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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.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk

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Elon Musk: $268.1bn

Musk is the CEO of Tesla and the founder and CEO of SpaceX. He divides his time between SpaceX, Tesla and projects like Hyperloop, a proposed ultra-high-speed train line.


Jeff Bezos

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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. 


French billionaire Bernard Arnault

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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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.



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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

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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

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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.


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