The 15 richest people on the planet – from Jeff Bezos to Ma Huateng

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates are just three men who have been able to recently claim the title of “wealthiest person on the planet”, but there are a whole host of names who boast billions in their bank account.

This list reveals there are clearly a number of different avenues to achieve billionaire status, whether it be via owning a skincare empire or a tech giant determined to create a new way of life on Mars – here are the 15 wealthiest people to roam planet earth with more wealth than many would know what to do with.

  1. 1. Jeff Bezos

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is familiar with number one spot, the Albuquerque-born billionaire’s net worth currently sits at $185.1billion. He is stepping down from his role as Amazon boss to focus on new ventures later in 2021.

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  2. 2. Elon Musk

    Eccentric SpaceX owner Elon Musk has recently briefly surpassed Bezos on this list, but a fall in Tesla stock prices means he will have to make do with second place. Musk’s net worth is currently $174.5billion.

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  3. 3. Bernard Arnault & family

    Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is the chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s largest luxury-goods company. The 71-year-old Frenchman boasts a net worth of $156.1billion.

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  4. 4. Bill Gates

    The Microsoft mogul has been a regular in these lists for years, he has put his extraordinary wealth to good use – pumping millions into numerous charities including his own Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he plans to give the majority of his $123.9billion fortune away.

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  5. 5. Mark Zuckerberg

    One of the youngest names on this list, CEO & founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is still just 36 years old. Harvard educated, Zuckerberg is now worth $96.7billion after Facebook bought both Instagram and WhatsApp.

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  6. 6. Warren Buffet

    American investor Warren Buffet has a net worth of $94.4billion thanks to his company Berkshire Hathaway owning companies like Fruit of the Loom while also having a large stake in Apple, the Coca Cola company and Bank of America.

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  7. 7. Larry Page

    Recognised as a co-founder of Google, Page has gone on to become CEO of Alphabet Inc (parent company of Google). He is estimated to be worth around $90.7billon

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  8. 8. Larry Ellison

    Larry Ellison is an American business investor as well as the co-founder, executive chairman and chief technology officer of the Oracle Corporation – a multinational computer technology corporation. His net worth currently sits at $89.3billion.

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  9. 9. Sergey Brin

    Russian born Sergey Brin was partners alongside Larry Page and is recognised as a co-founder of Google, before following Page to Alphabet Inc. He is worth $88.3billion.

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  10. 10. Mukesh Ambani

    Mukesh Ambani is the chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, he is worth $83.6billion.

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  11. 11. Zhong Shanshan

    Zhong Shanshan is the founder and chairperson of the Nongfu Spring beverage company, as well as being the majority owner of Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy Enterprise. Dubbed the "lone wolf" by Chinese media, Shanshan is worth $83.6billion.

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  12. 12. Steve Ballmer

    CEO of Microsoft for 14 years, Ballmer is now the owner of NBA outfit the Los Angeles Clippers and reported to be worth $78.6billion.

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  13. 13. Amancio Ortega

    The only Spaniard on the list, Ortega is the founder and former chairman of Inditex fashion group – owners of huge clothing chain Zara. His net worth sits at $78.4billion.

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  14. 14. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family

    The only female to feature in the top 15, Bettencourt Meyers is the only daughter and heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who was a shareholder in the L’Oreal company. Bettencourt Meyers family now own L’Oreal, meaning the French billionaire is worth $74.6billion.

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  15. 15. Ma Huateng

    Huateng is the chair of Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, who own popular social messaging app WeChat, used by more than 1 billion people in China. The 49-year-old is worth $67 billion.

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