Money is the basic sustenance of all people in the world. There is literally nothing money cannot buy, and there are a million ways that can buy money. People stick on to baseless and even redundant jobs that go against their goals and morals to earn money. But throughout the shifting standards of the economies in various countries in the world, only a certain section of people does not get affected, among which are the entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is the most successful line of work for any criteria of people, be it literate or illiterate, rich or poor, men or women. It requires a certain level of craftiness and a highly competitive level of dedication, which if one possesses, will doubtlessly end up in the lap of luxuries by the end of his career. Given below is the list of top 10 richest entrepreneurs in the world as of 2018.
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10. David Koch
In addition to being an entrepreneur, he is also a political activist, philanthropist, and a chemical engineer. Having his net worth at $44.2 billion, he is popularly looked upon for his philanthropist activities to fund medical research and promote conversational causes. His alma mater is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the Executive VP of Koch Industries and has made a name among the political prospects too by donating money to political campaigns and such.
9. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg is an active politician and the 108th Mayor or New York, in addition to being a successful entrepreneur. He is the active CEO of Bloomberg L.P., a company that focuses on financing data and media in the city. His net worth is $46.7 billion which was attained mostly an entrepreneur. He is also notably active in philanthropy and charity.
8. Mark Zuckerberg
He is undeniably the most successful and popular entrepreneur in the world. His website Facebook is currently used by billions of people all over the world. His net worth is $51.2 billion. He had sworn to donate almost 99% of his savings to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which still leaves him with billions. This initiative was founded by Mark and his wife with the goal of advancing and promoting health, educational and scientific equality among people over the world. His CEO position at Facebook not only made him one among the richest in the world but also offered to include his name among the Most Influential People in the world since 2010.
7. Jeff Bezos
He is the founder and CEO of the remarkably popular Amazon.com and is also a technological promoter and an investor. In 2013, he became the owner of The Washington Post newspaper. He has helped significantly in the growth of e-commerce and e-marketing and has played a major role in expanding consumerism of products among people internationally. His net worth is about $65.2 billion.
6. Amancio Ortega
He is from Spain and has reserved his name at the top among the most successful entrepreneurs in his country. He is the founder and chairman of the Inditex Group, which majorly deals with clothing and accessories and is one of the most sought-after brands in the country. He has a net worth of $73.5 billion and has also been active in donations and charity to various Catholic relief organisations.
5. Charles Koch
He is an upcoming entrepreneur, an active philanthropist and the CEO of Koch industries. His net worth is $36 billion, which is attained from 42% of the stakes in Koch Industries. Koch Industries is reported to be the second largest multinational company in the US. It sells chemicals, oils, polymers, fibres and minerals. It also sells agro-based products like fertilisers, pesticides, ranching and pollution control agricultural equipment. The profits obtained from Koch Industries and it’s ever-growing success has placed him among the richest entrepreneurs in the world.
4. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison is a businessman, philanthropist and the chairman and CEO of Oracle Corporation. Born and brought up in New York, he studied at the University of Chicago but did not graduate and moved to California in 1966. His net worth is at $51.2 billion, and he has pledged to donate 1% of his wealth to charity. His company Oracle was started in 1977, after which he soon grew to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world.
3. Carlos Slim Helu
Born in Mexico, he is one of the most leading entrepreneurs in the world. He was the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013. He has a net worth of $64 billion and receives numerous holdings from various Mexican companies through his agglomerate. He accounts for almost 40% of the currency in Mexican Stock Exchange and his net worth is almost 6% of Mexico’s GDP. His agglomerate works on educational and health services with industrial manufacturing, real estate, transportation services and other financial services as it’s secondary motives of development.
2. Warren Buffett
He is an American business magnet, and the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He has a net worth of $81.1 billion and has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to charity through the Gates Foundation. Born in Omaha, he had an unflinching interest in business and investing from his childhood. He then graduated by 19 and further enrolled and graduated from Columbia University, where he chose his philosophy of investment as value investing. He was named as the most influential person at that time, in 2012.
1. Bill Gates
He is an American business magnet, a successful programmer, and an investor. He graduated from Harvard University and went on as the CEO and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft. He was named as the richest man from 1995 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2014. His net worth staggers at $89.9 billion, thereby making him the richest entrepreneur in the world surpassing all others. He is also popularly known for his philanthropic activities through his own Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving away excessive donations of money for various welfare causes and also for funding research programmes.
These aforementioned billionaire entrepreneurs have strived really hard to make it to the list. However personal their causes might be, they all spend at least some part of their money towards charity and to help the rightfully deserving people, and inspiring countless others to follow their footsteps along the way.