Top Richest People In World in 2017
1. Bill Gates1. Bill GatesThe co-founder of Microsoft, tech magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, programmer, Bill Gates has a solid profile that
makes him the richest individual, his worth marked $85.9 billion. Also the founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has made strides in
every sphere he has touched. He stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 and as Chairman in 2008. Currently, he works full-time at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation and is the technology adviser to the current CEO Satya Nadella.2.
Amancia OrtegaFounder and chairman of the Inditex
fashion group, which is best known for its global brand Zara, the Spanish business magnate is valued at $75.8 billion and is the second richest person
in the world.3. Warren BuffettThe most successful investor in the world, Buffett is also a business magnate and a philanthropist, valued at $68.2
billion. He is the CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathway, the American multinational conglomerate holding company. Buffett, the
third richest person in the world, is often referred to as the “Wizard of Oma
ha” or “Oracle of Omaha,” or the “Sage of Omaha,”and is noted for his
adherence to value investing and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.Also Watch|“We Had A Little Down In UP”, Says Rahul
Gandhi“We Had A Little Down In UP”, Says Rahul Gandhi 4. Jeff BezosFounder chairman and the largest shareholder of the online shopping giant
Amazon, Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and investor, valued at $63.1 billion, the fourth richest person in the world. Bezos’ other
business interests include aerospace and newspapers. He is the founder and owner of the privately-funded aerospace developer and manufacturer
Blue Origin. Founded in 2000, the company has conducted test flights to space beginning in 2015, and plans for commercial suborbital human
spaceflight beginning in 2018. He also purchased The Washington Post newspaper in 2013.5. Charles KochValued at $55.2 billion, American
businessman, political donor and philanthropist Charles Koch is the fifth richest
person in the world. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and
chief executive officer of Koch Industries, famous also for its mention in an popular American TV show The Newsroom. He owns 42% of the shares of
the conglomerate.6. David KochBrother of Charles Koch, David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. Valued the same as his
brother at $55.2 billion, David is the sixth richest person in the world. David also owns 42% of the conglomerate that the brother inherited from their
father and then expanded.Watch|Manipur Elections 2017: BJP Picks N Biren Singh For Manipur Chief MinisterManipur Elections 2017: BJP Picks N
Biren Singh For Manipur Chief Minister 7. Carlos SlimSlim is a Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who is the seventh richest
person in the world, valued at $51.4 billion. Slim is known as the “Warren Buf
fett of Mexico”, deriving his fortune from his extensive holdings in a
considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso.8. Mark ZuckerbergZuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of
Facebook, is the eight richest person in the world valued at $49.7 billion. American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he
founded Facebook from his college dorm room in Harvard. The website later expanded rapidly with one billion users signing up by 2012.9. Larry
EllisonAmerican businessman Larry Ellison is co-founder of Oracle Corporation and was CEO until September 2014. Valued at $43.4 billion, he is
currently the ninth richest person in the world. Currently, he is the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle. Ellison has donated up
to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge.10. Ingvar KampradThe Swedish business magnate, founder of the famous IKEA, is
ranked the tenth richest person in the world at $42.5 billion. The Swedish retail company is the largest furniture selling company (as of 2008).
Kamprad currently lives in Swede
MethodologyEach year, Forbes employs a team of more than fifty reporters from a variety of countries to track the activity of the world’s wealthiest
individuals. Preliminary surveys are sent to those who may qualify for the list. According to Forbes, they received three types of responses – some
people try to inflate their wealth, others cooperate but leave out details, and some refuse to answer any questions. Business deals are then
scrutinized and estimates of valuable assets – land, homes, vehicles, artwork, etc. – are made. Interviews are conducted to vet the figures and get a
better idea of an individual’s holdings. Finally, positions in a publicly traded stock are priced to market on a date roughly a month before publication.
Privately held companies are priced by the prevailing price-to-sales or price-to-earnings ratios. Known debt is subtracted from assets to get a final
estimate of an individual’s estimated worth in United States dollars. Since stock prices fluctuate rapidly, an individual’s true wealth and ranking at
the time of publication may vary from their situation when the list was compiled.
Family fortunes dispersed over a large number of individuals are included only if
those individuals’ holdings are worth more than a billion dollars.
However, when a living individual has dispersed his or her wealth to immediate family members, it is included under a single listing provided that
individual is still living. Royalty and dictators are always excluded from the lists.
Annual rankingsThe rankings are published annually in March, so the net worth listed are snapshots taken at that time. These lists only show the top
10 wealthiest billionaires.
2017On the 30th anniversary of the Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires, for the fourth year in a row, Bill Gates was named the richest man in the
world. The number of billionaires increased 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 in 2016; this is the biggest change in over 30 years of tracking billionaires
globally. This is the first time after 12 years that Carlos Slim was not within the top five. The U.S. continues to have the most billionaires in the
world, with a record of 565. China has 319 (this does not include Hong Kong with 67 and Macau with 1), Germany has 114 and India has the fourth
most with 101; India has reached over 100 billionaires for its first time.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Bill Gates $86.0 billion Increase 61 United States Microsoft2 Increase
Warren Buffett $75.6 billion Increase 86 United States Berkshire Hathaway3 Increase Jeff Bezos $72.8 billion Increase 53 United States
Amazon.com4 Decrease Amancio Ortega $71.3 billion Increase 80 Spain Inditex, Zara5 Increase Mark Zuckerberg $56.0 billion Increase 32 United
States Facebook6 Decrease Carlos Slim $54.5 billion Increase 77 Mexico América
Móvil, Grupo Carso7 Steady Larry Ellison $52.2 billion Increase 72
United States Oracle Corporation8 Increase Charles Koch $48.3 billion Increase 81 United States Koch Industries8 Increase David Koch $48.3 billion
Increase 76 United States Koch Industries10 Decrease Michael Bloomberg $47.5 billion Increase 75 United States Bloomberg L.P.2016For the third
year in a row, Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes’s 2016 list of the world’s billionaires. This is the 17th time that the
founder of Microsoft has claimed the top spot. Amancio Ortega rose from last year’s position of number four to second. Warren Buffett of
Berkshire Hathaway came in third for the second consecutive time, while Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim slipped down from last
year’s second position to fourth. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg
of Facebook and Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg L.P., appear
for the first time on the Forbes top 10 billionaires list, coming at fifth, sixth and eighth position, respectively. Zuckerberg became the youngest top 10
billionaire this year at the age of 31. Larry Ellison, Charles Koch and David Koch also slipped down from their last year’s positions, with Ellison
dropping to seventh from fifth and the Kochs falling to ninth position from sixth, respectively.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Bill Gates $75.0 billion Decrease 60 United States Microsoft2 Increase
Amancio Ortega $67.0 billion Increase 79 Spain Inditex3 Steady Warren Buffett $60.8 billion Decrease 85 United States Berkshire Hathaway4
Decrease Carlos Slim $50.0 billion Decrease 76 Mexico América Móvil, Grupo Carso5 Increase Jeff Bezos $45.2 billion Increase 52 United States
Amazon.com6 Increase Mark Zuckerberg $44.6 billion Increase 31 United States Facebook7 Decrease Larry Ellison $43.6 billion Decrease 71 United
States Oracle Corporation8 Increase Michael Bloomberg $40.0 billion Increase 74 United States Bloomberg L.P.9 Decrease Charles Koch $39.6
billion Decrease 80 United States Koch Industries9 Decrease David Koch $39.6 billion Decrease 75 United States Koch Industries2015Main article:
The World’s Billionaires 2015In the 29th annual Forbes list of global billionaires, a record 1,826 billionaires were named with an aggregated net
worth of $7.1 trillion compared to $6.4 trillion last year. 46 of the billionaires in this list are under the age of 40. A record number of 290 people
joined the list for the first time, of whom 25 percent hail from China
, which produced a world-leading 71 newcomers. The United States came in
second, with 57, followed by India, with 28, and Germany, with 23. The United States has the largest number of billionaires with 526. Russia went
down to 88 from 111 in 2014. Russia was placed behind China, Germany and India by the number of billionaires. Self-made billionaires made up the
largest number of people on the list with 1,191 positions (over 65 percent) while just 230 (under 13 percent) have wealth through inheritance. The
number of billionaires who inherited a portion but are still working to increase their fortunes is 405.
Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes’s annual list of the world’s billionaires. This was the 16th time that the founder of
Microsoft claimed the top spot. Carlos Slim came in second for the second consecutive time. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway was placed third,
while Amancio Ortega of Spain, slipped down a position from last year to number four. Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle rounded off the top five.
Christy Walton was the highest-ranking female at number eight. America’s Evan Spiegel, co-founder of photo messaging app Snapchat became the
youngest billionaire this year at the age of 24. At age 99, David Rockefeller maintained his position as the oldest billionaire to be included in the list.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, rose to number 16 with $33.4 billion.
Iceland had a billionaire, Thor Bjorgolfsson, in the list after a
gap of five years. Guatemala had a billionaire, Mario Lopez Estrada, for the first time in its history.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Bill Gates $79.2 billion Increase 59 United States Microsoft2 Steady Carlos
Slim $77.1 billion Increase 75 Mexico América Móvil, Telmex, Grupo Carso3 Increase Warren Buffett $72.7 billion Increase 84 United States
Berkshire Hathaway4 Decrease Amancio Ortega $64.5 billion Increase 78 Spain Inditex5 Steady Larry Ellison $54.3 billion Increase 70 United States
Oracle Corporation6 Steady Charles Koch $42.9 billion Increase 79 United States Koch Industries6 Steady David Koch $42.9 billion Increase 74
United States Koch Industries8 Increase Christy Walton $41.7 billion Increase 60 United States Walmart9 Increase Jim Walton $40.6 billion
Increase 66 United States Walmart10 Increase Liliane Bettencourt $40.1 billion Increase 92 France L’Oreal2014Main article: The World’s Billionaires
2014Bill Gates added $9 billion to his fortune since 2013 and topped the Forbes 2014 billionaire list. He has topped the list 15 of the previous 20
years, but his last number one ranking in 2009. Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim came in second place after being number one the
previous four years. Zara founder Amancio
Ortega placed third for the second consecutive year. American investor Warren Buffett was in the top five
for the 20th consecutive year, placing fourth. America’s Christy Walton was the highest ranking female, placing ninth overall. Aliko Dangote of
Nigeria became the first African ever to enter the top 25, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion
A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, representing combined wealth of $6.4 trillion.[ Of those, a record 268 were newcomers,
surpassing 2008’s 226 newcomers. One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list. The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014. Approximately 66 percent of the list was self-made, 13 percent achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21 percent
through a mixture of the two.
The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country.
The country also had the most newcomers with 50, and women with
54. China had the second most billionaires with 152, while Russia was third with 111. Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda were all
represented on the list for the first time. Turkey saw the most people drop off the list, 19, due to a period of high inflation in the country.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Increase Bill Gates $76.0 billion Increase 58 United States Microsoft2 Decrease
Carlos Slim & family $72.0 billion Decrease 74 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso3 Steady Amancio Ortega $64.0 billion Increase 77 Spain
Inditex4 Steady Warren Buffett $58.2 billion Increase 83 United States Berkshire Hathaway5 Steady Larry Ellison $48.0 billion Increase 70 United
States Oracle Corporation6 Steady Charles Koch $40.0 billion Increase 78 United States Koch Industries6 Steady David Koch $40.0 billion Increase
73 United States Koch Industries8 Increase Sheldon Adelson $38.0 billion Increase 80 United States Las Vegas Sands9 Increase Christy Walton &
family $36.7 billion Increase 58–59 United States Walmart10 Increase Jim Walton $34.7 billion Increase 65 United States Walmart2013Main article:
The World’s Billionaires 2013Carlos Slim topped the 2013 billionaire list, marking his fourth consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates remained in
second, while Amancio Ortega moved up to third. Ortega’s gain of $19.5 billion was the largest of anyone on the list. Warren Buffett failed to
make the top three for the first time since 2000, placing fourth. Diesel founder Renzo Rosso was among the top newcomers, debuting with an
estimate net worth of $3 billion
A global rise in asset prices, led Forbes editor Randall Lane to declare “It [was] a very good year to be a billionaire”. However, it was not a good year
to be Eike Batista who fell from seventh to 100th, suffering the largest net loss of anyone on the list. Overall, net gainers outnumbered net losers
A record total of 1,426 people made the 2013 list, representing $5.4 trillion of assets. Of those, 442 billionaires hailed from the United States.
The Asian-Pacific region had 386 billionaires and Europe 366. The list also featured a record number of newcomers, 210, representing 42 different
countries. Sixty people from the 2012 list fell below a billion dollar of assets in 2013 and eight others from the 2012 list died. The Asia-Pacific region
had the most drop-offs, with 29, followed by the United States with 16. The 2013 list featured 138 women, of which 50 came from the United States. A
majority of the list (961 individuals, 67 percent) was entirely self-made; 184 (13 percent) inherited their wealth, and 281 (20 percent) achieved their
fortune through a combination of inheritance and business acumen
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Carlos Slim & family $73.0 billion Increase 73 Mexico Telmex, América
Móvil, Grupo Carso2 Steady Bill Gates $67.0 billion Increase 57 United States Microsoft3 Increase Amancio Ortega $57.0 billion Increase 76 Spain
Inditex Group4 Decrease Warren Buffett $53.5 billion Increase 82 United States Berkshire Hathaway5 Increase Larry Ellison $43.0 billion Increase
68 United States Oracle Corporation6 Increase Charles Koch $34.0 billion Increase 77 United States Koch Industries6 Increase David Koch $34.0
billion Increase 72 United States Koch Industries8 Increase Li Ka-shing $31.0 billion Increase 84 Hong Kong Canada Cheung Kong Holdings9
Increase Liliane Bettencourt & family $30.0 billion Increase 90 France L’Oréal10 Decrease Bernard Arnault $29.0 billion Decrease 63 France
LVMH2012Main article: The World’s Billionaires 2012Carlos Slim topped the 2012 list, marking this third consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates
placed second, but narrowed the gap from 2011 as Slim’s fortune fell $5 billion while Gates’ rose $5 billion. Warren Buffett remained in third place.
Bernard Arnault of France was the top-ranking European on the list, placing fourth. Ricardo Salinas Pliego was the greatest gainer in terms of
dollars, adding $9.2 billion to his fortune and moving up to number 37 overall. Making her debut on the list at age 27, Spanx founder Sara
Blakely became the youngest self-made female billionaire ever.Colombia’s Alejandro Santo Domingo was the highest-ranked newcomer,
inheriting a $9.5 billion stake in Santo Domingo Group from his father India’s Lakshmi Mittal was the largest loser as his fortune dropped from
$31.1 billion to $20.7 billion as the price of steel maker ArcelorMittal fell sharply. As a result, he failed to make the top 10 for the first time since
2004 and lost his title of richest Asian to Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing.
A record total of 1,226 people made the 2012 list, representing 58 different countries. Of those, 126 were newcomers to the list and 104 were women.
The United States had the greatest number of billionaires with 425. Russia had 96 people on the list, while China had 95. Georgia, Morocco, and
Peru were newly represented on the list. Falling stock prices in Asia contributed to 117 former billionaires falling from the list worldwide. Twelve
others listed in 2011 died. Overall, net gainers (460) barely outnumbered net losers (441).
To coincide with the release of the 2012 list, Forbes announced a new “Billionaire Real-Time Ticker” updating the wealth of the world’s top fifty
billionaires in real time.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Carlos Slim & family $69.0 billion Decrease 72 Mexico Telmex, América
Móvil, Grupo Carso2 Steady Bill Gates $61.0 billion Increase 56 United States Microsoft3 Steady Warren Buffett $44.0 billion Decrease 81 United
States Berkshire Hathaway4 Steady Bernard Arnault $41.0 billion Increase 63 France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton5 Increase Amancio
Ortega $37.5 billion Increase 75 Spain Inditex Group6 Decrease Larry Ellison $36.0 billion Increase 67 United States Oracle Corporation7 Increase
Eike Batista $30.0 billion Increase 55 Brazil EBX Group8 Increase Stefan Persson $26.0 billion Increase 64 Sweden H&M9 Increase Li Ka-shing
$25.5 billion Increase 83 Hong Kong Canada Cheung Kong Holdings10 Increase Karl Albrecht $25.4 billion Increase 92 Germany Aldi2011Main
article: The World’s Billionaires 2011In the 25th annual Forbes list of global billionaires, Carlos Slim added $20.5 billion to his fortune, the most of
anyone, and retained his number one ranking with a total fortune of $74 billion. Bill Gates remained in second place with $56 billion, while Warren
Buffett was third with $50 billion. The top 10 had a combined wealth of $406 billion, up from $342 billion in 2010. According to Forbes editor
Kerry Dolan, “media and technology billionaires definitely benefited from a stronger stock market and a growing enthusiasm for all things social”
since the 2010 list. However, Nigerian commodity mogul Aliko Dangote was the greatest gainer on a percentage basis as his fortune increased
557 percent to $13.5 billion. Mark Zuckerberg was one of seven Facebook-related billionaires on the list, as he $9.5 billion to his fortune to move up
to 52nd. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz was the youngest person on the list. Aged 26, eight days younger than Zuckerberg, he debuted at
number 420 with an estimated fortune of $2.7 billion. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was the largest loser as he saw his fortune plummet from $23
billion to $6 billion, dropping him from 11th to 162nd overall.
A record 1,210 billionaires made the 2011 list, representing a combined wealth of $4.5 trillion, up from $3.6 trillion the previous year. One third
of the world’s billionaires, 413, came from the United States. China had the second most billionaires with 115, while Russia was third with 101. Asia
moved up to 332 billionaires, passing Europe as a region for the first time since the 1990s. The 2011 list included 214 newcomers and the average
net worth of those on it increased to $3.7 billion.
No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth1 Steady Carlos Slim & family $74.0 billion Increase 71 Mexico Telmex, América
Móvil, Grupo Carso2 Steady Bill Gates $56.0 billion Increase 55 United States Microsoft3 Steady Warren Buffett $50.0 billion Increase 80 United
States Berkshire Hathaway4 Increase Bernard Arnault $41.0 billion Increase 62 France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton5 Increase Larry
Ellison $39.5 billion Increase 66 United States Oracle Corporation6 Decrease Lakshmi Mittal $31.1 billion Increase 60 India Arcelor Mittal7 Increase
Amancio Ortega $31.0 billion Increase 74
Spain Inditex Group8 Steady Eike Batista $30.0 billion Increase 53 Brazil EBX Group9 Decrease Mukesh
Ambani $27.0 billion Decrease 57 India Reliance Industries10 Increase Christy Walton & family $26.5 billion Increase 55 United States
Walmart2010Main article: The World’s Billionaires 2010Carlos Slim narrowly eclipsed Bill Gates to top the billionaire list for the first time. Slim saw
his estimated worth surge $18.5 billion to $53.5 billion as shares of America Movil rose 35 percent. Gates’ estimated wealth rose $13 billion to $53
billion, placing him second. Warren Buffett was third with
$47 billion.] Christy Walton was the highest-ranking woman, placing 12th overall, with
an inherited fortune of $22.5 billion At age 25, Mark Zuckerberg continued to be the world’s youngest self-made billionaire American Isaac
Perlmutter was among the newcomers with an estimated fortune of $4 billion largely acquired in his sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney
A total of 1,011 people made the 2010 list. The United States accounted for 403 billionaires, followed by China with 89 and Russia with 62 It was
the first time China, while including Hong Kong, placed second.A total of 55 countries were represented on the 2010 list, including Finland and
Pakistan which claimed their first billionaires Eighty-nine women made the list, but only 14 of them were self-made. The combined net
worth of the list was $3.6 trillion, up 50 percent from 2009’s $2.4
trillion, while the average net worth was $3.5 billion
The 2010 list featured 164 re-entries and 97 true newcomers Asia accounted for more than 100 of the new entrants. Overall, just 12 percent of the
list lost wealth since 2009, and 30 people fell off the list. Thirteen others died] Of the 89 women, 12 were newcomers in 2010. Steve Forbes said
the growing number of billionaires was clear sign that the world’s economy was recovering from 2009’s global financial crisis.
In June 2010, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates announce
The Giving Pledge that is a promise to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. As of
2017, the pledge has 158 signers but some of the signers have since died. Most of the signers of the pledge are billionaires, and their pledges total to
over $365 billion