- For the first time ever, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s richest billionaires
- Bezos becomes the first person ever to head the list with a 12-figure fortune estimated at $112billion
- The Amazon chief has leapfrogged Microsoft founder Bill Gates in recent months to take over the top spot as world’s richest human
- While last year’s list had 10 Saudi nationals, this year’s list has none after Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman forced them to give up their personal fortunes
For the first time ever, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (seen above in Los Angeles on Sunday) has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s richest billionaires, it was reported on Tuesday
For the first time ever, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s richest billionaires, it was reported on Tuesday.
Bezos becomes the first person ever to head the list with a 12-figure fortune estimated at $112billion, according to Forbes.
The Amazon chief has leapfrogged Microsoft founder Bill Gates in recent months to take over the top spot as world’s richest human.
In the last year, Bezos’ net worth has spiked by $39billion, the largest one-year gain in history.
This past year, there were 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries worldwide, according to Forbes, including the first ever from Hungary and Zimbabwe.
Collectively, this group of billionaires owns a total sum of wealth estimated at $9.1trillion.
The United States has the most billionaires – 585 – followed by mainland China, which counts 373 billionaires.
The crown prince moved to consolidate power, though the government claims he stripped his relatives of their fortunes as part of an ‘anti-corruption’ campaign.
Warren Buffett, the ‘Oracle of Omaha,’ is ranked third on the list with a net worth of $84billion.
Considered one of the world’s best investors, Buffett is CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company whose portfolio includes 60 firms including Geico Insurance, Duracell, and Dairy Queen.
Fourth on the list is French mogul Bernard Arnault, the wealthiest European.
With a net worth of $72billion, Arnault’s business empire includes 70 brands, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg comes in fifth on the list with a personal fortune of $71billion.
Other notable names in the top 10 include the Koch brothers – David and Charles Koch of Kansas.
The brothers, who are frequent donors to the Republican Party, have a combined net worth of $60billion, according to Forbes.
WORLD’S WEALTHIEST FEMALE BILLIONAIRES
1. Alice Walton – $46billion
2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers – $42.2 billion
3. Susanne Klatten, $25billion
4. Jacqueline Mars, $23.6billion
5. Yang Huiyan, $21.9billion
6. Laurene Powell Jobs, $18.8billion
7. Gina Rinehart, $17.4billion
8. Iris Fontbona, $16.3billion
9. Abigail Johnson, $15.9billion
10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, $15.8billion
They share control of Koch Industries, the country’s second largest private company.
Koch Industries generates annual revenues of more than $100billion operating pipelines, producing fertilizer, and manufacturing products like Dixie cups and Quilted Northern toilet paper.
Rounding out the top 10 is Larry Ellison, co-founder of software firm Oracle.
Ellison has an estimated net worth of $58.5billion.
Most of those in the top 25 are men. The richest woman in the world, according to Forbes, is Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune.
Walton, the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, has stepped away from the family business in order to concentrate on her art collection, which is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.
The retailing giant was once run by Alice Walton’s brother, Jim and Rob.
It is now run by Rob Walton’s son-in-law, Greg Penner.
The 18th richest billionaire in the world is Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, whose net worth is estimated to be $42.2billion.
Bettencourt Meyers is the heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune.
Last year, Liliane Bettencourt, the daughter of L’Oreal’s founder, Eugene Schueller, died at the age of 94. At the time of her death, she was the world’s richest woman.
Liliane Bettencourt is said to have once owned a fortune valued at $36.4billion.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and her family own a third of all shares of L’Oreal – making them the largest stakeholders.
For the first time, this year’s list of riches billionaires includes Lynsi Snyder.
When she turned 35 years old last year, she received the final portion of her inheritance, which totals a 97 percent stake in the fast food chain In-N-Out Burger.
Snyder, the granddaughter of In-N-Out founders Harry and Esther Snyder, is now said to be worth $1.2billion, according to Forbes.
THE FORBES LIST TOP 25 RICHEST BILLIONAIRES IN THE WORLD
1. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO – $112billion
2. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder – $90billion
3. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO – $84billion
4. Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH – $72billion
5. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, $71billion
6. Amancio Ortega, Inditex co-founder, $70billion
7. Carlos Slim Helu, America Movil, $67.1billion
8. Charles Koch, Koch Industries, $60billion
9. David Koch, Koch Industries, $60billion
10. Larry Ellison, Oracle, $58.5billion
11. Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg, $50billion
12. Larry Page, Google co-founder, $48.8billion
13. Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, $47.5billion
14. Jim Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, $46.4billion
15. S. Robson Walton, former Walmart chairman, $46.2billion
16. Alice Walton, Walmart heir and art collector, $46billion
17. Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent Holdings, $45.3billion
18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, L’Oreal heiress, $42.2billion
19. Mukesh Ambani, CEO of Reliance Industries, $40.1billion
20. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, $39billion
21. Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, $38.5billion
22. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft co-founder, $38.4billion
23. Li Ka-shing, head of CK Asset Holdings, $34.9billion
24. Hui Ka Yan, CEO of China Evergrande Group of Shenzhen, $30.3billion
25. Lee Shau Kee, co-founder of Sun Hung Kai, $30.3billion