Top 10 Richest Billionaires In The World

Bill Gates is once again the World’s richest with an estimated net worth of $79.2 billion; followed by Mexico’s Carlos Slim with a net worth of $77.1 billion; the investor extraordinaire, Warren Buffet takes the 3rd spot with a net worth of $72.7 billion, the 4th and 5th spots are occupied by Amancio Ortega at $64. 5 billion and Larry Ellison at $54.3 billion respectively. The two leading female billionaires are Wal-Mart’s Christy Walton at $41.7 billion and L’Oréal  heiress, Liliane Bettencount at $40.1 billion.

According to Forbes, the criteria for determining who gets to be on the list of the world’s richest is obtained from the individual’s entrepreneurial wealth, assets and debt estimations. Based on this, there has been an admittance of over 250 new billionaires, including Micheal Jordan, to the world billionaires’ list. In all, the United States has the largest number of billionaires in the top 10 list and the world in general too. These are the richest people in the world:

1. Bill Gates

2. Carlos Slim

3. Warren Buffet

4. Amancio Ortega

5. Larry Ellison

6. Charles Koch

7. David Koch

8. Christy Walton

9. Jim Walton

10. Liliane Bettencount

10. Liliane Bettencount

Net Worth: $40.1 Billion

Industry: Cosmetics

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93-year-old Liliane Bettencount is the oldest on the list, the 10th wealthiest and the 2nd richest (the tentative richest) female billionaire in the world. Liliane is the long time owner and heiress of L’Oréal, a French and global cosmetic empire. During the second world war, the company was a point of refuge for some political figures including French politician André Bettencourt, her spouse. As a teenager the current richest of all in France and Europe, joined the company as an apprentice but fully came into the running of the business after her father’s death. Liliane runs a foundation that makes an annual budget of 15 million Euros for a range of philanthropic concerns. L’Oréal is a 106 year old cosmetic company, the largest in the world, with assets worth € 28.219 billion and about 78,600 employees worldwide.

9. Jim Walton

Net Worth: $40.6 Billion

Industry: Retailing

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67-year-old Jim is the youngest of the Walton heirs. With his marketing degree from the University of Arkansas, Jim occupies one of the top positions in the Wal-Mart family business; as well as the CEO of another family owned enterprise, Arvest Bank, with assets of nearly $16 billion. Jointly the Walton heirs own 51% of stock in Wal-Mart, with a general family net worth of about $171.5 billion. As the biggest private company in the world, Wal-Mart has about  2.2 million employees, 11,000 stores and present in 28 countries and counting. Jim is presently heading the strategic planning and finance teams in Wal-Mart, with an estimated net worth of $40.6 billion and a 12.8% stake in the company.

8. Christy Walton

Net Worth: $41.7 Billion

Industry: Retailing


Christy is a wife and daughter in-law to the Waltons. Her father in-law, Sam Walton, is the co-founder of Wal-Mart, the largest retailing establishment in the world. After the death of her husband, John Walton, she inherited her husband’s quota of the family business, currently owning an 11% stake in the family business. Christy is one of the leading female billionaires and philanthropist of our time with a cumulative record(2002-2006) of $3.5 million donation to charity.

7. David Koch

Net Worth: $42.9 Billion

Industry: Assorted Business


David is a business mogul, an engineering expert, political activist and philanthropist. In 1950, he joined his brother, Charles Koch in running the family business. Both brothers each have a 42% stake in the conglomerate of manufacturing and investment companies. David is a one time runner of the Vice Presidential position in the United States. By way of influence and finance, they contribute to the politics and philanthropy of the society. Koch industries generates an estimated annual revenue of $115 billion; the multinational establishment has over 100, 000 employees in about 60 nations, but predominantly in the United States. David Koch is the 7th wealthiest man in the world but is still known for his low-key personality.

6. Charles Koch

Net Worth: $42. 9 Billion

Industry: Assorted Business

Charles Koch Net Worth

Charles is the oldest of the Kosh brothers, co-running the family Kosh industries since 1967, catering to a number of diversified businesses. The brothers inherited the business from their father Fred C. Kosh, and broadened their business interests. The Kosh conglomerate is one of America’s largest private holdings by revenue; in 2006, the corporation generated a whooping amount of $90 million in revenue. Charles owns a 42% stake in the family business, with personal interests in politics, philanthropy and intellectual matters. Charles is the author of the Bestseller Good Profit (for the business minded)- sharing his social and management ideals.