The 2023 ranking drawn up by Forbes of the ten richest people in the world based on personal net worth has been updated: from Arnault to Musk up to Bezos.
Who are the richest people in the world? It’s a question that might seem ridiculous given how difficult it is to calculate as precisely as possible the various net worths of the planet’s "rich".
For years, however, the specialized magazine Forbes has been working to complete this sort of titanic undertaking, drawing up and updating a ranking of the richest people in the world based on estimates of personal assets.
According to the latest May 2023 update of the Forbes ranking, the richest person in the world would be the Frenchman Bernard Arnault, with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos completing this special podium.
Bill Gates also falls into the top 5, while the French Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the richest woman in the world according to the magazine, would be in fourteenth position a step away from the Top 10.
- BERNARD ARNAULT
- ELON MUSK
- JEFF BESOS
- LARRY ELLISON
- BILL GATES
- WARREN BUFFET
- LARRY PAGE
- STEVE BALLMER
- SERGEY BRIN
- CARLOS SLIM HELU
1) Bernard Arnault (France) - $223.4 billion
Bernard Arnault is the richest man in France, the Old Continent, and the world. He owes his fortune to the LVMH conglomerate operating in the luxury and fashion sectors.
This multinational, capable of a turnover of 42.6 billion euros in 2017, owns around seventy brands, the most famous of which are Louis Vuitton, Dior, Sephora, Kenzo, Bulgari, Loro Piana, Dior, Fendi, and TAG Heuer.
2) Elon Musk (South Africa) - $193.2 billion
The big news of the Forbes ranking is Elon Musk. The South African by birth but Canadian by adoption has in fact gone from an estimated fortune of 24.6 billion dollars in 2020 to the current 184.9 billion.
CEO and co-founder of Tesla, Musk has seen his net worth rise in recent months due primarily to SpaceX, the aerospace company established in 2002 of which he is the founder, CEO, and CTO.
3) Jeff Bezos (USA) - $142.9 billion
Who has never made a purchase on Amazon, excluding perhaps those who are a little older? Imagine the results of this sort of survey. It will immediately be clear to you why, despite his recent millionaire divorce, he is at the top of this ranking.
Bezos had the great merit of quitting his $200,000-a-year job on Wall Street to start the project of his life, namely Amazon, which is now the undisputed leader among e-commerce platforms in the world. having turnover in 2020 the staggering figure of 347.95 billion dollars.
4) Larry Ellison (USA) - $129.7 billion
As a boy, Larry Ellison was nicknamed "sluggish", so much so that he didn’t finish his studies at the University. However, his passion for information technology led him to work for a software company.
In 1977, with an investment of 2,000 dollars, Ellison founded his own company. Over the years, this new business took the name "Oracle" and is now a giant in software production so as to invoice 2019 for 39.5 billion dollars.
5) Bill Gates (USA) - $114.7 billion
Even repeating the same question asked of Amazon by changing the subject to Microsoft, it would be difficult to find someone who has never dealt with software created by Gates’ IT company.
After giving life to his empire back in 1975, capable of billing 90 billion dollars in 2017, since 2008 Bill Gates is no longer CEO of Microsoft. However, he still holds the honorary position and has devoted himself full time together with his ex-wife Melinda to their Foundation. This has given itself the challenging mission to improve people’s health around the world, now on the front line in the battle against Covid.
6) Warren Buffett (USA) - $111.6 billion
Just outside the top 5, we find "the Oracle of Omaha" or Warren Buffett, who owes this nickname to the Nebraska town that gave him birth but also to the fact that he is recognized as the greatest investor of all time.
In fact, Buffett is an authentic legend of finance. He built his huge net worth, kept in the Berkshire Hathaway holding company, thanks to profitable investments, especially in the insurance sector. Like a good poker player, he also owes his fortune to his foresight. Buffett always knew how to minimize losses when faced with unhappy operations.
7) Larry Page (USA) - $105.8 billion
One of the novelties of the latest update of the 2023 ranking of the richest people in the world is Larry Page, the founder of nothing less than Google together with Sergey Brin.
Page was for years and in two different periods the CEO of Google, then moved on to lead Google’s parent company Alphabet.
8) Steve Ballmer (USA) - $102 billion
The only new entry in the 2022 ranking of the richest people in the world is Steve Ballmer, who was formerly the CEO of Microsoft between 2008 and 2014.
Recently Ballmer has also become famous in the sports field, as since 2014 he is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the franchises of the NBA.
9) Sergey Brin (USA) - $100.5 billion
Sergey Brin, the other founder of Google, is also back in the Top 10 of the Scrooge from all over the world, but he would have at his disposal a personal wealth slightly less than that of his partner Larry Page.
Little curiosity: his ex-wife is the daughter of Susan Wojcicki who was for a long time - from 2014 until a few months ago - the CEO of Youtube after a past as Google’s own marketing manager.
10) Carlos Slim Helú (Mexico) - $99 billion
Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican entrepreneur at the head of Grupo Carso, an authentic telecommunications giant, that also operates in the raw materials and banking sectors.
In honor of his wife who died in 1999, he created a museum containing about 70,000 works. These include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Chagall, Dalì, Tintoretto, Modigliani, and Mirò.
Original article published on Money.it Italy 2023-05-30 12:44:00. Original title: I più ricchi del mondo, la classifica 2023 aggiornata dei 10 “Paperoni”: in testa c’è Bernard Arnault