Top 50 Richest People In The World 2022 {Net Worth}

The lives of the richest people in the world have always been objects of fascination; for purposes of motivation and more, their lives, and everything about them have been thoroughly scrutinized. Hardly any billionaire in the world is a full and year round citizen of any country; as they make money and become more successful, they set their sights to other markets; thereby taking their brands and businesses abroad.

In order to sustain these ridiculous figures, they need to transform their companies into multinational conglomerates; boosting sales and brand recognition.

With investments across various sectors; and in several countries, these men and women can then enjoy the recognition and 5 star lifestyle that comes with being ultra rich.

Top 50 Richest People In The World

Name Net worth Industry Country
1.  Elon Musk $263.7 B Tesla, SpaceX United States
2.  Bernard Arnault $155.4 B LVMH France
3.  Jeff Bezos $153.2 B Amazon United States
4.  Gautam Adani $147.9 B infrastructure, commodities India
5.  Bill Gates $107.6 B Microsoft United States
6.  Larry Ellison $102.4 B Software United States
7.  Warren Buffett $98.7 B Berkshire Hathaway United States
8.  Mukesh Ambani $93.6 B Diversified India
9.  Larry Page $93.3 B Google United States
10.  Sergey Brin $89.4 B Google United States
11.  Steve Ballmer $83.2 B Microsoft United States
12.  Michael Bloomberg $76.8 B Bloomberg LP United States
13.  Carlos Slim Helu & Family $76.6 B Telecom Mexico
14.  Francoise Bettencourt Meyers $68.6 B L’Oréal France
15.  Zhong Shanshan $67.4 B beverages China
16.  Jim Walton $59.0 B Walmart United States
17.  Mark Zuckerberg $58.3 B Facebook United States
18.  Rob Walton $57.8 B Walmart United States
19.  Alice Walton $56.9 B Walmart United States
20.  Charles Koch $56.2 B Koch Industries United States
21.  Julia Koch & family $56.2 B Koch Industries United States
22.  Amancio Ortega $53.6 B Zara Spain
23.  David Thomson & family $51.9 B media Canada
24.  Michael Dell $50.6 B Dell computers United States
25.  Zhang Yiming $49.5 B TikTok China
26.  Phil Knight & family $42.4 B Nike United States
27.  Rodolphe Saadé & family $41.4 B shipping France
28.  MacKenzie Scott $38.3 B Amazon United States
29.  Jacqueline Mars $37.6 B candy United States
30.  John Mars $37.6 B candy United States
31.  Robin Zeng $37.3 B batteries Hong Kong
32.  François Pinault $34.5 B luxury goods France
33.  Li Ka-shing $34.5 B diversified Hong Kong
34.  Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. $34.0 B Retail Germany
35.  Ma Huateng $33.7 B internet media China
36.  Giovanni Ferrero $32.8 B Nutella, chocolates Italy
37.  Len Blavatnik $31.2 B music, chemicals United States
38.  Ken Griffin $31.0 B hedge funds United States
39.  Jeff Yass $30.0 B trading United States
40.  Gerard Wertheimer $29.9 B Chanel France
41.  Alain Wertheimer $29.9 B Chanel France
42.  Stephen Schwarzman $29.8 B investments United States
43.  Lee Shau Kee $29.8 B real estate Hong Kong
44.  Tadashi Yanai & family $29.2 B fashion retail Japan
45.  Klaus-Michael Kuehne $28.7 B shipping Germany
46.  Jim Simons $28.1 B hedge funds United States
47.  Gina Rinehart $27.8 B mining Australia
48.  William Lei Ding $27.1 B online games China
49.  Miriam Adelson $27.0 B casinos United States
50.  Andrey Melnichenko $26.6 B coal Russia

1. Elon Musk

Net Worth: $263.7 B

Industry: Tesla, SpaceX

Country: United States

Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He is a genius, so of course he is rich. He was born in South Africa, but then went to Canada, before settling in America. He is a pioneer in electric vehicles; he owns Tesla which is the world’s biggest brand in development of the cars of the future.

But he also knows how to make money; he is into financial services, and he is invested in cryptocurrency. The special thing about Elon Musk is that he moves the market himself; rather than wait for market forces to take effect.

2. Bernard Arnault & family

Net Worth: $155.4 B

Industry: LVMH

Country: France

Bernard Arnault is the richest man in Europe, and chairman of the world’s biggest luxury goods brand- Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. His empire cuts across clothing, accessories, beverages, and other luxury items. Bernard Arnault was born in France, and understands European culture.

He also understands boardroom politics, and has defended his empire against raiders several times during his business career. he has done well to stabilize and expand the company; taking brand advertising to another dimension.

3. Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: $153.2 B

Industry:  Amazon

Country: United States

Jeff Bezos is one of the most powerful men outside politics; he is Chairman of Amazon- a company with 1,608,000 employees. Jeff Bezos started Amazon with a loan he got from his father in law; and in a few years he grew a small online bookstore into a retail giant selling practically anything.

Today, his company is into e commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, and also one of the biggest economic forces.

Jeff Bezos is also Chairman of Blue Origin; a space flight company, and also of several tech start ups.

4. Gautam Adani & family

Net Worth: $147.9 B

Industry:  infrastructure, commodities

Country: India

Gautam Adani is the wealthiest man in Asia, and the single biggest economic force in India. He is a man of remarkable intelligence and foresight, and has built the largest conglomerate in his home country with investments in infrastructure, as well as in commodities.

His company; Adani Group, is primarily involved in the development and operation of ports, although they are also into power and other infrastructure. Adani Group also has operations in several countries outside India; it also deals in commodities, as well as in the media.

Interestingly, Gautam Adani dropped out of University, and then worked as a Diamond Sorter, before venturing into business.

5. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $107.6 B

Industry:  Microsoft

Country: United States

For a long time, Bill Gates held the position of the richest man in the world. His company Microsoft is still one of the biggest names in software development; and is still pivotal to the world’s economy. Bill Gates dropped out of university to start a software development company with his friend right in a tiny garage.

Microsoft has now expanded beyond just computer software; the company is in mobile market as well as gaming, and consumer electronics. The company has locations around the world; and is now more centered on research and development of new ideas.

Bill Gates himself has invested so much in Pharmaceuticals; he probably has more money invested in research data than any single person in the world. The value of this research is left out of his net worth estimates.

6. Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $102.4 B

Industry:  software

Country: United States

Larry Ellison is an American genius. He dropped out of both University of Illinois, and University of Chicago before starting up Oracle Corporation.

The company is an American multinational computer technology corporation focusing on computer networking solutions, cloud computing, software and hardware designs, and also artificial intelligence.

Larry Ellison has also diversified his investments; he owns an impressive real estate portfolio, including his own island in Hawaii.

7. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $98.7 B

Industry:  Berkshire Hathaway

Country: United States

Also known as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett is a legendary investor. He is the person other people look at to determine the tide, and he is also considered the highest authority when it comes to financial markets.

He is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; a multinational holding conglomerate with about 13 companies under its complete control, and several other companies still in its portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway has interests in companies like Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Heinz, Duracell, and so on.

Warren Buffet is the most successful investor in history; when he talks about business, people listen.

8. Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth: $93.6 B

Industry:  diversified

Country: India

Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business magnate and billionaire. He is one of the most powerful men in Asia; as head of Reliance Industries Ltd- India’s biggest and most valuable company.

Reliance Industries is a conglomerate with several companies under it; most notable being Jio Platforms Limited (the mobile telephony company), Reliance Retail, Reliance Logistics, Reliance Solar, Reliance Industrial Infrastructure, Network 18, Reliance Industrial Investment Holdings, and so on.

Mukesh Ambani is also a noted philanthropist; he runs a big foundation with his wife; and has rewarded company investors more handsomely than anyone else in the history of India.

9. Larry Page

Net Worth: $93.3 B

Industry:  Google

Country: United States

Larry Page is one of the two tech geniuses who founded Google. He was born March 26, 1973, and has played a big role in arranging the internet as we know it today. He has not only designed the search engine; but as a business man, he turned it into an advertising platform; the biggest in the world, and has led the company to test new frontiers.

Now that the business is stabilized; he is has taken a backseat in the company, where he was CEO of the parent company. He remains a member of the board of the parent company, as well as an employee of google.

10. Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $89.4 B

Industry: Google

Country: United States

Sergey Brin is the co-founder of google. He was born in Moscow, but immigrated to the United States with his family when he was just 6 years old. He is cofounded google with Larry Page, and was the CEO of the parent company until 2019. Sergey Brin is a computer specialist; as well as an internet entrepreneur, and a business magnate.

He is more of a behind the scenes personality at google; he remains a controlling shareholder, a member of the board, as well as an employee of the company.

His position as co owner of google also makes him one of the most powerful people in the world; and he owns a share in advanced research and artificial intelligence which the company has done over the years, that is obviously primed for the future.

11. Steve Ballmer

Net Worth: $83.2 B

Industry: Microsoft

Country: United States

Steven Anthony Ballmer is an American business magnate. He is best known as the former CEO of Microsoft; he served in that position from 2000 to 2014. He was hired by Bill Gates to work at Microsoft; and while the company grew in reach and importance during his tenure, the company also missed out on the mobile telephony market which was conquered by Google and Apple.

He is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Steven Anthony Ballmer is one of the early tech billionaires; he joined the company at incorporation, and had a front row seat as the company unfolded.

He eventually became President of the company and voluntarily resigned. He is still on the board of Microsoft.

12. Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: $76.8 B

Industry: Bloomberg LP

Country: United States

Michael Bloomberg is the richest person in information marketing. He has a background in the finance; he worked as a trader and investment manager before establishing his company Bloomberg LP- which is the biggest financial information company in the world.

Michael Bloomberg is also a politician; he has been Mayor of New York, as well as a Presidential Candidate. Michael Bloomberg has the record for the biggest self funded campaign budget in the history of the US.

13. Carlos Slim Helu & Family

Net Worth: $76.6 B

Industry:  Telecom

Country: Mexico

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican Billionaire industrialist and businessman; not long ago, he was rated as the richest person in the world.

Carlos Slim Helu’s business activities are centered around metals, but he has expanded his business to involve education, health care, transportation, real estate, mass media, energy, hospitality, entertainment, high-technology, industrial manufacturing, retail, sports and financial services.

14. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family

Net Worth: $68.6 B

Industry: L’Oréal

Country: France

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the granddaughter of the founder of global cosmetics brand L’Oreal. As far as cosmetics go, there is nobody with a bigger fortune than Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.

She is the only child of her late mother, and all her mother’s fortune became hers when she died. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is also a writer and author. She is a big philanthropist.

15. Zhong Shanshan

Net Worth: $67.4 B

Industry: beverages, pharmaceuticals

Country: China

Zhong Shanshan is the richest person in china presently, and one of the wealthiest persons in the world. His empire is centered around beverages and pharmaceuticals. Before founding the beverage business he worked in construction, and later as a journalist. He then sold mushrooms and turtles, and then worked as sales agent for a beverages company.

16. Jim Walton

Net Worth: $59.0 B

Industry: Walmart

Country: United States

Jim Walton is the head of the Walton Family; he is an heir to Sam Walton who founded Walmart. He controls the company together with five of his siblings (and their families), and he owns a part of it through the family trust. Even at his age, he is still very handsome, and he serves as the face of the family company.

17. Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $58.3 B

Industry: Facebook

Country: United States

Mark Zuckerberg is the most famous tech CEO of the decade; he is the CEO of Facebook- the company that has changed the way humans communicate. The company is the most popular social media network; and the company is making more progress in terms of technology development; diversifying its interests and strategizing for the future.

18. Rob Walton

Net Worth: $57.8 B

Industry: Walmart

Country: United States

Rob Walton is one of the Walton Siblings; he is part owner of Walmart, which was founded by his father.

19. Alice Walton

Net Worth: $56.9 B

Industry: Walmart

Country: United States

Alice Walton is one of the Walton Siblings; she is a daughter of the late Sam Walton; and therefore a retail billionaire heiress. As part owner of a company that employs 2,300,000 people, she is one of the most powerful people in America. Her net worth also makes her one of the richest women in the world.

20. Charles Koch

Net Worth: $56.2 B

Industry: Koch Industries

Country: United States

Charles Koch is the surviving one of the famous Koch Brothers. Together with his late brother David; he took control of his father’s oil company and grew it into one of the largest diversified conglomerates in the world. He is also an important lobbyist and together with his late brother he played a big role in promoting liberal politics in America.

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Closing

The richest persons in the world are heads of the biggest corporations in the world. Most of them are heirs and heiresses; they sit at the helm of companies that were founded by their parents and grandparents; the biggest exceptions being the tech billionaires.

History shows that nobody stays as the richest forever; the importance of sectors and industries rise and wane over time, and the fortunes of those tied to them follow suit.