Even the millionaires and billionaires, despite being some of the most well-known faces in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond, weren’t always enjoying the high life. From the seedy avenues of small towns from making a name so big that everyone knows them just by their names, they have had their journeys of ups and downs. Here are the top 5 richest people in the world who can inspire you enough to do something extraordinary.
The list of the world’s richest persons can vary from year to year, depending on their latest net worth and financial performance. Here is the latest list of the world’s top 10 richest persons, based on the real-time Forbes List of January 28, 2022, and some interesting facts about each of them.
- Elon R Musk:
Net worth: 239.3 Billion Dollars
Elon Reeve Musk is an engineer, technology entrepreneur, industrial designer, and philanthropist. Elon Musk holds the citizenship of three countries– South Africa (1971–present), Canada (1989–present), and the United States (2002-present).
He is the founder, CEO, and Chief Designer at SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.
- Bernard Arnault:
Net Worth: 198.6 Billion Dollars
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French businessman, investor, and art collector. He is the chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s largest luxury goods company.
- Jeff Bezos:
Net Worth: 187.3 Billion Dollars
He founded the e-commerce giant company Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle. He is the CEO of this company and owns an 11.1% stake. Bezos first became a millionaire in 1997 after raising $54 million through Amazon’s initial public offering (IPO).
- Bill Gates:
Net Worth: 132.6 Billion Dollars
William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Microsoft, along with his late childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.
- Larry Page:
Net Worth: 118.0 Billion Dollars
Page was the chief executive officer of Google from 1997 until August 2001 then from April 2011 until July 2015 when he moved to become CEO of Alphabet Inc. (created to deliver “major advancements” as Google’s parent company), a post he held until December 4, 2019. He remains an Alphabet board member, employee, and controlling shareholder.
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