According to the Oxfam report published before the World Economic Forum, the 8 richest people on the planet have a fortune of more than half the poorest people on the planet.The total net worth of 50% of the world’s poorest population (3.6 billion people) is equivalent to US $ 409 billion.Fortune is equal to the 8 largest billionaires in the world. Forbes announces its list of 2017 with some changes of positions in the Top 10. With only 1 new inclusion, Bernard Arnault returns to the 10 richest.The most significant changes are on the part of the entrepreneurs of the digital environment.Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg saw their fortunes take a big leap from year to year. Check the update: Top 10 Richest Men in the World by 2017
10. Bernard Arnault – $ 41.5 billion (France) – LVMH
Currently 67, Bernard is CEO and founder of the LVMH brand conglomerate.The company oversees a fashion empire with more than 70 brands including Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Tag Heuer, Fendi and Christian Dior.The businessman also owns interests in the supermarket chain Carrefour and Hermes.It is currently the richest person in France with all the luxury and glamor of the country of fashion.
9. Michel Bloomberg – US $ 47.5 billion (US) – Bloomberg
Michael, 75, is the co-founder of the world’s largest financial information company.It is the largest source of news for all financial media (banks, brokers, insurance companies, investment funds).It has a presence in 173 countries and employs over 20,000 people.The company has a cable TV station, books and magazines with financial content. In his resume, Michael can boast himself as Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013.
David and his brother control the holding company that has become one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with annual revenues above 100 billion.He owns 42% of Koch Industries, to which Charles is the president, and David is the vice, so the family controls the various sectors involved in the manufacturing, trading and investment industry, employing more than 70,000 people on the planet.
Charles is one of the brothers, mega entrepreneurs, of the United States industry.At 79, he is president of one of the 10 largest private companies there.Koch Industries is a holding company operating in the asphalt, commodity, energy, fertilizer, fiber, finance, gas, mineral, paper, oil, plastics and chemicals sectors.His performance at the helm of the company made him one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and 41st most powerful person in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012.
7. Larry Ellison – $ 52.2 billion (US) – Oracle
Larry is a co-founder and largest shareholder of Oracle Corporation, a multinational technology and information technology company valued at more than $ 160 billion with 105,000 employees.In addition to holding 23% of Oracle, it owns 46% of NetSuite and LeapFrog Enterprises shares, amounting to a net worth of 37 billion.It still has 4.5 billion in equity / personal money.Among its luxurious assets, there is 98% of an island in Hawaii, with yachts and hotels.
6. Carlos Slim – US $ 54.5 billion (Mexico) – América Móvil
It was considered from 2007 to 2012, the richest man in the world , surprising the former owner of the post – Bill Gates. Carlos is a 75-year-old Mexican entrepreneur with a degree in engineering from a local university.He is the majority shareholder of America ‘s largest mobile operator, America Movil (Claro, Embratel, Net).Currently, it owns only 43% of the company which corresponds to 40.8 billion (53% of its fortune).He also invests in several sectors, such as minerals (Minera Frisco), financial (Inbusa and CaixaBank group), tobacco (Philip Morris), media (New York Times) and football teams (Pachuca, León, Universidad del Fútbol and Sports Sciences and Real Oviedo).
5. Mark Zuckerberg – $ 56 billion (US) – Facebook
One of the best known people on this list, Mark became famous for being one of the founders of Facebook, the largest social network in the world.After founding in 2004, at age 19, its equity skyrocketed with the growth and entry of Facebook on the Nasdaq stock exchange.Currently, at age 31, married and with a daughter, Zuckerberg announced the plan to donate 99% of his charitable shares during his lifetime.Facebook has also acquired several rising companies, including Oculus, WhatsApp and Instagram.
4. Amancio Ortega – US $ 71.3 billion (Spain) – Zara
At 78, Spain’s Amancio Ortega is the richest resident in Europe with a 59% stake in the Inditex group, the world’s largest textile retailer.He owns the brand names Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oyshio, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius with over 5,000 stores in 77 countries, including 35 in Brazil.Its personal equity is estimated at 1.4 billion, the majority in real estate.The company represents 90% ($ 53.1 b.) Of its fortune, and other private investments.
3. Jeff Bezos – $ 72.8 billion (US) – Amazon.com
Bezos is CEO and founder of Amazon.com, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world.He founded the company in 1994 and launched the site in 1995 with only 20 books for sale.Obstined by the online field, he still acquired Alexa Internet, A9.com, and Internet Movie Database (IMDb).His last acquisition was The Washington Post for $ 250 million in 2013. At age 52, a graduate of the arts, he is married, has 4 children and resides in Seattle.In 2017 it reached the highest rank in the top 10. Third place among the 10 richest men in the world.
This 84-year-old American is one of the biggest investors in the world.Unlike other billionaire of this top 10, he has not founded any big company to be what it is.It has lighthouse to invest in the right companies.Through holding company Berkshire Hathaway, it controls holdings in various infrastructure companies such as gas, electric power, railroads and multinational companies that have surpassed expectations such as Coca-Cola, Gilette, American Express and Walt Disney. In his will, he promised to leave the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 83% of the fortune, and while he remains alive he donates 5% to charity each summer.
1. Bill Gates – $ 86 billion (US) – Microsoft
Gates, as you all know, is the world ‘s greatest philanthropist , agnostic, tycoon, living in excellence at age 59.In 2013 he recovered the position of the richest man in the world after valuing his shares.But he has been at the top of the list 16 times in the last 21 years. He retired from the Microsoft presidency to take care of the interests of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a project that has targeted more than $ 30 billion in social and humanitarian causes.Although it holds a 5% stake in Microsoft, its largest equity are the shares managed by the holding company “Cascade Investment”, which include companies such as Coca-Cola, Televisa, Ecolab, Railroad companies, hotels and resorts.