Welcome to 2017’s rich list. Here are the top 20 richest people in the world in 2017.
In this list are several people that dropped out of college, at least one who didn’t even make it through high school. Proof that your education and your circumstances do not decide your future. You get to decide your future.
How many of the top 20 richest people in the world in 2017 do you think you can guess? Go on have a go.
This is the rich list as presented by Forbes magazine
The Top 20 Richest People In The World In 2017
1. Bill Gates
Bill Gates Net Worth: $86 Billion
The richest person in the world for 18 out of the previous 23 years. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975, and now owns 2.3% of the company which accounts for 13% of his wealth. He is the co-founder of the world's largest charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has recently created a $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Investment Fund which includes the likes of Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Jack Ma (Alibaba).
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose"
2. Warren Buffett
CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Buffett’s Net Worth: $75.6 Billion
The ‘Oracle of Omaha’ as he is known, is one of the most successful investors of all time. Warren Buffett has committed to giving more than 99% of his wealth to charity. So far he has given $28.5 Billion
You can grab his book here.. The Snowball: Warren Buffett & The Business Of Life
"Rule No.1 : Never lose money. Rule No.2 : Never forget rule No.1"
3. Jeff BezosCEO & Founder Amazon.com
Jeff Bezos Net Worth: $72.8 Billion
"You have to be willing yo be misunderstood if you're going to innovate."
4. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega’s Net Worth: $71.3 Billion
The richest man in Europe, Amancio Ortega co-founded Inditex, a fashion group, which owns Zara.
"We cannot limit ourselves to continuing on the path we have already opened."
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg’s Net Worth: $56 Billion
He created Facebook when he was 19 years old and dropped out of Harvard.
"In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
6. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu’s Net Worth: $54.5 Billion
In 6th place is Mexico’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu. Carlos Slim and his family control Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom company, America Movil. Through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, he has holdings in companies in all kinds of sectors including education, healthcare, sports, retail, transportation and many others.
His net worth is the equivalent of 6% of Mexico’s gross domestic product.
"When you live for others' opinions, you are dead. I don't want to live thinking about how I'll be remembered."
7. Larry Ellison
CEO & Founder of Oracle
Larry Ellison’s Net Worth: $52.2 Billion
Larry Ellison is another person on this list who never finished college. He co-founded Oracle in 1977, after seeing demand in the world of customer relationship management databases.
"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."
8. Charles Koch
CEO Koch Industries
Charles Koch’s Net Worth: $48.3 Billion
Charles’s dad started the company in 1940 and Charles has been CEO since 1967. Koch Industries owns companies that are involved in the manufacturing, refining and distribution of petroleum, also chemicals, energy, ranching, trading and other investments.
They have some 100,000 employees around the world, 60,000 in the US.
Charles doesn’t do this alone, which brings us onto number 9 on the rich list….
"We must measure what leads to results, not simply what is easy to measure."
9. David Koch
Executive Vice President, Koch Industries
David Koch’s Net Worth: $48.3 Billion
David shares a majority stake in Koch Industries along with his brother, Charles. David Koch has donated money to the Lincoln Centre, Sloan Kettering, the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Dinosaur Wing at the American Museum of Natural History.
"It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it."
10. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg’s Net Worth: $47.5 Billion
Michael started out on Wall Street in 1966 with the investment bank, Salomon Brothers, and was fired 15 years later. When he then started Bloomberg LP, the financial information and media company. Of which is 88% stake is now worth $45billion.
"The best leaders inceltivize, inspire & empower their teams to be creative and innovative."
11. Bernard Anault & Family
Chairman & CEO of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Bernard Anault’s Net Worth: $41.5 Billion
You probably recognise the two brands in the business name, Moet Hennessy & Louis Vuitton, in fact it was created by merging the two together. There are now 70 brands including Dom Perignon, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Sephora and Tag Heuer. Not a bad collection, I am sure you will agree.
"I think in business you have to learn to be patient. Maybe I'm not very patient myself and I think what I've learned the most is being able to wait for something and get it when it's the right time."
12. Larry Page
Larry Page’s Net Worth: $40.7 Billion
If the company name Alphabet doesn’t ring any bells, perhaps their company ‘Google’ might spring to mind. Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998.
"What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work on something uncomfortably exciting"
13. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin’s Net Worth: $39.8 Billion
The other half of Google and president to the parent company Alphabet. Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry page in 1998.
"Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world."
14. Liliane Bettencourt & Family
Liliane Bettencourt’s Net Worth: $39.5 Billion
At number 14 comes Liliane Bettencourt the world's richest woman. She owns 33% of L’Oreal with her children. Her father, Eugene Schueller, founded the company back in 1907.
15. S. Robson Walton
Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores
Robson Walton’s Net Worth: $34.1 Billion
When Rob Walton’s father, Sam Walton, died in 1992, he took over as chairman of Wal-Mart and remained as chairman until 2015. Collectively with other heirs of Sam Walton, they own more than 50% of Wal-Mart’s stock.
"I learned from my dad that change and experimentation are constants and important. You have to keep trying new things."
16. Jim Walton
Chairman & CEO, Arvest Bank Group, Inc.
Jim Walton’s Net Worth: $34 Billion
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, and runs the family's Arvest Bank which has more than $16 billion in assets
17. Alice Walton
Chairman, Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art
Alice Walton’s Net Worth: $33.8 Billion
Noticing a theme here? Alice Walton is the only daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. However, instead of working for Wal-Mart she focused on bringing together some of the great works of art. She opened the Crystal Bridges museum in 2011.
"One of the great responsibilities that I have is to manage my assets wisely, so that they create value."
18. Wang Jianlin
Chairman, Dalian Wanda Group
Wang Jianlin’s Net Worth: $31.3 Billion
In at #18 we have China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, the chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate developer and the world's largest movie theater operator. Wang Jianlin also owns 20% of Atletico Madrid.
"I am not one of those people who purses luxury. I am not one of those people, who once they have money, compulsively squander it or show it off."
19. Li Ka-shing
Chairman, CK Hutchison Holdings
Li Ka-shing’s Net Worth: $31.2 Billion
Li Ka-shing is Hong Kong’s richest person, and one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Asia. His company CK Hutchison Holdings has interests in utilities, telecom, real estate and retail. Li Ka-shing has a true rags to riches story. He and his family fled China for Hong Kong during the Sino-Japanese war, and at age 12 Li quit school and started as an apprentice in a watch-strap factory. (Those on this list that dropped out of college, were well ahead of Li). he eventually started his own business and the rest is history.
"The most important thing to improve is yourself and give it your best. Then many things previously thought to be impossible will become possible."
20. Sheldon Adelson
Chairman & CEO, Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson’s Net Worth: $30.4 Billion
Sheldon Adelson sits atop the Las Vegas Sands, America’s largest casino company. Which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the Venetian Resort. He also owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom and the Las Vegas Review - Journal.
"There is a big difference between management & leadership : Management is a power, which was received, leadership is something deserved."
Want to know where a few others sit in the standings? People like Elon Musk? Check out the next slide to see where a few others place.
So there you have it, there is your top 20 richest people in the world. If you are wondering where a few others sit, here are couple that you may be looking for…
No. 23: Jack Ma - Net Worth: $28.3B - Alibaba
No.28: Phil Knight - Net Worth: $26.2B - Nike
No.38: Michael Dell - Net Worth: $20.4B - Dell
No.80: Elon Musk - Net Worth: $13.9B - Tesla
No.86: Dietrich Mateschitz - Net Worth: $13.4B - Red Bull
No.139: Roman Abramovich - Net Worth: $9.1B