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Most of the billionaires who made the world's richest people list are self-made self-starters who built business empires in tech, finance, fashion, and sports.

To make the list of the 50 richest people in the world, it takes a net worth of at least $19.8 billion. play

To make the list of the 50 richest people in the world, it takes a net worth of at least $19.8 billion.

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  • We put together a list of the world's richest people, using data from Bloomberg.
  • The majority of the billionaires on the list are self-made self-starters who built business empires in tech, finance, fashion, and sports.
  • A few of the billionaires inherited stakes in their family's companies.

There's rich. And then there's world's richest people rich.

To make it into the latter group, you now need a net worth of at least $19.8 billion.

Using the calculations from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, we put together a list of the 50 richest people in the world. Bloomberg updates its data at the close of every trading day in New York, and our list is based on the latest data available for February 15. Since Bloomberg News doesn't report on Bloomberg LP, we added him using his estimated net worth from Forbes.

The majority of the billionaires on the list are self-made self-starters who built business empires in tech, finance, fashion, and sports. A few inherited stakes in their family's companies.

From tech tycoons to luxury car heiresses, here are the 50 richest people on earth.

Elena Holodny contributed to a previous version of this article.

50. Tadashi Yanai

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50. Tadashi Yanai

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Tadashi Yanai is the the founder and president of Fast Retailing, which owns retailer Uniqlo.

Net worth: $19.8 billion

Age: 68

Citizenship: Japan

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made



49. Vladimir Potanin

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49. Vladimir Potanin

(Reuters)

Vladimir Potanin started his private investment company Interros in the early 1990s, which is invested in mining, metals, energy, finance, and real estate. Interros owns 30% of the Russian nickel company Norilsk Nickel.

Potanin has served as the President of the United Export Import Bank, the first Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and currently heads the National Council on Corporate Governance.

Net worth: $19.9 billion

Age: 57

Citizenship: Russian Federation

Industry: Nickel

Source of wealth: Self-made



48. Robert Kuok

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48. Robert Kuok

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Robert Kuok is Malaysian-Chinese buinessman who has massive businesses in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore in areas such as sugar, palm oil, hotels, and trading, among others.

His businesses are primarily privately-held by him and his family and Kuok is notoriously media-shy.

Net worth: $19.9 billion

Age: 94

Citizenship: Malaysia

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made



47. Lakshmi Mittal

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Lakshmi Mittal, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal, arrives for a meeting with France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France, July 31, 2017.

(REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

Lakshmi Mittal is the CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker. His father, Mohanlal Mittal, ran a steel company, but Mittal founded his own steel factory in Indonesia in 1976. Mittal Steel merged with Luxembourg-based Arcelor in 2006. It now produces 10% of the world's steel.

Net worth: $19.9 billion

Age: 67

Citizenship: India

Industry: Steel

Source of wealth: Self-made



46. Lee Kun Hee

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46. Lee Kun Hee

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Lee Kun Hee is the chairman of Samsung Electronics, which is known for its consumer electronics division. He remains hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in 2014.

Net worth: $20.3 billion

Age: 75

Citizenship: Republic of Korea

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Inherited; Samsung Electronics



45. Alexey Mordashov

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45. Alexey Mordashov

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Alexey Mordashov is a Russian oligarch who built his fortune as steel company Severstal's majority shareholder. He was the company's CEO for 19 years until 2015. He also has stakes in mining, media, banking, telecom, and, recently, technology.

Net worth: $20.5 billion

Age: 52

Citizenship: Russian Federation

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made



44. Elon Musk

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44. Elon Musk

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Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla, which makes electric cars. He's also the CEO of SpaceX and founded OpenAI and Neuralink.

Net worth: $20.5 billion

Age: 46

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made



43. Len Blavatnik

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43. Len Blavatnik

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Soviet-born American Len Blavatnik founded Access Industries in 1986. It began with only Russian investments, but now includes a diverse portfolio. He purchased a 20% stake in Tory Burch, now a retail powerhouse, in 2004, becoming the first and largest outside investor in the company.

Net worth: $20.8 billion

Age: 60

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made; Access Industries



42. Michael Dell

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42. Michael Dell

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Michael Dell started PC Ltd., the predecessor to Dell Inc., while he was a premed student in 1984. He dropped out of college to build computers full time, and the company went public by the time he was 23.

Net worth: $21 billion

Age: 52

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Dell



41. Thomas Peterffy

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41. Thomas Peterffy

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Thomas Peterffy is the chair, CEO, and founder of Interactive Brokers Group, a huge electronic broker.

Net worth: $21.3 billion

Age: 73

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Finance

Source of wealth: Self-made; Interactive Brokers



40. Yang Huiyan

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40. Yang Huiyan

(China Daily/Reuters)

Yang Huiyan controls Chinese real estate developer Country Garden Holdings. According to Bloomberg, her father co-founded the company in 1992 and then transferred his stake to her in 2005.

Net worth: $21.6 billion

Age: 36

Citizenship: China

Industry: Real Estate

Source of wealth: Inherited; Country Garden Holdings



39. Stefan Quandt

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39. Stefan Quandt

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Stefan Quandt inherited a stake in Bayerische Motoren Werke, which owns BMW and Rolls-Royce.

Net worth: $21.7 billion

Age: 51

Citizenship: Germany

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Inherited; BMW



38. Leonardo del Vecchio

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38. Leonardo del Vecchio

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Leonardo del Vecchio started Luxottica, the eyewear powerhouse, in 1961 in Milan. It owns Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban, and Oakley, and manufacturers glasses for a large number of luxury brands.

Net worth: $22.7 billion

Age: 82

Citizenship: Italy

Industry: Consumer goods

Source of wealth: Self-made; Luxottica Group



37. Dieter Schwarz

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37. Dieter Schwarz

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Dieter Schwarz joined his father's business in 1973 and soon opened the company's first discount supermarket. After his father died, he took over as CEO and expanded the business outside of Germany. The company operates Lidl, a grocery-store chain, and Kaufland, which is similar to Walmart.

Net worth: $23.5 billion

Age: 78

Citizenship: Germany

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made; Schwarz Gruppe



36. Giovanni Ferrero

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36. Giovanni Ferrero

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Giovanni Ferroro controls Ferrero SpA, which makes Ferrero chocolates, Nutella, Kinder chocolates, and Tic Tacs.

Net worth: $23.8 billion

Age: 53

Citizenship: Italy

Industry: Food and beverage

Source of wealth: Inherited; Ferrero Group



35. Lee Shau Kee

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35. Lee Shau Kee

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Lee Shau Kee founded Henderson Land Development, which grew into a top real-estate developer in Hong Kong and China, in 1973.

Net worth: $23.9 billion

Age: 89

Citizenship: Hong Kong

Industry: Real Estate

Source of wealth: Self-made; Henderson Land Development



34. Susanne Klatten

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34. Susanne Klatten

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Susanne Klatten inherited a stake in Bayerische Motoren Werke, which owns BMW and Rolls-Royce.

Net worth: $24.2 billion

Age: 55

Citizenship: Germany

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Inherited; BMW



33. Serge Dassault

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33. Serge Dassault

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Serge Dassault is the CEO of Dassault Group, which has a controlling stake in military jet maker Dassault Aviation.

Net worth: $24.5 billion

Age: 92

Citizenship: France

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Inherited; Dassault Group



32. Georg Schaeffler

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32. Georg Schaeffler

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After serving in the German military and working in corporate law stateside, Georg Schaeffler joined his father's company Schaeffler Group, which manufactures ball bearings for auto, aerospace, and industrial use. He is the chair and majority owner.

Net worth: $24.6 billion

Age: 53

Citizenship: Germany

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Inherited/self-made; Schaeffler Group



31. Paul Allen

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31. Paul Allen

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, left the company before it went public. He remained a board member until 2000, and reduced his stake in the firm over time. He also founded Vulcan, his private investment vehicle.

Net worth: $24.6 billion

Age: 64

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft



30. Francois Pinault

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30. Francois Pinault

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Francois Pinault founded luxury goods group Kering, which controls Gucci and Puma, among others.

Net worth: $26.2 billion

Age: 81

Citizenship: France

Industry: Consumer

Source of wealth: Self-made; Kering



29. Wang Jianlin

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29. Wang Jianlin

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Wang Jianlin is the founder and chair of conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which has interests in a large number of companies, including property development, department stores, and entertainment.

Net worth: $27.5 billion

Age: 63

Citizenship: China

Industry: Real Estate

Source of wealth: Self-made; Dalian Wanda Group



28. Jorge Paulo Lemann

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28. Jorge Paulo Lemann

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Jorge Lemann worked as a journalist and professional tennis player before jumping into finance in 1971. He co-founded 3G Capital in 2004, and has become known for his affinity for merges and acquisitions.

Net worth: $27.8 billion

Age: 78

Citizenship: Brazil

Industry: Food and beverage

Source of wealth: Self-made; 3G Capital



27. Phil Knight

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27. Phil Knight

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Back in the 1960s, Phil Knight started a company that distributed Japanese sneakers in the US under the name Blue Ribbon Sports — which was the predecessor to Nike. He transformed a passion for running into a full blown sneaker and celebrity athletes empire.

Net worth: $28.9 billion

Age: 79

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Consumer

Source of wealth: Self-made; Nike



26. Hui Ka Yan

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26. Hui Ka Yan

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Hui chairs China Evergrande Group, a property developer that has worked on hundreds of projects across nearly 200 cities in China.

Net worth: $30.3 billion

Age: 58

Citizenship: China

Industry: Real Estate

Source of wealth: Self-made; China Evergrande Group



25. and 24. John Mars and Jacqueline Mars

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25. and 24. John Mars and Jacqueline Mars

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Siblings John, Jacqueline, and the late-Forrest Mars inherited a stake in Mars, Inc. after their father died in 1999. The siblings are notoriously private, and don't actively manage the candy maker company. But they do run the Mars Foundation, which gives primarily to educational, environmental, cultural, and health-related causes.

Net worth: $32.5 billion each

Age: 82, 78

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Food and beverage

Source of wealth: Inherited; Mars Inc.



23. Li Ka-Shing

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Li suffered a personal tragedy when his wife, Chong Yuet-ming, died of an aneurism at the age of 55 on January 1, 1990.

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Li Ka-shing dropped out of school at 16 to support his family by working in a factory making plastic flowers. He opened his own factory six years later — the predecessor to today's CK Hutchinson Holdings, which has interests in real estate, energy, and telecoms.

Net worth: $33.9 billion

Age: 89

Citizenship: Hong Kong

Industry: Real Estate

Source of wealth: Self-made; CK Hutchinson Holdings



22. Steve Ballmer

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22. Steve Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer dropped out of business school at Stanford to become Microsoft's first business manager with a salary of $50,000 and a stake in the company. He eventually became CEO after Bill Gates stepped down and held the post until Satya Nadella replaced him in 2014.

Net worth: $36.9 billion

Age: 61

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft



21. Sheldon Adelson

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21. Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon Adelson and partners developed Computer Dealer's Exhibition (COMDEX), one of the largest trade shows in Las Vegas. He sold the company to Japan's Softbank for $860 million in 1995, and used the money to finance his purchase of the Sands Casino. He demolished that, and built the Venetian Casino Resort and the Sands Expo Convention Center in its place. In 2015, he bought Nevada's largest newspaper.

Net worth: $38 billion

Age: 84

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Entertainment/Real Estate

Source of wealth: Self-made; Las Vegas Sands



20. Mukesh Ambani

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20. Mukesh Ambani

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After his father died in 2002, Mukesh Ambani took over as chairman of Reliance Industries. He now controls about 40% of the company, which owns the world's largest oil refining complex.

Net worth: $40.4 billion

Age: 60

Citizenship: India

Industry: Energy

Source of wealth: Inherited/self-made; Reliance Industries



19. Pony Ma

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19. Pony Ma

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Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, founded Tencent Holdings, which has a number of Internet and communication platforms in its portfolio, in 1998 when he was 26. Among others, its platforms include WeChat and QQ.

Net worth: $43.5 billion

Age: 46

Citizenship: China

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Tencent Holdings



18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

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18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

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Francoise Betterncourt Meyers is now the heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics fortune after her mother's death in September 2017. She controls 33% of the company, according to Bloomberg.

Net worth: $43.9 billion

Age: 63

Citizenship: France

Industry: Consumer

Source of wealth: Inherited; L'Oreal Group



17. Alice Walton

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17. Alice Walton

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Alice Walton is the youngest heir to Helen and Sam Walton's Walmart fortune. She hasn't taken an active role in running the superstore empire, but she co-manages Walton Enterprises, one of the family's two holding companies.

Net worth: $46.6 billion

Age: 68

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Inherited; Walmart



16. David Koch

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16. David Koch

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David Koch runs Koch Industries as executive vice president with his brother, Charles. Koch Industries manufactures, refines, and distributes a wide range of things, including chemicals, energy, minerals, and more.

Net worth: $47.2 billion

Age: 77

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Self-made; Koch Industries



15. Charles Koch

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15. Charles Koch

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Charles Koch runs Koch Industries as chairman and CEO with his brother, David. In addition to their conglomerate, the two brothers are major political influencers.

Net worth: $47.2 billion

Age: 82

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Self-made; Koch Industries



14. Jim Walton

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14. Jim Walton

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James "Jim" Walton is the youngest son of Walmart founders Helen and Sam Walton. He co-manages Walton Enterprises, the holding company for the Walton family assets.

Net worth: $47.2 billion

Age: 69

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Inherited; Walmart



13. Jack Ma

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13. Jack Ma

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Jack Ma started e-commerce company Alibaba with just $60,000 in 1999. Fifteen years later, it broke records with a $25 billion initial public offering.

Net worth: $47.7 billion

Age: 53

Citizenship: China

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Alibaba



12. Rob Walton

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12. Rob Walton

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Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton is the oldest son of Walmart founders Helen and Sam Walton. He started working at the superstore empire back in 1969 and served as chairman from 1992 to 2015.

Net worth: $47.8 billion

Age: 73

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Inherited; Walmart



11. Michael Bloomberg

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Michael Bloomberg speaks at the DNC.

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After being fired by Salomon Brothers, Bloomberg founded his eponymous financial-data firm in 1981. He added the news and media subsidiary in 1990, but the majority of Bloomberg LP's revenue continues to come from the sale of terminals. He later served as mayor of New York City for three terms.

Net worth: $51.8 billion (according to Forbes)

Age: 75

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Financial Services/Media

Source of wealth: Self-made; Bloomberg LP



10. Sergey Brin

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10. Sergey Brin

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Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page back in 1998. He is now the president of Alphabet, which is the company that owns Google.

Net worth: $51.9 billion

Age: 44

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Google



9. Larry Page

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9. Larry Page

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Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. He is now the CEO of Alphabet, which is the company that owns Google.

Net worth: $53.2 billion

Age: 44

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Google



8. Larry Ellison

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8. Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison teamed up with two colleagues from an electronics company in 1977 to start their own programming firm, which then shortly landed a contract to build a relational database-management system for the CIA. The project later grew into what's known today as Oracle Corp., the second largest software maker behind Microsoft. He stepped down as CEO in 2014.

Net worth: $55.1 billion

Age: 73

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Oracle



7. Bernard Arnault

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7. Bernard Arnault

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Bernard Arnault is the chair of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which houses dozens of luxury brands. Arnault bought Christian Dior when he joined the business, and helped revive the company.

Net worth: $64.7 billion

Age: 68

Citizenship: France

Industry: Consumer

Source of wealth: Self-made/Inheritance; LVMH



6. Carlos Slim

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6. Carlos Slim

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Carlos Slim owns a large number of companies in Mexico through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. He also controls America Movil, the largest operator of mobile phones in Latin America.

Net worth: $66.2 billion

Age: 77

Citizenship: Mexico

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made; Grupo Carso



5. Amancio Ortega

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5. Amancio Ortega

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Amancio Ortego controls fashion giant Inditex, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, and others. At least part of his success can be attributed to Zara's fast-fashion business model.

Net worth: $71.3 billion

Age: 81

Citizenship: Spain

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made; Inditex



4. Mark Zuckerberg

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4. Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg launched TheFacebook.com when he was a sophomore in college before dropping out to work on the site full-time.

Net worth: $74 billion

Age: 33

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Facebook



3. Warren Buffett

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3. Warren Buffett

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After getting rejected from Harvard Business School, Warren Buffett went to Columbia instead where he studied under Benjamin Graham, who would become his mentor. He later bought Berkshire Hathaway in 1969 and transformed it into a powerhouse holding company.

Net worth: $86.1 billion

Age: 87

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Self-made; Berkshire Hathaway



2. Bill Gates

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2. Bill Gates

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Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen, and served as CEO until 2000. He still sits on the company's board, but is no longer active in the day-to-day dealings.

Net worth: $91.1 billion

Age: 62

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Microsoft



1. Jeff Bezos

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1. Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in the garage of his Seattle home in 1994. The online marketplace went public three years later and has since grown to sell everything from fashion to tech to food and Amazon's own consumer-electronics products.

On November 24, 2017 — Black Friday — Bezos's net worth hit $100 billion.

Net worth: $121 billion

Age: 53

Citizenship: United States

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Amazon