The world's richest man in 2014 was Bill Gates. Gates was worth $76 billion in 2014 and remains the richest man in the world as of July 2015.
Bill Gates founded Microsoft and earned his fortune through his company's prominence and success in the computer software industry. In 2010, Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecommunications mogul, surpassed Gates as the richest man in the world for a short time. As of the Forbes 2014 rankings, Carlos Silm Helu's assets totaled $72 billion. Some of the world's other richest men include Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, Charles Koch, David Koch and Amancio Ortega.