Warren Buffett is the oldest person on this list, but we can’t leave him out. Even today, investors listen to what Buffett has to say, and that’s because he made his wealth as an investor, business tycoon, and philanthropist. According to Wikipedia, Buffett is worth over $100.6 billion, an amount that’s consistently growing year-over-year.
Buffett is the world’s sixth-richest man, but he’s also very frugal. This billionaire is still living in the house he bought back in 1950 and drives an older vehicle (although it’s also still a very nice vehicle, of course). Instead of getting the finest foods, Buffett eats breakfast at McDonald’s and still uses the furniture he had when his child was born. We’re not sure how he does it.
Mark Zuckerberg naturally made this list. As of 2021, he’s worth $117.8 billion, according to Wikipedia. This makes him the fifth richest man in the whole world. In 2008, Time listed him as one of the most influential people in the world, while Forbes agreed – putting him at 10th for the world’s most powerful people. How? Well, he owns Facebook!
We’ve all probably used Facebook at one point in our lives. The platform was created and launched back in 2004 with Zuckerberg and a group of his friends. Business Insider investigated and found that Zuckerberg’s wealth is only increasing as time goes on. In 2020 alone, his net worth increased by $40 billion. He’s only in his 30s!
Bill Gates has been in the public’s eye for much longer than the others on this list for one big reason: he’s the co-founder of mega tech company Microsoft. That’s not the only thing Gates is known for – he’s also a philanthropist that donates much of his wealth to disadvantaged communities. As of 2021, Bill Gates is worth $128 billion (according to Investopedia), but he doesn’t hoard the wealth.
Much of his money goes to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is reported to be the world’s largest private charity. Like many on this list, Gates started young. He wrote his first software program at 13. From there, he did whatever he could to learn about computing. All we have to say is, “Thank you for Microsoft!”
Today, we know Elon Musk for being a whacky entrepreneur. Well, as strange as he is, he’s worth quite a bit of money. Investopedia puts Musk’s worth at $152.5 billion. How did he make that money? A lot of different ways. He’s the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX as well as the CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.
Over the years, Musk, originally from South Africa, developed an interest in computing when he was just 10 years old. From there, he learned all he could, and by the age of 12, he had already sold the code of a BASIC-based video game called Blastar. That was only the start of his fortune. Since then, Musk hasn’t stopped investing and creating, and we don’t see him slowing down any time soon.
Jeff Bezos (real name Jeff Jorgensen) is best known as the founder and CEO of the e-commerce giant Amazon. According to Forbes, he’s worth $200 billion, making him the richest person in America and the wealthiest person in the world. Now that’s a pretty big achievement, but that’s not even all.
As if that weren’t enough, Forbes also listed Bezos as the first centi-billionaire and the “richest man in modern history” after his net worth broke the $150 billion barrier in 2018. Way back in ’93, Bezos started working on Cadabra – later the name changed to Amazon – to be a bookstore in his garage. Thankfully, Bezos realized an online bookstore wasn’t that profitable, and he expanded the items for sale.