People born, people die, but the wealthiest people in the world remain wealthiest. Wars start wars end, and the wealthiest people in the world yet stay wealthiest. Stock exchange rises, stock exchange crashes, however, the wealthiest people in the world still continue to exist wealthiest.
Why they do, I’m not sure but people actually want to know about the wealth of wealthiest people in the world.
Certain logics would support the idea. You can say it works as an inspiration, enthrall their motives, general knowledge, world affairs, or something else. But the truth is, they want to chase the wealthiest people of the world. And when it becomes a huge interest factor with a super huge following, Forbes takes the initiative and finish their curiosity.
The annual ranking of the richest people in the world is carried out in the march. Estimates are calculated in USD based on the assets & debts. Royalty is not accounted, however.
Each year Forbes hires a Global Wealth Team to sniff through the fortune of wealthiest people in the world. Qualifying individuals are sent out the surveys by the Forbes team for the confirmation. Which sometimes get the cooperating response, an inflating response on some occasions, and other times nothing at all. The team then gathers the estimates, ascertain the value of Homes, Cars, Properties and other holdings, etc. With the raw data, they go through the individual interviews to have a better idea.
After careful observations & analysis, they finally rank the richest individuals in the current situations and scenarios.
Interesting facts about the world’s richest
According to 2015’s report published by Forbes, there are total 1826 wealthiest people in the list. 290 of which are newly added billionaires with a pattern of 71 from China, 57 from the USA, India 28, and 23 from Germany.
The list counts 46 richest billionaires that are below the age of 40 years. 1191 are the self-made billionaires, 230 are inherited wealthiest people. 405 billionaires are the ones who are inherited but multiplying their wealth. Evan Spiegel of snap chat stands as the youngest billionaire with the age of 24 years and David Rockefeller occupies the rank of the oldest billionaire with the age of 100 years on March 2015.
The goddess of wealth is also very unfair in this case. Top 500 billionaires seize $4.7 Trillion out of $7.05 Trillion in total for 1826 billionaires. It is evaluated that the total net worth of wealthiest people in the world is 7.05 Trillion which is 10.1 times higher than the previous year. Thus, the average net worth of each wealthy individual is calculated as 3.86 billion.
List of Wealthiest People In the World
And right now I’m going to extract the list of 2015’s top 10 wealthiest people in the world. As a review, you will see the Bill Gates again on getting the top of the list, followed by the Carlos Slim on the second position where Warn Buffet securing the 3rd.
Seven of these wealthy homo sapiens are from the United States, one from Mexico, Spain, and France in each. Let’s get started:
10. Liliane Bettencourt – $40.1 billion
Liliane Bettencourt’s net worth is $40.1 Billion. She is 96 years old, having one kid with his husband Andre Bettencourt (Died in 2007), living in France, and she is the principle shareholder of L’Oreal.
Liliane is the top 1st wealthiest woman in the Europe and the top 2nd wealthiest woman in the world. Born and brought up in Paris. She is a businesswoman along with a true philanthropic soul. She does the philanthropic works via Foundation Bettencourt Schueller. The foundation has bestowed millions of dollars to the deserving people of Europe and all around the sphere.
She is the single woman from the whole Europe that comes under the top 10 wealthiest people in the world.
09. Jim Walton – $40.6 billion
Jim Walton’s net worth is $40.6 Billion. He is 66 years old, having four kids with his wife Lynne McNabb, living in the United States and he is the CEO of the Arvest Bank.
Jim Walton is the 9th wealthiest person of the world. He is the youngest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. The Major portion of his fortune comes from the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. A largest multinational retail stores (chain) corporation of the United States.
However, he is also retaining the position of CEO of his family’s Arvest Bank. On the other hand, he holds the title of Chairman of the board of Community Publisher Inc. (CPI). A newspaper based company that aggregates his net worth and make him the richest billionaire.
08. Christy Walton – $41.7 billion
Christy Walton’s net worth is $41.7 Billion. She is 60 years old, having one kid with his husband John Walton (Killed in 2005), living in the United States, and she is the co-chairperson of Wal-Mart.
She is the top first richest woman on the earth. The only top richest woman from the United States who comes under the top ten wealthiest people in the world. She inherited all the money from her Husband John Walton after his accidental death.
Christy Walton is holding the title of the wealthiest woman on the earth from consecutive last five years. Christy is also the Bord Member of Children’s Scholarship Fund, a charity organization his husband co-founded with his friend Theodore J. Forstmann.
07. David Koch – $42.9 billion
David Koch’s net worth is $42.9 Billion. He is 74 years old, having three kids with his wife Julia Margaret Flesher, living in the United States, and he is the Vice President of Koch Industries.
After his brother, David Koch is the second wealthiest by born billionaire. But he and his brother never relied on their inherited wealth only. They worked to increase their fortune and still sticking to their jobs. This is why the Koch Industries is still one of the top private industries of United States.
The company, their father started many years ago now have assets diversified in refineries, pipelines, chemicals, polymers, fertilizers, and fibers.
This wealthiest man has some adjacent aspects, making him a more attractive personality. He is an engineer, the politician, the businessperson, and the philanthropist. He is continually donating to American Museum of Natural History’s David H Koch Dinosaur wing and Lincoln Center.
06. Charles Koch – $42.9 billion
Charles Koch’s net worth is $42.9 Billion. He is 79 years old, having two kids with his wife Liz Koch, living in the United States, and he is the CEO of Koch Industries.
He comes on the top of wealthiest people in the world whose wealth comes from the heritage of their parents. His father designed the procedure of transforming the crude oil into gasoline. And this experiment became the foundation of Koch Industries. Koch Industries is now holding the top position as the private industry of the United States who earns the more revenue every year than any other.
Charles Koch also plays a dynamic character in philanthropic activities. Some names he philanthropically work with are Institute for Humane Studies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Cato Institute.
His wife as well is a philanthropic woman who initiated the Koch Cultural Trust that focuses on creative and artistically done works. This institute aids & assists the artists, creators and the inventors.
05. Larry Ellison – $54.3 billion
Larry Ellison’s net worth is $54.3 Billion. He is 70 years old, having two kids with his wife Barbara Boothe (Divorced on 1986), living in the United States, and he founded Oracle Corporation.
The Chairman & CEO of Oracle Corporation, Lawrence J. Ellison (Larry Ellison) is the 5th wealthiest person on the globe. Currently, he is working as the CEO of Oracle and he also had served as the board of directors of Apple in the past.
Other than that he has shares in Quark Biotechnology, Salesforce, Netsuite and Astex pharmaceuticals along with Oracle. It is said, he is having a lot of most expensive toys like Expensive Yachts, Private jets, etc. He spends most of his money in acquiring Luxury islands, planes, and personal residences. He is also reported acquiring a fighter jet once.
Just like Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet he also participates in charities thing. Ellison signed “The Giving Pledge” in 2010.
04. Amancio Ortega – $64.5 billion
Amancio Ortega’s net worth is $64.5 Billion. He is 78 years old, having three kids with his wife Rosalia Mera & Flora Perez, living in Spain and he founded Inditex Group.
The founder of Inditex Group, Amancio Ortega is the fourth richest person in the world. Unfortunately, he lost his previous position as the third richest person which he was holding in the year 2014.
Almost all of Ortega’s fortunes comes from Inditex Group, a textile group that generates and spreads fashion all over the world. The most popular brands of this group are Zara, Stradivarius, and Massimo Dutti. Inditex is operating the largest chains of these Fashion Brands Stores throughout the world.
Ortega owns about 60% of Inditex, a Horse Jumping Circuit, and a soccer league. And when the question comes how did Amancio Ortega managed to build a huge empire of his wealth, people start believing on rumors. The very famous of which is that, all his money came from an illegal drug business which he cleverly used to build Zara that changed his life completely.
03. Warren Buffett – $72.7 billion
Warren Buffet’s net worth is $72.7 Billion. He is 84 years old, having three kids with his wife Susan Buffett (died in 2004), living in the United States and he is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
He is a strategy man, he planned a strategy to invest in the companies and he did it again n again on the long-term basis. This technique certainly worked out and make him stood amongst the wealthiest people in the world. The fact is Berkshire Hathaway was a small textile industry and Buffett converted it into the fortune mill.
Warren Buffet is also called the “Oracle of Omaha”. Curious to know why is Warren Buffet called Oracle of Omaha? Well, this is because he is considered the greatest Investor of all the times. He started with a simple investment approach which proved to be a very powerful investment strategy.
Besides his success, he is the greatest philanthropist with no doubt. He has signed “The Giving Pledge” to spend 99% of his holdings within the time period of 10years after his death. Which is incredible.
02. Carlos Slim – $77.1 billion
Carlos Slim’s net worth is $77.1 Billion. He is 75 years old, having six kids with his wife Soumaya Domit (died in 1999), living in Mexico and he founded American Movil.
The founder of American Movil (AMX) is the second richest person on the earth. He got the title of second wealthiest person in the world for the 2nd time. Basically, he’s an engineer whose parents migrated to Mexico from Lebanon in 1904. He somehow managed to complete his engineering degree and started American Movil. Which now has many other child companies too, including the Telemax Grupo Carso, Telefonos de Mexico, Telcel, and many others.
Currently, he is working as the CEO of Telemax, a giant group of mobile carrier in Mexico which brings the major portion of his fortune.
01. Bill Gates – $79.2 billion
Bill Gates’ net worth is $79.2 Billion. He is 59 years old, having three kids with his wife Malinda Gates, living in the United States and he founded the Microsoft Corporation.
At present, the founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates is the wealthiest person in the world. He is keeping this position for 21 successive years and it’s the 16th time that he is on the top of the list. Gates lost his place from the top of Wealthiest People in the world List in 2014 and regained it back in 2015. A sudden & rapid increase in his wealth is examined as compared to the previous years.
Bill Gates is also weighed as the greatest philanthropist of the United Stated and if no, of the world. For this, he co-founded Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation with his wife Malinda Gates. He stepped down from his rank of CEO of Microsoft for the charity work with the effect of 2008.
He says, his aim is to finish all the infectious diseases from the earth within his lifetime. He is spending much of his money for the prevention & eradication of deadly infectious diseases like T.B (Tuberculosis), Polio, AIDS, and others. His charity foundation is also operating in the backward areas of Africa/Asia to remove poverty.