Being the top 10 richest people in the world is no small feat. Only the most fortunate and most successful gets to be in this exclusive club. The richest person on this list is currently Tech Tycoon Bill Gates. Having taken over from Mexican Business Tycoon Carlos Slim Helu in September, Bill Gates is now once again the richest person in the world with a net worth of $72 Billion.
Only one woman, Christy Walton is in the list of the top 10 richest people. Below is the top 10 wealthiest people on this planet.
1. Bill Gates Net Worth $72 Billion
The founder of Microsoft recently surpassed Carlos Slim Helu and took the No.1 spot again. The rising stock market and Microsoft share prices catapulted Gates to reclaim the title with a net worth of $72 Billion.
2. Carlos Slim Helu Net Worth $67 Billion
The Mexican business tycoon and honorary Chairman of America Movil has held the top spot for the last 4 years. Almost tripling his net worth since 2005, the Mexican magnate dropped to No.2 spot due to the fall in Mexico's stock market.
3. Amancio Ortega Net Worth $57 Billion
Amancio Ortega is the biggest gainer this year with an increase of $20 Billion to his personal fortune due to increase in stock price of his holdings. The founder of ZARA was the chairman of Inditex until he stepped down in 2011. He still owns 60% of Inditex.
4. Warren Buffet Net Worth $55 Billion
The only person on earth who made it to the top 10 through investing. Buffet is still the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway even at the age of 83. The Oracle of Omaha has delivered 22% compounded annual returns since taking over Berkshire more than 40 years ago.
5. Ingvar Kamprad Net Worth $50 Billion
The founder of IKEA, one of the largest and most successful privately held company in the world. IKEA has more than 200 stores worldwide in 31 countries and employs more than 75,000 workers. It has sales of more than $12 Billion annually.
6. Larry Ellison Net Worth $42 Billion
The founder and CEO of Oracle. Ellison was a dropout from 2 universities who changed his fortune by starting Oracle. He is a flamboyant an outspoken businessman who openly criticizes business competitors. Ellison is also one of the largest land owners in America
7. Charles Koch Net Worth $40 Billion
The chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held companies in the US. He and his brother David hold equal stakes in the company. Charles and his brother failed to prevent President Obama from being reelected in 2012.
8. David Koch Net Worth $40 Billion
The brother of Charles Koch, he is the Executive Vice Chairman of Koch Industries. He is the richest resident in New York City. A prostrate cancer survivor, Koch has donated more than $200 million to find a cure. He and his brother failed to unseat President Obama in 2012.
9. Christy Walton Net Worth $36 Billion
Christy Walton was the wife of the late John Walton son of Wal Mart founder Sam Walton. She inherited her husbands fortune upon his death and is now the richest woman in America and also in the world.
10. Jim Walton Net Worth $34 Billion
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Wal Mart founder Sam Walton. In 2013, Jim received more than $350 million in dividends after taxes. He is the Chief Executive officer and Chairman of Walton's family Arvest Bank.
This list will of course rapidly change with the rise and fall of the stock market as most of the richest Billionaires in the world have most of their wealth tied to their company's stock price. One thing cannot be denied, the people on this list simply have too much money. Being a billionaire have its perks. A lavish lifestyle and the fame that comes with it.