As the saying goes, “Money isn’t everything.” Well, money might not be everything, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. These 10 richest people in the world have a lot of money, and they’ve been wildly successful with it. Chances are you won’t make it through this list without recognizing at least one name.
Number Ten: Liliane Bettencourt & Family – $40.1 Billion. French heiress Liliane Bettencourt earned her money as a principal shareholder of cosmetics line L’Oréal. She was born in Paris, France.
Number Nine: Jim Walton – $40.6 Billion. Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. He is on Walmart’s Board of Directors.
Number Eight: Christy Walton & Family – $41.7 Billion. Another Walton, Christy is the widow of John Walton – son of Sam Walton. She is one of the world’s leading female philanthropists and contributed $3.5 million between 2002 and 2006.
Number Seven: David Koch – $42.9 Billion. Business magnate David Koch is part of Koch Industries, the second biggest privately held company in the United States. He is 75 years old, making him the younger Koch on this list.
Number Six: Charles Koch – $42.9 Billion. Charles Koch is David’s older brother and CEO of Koch Industries, mentioned above. He is 79 years old.
Number Five: Larry Ellison – $54.3 Billion. Internet entrepreneur Larry Ellison created Oracle, a technology corporation based out of California. Though he stepped down as CEO in 2014, Ellison is still worth billions.
Number Four: Amancio Ortega – $64.5 Billion. Amancio Ortega is founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group. He is best known for his involvement with popular clothing line Zara.
Number Three: Warren Buffett – $72.7 Billion. Warren Buffett is the most successful investor of the 20th century. He earned his billions from his involvement with Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate.
Number Two: Carlos Slim Helu & Family – $77.1 Billion. 75-year-old Carlos Slim Helu is, interestingly, known as the “Warren Buffett of Mexico.” He is the chairman and chief executive of two corporations: Telmex and América Móvil.
Number One: Bill Gates – $79.2 Billion. Bill Gates is perhaps the most recognizable person on this list, and for good reason. He became rich when he founded Microsoft. He is also co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is one of the world’s leading philanthropists.