Top 5 Richest People in the World (2015)


Every year, Forbes magazine releases their list of the Wealthiest People in the World, showcasing some of the world’s most successful individuals! Take a look at the Top 5 and learn some cool facts about a few of the wealthiest folks around!

1) Bill Gates

Bill Gates
  • Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation
  • One of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution
  • Has been selling his Microsoft shares recently
  • Has been #1 on Forbes Wealthiest list almost the entire time between 1995-2015
  • Valued at $79.2 billion

2) Slim Helu

Slim Helu
  • America Movil honorary chairman
  • AM is a wireless services provider in Latin America and the fourth largest in the world in terms of equity subscribers
  • Helu and his family own 62% of the company
  • Owns the largest stake in the New York Times (17%)
  • Valued at $72.7 billion

3) Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett playing the ukulele
  • American business magnate, investor and philanthropist
  • The most successful investor of the 20th century
  • Chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway
  • Noted for his adherence to value investing and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth
  • Valued at $71.7 billion

4) Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega
  • Spanish fashion Businessman and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group
  • Best known for his chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops
  • Keeps a very low profile and, until 1999, no photograph of Ortega had ever been published
  • Goes to the same coffee shop every day and eats lunch with his employees in the company's cafeteria
  • Valued at $64.5 billion

5) Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison
  • American programmer, internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist
  • CEO of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014
  • Has donated up to 1% of his wealth to charity and has signed The Giving Pledge
  • Has had success in yachting, through Oracle Team USA, and is a licensed aircraft pilot who owns two military jets
  • Valued at $54.2 billion

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