have you ever wondered who are the richest self-made billionaires in the world? I had. & I found the answer!
the world’s top richest people are usually self-made. hard work, a great vision & perseverance always pay off.
& today we will present 10 of the richest self-made billionaires who started from the bottom.
a good example is our #2, Carlos Slim Helu, who worked for his father’s company & earned just 200 pesos a week.
& now he has a fortune of $78.5 billion. & he’s not the only one in this situation!
let’s get straight to business!
10. Larry Page – Net worth – $31.6 billion
we begin our top 10 list with the Larry Page.
Larry Page, whose full name is Lawrence Page, is an American business magnate & the co-founder of Google.
in 1998, alongside Sergey Brin, he founded Google Inc. & he was the co-president until 2001, when they hired Eric Schmidt as CEO of Google.
in April 2011, Larry Page replaced Eric Schmidt, sitting on the Board of Directors of Google.
born on March 26, 1973, Larry Page has a net worth of $31.6 billion & ranked #19 of Forbes list of billionaires & #10 on our top list.
9. Jeff Bezos – Net worth – $31.7 billion
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American business magnate, investor & one of the richest self-made billionaires.
if the name isn’t familiar, maybe Amazon.com is. he is the founder & CEO of the online merchant of books & several other products.
the online bookstore was founded in 1995, & it expanded beyond books, selling now all kinds of stuff.
when Amazon soared 55% in 2013, Jeff Bezos’ net worth increased, as he now has $31.7 billion & ranked #18 on Forbes list of the world’s richest billionaires.
that same year, Jeff purchased ‘The Washington Post‘ newspaper.
8. Michael Bloomberg – Net worth – $34.3 billion
with a net worth of $34.3 billion, the American business magnate served as the 108th Mayor of New York City.
born on February 14, 1942, Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the founder & 88% owner of the global financial data & media company named Bloomberg L.P., which generated $8.3 billion in 2013 revenues.
before Michael Bloomberg became a billionaire, he began his ‘successful’ career at the securities brokerage ‘Salomon Brothers’.
in 1981, Bloomberg L.P. was founded and the magnate was its CEO & chairman for 29 years.
when money isn’t a problem, you can afford to have not just 1 home. & Bloomberg owns around 10 mansions in the Hamptons, Westchester County, Bermuda, Vail & Manhattan.
did you know that he gave $100 million to the Gates Foundation in order to help his friend eradicate polio?
7. Li Ka-shing – Net worth – $34.7 Billion
the 86-year-old Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong business magnate & investor who ranked #14 on Forbes list of the world’s richest billionaires.
with a net worth of $34.7 billion, Li Ka-shing is one of the most powerful figures in Asia, named ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Man, Li Ka-Ching’ by ‘Asiaweek’.
he is one self-made billionaire. at the age 12, he quit school & started to work in a watch-strap factory.
2 years later Li was working full-time in a plastic trading company.
& in 1950 he started his own business, producing plastic toys. Li’s first company was named Cheung Kong, after the Yangtze River.
today, Li is the Chairman of the Board of HWL (Hutchison Whampoa Limited), & Cheung Kong Holdings, & probably he is the only person who invested in Facebook as a high-stake hobby.
he bet on Facebook, through his charitable Li Ka Shing Foundation.
6. Sheldon Adelson – Net worth – $36.7 billion
Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor & philanthropist who was born on August 4, 1933.
he’s the chairman & CEO of the ‘Las Vegas Sands Corporation’, having a net worth $36.7 billion.
besides ‘Las Vegas Sands’, which is the parent company of ‘Venetian Macao Limited’ which operated the ‘Sands Expo & Convention Center’ & ‘The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino’, the 80-year-old self-made billionaire also owns the Israeli daily newspaper ‘Israel HaYom’.
in 2012, Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million trying to get a republican in the White House. Sheldon was willing to ‘spend whatever it takes to win’.
he ranked #6 on our top list of the richest self-made billionaires and #10 on Forbes list of the richest billionaires in the world.
5. Larry Ellison – Net worth – $49.5 billion
born on August 17, 1944, Lawrence Joseph Ellison is an American businessman, best known as the CEO & co-founder of the enterprise software company, ‘Oracle’.
with a net worth of almost $5 billion, Larry Ellison founded in 1977 ‘Software Development Laboratories’, which became in 1979 ‘Relational Software Inc.’ and in 1982 it officially became ‘Oracle Systems Corporation’.
among his hobbies are included yachting, collecting home (apparently) & piloting.
Larry Ellison is a licensed pilot who owns at least 2 military jet : a SIAI-Marchetti S.211, & a MiG-29.
also, in 2004 and 2005, he purchased more than 12 properties in Malibu’ Carbon Beach, California, worth almost $200 million.
he also owns 98% of Hawaii’s Lanai Island.
4. Amancio Ortega – Net worth – $64.2 billion
everybody has at least 1 Zara product in their wardrobe.
the 78-year-old Amancio Ortega is the Spanish fashion CEO & founder of the ‘Inditex’ fashion group, best known for its Zara clothing & accessories retail shops.
he opened his first Zara store in 1975. although he preferred the name ‘Zorba’ which was already taken, the store was named Zara.
with a net worth of $64.2 billion, Amancio Ortega ranked #4 on Forbes list of the richest billionaires in the world, as well as he ranked #4 on our top list of the richest self-made billionaires.
his list of properties is impressive : the 43-storey skyscraper in Madrid named Torre Picasso, & 26 other buildings.
3. Warren Buffett – Net worth – 65.9 billion
we already talked about the American business magnate, in our articles about 10 Expensive Items That Broke A Guinness Record and Most Expensive eBay Items | Top 10.
Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 13, 1930, & he is the CEO, chairman and largest shareholder of ‘Berkshire Hathaway’.
considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett has a whopping net worth of $65.9 billion, placing him on #3 on Forbes list of the world’s richest billionaires, as well as on #3 on our top list.
nicknamed ‘Wizard of Omaha’, ‘Sage of Omaha’ & ‘Oracle of Omaha’, the billionaire shared the secret of his success.
apparently, his best investment wasn’t nor business, nor a stock, but buying in 1949 Benjamin Graham’s book ‘The Intelligent Investor’.
2. Carlos Slim Helu – Net worth – $78.5 billion
from 2010 to 2013, the Mexican business magnate was the richest billionaire in the world, but the position has been regained by Bill Gates.
Carlos Slim Helu, known as the ‘Warren Buffett of Mexico’, is the CEO & chairman of telecommunications companies ‘Telmex’ & ‘America Movil’.
the 74-year-old investor has an outstanding net worth of $78.5 billion.
& when you think that he earned 200 pesos a week working for his father’s company.
Carlos Slim Helu
1. Bill Gates – Net worth – $78.9 billion
at the age of 58, William Henry Gates III is the richest billionaire in the world, with a net worth of $78.9 billion.
the American business magnate, investor, inventor & computer programmer is best known for being the CEO & chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, co-founded with Paul Allen.
Bill Gates is also the author of 2 books ‘The Road Ahead’ which was written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold & journalist Peter Rinearson, & ‘Business @ the Speed of Thought’, published in 1999.
also, if you have free time and want to watch a good movie, the 1999 ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ in which Bill Gates is portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall, & the 2010 ‘The Social Network’, in which he is portrayed by Steve Sires, are something you’ll might enjoy.