Top billionaires: who is the richest person in the world?
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault feature on the rich list top ten
Here we look at the top ten richest people in the world, according to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List.
Elon Musk: $268.1bn
Jeff Bezos: $188bn
The former hedge fund manager started Amazon in his garage in 1994. Bezos has invested heavily in space technology too, and also owns The Washington Post newspaper. After stepping down as Amazon CEO he took on the new role of executive chair.
Bernard Arnault and family: $187.6bn
Arnault is the wealthiest European on the list. The Frenchman oversees the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton empire of more than 70 brands, including Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and TAG Heuer.
Bill Gates: $134.5bn
The Microsoft founder has been a permanent fixture near the top of the rich list for the past 20 years, despite selling and then giving away much of his stake in the company. He now owns just 1% and focuses predominantly on his philanthropic work.
Larry Ellison: $120.1bn
The American business magnate is co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle. He owns around 35% of the software giant.
Larry Page: $119.4bn
Internet entrepreneur Page is one of the co-founders of Google. He stepped down as CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc in December 2019 but remains a board member.
Mark Zuckerberg: $117.5bn
Zuckerberg made his fortune after launching Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19, while studying psychology and computer science at Harvard University.
Warren Buffett: $116.9bn
Now in his ninth decade, the Berkshire Hathaway chief executive, known as the “Oracle of Omagh”, is one of the most successful investors of all time. Like Gates, he has pledged to give away more than 99% of his fortune to charity.
Sergey Brin: $115.1bn
Along with Larry Page, Brin was a co-founder of Google. Until December 2019, he was president of Alphabet Inc.
Steve Ballmer: $98.5bn
The former CEO of Microsoft led the tech giant from 2000 to 2014. He is now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.