The richest person in the world, Elon Musk, has put his $44 billion Twitter deal on hold
According to Forbes Magazine, there are an estimated 2,755 billionaires in the world.
Known for their extraordinary wealth, billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have bank balances many of us can only dream of.
However, the entrepreneur is still the richest person in the world, and he is not the only one, because the number of billionaires is increasing every year.
Who are the richest people in the world, what is their net worth and how did they make their fortune?
Elon Musk – $219 billion
According to Forbes Magazine, Musk is the richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $219 billion.
Born in South Africa, he grew up in Pretoria before moving to America to study at the University of Pennsylvania.
His first software startup, Zip2, was bought in 1999 for $307 million and he co-founded PayPal, which was sold to eBay in 2002 for $2.5 billion.
Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 and runs electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, of which he is a shareholder.
Musk has been married twice and has eight children.
His last relationship was with singer Grimes, with whom he has two children, a son named X Æ A-12 and a daughter named Exa Dark Sideræl.
He was previously in a relationship with Amber Heard and provided her 24/7 security following her divorce from Johnny Depp.
In 2020, Musk was involved in Depp’s high-profile defamation case in London, with texts exchanged between him and the actress during the trial
Citing concerns about fake accounts on the platform, Musk tweeted, “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts actually represent less than 5% of users.”
Jeff Bezos – $171 billion
Jeff Bezos is the second richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine with an estimated net worth of $171 billion.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos famously started the company from a garage in his home.
Amazon started out selling books, but expanded in the early 2000s to offer everything you could imagine from electronics to furniture and toiletries.
Bezos owns several apartments in New York City, homes in Washington, California and Washington DC, and a ranch in Texas that is the private base for his Blue Origin company, which launched tourists into space in 2021.
He was married to MacKenzie Bezos for 25 years and they have four children together.
Their divorce was announced in 2019, and Bezos announced his relationship with Lauren Sanchez that same year.
His company Amazon was questioned for its tax avoidance, and the organization Ethical Consumer called for a boycott of Amazon.
There were also concerns about the treatment of employees: In April 2022, warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, successfully voted to unionize.
Union leader Chris Smalls said: “We want to thank Jeff Bezos for going into space because while he was up there we signed people up.”
Bernard Arnault & Family – $158 billion
The Bernard Arnault family is the third richest family in the world according to Forbes Magazine with an estimated net worth of $158 billion.
The 73-year-old French billionaire runs 70 of the world’s best-known fashion and beauty brands, including Louis Voulton, Tiffany & Co and Sephora.
Arnault came from a wealthy family, with his family owning a successful construction business.
He entered the industry in 1985 after using $15 million from his father’s business to buy Christian Dior.
Arnault currently resides in Paris, France and is married to concert pianist Helene Mercier.
The couple have five children, four of whom – Frédéric, Delphine, Antoine and Alexandre – work in the family business.
Bill Gates – $129 billion
Bill Gates is the fourth richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine with an estimated net worth of $129.
Gates made his fortune through the software company Microsoft, which he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975.
He was married to Melinda Gates for 27 years until they divorced in 2021.
The couple founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, of which they are still co-chairs.
The foundation supports global health initiatives around the world, including improving global sanitation and working to eradicate diseases like malaria and AIDS.
Gates is estimated to have donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Foundation and is currently the largest private donor to the World Health Organization.
Gates has been met with controversy due to his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which began in 2011 after his initial conviction, according to the New York Times.
In an interview on the PBS Newshour show in 2021, he said, “You know, I had dinner with him … I regret doing that.
“He’s had relationships with people who he said are committed to global health, which is an interest I have. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction.
“These meetings were a mistake. They did not lead to what he claimed. And I cut them off. That’s a long time ago now. There – so there is nothing new about it.”
Warren Buffett – $118 billion
Warren Buffet is the fifth richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine with an estimated net worth of $118 million.
The son of a US Congressman, Buffett bought and sold his first stock at age 11, earning him the nickname “Oracle of Omaha.”
He runs Berkshire Hathway, which owns companies like Dairy Queen.
In 2006, he pledged to give away 99% of his wealth and has given away $45 million to date.
Unlike many of the other billionaires on this list, Buffett still lives in the same Omaha, Nebraska home that he bought in 1958 for $31.50 before making his fortune.
Who are the top 10 richest people in the world?
According to Forbes Magazine, the top 10 richest people in the world are:
- Elon Musk $219 billion
- Jeff Bezos $171 billion
- Bernard Arnault & family $158 billion
- Bill Gates $129 billion
- Warren Buffett $118 billion
- Larry Page 111 billion dollars
- Sergei Brin $107 billion
- Larry Ellison $106 billion
- Steve Ballmer $91.4 billion
- Mukesh Ambani $90.7 billion
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