. Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen, and has since become the largest PC software company worldwide.


This year, Bill Gates has gained an incredible $10 billion in additional net worth! This has put him at an estimated net worth of $89.9 billion overall.

2. Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $84.3 Billion

Amancio Ortega is a Spanish entrepreneur and founder of the Inditex fashion group. Inditex owns Zara, and Zara is one of the most popular clothing chains worldwide.

Ortega recently dropped down to the 4th richest man in the world, after Bezos started making serious moves at Amazon, but is now back up to 2nd!

3. Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: $83.7 Billion

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, one of the biggest and most popular companies on the web. Amazon started as a simple online bookstore in Jeff’s bedroom, and the initial sales were slow.

Jeff has recently moved up to the 3rd richest man in the world, after adding a whopping $30 billion to his net worth! Amazon is making major moves, after recently acquiring wholefoods, launching drone shipping and a bunch of other strong ideas.

4. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $76.3 Billion

Warren Buffett is an American entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett is the most successful investor worldwide, and millions of other traders look up to him because of his success.

Warren Buffett is the 4th richest man in the world, with an incredible net worth of $75.6 billion. However, despite this fact, Buffett still lives in the home he purchased back when he didn’t even know what a billion dollars looked like.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $71 Billion

We all know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder of Facebook. Facebook has become the most popular and most valuable social media company in the world. And it all started in Mark’s dorm room at Harvard University.

Mark Zuckerberg has recently moved up a position on the list this year, after gaining an ridiculous $30 billion in net worth, now making him the 5th richest man in the world.

It’s expected that he will continue to climb the list in the future, and maybe even make it to the top. Considering how young he is, it’s not out of his reach.

6. Carlos Slim Helu

Net Worth: $69.7 Billion

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman and investor; owner of the conglomerate ‘Grupo Carso’. The conglomerate’s portfolio consists of brands in many different industries, such as health care, media, energy, real estate and retail.

Carlos is 6th on this list of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $69.7 billion. However, he was recently knocked down two places by Bezos and Zuckerberg.

7. Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $59.2 Billion

Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation, and he was also the company’s CEO until September 2014. Over the years, Oracle has become an incredibly successful tech company, now being 39 years old and employing over 136,000 people.

Larry Ellison is 7th on this list of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $59.2 billion.

8. Bernard Arnault

Net Worth: $53.3 Billion

Bernard Arnault is the CEO of LVMH (Louis Vitton Moet Hennessey).

Ultimately, the company was formed from merging the two businesses together. Louis Vitton is the very successful luxury fashion brand, and Moet Hennessey is the merged champagne and cognac manufacturers.

Bernard has moved up six places so far this year, and that places him at 8th on the list of the 20 richest people on earth this year.

9. Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: $51.8 Billion

Michael Bloomberg is an American entrepreneur and politician. Bloomberg is the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P, the financial data and media company. Bloomberg is now 74 years old and one of the richest people in the world.

Michael Bloomberg dropped two places this year on Forbes’ richest list, but has recovered since then, moving back up to the 9th spot.

10. Charles Koch

Net Worth: $47.6 Billion

Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist.

Koch is the co-owner and CEO of Koch industries. Koch Industries now includes process and pollution control equipment and technologies; polymers and fibers; minerals; fertilizers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching.

Koch made this year’s list of the richest people, and with an impressive net worth of $47.6 billion!

11. David Koch

Net Worth: $47.6 Billion

David Koch is Charles Koch’s brother, and serves as the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. David and Charles both own a 42% stake in the conglomerate.

Koch appears 11th on this list of the richest people in 2017, and with a net worth of $47.6 billion.

12. Larry Page

Net Worth: $44.4 Billion

Larry Page is the co-founder of Google, which was founded back in a garage in 1998.

Google, no doubt, has become the most successful search engine in the world, and the company has gone on to make various acquisitions such as YouTube. Google’s success has made Larry Page one of the richest people in the world.

13. Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $43.7 Billion

Liliane Bettencourt is a French heiress and entrepreneur. Bettencourt is one of the majority shareholders in L’Oreal. She’s also the richest woman in the world according to Forbes’ stats, and 13th out of the richest people in the world.

14. Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $43.2 Billion

Sergey Brin and Larry Page co-founded Google back in 1998, in just a small simple garage. The duo have taken Google to the top, putting Sergey Brin just behind Page in this list of the richest people worldwide.

15. Jim Walton

Net Worth: $39 Billion

Jim Walton is the son of Sam Walton, who was the founder of the world’s largest retail chain, ‘Walmart’. He is on the Walmart board of directors, and CEO of his own company, Arvest Bank.

16. S. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $38.9 Billion

Rob Walton is the eldest son of Sam Walton, and served as the chairman for Walmart, after his father’s death, up until 2015.

Further more, he briefly surpassed his brother Jim recently on this list of the richest people in the world. However, he’s now fallen back to his original spot.

17. Alice Walton

Net Worth: $38.7 Billion

Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, and heiress to the Walmart fortune. She founded the Llama Company in 1988, but it has since closed down.

18. Li Ka-shing

Net Worth: $34.4 Billion

Li Ka-shing is a businessman and investor from Hong Kong. He is the richest man in Hong Kong, and actually the second richest person in Asia.

Ka-shing is the chairman for CK Hutchison Holdings, and appears at 18th on this list of the richest people in the world!

19. Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth: $34.4 Billion

Sheldon Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Sheldon has recently managed to climb onto the list of the top 20 richest people worldwide in 2017, with a new estimated net worth of $34.4 billion.

20. Wang Jianlin

Net Worth: $30 Billion

Wang Jianlin is a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group. In fact, he also owns 20% of the Spanish football club, Athletico Madrid.

Jianlin is the richest man from China, and is last on this list of the richest people in the world, with a whopping net worth of $30 billion! However, he has fallen several places this year.



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