There are a few surprises in this updated list of the top 10 richest people in the world. We’ve taken references from renowned reliable site Forbes to construct the list. The net worth is relevant as of Sept 2014. Without further ado, here it is.
Before getting to the list, here are some interesting relevant facts.
1. Carlos Slim Helu Net Worth : $86.1 billion
Carlos Slim Helu has usurped Bill Gates to claim the title of The Richest Man alive. Boasting a net worth of $86.1 billion, the billionaire is known to hold substantial stakes in telecommunications companies, Telmex and America Movil.
2. Bill Gates Net Worth : $81.2 billion
Although Bill Gates has been knocked off his perch, he has nothing to be ashamed of. The man’s net worth of $81.2 billion makes him richer than 99.99% of the entire population. He is popularly renowned for founding software giant, Microsoft.
3. Warren Buffet Net Worth : $67.6 billion
Warren Buffet, the foresighted investor, is the 3rd richest man in the world. His enviable net worth of $67.6 billion allows him to fancy anything and claim it. The man currently serves as the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
4. Amancio Ortega Net Worth : $64.2 billion
The founding chairman of Inditex fashion group has come a long way since his early humble beginnings. Amancio currently has a net worth of $64.2 billion. The employees at Zara clothing shops regard him as their ultimate employer.
5. Larry Ellison Net Worth : $51.1 billion
Larry Ellison boasts a net worth of $51.1 billion. He has been able to accumulate a fortune that large by co-founding software company, Oracle Corporation.
6. Charles Koch Net Worth : $42.1 billion
Charles Koch is the co-owner and CEO of conglomerate, Koch Industries. The man inherited most of his $42.1 billion fortune from his father, Fred C. Koch.
7. David Koch Net Worth : $42.1 billion
Younger brother, David Koch, is the 7th richest man in the world. Boasting a net worth of $42.1 billion, David Koch serves as the executive vice president of Koch Industries.
8. Christy Walton and Family Net Worth : $38.8 billion
Christy Walton inherited her $38.8 billion fortune when her husband passed away in 2005. She accumulates most of her wealth from her shares in Walmart and First Solar.
9. Jim Walton Net Worth : $37 billion
Jim Walton is the 9th richest person in the world. He has inherited his wealth from his father, Sam Walton. Jim is definitely lucky to be born to the founder of Walmart.
10. Liliane Bettencourt and Family Net Worth : $36.6 billion
French businesswoman, Liliane Bettencourt, rounds off our list of the 10 richest people in the world. She has derived most of her $36.6 billion fortune through substantial shares in L’Oreal.