Bill Gates

Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




  • Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation.

  • He remains a board member of Microsoft, the software firm he founded with Paul Allen in 1975.

  • In late 2016, Gates announced the launch of a $1 billion Breakthrough Energy investment fund with about 20 other people.


Warren Buffett

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

$75.6 B


  • Known as the "Oracle of Omaha," Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time. His Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 60 companies, including Geico, Duracell and Dairy Queen.

  • The son of a U.S. congressman, he first bought stock at age 11 and first filed taxes at age 13.


Jeff Bezos

CEO and Founder,

$72.8 B



  • Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos owns nearly 17% of Amazon, which he founded in a garage in Seattle in 1994.

  • His other passion is space travel: His aerospace company, Blue Origin, is developing a reusable rocket that Bezos says will carry passengers.

  • Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million.


Amancio Ortega

$71.3 B



  • Ortega is the richest man in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world. He typically earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.

  • A pioneer in fast fashion, he cofounded Zara parent Inditex with his ex-wife Rosalia Mera (d. 2013) in 1975.


Mark Zuckerberg

Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook

$56 B



  • The Facebook CEO has seen his net worth soar as the social network's stock price has skyrocketed..

  • Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard, before he dropped out, for students to match names with faces in class.


Carlos Slim Helu & family

Honorary Chairman, América Móvil

$54.5 B


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  • Mexico's richest man, Carlos Slim and his family control America Movil, Latin America's biggest mobile telecom firm.

  • With foreign telecom partners, Slim bought a stake in Telmex, Mexico's only phone company, in 1990.

  • He also owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies and 17% of The New York Times.


Larry Ellison

CEO and Founder, Oracle

$52.2 B




  • Ellison cofounded software firm Oracle in 1977. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 but still serves as chairman of the board and chief technology officer.

  • As part of Oracle's push into cloud computing, it acquired cloud-software firm Netsuite for $9.3 billion in 2016.

  • Oracle moved into hardware with its 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion.


Charles Koch

CEO, Koch Industries

$48.3 B



  • Charles Koch has been chairman and CEO of Koch Industries since 1967.

  • The conglomerate has $100 billion in sales from pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets.

  • The Kansas native splits controlling interest of the firm with his brother, David; they bought out their siblings' shares in 1983.


David Koch

Executive Vice President, Koch Industries

$48.3 B



  • Koch shares a majority stake in Koch Industries, U.S's second largest private firm, with his brother Charles.

  • Oversees Koch's chemical technology group.


Michael Bloomberg

CEO, Bloomberg

47.5 B



  • Bloomberg cofounded financial information and media company Bloomberg LP in 1981.

  • He retains an 88% stake in the business, which has revenue north of $9 billion...


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