In 2015, the ten richest people (from one through ten) are Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helu, Warren Buffett, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison, Charles Koch and David Koch, followed by Christy Walton, Jim Walton, and Liliane Bettencourt. All of them acquired their wealth through business ventures.Continue Reading
Bill Gates (who has a net worth of $79.2 billion) is the founder of the technology company, Microsoft. Carlos Slim Helu ($77.1 billion) is a Mexican businessman who earned most of his fortune from the Latin American mobile phone company, America Movil. Amancio Ortega ($71.8 billion) is the founder of the international clothing company, Zara. Warren Buffet ($67.5 billiion) is the founder of the multinational holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. Larry Ellison ($50.5 billion) is the founder of Oracle, a computer technology corporation.
Charles and David Koch (each worth $42.9 billion) are the heads of Koch Industries, a corporation involved in manufacturing, chemicals, trading and investments. Christy Walton ($41.7 billion) is the widow of John Walton, who is the son of Sam Walton, founder of the retail giant, Walmart. Jim Walton ($40.6 billion) is another son of Sam Walton. Liliane Bettencourt ($40.1 billion) runs the cosmetics and beauty company, L'Oreal, which was founded by her father, the late Eugene Schueller.Learn more about Economics