Who are the Richest People in the world right now?
The list of the world’s richest people has always been a topic of interest to a lot of people around the globe.
Ever since the advancement in technology which is used to estimate the riches of many many well-known figures around the world, many people get more inquisitive.
This list of the richest people in the world is constantly changing due to times, economy, and many other factors that affect revenue generation to most of these people.
2021 is no different as a lot of top businesses have been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world since the turn of the year.
The 20 Richest People In the World
We will give you the updated list of the richest people in the world in 2021 in this article. So let’s keep you updated with the latest info.
Amazingly, even the first person on the list of 20 richest soccer players in the world, can’t compete with the 20th richest person in the world.
20. Phil Knight Net Worth: $49 Billion
Phil Hampson Knight is definitely the oldest on this list of the top 20 richest people in the world at 82 years.
Despite his age, Phil is still raking in the dollar to date through his top businesses in the entertainment industry in America including the motion film company called Laika and Nike, which he co-founded with Bowerman in 1964.
The rest now they say is history because Nike is one of the most important sports wear around the world producing jerseys, boots, sneakers and many other products in their line.
19. Larry Ellison Net Worth: $54 billion
Lawrence Joseph Ellison ranked 6th on the list of richest people in the world in 2019 but today, he sits at 19th. How time flies right?
The fact that his ranked 18th does not mean his net worth dropped, because it actually increased from $45 billion to $54 billion.
This just attests to the fact people are making more money with time. This however does not take the shine off the tremendous work that Larry Ellison has done to reach these heights.
He owns the Ellison Estate worth $200 Million, which is one of the 20 most expensive houses in the world today.
18. Robson Watson Net Worth: $54.5 Billion
Samuel Robson Walton is one of the few billionaires who inherited their wealth through the family business, one that is acclaimed to be the largest retailer in the world. Yes, we are talking about Walmart.
Rob was heir to the fortune of his parents, Helen answered Sam Walton which they accrued through Walmart. He served as Chairman of the company for 23 years before handing over to Doug McMillon.
He is a well known philanthropist who pledged and fulfilled his $2 billion to charity in 2013.
17. Bertrand Puech & Family Net Worth: $55 Billion
This surprisingly is the only family you will find on this list of richest people in the world.
This is so because the family created a luxury business together known as the Hermes International and H51. This string of business accumulated wealth for the family through sales of French luxury.
The family is represented by Bertrand Puech and they have a combined net worth of $55 billion dollars.
16. Francoise Bettencourt Meyer Net Worth: $56 Billion)
Francoise Bettencourt is another French representative on this list of richest people in the world. She is heir to the business of her family called L’Oréal and it was handed over to her by her Mother, Liliane.
The family business, L’Oréal has a line of products in Skin care, beauty, perfume, make-up, hair care and many others. It is currently the world’s largest cosmetics company till date.
Though Francoise Bettencourt is a non-executive CEO of the company with the highest stake in the company at 33.14% stake, she is mainly an author of Bible commentaries.
15. Jim Walton (Net Worth: $57 Billion
You can bet that the Walton family is a family of billionaires with another representative of the family in Jim Walton, who is a brother to Robson Walton.
Jim however makes his appearance a bit higher on this list with an estimated net worth of $57 billion, which he also accrued like his brother from their Walmart inheritance.
Aside from Walmart, he is the current Chairman of Arvest bank and also the Community Publishers Incorporation, which is a business formerly owned by his father before his death.
14. Michael Bloomberg Net Worth: $58 Billion
Michael Ruben Bloomberg is not your regular businessman but also a politician and philanthropist.
After Michael Bloomberg graduated from John Hopkins University, he worked numerous jobs before deciding to set up his own business in 1981 which is called the Bloomberg L.P.
This is a company that majors in Financial information, software and media, and Michael was CEO of the company for over 20 years before venturing into politics in 2000.
In 2001, he became the Mayor of New York, one of the largest states in USA, for the first time and got re-elected in 2005 and 2009.
After his term serving as mayor was up, he became a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
13. Alice Walton Net Worth: $59 Billion
Alice is one of the siblings to inherit the fortune from their parent’s business, Walmart.
Before then, Alice gradually built her own business career by becoming an equity analyst for First Commerce corporations and also a broker for EF Hutton.
She however founded her own business which is an investment company called the Llama company, where she serves as the President and the CEO.
Alice is currently worth $59 Billion dollars, making her the 13th richest person in the world.
12. Mukesh Ambani Net Worth: $61 Billion
Mukesh Ambani is the first and only representative from Asia on this list of the 20 richest people in the world.
He is the largest shareholder in the family-owned business, Reliance Industries Limited whose major operations were refining and petrochemicals.
Over the years, the business keeps expanding to cover other products like Telecommunications. The company today is the largest retail company in India.
Through the Reliance industries, he also established the Indian Super League, owning a team called Mumbai Indians to play football in the league.
11. Steve Ballmer Net Worth: $67 Billion
Steve Anthony Ballmer had his first big break when he was called on by Bill Gates to work for the Microsoft Corporation by replacing him as the CEO after working for 20 years.
Ballmer finally resigned from his position as CEO in 2014 in order to teach a new class.
Later that year, he placed a bid of $2 billion for the LA Clippers and won the bid, making him the complete owner of the basketball team.
His regime as CEO was considered largely successful as he tripled the sales and profits of the company’s products.
10. Larry Page Net Worth: $67.5 Billion
Lawrence Edward Page is the Co-Founder of the most popular search engine in the world, Google.
He is a renowned software engineer who was the CEO of alphabet incorporation until he resigned in late 2019.
He also wrote the search engine ranking algorithm with Sergey Brin for Google. He received the Marconi award for his work on the ranking algorithm. He ranks 10th on this list of richest people in the world.
9. Sergey Brin Net Worth: $68 Billion
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is also a software engineer who worked with Larry page to create the most widely used search engine in the world, Google.
Aside from being partners in business, they were friends back at Stanford University after they met during the orientation program for new students.
This friendship created one of the world’s biggest search engine to date. Sergey Brin also invests in the alternative energy industry to help solve climate change problems across the world.
8. Carlos Slim Helu Net Worth: $72 Billion)
Here, we present to you the richest person in Latin America in Carlos Slim Helu. Trying to break down this man’s net worth is just mind-blowing, and he’s not even the richest.
First, he personally owns 40% of listing on the Mexican stock exchange and his net worth alone is worth 6% of Mexico’s GDP.
He earned his fortune through his series of business Holdings in Mexico. He has a business in almost every sector in Mexico including manufacturing, energy, transportation, health, sports, and many others.
7. Amancio Ortega (Net Worth: $81 Billion
Amancio Ortega Gaona business magnate with focus placed on fashion items and accessories.
He founded a lot of businesses before finally bringing it all under the Inditex fashion group which he co-founded with Rosalia Mera.
Amancio is the second wealthiest man in the world today, only behind Bernard Arnault who would feature later on this list of richest people in the world.
He is also a well known philanthropist who donated €20 million to the relief organization, Caritas internationals.
6. Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth: $84 Billion
Aside from being one of the richest billionaires on this list, he is one of the most popular billionaires on this list due to his work as a co-founder of Facebook, which he founded with four of his other friends in his dormitory room.
His works were so exceptional that by the time he was aged 23, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire to date.
That record still stand till date. Some of his other little known works include being the co-founder of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.
5. Warren Buffet Net Worth: $102 Billion
Considered one of the most successful investor in the world is Warren Edward Buffett.
He has been the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway since 1970, holding the highest number of shares in the company ever since.
Buffet made a lot of his fortune by acquiring considerable amounts of shares in different companies through partnerships with his own.
His method of investment definitely pays off and its success is evidence to back up the claim. His investment prowess has earned him the nickname Oracle which many media outlets call him.
4. Bill Gates Net Worth: $110 Billion)
Who else if not William Henry Gates III who holds the 3rd position on this list of richest people in the world.
The majority of his fortune came from his self-made business, Microsoft corporations where he held all the top positions across the company.
The entrepreneurship skills of Bill Gates cannot be overemphasized, as he became the flag bearer for the revolution for microcomputers in the 70s and 80s.
This has been one of his best works in the software and technology industry.
3. Bernard Arnault (Net Worth: $114 Billion)
French billionaire Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is one of the most successful businessmen of all time, having businesses that became top brands in whatever industry it is.
He is the chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods company in the world and Christian Dior SE.
Bernard Arnault is not new to the list of richest people in the world, even going as far as topping the list in January, 2020.
He is also a revered art collector with many top, expensive art works in his possession. He is the 2nd richest person in the world.
2. Jeff Bezos Net Worth: $172 Billion
Jeff Bezos, T]the mega-billionaire businessman is second on the list of the richest people in the world.
The riches of this man knows no bounds. We assume his net worth would be higher than it currently is if not for the $30 billion which he remitted to his wife as a result of their split in 2019.
The rate at which Jeff climbed this list was the most surprising to everyone. It was reported in 2017 that he made a whopping $107 million per day, the highest ever made by any billionaire in the world.
He had a net worth of $70 billion in 2017, but fast forward to 2021, he more than doubled his net worth.
Did you know that Jeff Bezos makes around $2,500 dollars every second? That’s enough to afford him any of the most expensive cars in the world.
But you know what it is with extremely wealthy people, they choose to have a simple life style.
His net worth is also projected to increase exponentially as time passes, which is yet the most incredible thing you can ever see anywhere.
Amazingly, even the first person on the list of the richest actors in the world, can’t compete with any of these 20 richest people in the world.
1. Elon Musk Net Worth: $200 Billion
Elon Reeve Musk is just about the complete package when we talk about a successful, self-made billionaire.
Elon Musk who is the richest person in the world currently has a net worth of over $200 billion, and is the first billionaire to reach that mark, has got himself the top spot on the list of the world’s wealthiest people.
Elon Musk had so much impact that he was named in Forbes list of world’s most powerful people and topped the list of most innovative leaders last year.
He has a series of top tech businesses, some of which he owns, like Tesla Inc, SpaceX, and the Boring company. Other businesses he co-founded include Neuralink and OpenAI.
Richest People In The World (summary)
It is easy to see that most of the billionaire figures on this list of richest people in the world are from the United States, with 14 representatives out of the total 20.
Europe has 4 representatives, one from Asia and the rest from North America.
Here’s a quick recap of the top 20 richest people in the world:
- Elon Musk
- Jeff Bezos
- Bernard Arnault
- Bill Gates
- Warren Buffet
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Amancio Ortega
- Carlos Slim Helu
- Sergey Brint
- Larry Page
- Steve Ballmer
- Mukesh Ambani
- Alice Walton
- Michael Bloomberg
- Jim Walton
- Francoise Bettencourt Meyer
- Bertrand Puech & Family
- Robson Watson
- Larry Ellison
- Phil Knight
The distribution of this wealth is obviously not regular as many other continents have no representative on this list, even if we keep going to the top 30.
As we said earlier in this article, the list keeps changing with time but trust us to keep you updated on these changes.
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