List of the 20 Richest People in the World in 2015

Forbes business magazine published its annual list of the richest people on the planet. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest person in the world for the second consecutive year, after adding $3.2 billion to his personal fortune.

Magnates technology continued to dominate the ranking of billionaires, with Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin all appearing in the top 20 richest.

With the technology boom in Silicon Valley, Forbes notes that California now has 131 billionaires, “more than any other country except China and the United States.”

Top 20 richest men and women in the world in 2015

20. Sergey Brin

Fortune: $29.2 billion

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin emigrated to the United States from Moscow with his family when he was six years old. He founded Google with Larry Page in 1998 when they were both students preparing their Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University.

19. Larry Page

Fortune: $29.7 billion

Larry Page

Larry Page is the co-founder and current CEO of Google, one of the most influential companies in the world.

18. Sheldon Adelson

Fortune: $31.4 billion

Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson, the son of a taxi driver in the suburbs of Boston, USA. From a young age, he started several companies knowing that he had not attended college. In 1979, he started COMDEX (COMDEX), which was one of the largest IT exhibitions in the world.

Now Adelson runs Las Vegas Sands, the largest company of casinos in the world.

17. Li Ka-Shing

Fortune: $33.3 billion

Li Ka-Shing

The richest man in Asia, Ka-Shing serves as chairman of Hutchison Whampoa, a conglomerate with interests in shipping and construction. He holds a substantial portfolio.

16. Mark Zuckerberg

Fortune: $33.4 billion

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook. The social network was created in 2004 with Harvard University fellow students.

15. Jeff Bezos

Fortune: $34.8 billion

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of e-commerce giant. He studied electrical engineering and computer programming at Princeton University, then worked in several financial firms on Wall Street before founding Amazon in 1994, in Seattle.

14. Michael Bloomberg

Fortune: $35.5 billion

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, is the founder, CEO, and main owner of Bloomberg LP. A company related to the economy and financial information. It has 88% of the company he founded in 1981, which in 2014 had revenues of $9 billion.

13. Bernard Arnault

Fortune: $37.2 billion

Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault owns the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), the world’s largest luxury goods manufacturer. He debuted in the luxury industry in 1984 when he paid $15 million to buy a company that included Christian Dior (his family owned a successful construction company at the time).

The tycoon oversees an empire of 60 brands, including Dom Perignon, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Sephora – all belonging to the LVMH group, where he was CEO since 1989.

12. Samuel Robson Walton

Fortune: $39.1 billion

Samuel Robson Walton

Robson “Rob” Walton is the eldest son of the founder of Wal-Mart Sam Walton, and chairman of the board of giant distribution since 1992.

Wal-Mart has become the largest retailer in the world with 11,000 stores and $473 billion in revenue in 2014.

11. Alice Walton

Fortune: $39.4 billion

Alice Walton

Alice Walton is the daughter of the founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, who created the company specialized in retail in 1962.

10. Liliane Bettencourt

Fortune: $40.1 billion

Liliane Bettencourt

Liliane Bettencourt is the heiress to the L’Oreal fortune. His father, Eugène Schueller, founded L’Oréal, a French cosmetics industry group in 1909.

9. Jim Walton

Fortune: $40.6 billion

Jim Walton

Jim Walton, a member of the board of Wal-Mart, is the youngest child of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.

Apart from Wal-Mart, Jim Walton is the president and CEO of Arvest Bank, a bank founded by the Walton family.

8. Christy R. Walton

Fortune: $41.7 billion

Christy R. Walton

Christy Walton inherited the fortune of her husband John T. Walton when he died in a plane crash in 2005. The father of John Walton was Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.

7. David Koch

Fortune: $42.9 billion

David Koch

David Koch (with his brother Charles) is co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in the world.

Koch Industries has interests in pipelines, refineries, building materials, paper towels, livestock, and finance. With annual revenues estimated at $ 115 billion in 2013.

6. Charles Koch

Fortune: $42.9 billion

Charles Koch

Charles Koch is a co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries with his brother David Koch.

5. Larry Ellison

Fortune: $54.3 billion

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, not even having attended university, and who has never met his biological father.

He grew up in a middle-class home in Chicago. After the database built for the CIA, Ellison founded Oracle database software company in 1977.

4. Amancio Ortega Gaona

Fortune: $64.5 billion

Amancio Ortega Gaona

Amancio Ortega, son of a Spanish railway worker and is now the richest retailer in the world. He created Zara in 1975 with his wife, Rosalia Mera.

3. Warren Buffett

Fortune: $72.7 billion

warren buffett

Warren Buffett is the CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate and a US investment company.

2. Carlos Slim Helu

Fortune: $77.1 billion

Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman of Lebanese origin. He became a billionaire after the economic crash 1982 when he bought a cheap investment that would later be invaluable.

1. Bill Gates

Fortune: $ 79.2 billion

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft; he left Harvard University after the creation of the company in 1975 with his friend Paul Allen.

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