Getting rich is the dream of many people but only a few are able to get to be the richest and most wealthiest people in the world. They have been doing a lot of hard work with determination to become billionaires and indeed it has paid them now.Money is one of the major constituent of a human being’s life. Being a rich person certainly fancies a lot of people. Many dream about it but only a few achieve. Here is a list of the Top Ten Richest people in the world to date.
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10. Bernard Arnault
The 64 year old french businessman is the C.E.O. and chairman of LVMH since 1989. In 1979, he succeeded his father as chairman of the company. Bernard Arnault has invested in many web companies: Boo.com, Libertysurf and Zebank through his holding Europatweb. Arnault also invested in Netflix in 1999. A noted art collector, Arnault is noted for his contemporary collection that includes pieces by Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol. His net worth is approximately U.S. $ 29 billion.
9. Liliane Bettencourt
Bettencourt is a french heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the daughter of Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal. The 91 year old socialite is one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal. She inherited the company’s fortune when her father passed away in 1957. She owns 185,661,879 (30.5%) of the outstanding shares of L’Oréal. She is the richest woman in the world and also the richest person in France. Her net worth is approximately U.S. $ 33.2 billion.
8. Li Ka-shing
A hongkong business magnate, Sir Li ka-shing is the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of $28.8 billion. He is the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings and is the world’s largest operator of container terminals. Li is also one of Asia’s most generous philanthropists, donating over US $1.41 billion to various philanthropic causes. In spite of his wealth, Li has built a reputation for leading a very simple lifestyle. He is often regarded as “Superman” in Hong Kong because of his prowess.
7. David H. Koch
An american business man, David koch is the co-owner and executive vice-president of Koch industries. Koch is the wealthiest resident of New York City and is the forth-richest person in America. Known for his philanthropy to cultural and medical institutions, Koch is a supporter of libertarian and conservative causes. David H. Koch Charitable Foundation has contributed more than $750 million to cancer research, medical centers, educational institutions and arts. His net worth is approximately $ 31 billion.
6. Charles Koch
An american businessman and philanthropist, Charles Koch is the chairman and CEO of Koch industries. He is the brother of David Koch. Koch provides financial support to a number of charitable organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately held company in the United States. He has authored a book named, The science of success, which was published in 2007. As of 2013, his net worth was approximately $ 36 billion.
5. Larry Ellison
An american businessman, Ellison is the co-founder and chairman of the Oracle corporation. According to a French magazine, Ellison earned $94.6 million in 2013. Also, in 2013, Forbes listed him as the third-wealthiest man in America. Residing in Wood side, California, Ellison receives a salary of $77 million. Ellison is a licensed pilot and owns several air crafts. Once a drop out from the University of Chicago, Ellison’s net worth is approximately $ 41 billion.
4. Warren Buffett
Considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, Buffett is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is known for his proclivity towards value investing philosophy and frugality. Buffett has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropic causes, primarily through the Gates foundation. He is often called the “Wizard of Omaha”, “Oracle of Omaha” or “Sage of Omaha” for his business prowess. His net worth was approximately $ 58.5 billion, as of 2013.
3. Amancio Ortega Gaona
Ortega is a 77-year old Spanish fashion executive.He is the founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing. He was ranked as the third richest person in the world by Forbes in 2013 with a net worth of $57 billion. Ortega is a very simple man and, until 1999, no photograph of Ortega had ever been published. He refuses to wear a tie and goes to the same coffee shop daily.
2. Carlos Slim Helu
A Mexican business magnate and philanthropist, Carlos Slim is the chairman and CEO of telecommunications companies Telmex and América Móvil. His holdings as of 2013 have been estimated at $71.2 billion. Slim holds a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA DE CV. Slim was included in Forbes’ World’s Biggest Givers after he donated $4 billion to his foundation. . Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world, from 2010 to 2013 by the Forbes magazine.
1. Bill Gates
The former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft,Bill gates is an American businessman, investor and philanthropist. Microsoft is world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. He has been repeatedly ranked number 1 in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people from 1995 to 2007. Bill Gates is the second-most generous philanthropists in America, having given way over $28 billion of his wealth to charity.