When people consider money they often wish that they had more. However, there are not many of these people who even consider the possibility of being one of the top 10 richest people in the World 2017. Some people are born into the big money; others are able to have success just fall into their laps. The majority of the ones who have money though achieve this goal through hard work and dedication to their field. Are you curious about whom these people are? Read on to learn.
10. Christy Walton
An estimated 39.1 to $39.1 billion dollars is what gives Walton her name as well as one of the world’s richest women. She accomplished this feat after her husband died in a plane crash back in 2005 and she has invested wisely since then. She now owns nearly 402 billion stores and does not show any signs of slowing down with her endeavor.
9. Sheldon Adelson
Due to his success with his casinos in Macau and Singapore we have Sheldon Adelson coming in at $37.5 billion dollars net worth. In recent times his financial status has soared and he brought in approximate $14.4 billion dollar increase over the last year. This nearly tied him with Gates as biggest gainer. He is chief executive over Las Vegas Sands.
8. Lawrence Joseph Ellison
The co-founder and CEO of the Oracle Corporation which is a software firm is where you will find Ellison whose net worth is estimated to be between $33 billion and $43.3 billion in total assets. He got is start after he received a very large salary from the company as well as many other benefits.
7. David Koch
David is the brother of Charles Koch as well as his partner in business when it comes to Koch Industries the company which he currently holds 42% shares with and where he is vice president. He deals more with the chemical wing and he works mostly from his home.His estimated net worth is about #44.9 billion.
6. Charles Koch
Partners with his brother and one of the world’s richest men is what you will find when you search for information on Charles Koch who owns 42% of Koch Industries. He is chairman and chief executive to the company which is probably why he has amassed his estimated $50 billion dollar net worth. The company is based on subsidiaries that are involved with manufacturing, investments and trades. Some of the things that this company has under its belt include Georgia-Pacific, Invista, Koch Fertilizer and more.
5. Ingvar Kamprad
Coming in at approximately $52.8 billion dollars net worth you will find Ingvar Kamprad, a Swedish businessman and the founder of iKea.He is also the richest man in Sweden. At 87-years-old he stepped down from being the chairperson for IKEA and handed the reins over to his youngest son.
4. Amancio Ortega
Clothing is the key to his estimated net worth of $57 billion dollars.Ortega quit school at the early age of 13 to begin his career in fashion by working in a clothing shop. He is the founder and main power behind the global retail conglomerate Zara. He has also had a major 59% share in Inditex which he founded in 1985. He has stepped down as chairperson for it and pursued Zara on a larger scale taking it up to nearly 1800 retail outlet stores in 70 countries. He is very modest about his money as well as his life and is often seen eating lunch alongside Zara employees. His modesty is perhaps why most people have never heard his name.
3. Warren Buffett
Buffett currently has an estimated worth of about $61 billion dollars. He began amassing his wealth when he first purchased stock at 11-years-old. Two years later he filed for his first tax return. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway which is a conglomerate company that also allows him to have a part in insurances companies like GEICO and General Re as well as companies that deal with life insurances, jewelry and annuity sales. The company’s headquarters are in Omaha, Nebraska and oversees a variety of subsidiary companies. His entire wealth is attributed to the textile company. Unlike most people who have acquired billions of dollars in assets and wealth, he is not greedy. He donates regularly to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2. Carlos Slim Helu
At an estimated net worth of around $70 billion this man is one of the richest people in the world. At age 12 he began building his empire by buying shares in the Bank of Mexico. As his financial situation continued to grow and he continued to acquire more businesses as well as growing his own holding group Grupo Carso, he remained modest in the way he lived. In the 60s and 70s he focused mainly on real estate however after 1990 he purchased Mexico’s phone company, Telefonos de Mexico and focused his energy on the cellular service and increased sales by 66% yearly over the next 15 years. When companies in Latin America began to crash in 2000 Slim purchased all that he could. He is now the largest cell phone provider in Latin America.
1. Bill Gates
Is it any wonder that the man who created Microsoft is the top of the line when it comes to the world’s richest man? His current estimated net worth is $77.1 billion dollars. It is all due to his interest in not only computers but because he is an author, philanthropist, business magnate and an investor who seems to know the right places to invest. The most amazing part of this story though is the fact that he is only 58-years-old which means he still has many more years ahead of him to acquire even more wealth.
The people who make up this list of the top 10 richest people in the World 2017 all have one thing in common, beyond the fact that they are on the top ten lists. They all have a unique and undeniable drive and dedication toward making money. They all have chosen their course of action, often from a very young age and then have worked to achieve their dreams. They have more money than most people could imagine as a result of their efforts. Would you want to ever see your name on this list?