Top 20 Richest People in the World (2020)

Top 20 Richest People in the World (2020)

Many billion dollars and even trillion dollars worth of empires have been built. They have stayed successful and relevant thereby drilling lots of fortunes for their owners.

The world is full of entrepreneurs that have maximized their ideas into pure realities through lots of hard work and struggle. Amazon's owner, Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault are the top names on the list.

According to data from wealthygorilla, we have compiled the list of the Top 10 Richest People in the World 2020.

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  • Charles Koch - $43 billion 
  • Jack Ma - $43.8 billion 
  • Ma Huateng - $45.1 billion 
  • Rob Walton - $52.8 billion 
  • Alice Walton - $52.9 billion 
  • Jim Walton - $53.2 billion 
  • Micheal Bloomberg - $56 billion 
  • Francoise Bettencourt Meyers - $57.3 billion 
  • Steve Ballmer - $58.1 billion 
  • Mukesh Ambani - $59.2 billion 
  • Segrey Brin - $59.6 billion 
  • Larry Page - $61.9 billion 
  • Carlos Slim Helu - $64.4 billion 
  • Larry Ellison - $66.6 billion 
  • Mark Zuckerberg - $77.7 billion 
  • Amancio Ortega - $77.9 billion 
  • Warren Buffet - $89.9 billion 
  • Bernard Arnault - $92.2 billion 
  • Bill Gates - $105.6 billion 
  • Jeff Bezos - $141.8 billion 

The 20 Richest People on Earth 2020

20) Charles Koch Net Worth - $43 billion 

Top Richest People - Charles Koch

Charles Koch is the 20th richest person in the world as of 2020. Since 1967, he has been the co-owner, CEO and chairman of Koch industries. 42% of the conglomerate were owned by him and his late brother David Koch.

They produce a wide variety of well-known brands such as stainmaster, carpet, the lyca brand of spandex fiber and Jixie cup. 

In a 2010 survey by big magazine, Forbes showed that Koch industries is the second largest privately held company by revenue in the United States. 

Koch has three books which he has published on his business philosophy. They are science of success, market based management and Good Profit. 

In 2008, he has included in businessweek's list of top 50 American givers. Between 2004 and 2008, Charles gave $246 million. Time magazine in 2011 ranked him and his brother among the most influential people. The net worth of Charles Koch is estimated at $43 billion by wealthygorilla.

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19) Jack Ma Net Worth - $43.8 Billion 

Top Richest People - Jack Ma

Jack Ma is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group which is a multinational technology conglomerate. He stepped down in September 2019 as the company's executive chairman. 

Jack Ma is one of the most powerful people in the world. He was ranked second on Fortune's World's 50 greatest leaders in 2017. 

He is the second richest man in China as of May 2020. On the world's richest list he sits 19th with net worth of $43.8 billion.

Alibaba's 2014 IPO in New York sets a record as the world's biggest public stock offering, even reaching $25 billion according to Forbes.

His foundation donated millions of masks and other medical supplies to the US, Europe and Africa during the covid-19 pandemic. 

18) Ma Huateng Net worth - $45.1 billion 

Top Richest People - Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng is a 48 years old Chinese business magnate, investor, politician and philanthropist. His company, Tencent is the most valuable company in Asia.

Tencent is one of the largest internet and technology companies and the biggest investment, gaming and entertainment conglomerate in the world. 

Time Magazine has included Ma Huateng on world's most influential people list in 2007, 2014 and 2018. He was named one of the most powerful people in the world by CEOWORLD magazine in 2018.

Ma Huateng is closely compared to American investor Warren Buffet for the similar philosophies and often declared as an "Aggressive Acquisitor". He is the first China man to enter Forbes Top 10 richest Men list. 

Ma Huateng is Chinese richest man in the world .His net worth is estimated at $45.1 billion as of April 2020.

17) Robson Walton Net worth - $52.8 billion 

Top Richest People - Rob Walton

Robson sits as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. He is an heir to the world's largest retailer in the world, Walmart. As of 1992 to 2015, Robson was the chairman of Walmart.

He is currently the 17th richest person at the age of 75 years. Robson is the eldest son of Walmart's founder Sam Walton.

Rob retired as chairman in June 2015 and got replaced by his son-in-law, Greg Renner but still sits on Walmart's board. Robson Walton net worth is estimated at $52.8 billion.

16) Alice Walton Net worth - $52.9 billion

Top Richest People - Alice Walton

Alice is the sister of Rob and Jim Walton. She is an heir to the fortune of the largest retailer in the world, Walmart. She is the daughter of Sam Walton.

Alice Walton together with her siblings owns 50% of Walmart. As of 2016, she owned over $11 billion in Walmart shares.

She was the first person to Chair the Northwest Arkansas council and played a major role in the development of the Northwest Arkansas regional airport. She was inducted into the Arkansas aviation Hall of fame in 2001.

Alice Walton was the 20th largest individual contributor to 527 committees in the US presidential election in 2004. In 2016, she also donated $353,400 for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

As of 2020, Alice is the sixteenth richest person in the world and has net worth estimate of $52.9 billion according to wealthygorilla.

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15) Jim Walton Net worth - $53.2 billion

Top Richest People - Jim Walton

Jim is they youngest son of Walmart's founder Sam Walton. He sits fifteenth on the list with net worth of $53.2 billion.

In 2005, he replaced his late brother John on the Walmart board of directors. He was the CEO of Arvent Bank which is owned by his family. Jim is now the Bank's chairman.

Jim in 2016 was reported to own 152 million of Walmart shares with over $11 billion .He is the richest of the Walton's family.

He is spearheading a program with his sister Alice Walton that will issue $330 million in bonds to help charter schools invest in facilities.

14) Micheal Bloomberg Net worth - $56 billion

Top Richest People - Micheal Bloomberg

The name Michael Bloomberg is a very popular one on the wealthiest people's list. He is an American politician, philanthropist and author.

From 2002 to 2013, Bloomberg served as the mayor of New York City. He is the majority owner and co-founder of Bloomberg LP.

Bloomberg has given away $8.2 billion since he signed the giving pledge. His company made over $10 billion worth of revenues only in 2018.

He had a long streak of mayorship as he was the mayor of New York for 12 years. Micheal Bloomberg net worth is estimated at $56 billion and sits 14th on the list.

13) Francoise Bettencourt Meyers Net worth - $57.3 billion

Top Richest People - Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Her family owns L'Oreal. Francoise is the only daughter and heiress of Liliane Bettencourt. She is a French billionaire heiress and an author of Bible commentaries.

She is the 13th richest person in the world as of 2020. She lost her mother in September 2017. Meyers is the richest woman in the world with net worth of $57.3 billion.

She has served on L'Oreal board since 1997 and the chairwoman of the family holding company. Together with her family they own 33% of L'Oreal stake.

Bettencourt is the president of her family's philanthropic foundation. L'Oreal owns the Lacore and Garnier brands and had revenue of $31.8 billion in 2018.

12) Steve Ballmer Net Worth - $58.1 billion

Top Richest People - Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He served as CEO of Microsoft from 2004 to 2014.

Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from August 12, 2014 which was the same year he retired from Microsoft.

In 2018, he invested $59 million in social solutions which makes software for nonprofit and government agencies. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 after dropping out of Stanford's MBA program.

Ballmer has put over $2 billion into a donor endorsed fund with a focus on lifting Americans out of poverty. Steve Ballmer net worth is estimated at $58.1 billion.

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11) Mukesh Ambani Net Worth - $59.2 billion

Top Richest People - Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India and also one of the wealthiest people in the world 2020. The Indian billionaire is the chairman, Managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance industries Ltd.

The company is India's most valuable company by market value. He is one the richest people in Asia. Ambani is the only India businessman on Forbes post of world's most powerful people.

He was appointed as a director of Bank of America and became the first non-American to be on it's board. Ambani was ranked fifth among India's philanthropists.

He is the founder of Indian Super League which is a football league in India. Ambani also owns the Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier league.

Ambani is the owner of the world's most expensive private residence with it's value recording $1 billion. He resides at the Antilla building.

10) Sergey Brin Net Worth - $59.6 billion

Top Richest People - Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin co-founded Google together with Larry Page. He is an American software engineer and internet entrepreneur. Prior to December 3, 2019 he was the president of Alphabet Inc.

Sergey Brin is one of the richest people in the world. He remains at Alphabet as a co-founder and has a controlling share together with Larry Page.

At Stanford, it was page dormitory room that was converted to office after filling it with equipments. They didn't have a web page developer so they used basic HTML programming.

Google went public in 2004 and changed it's name to Alphabet in 2015. He is reportedly funding a high-tech airship project.

Sergey Brin's net worth is estimated at $57.6 billion according to wealthygorilla and sits tenth.

9) Larry Page Net Worth - $61.9 billion

Top Richest People - Larry Page

Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin after they met at Stanford university. He is a software engineer and internet entrepreneur from America.

He stepped down as Google CEO in August 2001 but re-assumed the office in 2011. He was the CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc until December 2019.

Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin still remain on Alphabet's board and has controlling shares. He received the Marconi prize in 2004 with Brin.

Page is the co-investor of PageRank, a search ranking algorithm used by Google and powers the search engine.

Larry is a founding investor in space exploration company planetary resources and is also funding "flying car" start-ups Kitty Hawk and Opener. Larry Page net worth is estimated at $61.9 billion by wealthygorilla.

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8) Carlos Slim Helu Net Worth - $64.4 billion

Top Richest People - Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu is the richest person in Latin America. Forbes from 2010 to 2012 ranked the Mexican business magnate and investor as the richest person in the world.

He is one of the richest people in the world 2020 and sits 8th currently. Grupo Carso which is his conglomerate that gives him most of his money.

In 2016, he was the largest single shareholder of the New York Times company. Carlos accounts of the listings on the Mexican stock exchange and his net equals around 6% Mexican GDP.

He bought 30% stakes in two Mexican soccer teams Pachula and Leon through his telecommunications company America Movil.

The Mexican richest man bought Telma which is the only phone company in Mexico in 1990 with foreign Telecoms partners.

7) Larry Ellison Net Worth - $66.6 billion

Top Richest People - Larry Ellison

Forbes ranked him as the fourth richest individual in the United States. He is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Oracle corporation. Larry is from America and a known philanthropist and investor.

In his early years at Oracle, Larry Ellison was named an Award recipient in High Technology category for the ET Entrepreneur of the year program.

In 2008, Larry earned a total compensation of $84.5 million which included a base salary of $1 million, cash bonus of $10 million and options granted of $71.2 million.

The billionaire owns stakes in, Netsuite, Quick Biotechnology Inc and Astex pharmaceuticals. He came behind Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in 2012.

6) Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth - $77.7 billion

Top Richest People - Mark Zuckerberg

Mark is very famous for co-founding the social media company, facebook. He is the chairman, CEO and controlling shareholder. He Co-founded Breakthrough Starshot, a sail spacecraft development project.

Facebook is considered one of the big five technology companies along with Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Google. It is one of the most valuable companies.

Zuckerberg launched facebook when he was in Harvard University from his dormitory room and on February 2004.

Edwards Sarem, Andrew McCollin and two others were his college roommates who helped him up the networking site.

Facebook reached one billion users in 2012 and he took the company public the same year. He became the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 23 in 2007.

Mark was 10th on Forbes list of the world's most powerful people. Mark Zuckerberg net worth is estimated at $77.7 billion.

5) Amancio Ortega Net worth - $77.9 billion

Top Richest People - Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega is the only Spanish person on the list. He sits fifth and the founder and former chairman Of Indetex fashion group. The group is best known for it's chain of Zara clothing and accessories shop.

After Bernard Arnault who is a luxury goods tycoon, Amancio Ortega is the second richest person in Europe. He was the richest man in the world for a period of time in 2015 surpassing Bill Gates.

Over 7,500 stores and 92,000 employees are named to the Indetex group. He retired from Indetex in 2011.

Amancio Ortega as of 2016 owns around 60% of Indetex which is the parent company for Zara clothing and accessories.

He earns more $400 million in dividends a year and has invested his dividends mainly in New York, Barcelona, London, Miami, Chicago and Madrid according to Forbes.

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4) Warren Buffet Net worth - $89.9 billion

Top Richest People - Warren Buffet

Here comes the well-known oracle of Omaha. Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors in the world. With net worth estimate of $89.9 billion according to wealthygorilla, he is the fourth richest man in the world 2020.

Warren is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. The company is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska in United States.

He became a billionaire when Berkshire Hathaway began selling Class A shares on May 29, 1990 with the market closing at $7,175 a share.

Buffet has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth for charity. $3.6 billion was donated and most of them went to Bill and Melinda Gates foundation only in 2019. He also asked billionaires to commit to donating half of their wealth to charity.

3) Bernard Arnault Net worth - $92.2 billion

Top Richest People - Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the wealthiest person in the whole Europe. However, our man is the chairman and Chief Executive of LMVH MoƩt Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE, LMVH.

This is the world's largest luxury goods company. He had topped Amancio Ortega as the richest person in fashion and also in Europe in 2018.

January 2020 saw him become the richest man in the world for a second time. Bernard oversees an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

The luxury goods company in 2019 acquired Belmand for $3.2 billion which owns and manages 46 hotels, trains and river cruises.

Bernard Arnault has net worth of $92.2 billion. He is third on the list behind Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

2) Bill Gates Net Worth - $105.6 billion

Top Richest People - Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft corporation. He is the former chairman, CEO, president and chief software architect. Prior to May 2014, he held the largest shares as an individual in Microsoft.

As of May 2020, Bill Gates net worth stands at $105.6 billion making him the second wealthiest individual in the planet.

He created Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975 and now it's the largest personal computer software company in the world. Bill was the company's CEO and chairman till 2000 when he stepped down.

Forbes has always included Bill Gates name on the list of wealthiest people in the world. He has been the richest person in the world for 18 times from 1995 to 2017.

Bill has donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Gates foundation .The foundation works to improve global health and create equal opportunity.

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1) Jeff Bezos Net Worth - $141.8 billion

Top Richest People - Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is the claimer of the richest individual title. He is an American industrialist, media proprietor and investor.

He is the founder, current CEO and president of the online retail company, Amazon. Jeff took over from Bill Gates in 2017 as the richest man in the world.

Jeff Bezos was the first centi-billionaire on Forbes wealth list. Amazon in 2018 became the second company in history to reach a market cap of $1 trillion after Apple.

His company is the world's largest online sales company, the largest internet company by revenue and the world's largest provider of virtual assistants and used infrastructure services.

Bezos owns the Washington Post and Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing a rocket for commercial use. As of May 2020, Jeff Bezos net worth according to Forbes stands at $141.8 billion.

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