Richest people in the world 2024

Get to know the top 10 richest people in the world

Bernard Arnault & Family – LVMH ($230.5 billion)

Bernard Arnault, the richest person in the world, is the CEO and chairman at Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the world’s largest luxury goods company encompassing approximately 70 renowned fashion and cosmetics brands. Notable names within its portfolio include Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Moet & Chandon, and Sephora. In January 2021, LVMH completed the acquisition of jeweller Tiffany & Co. for a staggering $15.8 billion.

Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX ($210.5 billion)

Elon Musk is now the second richest person in the world. He is the CEO of several prominent companies, including electric car manufacturer Tesla and space exploration company SpaceX. He currently possesses a 23 percent stake in Tesla. A significant portion of his wealth, around two-thirds, is tied to the success of Tesla. Musk made headlines in October 2022 when he purchased Twitter for $44 billion.

Jeff Bezos – Amazon ($199.1 billion)

In July 2021, Jeff Bezos decided to give up his role as CEO of the ecommerce powerhouse Amazon while still maintaining his position as chairman. During the same month, he embarked on a space voyage aboard a rocket developed by Blue Origin, a private space exploration company he established and generously funded with billions of dollars.

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook ($176.1 billion)

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Meta Platforms, started its flagship social media platform Facebook in 2004 when he was only 19. He was a computer science and psychology student at Harvard University. Facebook was created to match the names of students on campus with their photos. In 2006, Facebook opened to everyone at least 13 years old with a valid email address.

Larry Ellison – Oracle ($142.2 billion)

Larry Ellison co-founded the software firm Oracle in 1977 and held the position of its CEO until 2014. Currently, he assumes the company’s chairman and Chief Technology Officer roles. In 2012, Ellison made headlines when he acquired the Hawaiian island of Lanai for a sum of $300 million. Ellison also ventured into investments, including a substantial stake in Tesla, where he served on the board of directors from 2018 until 2022.

Warren Buffett – Berkshire Hathaway ($134.1 billion)

Warren Buffett, widely recognised as the “Oracle of Omaha,” is one of history’s most accomplished investors. He is the head of Berkshire Hathaway, an investment conglomerate with a diverse portfolio encompassing numerous companies, such as insurance provider Geico, battery manufacturer Duracell, and restaurant chain Dairy Queen.

Bill Gates – Microsoft ($128.4 billion)

In 1987, Forbes first recognised Gates as a billionaire. From 1995 to 2017, he maintained the title of the world’s richest person, with brief exceptions in 2008 and from 2010 to 2013. In 2021, Gates and Melinda French Gates finalised their divorce, with Melinda receiving at least $6 billion in stocks as part of the settlement. According to Forbes’ estimates, Gates’ fortune experienced a modest increase of approximately $500 million from May 1 to June 1, 2023, allowing him to ascend one spot in the rankings to secure the fifth position.

Steve Ballmer – Microsoft ($123.3 billion)

A Harvard University classmate of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, assumed the role of CEO at Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. His journey with Microsoft began in 1980 when he joined as the company’s 30th employee, having dropped out of the MBA at Stanford University.

In the same year that Ballmer retired from Microsoft, he made headlines by acquiring the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for a staggering $2 billion, setting a new benchmark for the highest price paid for an NBA team at that time.

Mukesh Ambani – Reliance Industries ($117.5 billion)

Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India and Asia. He is the chairman of Reliance Industries, which is the leader in petrochemical, telecom, oil and gas, and retail in India. His company, Reliance Industries, operates the biggest petrochemical refinery in the world, while his telecom endeavour, Jio, is the biggest telecom company in India.

Larry Page – Google ($115.1 billion)

Larry Page and his fellow Stanford PhD student Sergey Brin co-founded Google in 1998. Initially, Page held the position of CEO until 2001 and later resumed the role from 2011 to 2015.Currently, he serves as a member of the board of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and retains significant control over the company as a major shareholder.


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