Forbes Rich List: Jeff Bezos World’s Richest Man, Mukesh Ambani Only Indian in Top 20March 06, 2019 07:18
The founder of e-commerce giant, Jeff Bezos, has once again bagged the first spot in the Forbes World’s Billionaire list that was released Tuesday, while, Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani leads the 106 billionaires from India on the list.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dropped three spots and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg rose by two. Only two women - L’Oreal Heiress Francoise Bettencourt and Alice Walton, chairman of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - could make it to the Forbes’ top 20 list.
Below Is the List of 20 Richest Billionaires in the World:
Jeff Bezos and Family
Jeff Bezos continues to hold the post of world’s richest person. The Amazon founder’s riches swelled by $19 billion in one year and is now worth $131 billion, Forbes said.
In January, he and his wife, MacKenzie, announced they will divorce after 25 years of marriage. As per Washington law, MacKenzie could get up to half of Jeff’s assets, making her the richest woman on earth.
Bill Gates wealth swelled to $96.5 billion, up from 90 billion earlier this year, said Forbes.
Warren Buffet, the investment guru saw fortunes slipping by $1.5 billion to $82.5 billion, the magazine said.
Known as the “Oracle of Ohama,” Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, which possesses more than 60 companies, including insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen. He has promised to give away over 99 percent of his fortune.
Bernard Arnault, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of French luxury good company, LVMH, held on to the fourth position. With a net worth of $76 Billion, Arnault oversees an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico’s richest man bags place on the list with $64 Billion worth. He and his family run America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom company.
Amancio Ortega is one of the world’s affluent retailer. Ortega typically earns more than $400 million in net income a year.
The Oracle founder, Larry Ellison, is seventh on the list. He gave up as the chief executive officer of Oracle CEO in 2014 but still serves as chairman of the board and chief technology officer. Ellison joined Tesla’s board in December 2018, after purchasing 3 million Tesla shares earlier that year.
The founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg lost $9 billion in net worth to slip from fifth the to eighth position, in this year’s list. Last year, Zuckerberg was caught in controversies related to fake news, Facebook data breach scandal.
Bloomberg CEO, Michael Bloomberg, is next on the list with a net worth of $55.5 billion. An active philanthropist, he has donated more than $5 billion to gun control, climate change and other causes. He plans to spend at least $500 million to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
Larry Page, who is at the helm of Google’s parent company – Alphabet, is the tenth richest person with $50.8 billion net worth.
Charles Koch has been chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, America’s second largest private company by revenue, since 1967. The diversified company has some $110 billion in revenues from businesses including pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, and Stainmaster carpet.
A well-known philanthropist, David is a donor to New York’s Lincoln Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He shares majority control of Koch Industries, with brother Charles. Both brothers have a net worth of $50.5 billion.
Mukesh Ambani succeeded as the only Indian bagging place among the top 20 richest persons. Ambani, 61, saw wealth soar from $40.1 billion in 2018 when he was placed 19th richest in the world, to $50 billion to be rank at 13th in 2019.
Sergey Brin, is the president of tech giant Alphabet, the parent firm of Google. He has a net worth of $49.8 billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
L’Oreal Heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world, with a net worth of $49.3 billion.
Jim Walton, the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton runs the family’s Arvest Bank, which boasts assets of more than $16 billion.
Jim’ sister Alice Walton is the chairman of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her personal art collection is evaluated in hundreds of millions of dollars.
The third sibling on the block, Rob Walton, is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He ran the retailer for nearly 25 years. He stepped down as chairman in June 2015 and was replaced by his son-in-law, Greg Penner. He still sits on Walmart’s board.
Steve Ballmer, is the former CEO of Microsoft, who led the company from 2000 to 2014. He has ramped up his philanthropy since 2014, putting over $2 billion into a donor-advised fund, with a focus on lifting Americans out of poverty, Forbes said.
Also known as Pony Ma, Ma Huateng chairs Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings. Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat has more than 1 billion users.