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Have you ever wondered who the richest people in the world are? Most people have a pretty good idea, even if they are not an entrepreneur, tradesman or interested in the subject at all. All of these people are the ones who helped improved and reshaped the world with their influence. We have also described what all of these billionaires studied at the university, where they are from originally and how old they actually are. You will be surprised to know that most of our top 10 personas are not younger than 40. Even though in today’s world the success is measured by the value of your wallet, success is also and more importantly years of hard work that gets people where they are today. But sometimes a hard work and dedication isn’t enough to get us at the very top, as we can see reading about these billionaires. Sometimes an original idea is all you need to turn your luck around and make it into a billion dollar fortune.
As you are reading this you probably already have names on your mind as to who is actually on the very top list of the richest people in the world, but let’s find out.
10. Charles Koch (Net Worth: $51.6B)
Charles Koch is an 82 years old CEO, chairman and co-owner of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the United States. Both he and his brother, 77 year David Koch inherited the Wichita, Kansas-based company from their father, Fred Koch who started the business in 1940 and improved a method of refining heavy oil into gasoline. Charles Koch has $100 billion in revenues from businesses including pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets. He received a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering in 1957, and a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering in 1958, and a second Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1960. After college, Koch moved back to Wichita to join his father’s business.
9. Larry Page (Net Worth: $52.5B)
Larry Page is 44 years old Internet Entrepreneur, co-founder of Google Inc. and CEO of Alphabet Inc, PageRank. He has Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, with honours and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Standford University. Larry cofounded Google in 1998 with fellow Stanford Ph.D. student Sergey Brin. He was the first Google CEO until he stepped aside in July 2015, when he became CEO of Alphabet, under which Google’s assets would be reorganized. It is also important to mention that Larry is an inventor of PageRank, Google’s best known search ranking algorithm.
8. Larry Ellison (Net Worth: $61.1B)
Ellison is 73 years old an American businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who is co-founder, executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation. He cofounded software firm Oracle in 1977 to tap into the growing need for customer relationship management databases. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 but still serves as chairman of the board and chief technology officer. Oracle moved into hardware with its 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. In 2016, Larry pledged to give $200 million to the University of Southern California for a cancer treatment centre.
7. Carlos Slim Helu (Net Worth: $68.3B)
Mexico’s richest man. Carlos Slim is a 77 years old, Mexican businessman and investor, owner of the conglomerate “Grupo Carso”. Born in Mexico City, he always wanted to be a businessman. He received business lessons from his father Julian, who taught him finance, management and accounting, teaching him how to read financial statements as well as the imp0ortance of keeping accurate financial records. Carlos studied civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also concurrently taught algebra and linear programming. He and his family are now controlling America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm. With foreign telecom partners, Slim bought a stake in Telemex, Mecio’s only phone company in 1990.
6. Bernard Arnault (Net Worth: $68.9B)
Bernard Arnault is 68 years old. Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy (LVMH). He oversees an empire of 70 brands including Dom Perignon, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Sephora and Tag Heuer, as well as nearly 3.900 retail stores, all under the umbrella of luxury goods powerhouse LVMH. After graduating from the Lycée Maxence Van Der Meersch in Roubaix, Arnault was admitted to École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, from which he graduated with an engineering degree in 1971. LVMH is now working with the City of Paris to create another major new cultural institution that will be dedicated to artists and live performances.
5. Mark Zuckerberg (Net Worth: $71.6B)
Mark is the youngest among the top 10 richest people in the world. This 33 years old, chairman and CEO of Facebook dropped out of Harvard as he founded Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19. Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard for students to match names with faces in class. In 2004 Zuckerberg began writing a code for new Website called “Thefacebook” originally located at thefacebook.com. Few days after the site launched, three Harvard seniors accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network which resulted in a settlement for 1.2 million Facebook shares that were worth $300 million at Facebook’s IPO.
4. Amancio Ortega (Net Worth: $77B)
Ortega (81 years old) is the richest man in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world. A pioneer in fast fashion, he cofounded Zara parent Inditex with his ex-wife Rosalia Mera (d. 2013) in 1975. Ortega typically earns more than $400 million in dividends a year. He has invested in an ever-expanding real estate portfolio, which includes buildings in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Chicago, Miami and New York. The youngest of four children, Ortega was born in Busdongo de Arbás,León, Spain, to Antonio Ortega Rodríguez and Josefa Gaona Hernández from the province of Valladolid, and spent his childhood in León. He left school and moved to A Coruña at the age of 14, due to the job of his father, a railway worker.
3. Warren Buffett (Net Worth: $91.9B)
Known as the "Oracle of Omaha," Buffett (87 years old) is one of the most successful investors of all time. He runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 companies, including insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen. The son of a U.S. congressman, he first bought stock at age 11 and first filed taxes at age 13. He has committed to giving more than 99% of his fortune to charity. So far he has given nearly $32 billion. With friend Bill Gates he launched The Giving Pledge in 2010, asking billionaires to donate half their wealth to charitable causes. Buffett entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where at 19, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After being rejected by Harvard Business School, Buffett enrolled at Columbia Business School of Columbia University.
2. Bill Gates (Net Worth: $92.1B)
Bill Gates (age 62) with his wife Melinda, chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation. The foundation works to save lives and improve global health, and is working with Rotary International to eliminate polio. Gates has topped Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans for 24 years in a row. He remains a board member of Microsoft, the software firm he founded with Paul Allen in 1975. In late 2016, Gates announced the launch of a $1 billion Breakthrough Energy investment fund with about 20 other people. Gates was a National Merit Scholar when he graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973. He chose a pre-law major but took mathematics and graduate level computer science courses. While at Harvard, he met fellow student Steve Ballmer. Gates left Harvard after two years while Ballmer would stay and graduate magna cum laude. Years later, Ballmer succeeded Gates as Microsoft's CEO. He maintained that position from 2000 until his resignation from the company in 2014.
1. Jeff Bezos (Net Worth: $108.2B)
Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos (54 years old) briefly topped Forbes' ranks of the worlds richest in July 2017, as his online retailer's stock surged. He owns nearly 17% of Amazon, which he founded in a garage in Seattle in 1994. Bezos attended Princeton and worked at a hedge fund before quitting to sell books online. His other passion is space travel: His aerospace company, Blue Origin, is developing a reusable rocket that Bezos says will carry passengers. Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million. In 1986, Bezos graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. While at Princeton, he was also elected to Tau Beta Pi. He served as the president of the Princeton chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space