Top World prominent Billionaires
In the world today, some so many individuals have set themselves apart from others by making creativity and investment a lifestyle.
This class of individuals has continued to be on the lips of so many and on the pages of well-read, world-class magazines. This is because their net worth has earned them the title of billionaires.
A billionaire is a person whose total net worth reaches one billion or more of a particular major currency.
Many billionaires in the world today were not born with silver spoons. They worked hard to get to where they are now. Some of these billionaires include;
Top World Prominent Billionaires
9) JEFF BEZOS
Jeffrey Preston Bezos, born 12th January 1964 is an American entrepreneur, founder, and CEO, of multinational technology company Amazon.
He graduated from Princeton with a major in computer science and electrical engineering and founded Amazon in 1994.
His current net worth has gone beyond $200 billion, making him the current world’s richest person, wealthier than anyone else on the earth since 1982.
He was married to Mackenzie Tuttle, his now ex-wife and they have four children together.
8) Bill Gates
William Henry Gates III was born on the 28th of October 1955. The American businessman and software developer first enrolled at Harvard studying computer science and mathematics but later dropped out to pursue coding before he founded Microsoft in 1976.
He was the world’s richest man in 2016 before losing the title.
His current net worth is about $114.7billion
He is married to Melinda Gates with whom he formed the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ and they have three children.
7) Warren Buffet
Born 30th August 1930, Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, an investor, and a philanthropist.
He is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which he founded in 1964 and is a parent company to more than 60 others.
Buffett is currently the third most successful investor in the world after Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates with a net worth of over $82.5billion.
Warren got married to Susan Thompson in 1952, and they had three children; Susie, Howard, and Peter Buffett. He later remarried Astrid Menks after the death of Susan Thompson in 2004.
6) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on the 14th of May 1984 to Karen and Edward Zuckerberg in the USA.
He was studying Psychology and Computer Science at Harvard University but left in 2004 to focus on Facebook. According to Forbes, his current net worth is about $68.5billion.
Zuckerberg is happily married to a long-time girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, and they are blessed with two beautiful daughters.
5) Rob Walton
Rob Walton, born on the 28th of October 1944 in Oklahoma, USA is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.
He took over from his father after his death in 1952. According to Forbes, he is currently the 12th richest billionaire in the world with a current net worth of about $64.1billion.
4) Jack Ma
Jack Ma was born on 10th September 1964, as Ma Yun in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. He was nicknamed Jack by a foreign pen pal who found it difficult to pronounce his Chinese name.
In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Hangzhou Normal University (earlier Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute). Jack Ma wanted to further his studies at Harvard Business School, but he got rejected all ten times he applied.
He also applied for several jobs but faced rejection.
He later co-founded one of the world’s largest e-commerce business, Alibaba Group. He is currently worth about $52.7billion.
3) Steve Ballmer
Steve Balmer, an American businessman, and investor was born on 24th March 1956. Ballmer was hired by Bill Gates at Microsoft in 1980 and became Microsoft’s 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates.
Ballmer was offered a salary of $50,000 as well as 5-10% of the company. When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8% of the company. In 2003, Ballmer sold 39.3 million Microsoft shares equating to approximately $955 million, thereby reducing his ownership to 4%.
The same year, he replaced Microsoft’s employee stock options program. On February 4, 2014, Ballmer retired as CEO and resigned from the Board of Directors on August 19, 2014, to prepare for teaching a new class.
He is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
His current net worth is about $63.6 billion, ranking him the 16th richest person in the world.
2) Larry Ellison
Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison was born on 14th August 1944. Larry Ellison is chairman of Oracle Corporation and chief technology officer.
He founded the company in 1977 and served as CEO until September 2014. The 76-year-old billionaire and co-founder of Oracle is one of the most interesting men in the tech industry. He is currently worth about $78.9billion.
1) Bernard Arnault
Arnault was born on 5th March 1949 in Roubaix, France. He went to Maxence Van Der Meersch High School.
After that, he enrolled in the Ecole Polytechnique and graduated with a degree in engineering in 1971. The same year he started working at his father’s company where he contributed significantly to the company affairs becoming its president in 1979.
He went to the United States however did not like it there so he returned to France where he joined a luxury goods company called ‘Financière Agache’ as its chief executive officer.
He acquired a struggling company ‘Boussac’ which owned other brands such as Christian Dior, Conforama, Peaudouce, and a department store named Le Bon Marche.
His father made a small fortune in construction and Bernard decided to invest about $15 million from that business to buy Christian Dior in 1985. He oversees an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora. His current net worth is about $117billion.
These very prominent individuals have been listed above in no particular order. They have continually served as an inspiration to the upcoming generation. It is evident that they all started from somewhere and one common thing with them is that they never gave up.
Their stories have further emphasized the importance of hard work and investment to attain growth.