Top 15 Richest People In The World (1997-2021)

Imagine being able to say, “I’m richer than your whole country combined”.

This video shows the list of the richest people in the world according to Forbes, the World Bank Organization and Bloomberg.com from the last few decades.

The people among this list of the top fifteen wealthiest people in the world are Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Bernard Arnault, Jack Ma and Steve Ballmer.

Elon Musk topped the list as the wealthiest person in the world by the year 2021. He is the Tesla chief executive with a net worth of $273.5 billion. His wealth rised to a level only ever achieved by John D. Rockefeller in 2021. The wealthiest people in the world right now achieved this status in 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which left the world on an unsteady gait. It was a year of enormous gains and a good time to build the status of being multibillionaires for those who were determined like Elon Musk. From rising equity markets to rising variations of cryptocurrencies, mansions and commodities boosted the collective wealth of these richest people in the world.

Elon Musk was followed by Jeff Bezos, ending the 2021 year as the second wealthiest person with a net worth of $194.2billion. He is popularly known for being the founder and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amazon, the world’s largest online retail sales company and standing out company providing cloud services. He is now an executive chair of the Amazon Company.

Bernard Arnault is a French business person, an art collector and an investor. He is also a trained engineer. His business chops started becoming apparent in his father’s construction firm, which he was running from 1971 to 1977. In 1984, Bernard Arnault acquired a luxury goods maker and started selling its holdings. His fortune came from his investment in luxurious brands in 2005, where he was among the top ten richest Europeans.

He is the chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the largest company of luxury goods, the LVMH. The LVMH Company owns some biggest brands globally: Hennessy, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Sephora. However, Christian Dior SE is the company that brings most of its wealth because it controls 41.2% of LVMH. He has a net worth of 189.9 billion USD.

Bill Gates is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur with a net worth of 134.2 billion USD. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest personal computer software company. Bill Gates led the company as the chairman and the Chief Executive Officer up to 2000 after stepping down and was succeeded by Steve Ballmer. Bill Gates continued being the chairman of the Board of Directors and he became the chief software architect. According to Forbes, Bill Gates was at the helm of the wealthiest people in the world from 1995 to 2017 except for the year 2010 to 2013 where Carlos Slim and his family took the title.

In 2017, Jeff Bezos took over as the world’s richest person. In 2021, he was ranked the fourth richest person globally after being surpassed by Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault. In 2021, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates divorced and for this reason, Bill had to cede assets to Melinda. This reduced the number of assets he owned, and thus he was by other people.

Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $115.7 billion. His fortune came from being the co-founder of Facebook, a social networking website. Over the years, Facebook has gained over two billion people giving it an enormous success, which has given Zuckerberg and his co-founders so much wealth.

Warren Buffet is a business mogul who has been running Berkshire Hathaway since the 1960s. His net worth is 100.6 billion USD. Berkshire Hathaway, the company he is CEO and chairman of, is a holding company that owns over 60 companies, such as Duracell, Geico, BNSF Railway. Warren Buffet also has stakes in large companies such as Apple, Coca-Cola, American Express, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America.

Larry Ellison has a net worth of about 120.1 billion USD. He is a business person and an entrepreneur who is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founded the Oracle Corporation software Company. Being the owner of Oracle Company gives him the majority of his wealth.

Larry Page is also among the top fifteen wealthiest people in the world. He is an internet entrepreneur and computer scientist and popularly known as a co-founder of a mega-company, Google, alongside Sergey Brin. His most wealth is from his stake in Alphabet, the parent company of Google. His net worth is $119 billion. He was the Executive Officer of Google until he stepped down in 2001. He then became the CEO of Alphabet Company up to 2019 December and he now remains a member and a controlling shareholder.

Sergey Brin is a co-founder of Google with an estimated net worth of 115.1 billion USD. He has earned his wealth from Google, where he has a six percent stake in the Alphabet Company.

Steve Ballmer’s net worth is approximated to be $98.5 billion. Steve Balmer is the CEO of Microsoft Corporation. His fortune came from gains in this company.

Carlos Slim is the richest man in Mexico. His net worth stands at 84 billion USD. He has amassed such wealth by investing in América Móvil, the biggest mobile telecom firm in Latin America and having stakes in real estate and construction companies.

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