Many people believe that success is achieved by luck or chance. Although it is important to think positively, but positive thinking alone is not enough. To achieve greatness, one’s need to strive. In a broader sense, we can say that success is the attainment of a goal or the fulfilling of a dream we truly value. However, success comes from years of hard work and courage. This is how these various American personalities roll. “Forbes Magazine” ranks the richest people in the world. Let’s have a look at the top 10:
- Bill Gates
Co-founder of Microsoft, entrepreneur, philanthropist, programmer, Bill Gates has a solid profile that makes him the richest individual. His worth is estimated at $85.9 billion dollars. Also founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has made strides in every sphere he has touched. He stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 and as Chairman in 2008. Currently, he works full-time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Amancia Ortega
Founder and chairman of the Inditex fashion group, which is best known for its global brand Zara, the fortune of the Spanish businessman is estimated at $75.8 billion dollars and is the second richest person in the world.
- Warren Buffett
The most successful investor in the world, Buffett is also a business tycoon and a philanthropist, whose fortune is valued at $68.2 billion dollars. He is the CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathway, the American multinational conglomerate holding company. He is known for his attachment to investment and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.
- Jeff Bezos
Founder chairman and largest shareholder of the online shopping giant Amazon, Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and investor, valued at $63.1 billion, the fourth richest person in the world. Bezos’ other business interests include aerospace and newspapers. He is the founder and owner of the privately-funded aerospace developer and manufacturer Blue Origin. He also purchased The Washington Post in 2013.
- Charles Koch
With an estimated fortune of at $55.2 billion dollars, American businessman, political donor and philanthropist Charles Koch is the fifth richest person in the world. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, famous also for its mention in an popular American TV show The Newsroom. He owns 42% of the shares of the conglomerate.
- David Koch
Brother of Charles Koch, David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. Valued the same as his brother at $55.2 billion dollars, David’s fortune makes him the sixth richest person in the world.
- Carlos Slim
Slim is a Mexican businessman, investor and philanthropist who is the seventh richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $ 51.4 billion dollars. Slim is known as the « Warren Buffett of Mexico, » drawing his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso.
- Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is the eight richest people in the world. His fortune is valued at $49.7 billion dollars. American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he founded Facebook from his college dorm room in Harvard. The website expanded rapidly with one billion users signing up by 2012.
- Larry Ellison
American businessman Larry Ellison is co-founder of Oracle Corporation and was its CEO until September 2014. With a fortune Valued at $43.4 billion dollars, he is currently the ninth richest person in the world. Still, he is the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle.
- Ingvar Kamprad
The Swedish business magnate, founder of the famous IKEA, is ranked the tenth richest person in the world, weighing $42.5 billion dollars. Since 2008, IKEA has become the largest furniture selling company.