How the world’s richest billionaires made their money

Categories: Business, Business Advice

To become one of the world’s wealthiest people is undoubtedly a far-fetched dream for all of us. And while there’s a clear divide in the world of men and women who have made their fortune versus those who were born into it, money is still money. Here’s how some of the richest people in the world made their millions, billions – and potentially trillions.

Bill Gates: $75 billion

The world’s richest gentleman, according to Forbes, is none other than Microsoft’s Bill Gates. The business magnate, philanthropist (he’s reportedly given a whopping $28 billion to charity over the years) and, arguably, the most highly-regarded entrepreneur of all time is currently worth $85 billion and if his wealth appreciates the way it has been over the last decade, he’s well on his way to becoming the world’s first trillionaire.

Amancio Ortega: $67 billion

This 80-year old is up there at the top of almost every rich list in the world, and has made his fortune as chairman of Inditex fashion group, best known for owning world-renowned high street store Zara. He currently sits as the second richest person in the world but the richest in Europe. He opened his first Zara store in 1975 and has since opened a further 2,100 worldwide, making it one of the most valuable retailers in the world.

Warren Buffett: $60.8 billion

This American business magnate is widely regarded as being one of the most successful investors of all time, having amassed a net-worth for $60.8 billion over the years. He is the chairman, CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the biggest multinational conglomerate holding companies in America and has been named by Time as one of the world’s most influential people.  

Carlos Slim Helu: $50 billion

From 2010 to 2013, Helu was the richest gentleman in the world and continues to head up the list for the richest person in Mexico. His fortune comes from his extensive holding in a number of different Mexican companies through his conglomerate (which ranges from health and education to real estate and transportation), Grupo Carso. He also accounts for a whopping 40% of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange, making his net worth the equivalent to 6% of Mexico’s gross domestic product.  

Jeff Bezos: $45.2 billion

As the founder, chairman and CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies, Amazon, Bezos is bound to be worth a pretty penny. Amazon was founded in 1994 in his garage, shortly after he’d noticed the rapid growth of the internet and subsequently left his high-earning job as a hedge-fund manager. He’s since founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup, bought out The Washington Post and was one of the first investors in Google.