They’re the anointed few who never have to worry about making rent, saving for retirement or whether they really can afford that new car. They’re the richest people in the world, according to Forbes. To see who made the list, we looked at real-time data as of January 29, 2020. All fortunes are in US dollars.
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20. David Thomson
Net worth: $42.5 billionDavid Thomson, or the 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet, inherited not only his British title but also the Thomson Corporation from his father. What became media giant Thomson Reuters has put the Thomsons at the top of the richest families in Canada. However, Thomson also founded real estate firm Osmington Incorporated to operate independently from the family business. His net worth is a estimated $42.5 billion.
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19. Jack Ma
Net worth: $42.9 billionAfter graduation, Jack Ma applied to Harvard Business School ten times and got rejected each time. He also applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected by all. In 1999 he co-founded Alibaba, though. He now not only has a net worth of $42.9 billion but is also considered one of the most powerful people in the world.
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18. Ma Huateng
Net worth: $43.2 billionAlso known as Pony Ma, Ma Huateng has a net worth of $43.2 billion and is the richest person in China, one of the countries with the most billionaires. The business magnate is the founder and CEO of Asia’s most valuable company, Tencent.
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17. Rob Walton
Net worth: $52.1 billionRob Walton is the eldest of the Walton siblings. He has made his fortune as chairman of Walmart, the company founded by his father Sam Walton in 1962, and has a net worth of $52.1 billion.
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16. Alice Walton
Net worth: $52.2 billionAlice Walton and her siblings inherited much of their fortunes from their father, Walmart founder Sam Walton, making them top the list of the world’s richest families. A former equity analyst and money manager who later started her own investment bank, Walton now spends most of her time as an art curator and philanthropist.
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15. Jim Walton
Net worth: $52.4 billionJim Walton, the second youngest of the four Walton siblings, has an estimated net worth of $52.4 billion. While Jim has inherited much of his fortune through Walmart, he is also the chairman of the family-owned Arvest Bank and his own company, Community Publishers.
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14. Mukesh Ambani
Net worth: $57.1 billionMukesh Ambani is not only the richest person in India but has become the richest in Asia too. His net worth is now estimated at $57.1 billion.
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13. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Net worth: $57.4 billionWorth $57.4 billion, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is currently the richest woman in the world. She’s also the richest person not to have made her own fortune. She inherited her wealth from her mother Liliane Bettencourt, daughter of L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller.
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12. Steve Ballmer
Net worth: $60.3 billionFormer Microsoft CEO was only the second person to become a billionaire simply from stock options as an employee of a corporation he wasn’t a founder of or a relative of the founder. He was widely considered the worst CEO in the world, though. These days he’s owner of the NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers and has a net worth of $60.3 billion.
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11. Michael Bloomberg
Net worth: $60.5 billionFormer New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is worth $60.5 billion. The founder of Bloomberg LP may not be among the richest world leaders yet but he could very well be if his bid for the presidency of the United States is successful.
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10. Sergey Brin
Net worth: $63.2 billionGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin is worth $63.2 billion. As president of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Brin might want to learn how to ask for a raise this year. Like several other tech billionaires, his annual salary is $1.
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9. Larry Page
Net worth: $65.6 billionLarry Page is the perfect example of some who knows how to earn money while sleeping. As CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, he earns a salary of $1 a year but as Google co-founder, his investments have earned him a net worth of $65.6 billion.
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8. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $66.8 billionOracle founder Larry Ellison is not only one of the richest people in tech but also one of the richest people in the world. His estimated net worth is $66.8 billion. Noticed this list is a little heavy on the males? Never forget, there are best careers for women in tech available.
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7. Carlos Slim Helú
Net worth: $76.9 billionCarlos Slim Helú was the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013. The Mexican business magnate, who is worth $76.9 billion, started out as a civil engineer: one of the highest paying jobs that don’t involve sitting at a desk.
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6. Amancio Ortega
Net worth: $76.9 billionAmancio Ortega, who co-founded Zara with his then wife Rosalía Mera, is another regular on lists of the world’s richest people. His net worth is now estimated at $76.9 billion.
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5. Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $82.5 billionIn spite of controversies like the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data breach and accusations of helping the spread of fake news, Facebook is still paying off for its founder. Mark Zuckerberg is worth $82.5 billion.
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4. Warren Buffett
Net worth: $88.8 billionWith a fortune of $88.8 billion, Warren Buffett is consistently one of the world’s richest people. The famously philanthropic investor is also known as one of the world’s thriftiest billionaires.
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3. Bernard Arnault
Net worth: $107.5 billionLVMH CEO Bernard Arnault is the third person to have a net worth of more than $100 billion. His net worth of $107.5 billion makes him the richest person in Europe. With a bank balance like his, Arnault certainly doesn’t have to worry about getting to and from work in Paris, one of the cities with the world’s most expensive commutes.
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2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $110.2 billionMicrosoft has helped Bill Gates top the list of the world’s richest people year after year and even giving away part of his fortune has never really made a dent in his net worth. Although he’s now in second place, Forbes still estimates his wealth at $110.2 billion.
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1. Jeff Bezos
Net worth: $115.7 billionJeff Bezos definitely doesn’t worry about how much divorce will actually cost you in 2020. Even after his very expensive divorce settlement, he’s still worth $115.7 billion. He was the first person to have a net worth of more than $100 billion.
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