Do you ever wonder how people become rich? There are many different ways to become rich. If you are born rich, then it is the easiest way to become rich. If you marry a rich person, you would reap the benefits and become rich overnight. These cases don’t really impress or inspire anyone but the rags and riches stories do. By virtue of hard work, willpower, long-term vision, one can become rich.
Also, one must constantly keep on fighting, come what may. Everyone wishes to touch the altitude of success. There is no one who wants to lead a modest life. Though we all dream of being successful, very few of us get to taste success. They build a better foundation for themselves by bettering themselves from what they are now. Their aim is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than they used to be.
Let’s take a glimpse of the Top 10 richest people in the world!
#10. Larry Ellison:
Larry Ellison who is CTO and Founder of Oracle hits the 10th place of the Forbes top 10 list of billionaire in 2018. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 but still extends his fruitful services as the chairman of the board and Chief Technology Officer. In 2016, the 73-year-old pledged to give $200 million to the University of Southern California for a cancer treatment centre.
In addition to that, he has donated up to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge. He is the fifth-wealthiest person in the United States and as the eighth-wealthiest in the world, with a fortune of $62.4 billion. Interestingly, he is a licensed aircraft pilot who has two military jets.
#9. David Koch
Executive Vice President of Koch Industries and a recognised philanthropist, David Koch, comes ninth in the list. He is a major shareholder and is at the helm of Koch Industries, United States’ second largest private firm, with his brother Charles Koch, has a net worth of $60.8 billion. The 77-year-old David is a proud donor to New York’s Lincoln Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
#8. Charles Koch
At eight spot is Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, which is America’s second-largest private company since 1967. The 82-year-old’s net worth is $60.8 billion.
#7. Carlos Slim Helu
In the seventh spot, Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu features and family features with a net worth of $68.7 billion. The 78-year-old Carlos is the Honorary Chairman of America Movil which is Latin US’ biggest mobile telecom firm. Telmex, Mexico’s only phone company, is also part of his company. He also owns major stakes in the fields of Mexican construction, mining, consumer goods, and real estate companies and owns 17 percent of The New York Times.
#6. Amancio Ortega
If there is someone who is dominating Europe, it has to be Amancio Ortega. He is ranked No.6 in the Forbes Top 10 Billionaires list. Europe’s richest man Ortega has a net worth of $65.9 billion. In 1975, he co-founded Inditex, known for its Zara fashion chain, along with his ex-wife Rosalia Mera in 1975. The 81-year-old Ortega earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.
#5. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg’s inspirational story is well known to many. A Harvard dropout, Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19. With a net worth of $72.4 billion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg features at number 5 of the Forbes Top 10 Billionaires list. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged to give 99 percent of their Facebook stake after their demise.
#4. Bernard Arnault
At number 4 of Forbes Top 10 Billionaires list is Bernard Arnault and family with a net worth $75.5 billion. The influential businessman, investor and an art collector is the richest person in France and the fourth richest person in the world according to Forbes magazine. In April 2018, he also became the richest person in fashion surpassing Zara’s Amancio Ortega.
#3. Warren Buffet
At number 3 of Forbes Top 10 Billionaires list is Warren Buffet with a staggering net worth of $87.7 billion. He is known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” the 87-year-old Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time. He is the third wealthiest person in the US and in the world. He is a French business magnate, an investor, and art collector. With Bill Gates, Warren Buffet launched The Giving Pledge in 2010, requesting billionaires to donate half their wealth towards charitable causes.
#2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is the most recognised personality in the world and with a whopping net worth of $91.2 billion, the 62-year-old comes second of Forbes Top 10 Billionaires List. He is the co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to improve global health. He founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. He sold much of his stake in Microsoft and now owns just over one percent of shares.
#1. Jeff Bezos
Here comes the richest person in the world! He is none other than Amazon chief Jeff Bezos! He tops the Forbes list of the World Billionaire like a boss. His impeccable net worth is $112 billion. He founded the e-commerce company in 1994. Mr Jeff Bezos who studied at Princeton University, quit his job to sell books online. The 54-year-old is highly involved in space travel and his aerospace company called Blue Origin. He is focussed on developing a reusable rocket that will carry passengers.