Forbes has named the 2015 richest people in the globe and as always, world billionaires continue to break sets of records as some really wealthy billionaires just keep getting wealthier taking the top spots on the list. Based on the Forbes latest ranking of richest people in the world, the combined wealth of world billionaires is about $7.05 trillion — beating last year’s record-breaking $6.4 trillion total by a big $650 billion. In addition, some rich people in the world didn’t make the list of top 25 richest in world because some even wealthier people dominated the higher spots while the bars seem so high for others because of high price of entry.
Note that Forbes has a certain price of entry as the prerequisite to score a spot on the list and thus anyone with enough money that is either equal or more than the required amount is eligible to make count. Below is a list of top 25 richest people who got a spot on the list for fulfilling the requirements of Forbes rich list.
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25. David Thomson & family – Net Worth: $25.5 Billion (Forbes)
22. Jacqueline Mars – Net Worth: $26.6 Billion ( Forbes)
22. Forrest Mars Jr – Net Worth: $26.6 Billion ( Forbes)
22. John Mars – Net Worth: $26.6 Billion (Forbes)
21. Georg Schaeffler – Net Worth: $26.9 Billion (Forbes)
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25. David Thomson
Net Worth: $ 25.5 Billion
David Thomson is a Canadian media magnate and chairman of Thomson Reuters. He and his family have a media and publishing fortune established by their grandfather Roy Thomson. At the death of his father, late Kenneth Thomson in 2006, the control of the family fortune passed on to David and after they acquired Reuters, he became the chairman of the merged entity, Thomson Reuters in 2008. The family business is now operated through private holding company Woodbridge, which holds a 57% in Thomson Reuters. His brother Peter Thomson is co-chair of Woodbridge, which holds assets owned by Roy Thomson’s seven grandchildren.
22. John Mars
Net Worth: $26.6 Billion
John Mars is an American business magnate, son of Forrest Mars Sr., and grandson of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars Incorporated which was established in 1911. His father however joined in 1929, about the time the firm unpacked the malt-flavored nougat that is inside Milky Way and Snickers. He and his siblings Forrest Jr. and Jacqueline are the owners of one the world’s biggest confectionery companies with $33 billion in annual sales. They sit on the board of directors, but do not take part in everyday running of the business. He is known for his utmost secrecy. In 2010 to 2014 Forbes list ranking personal wealth, Mars is the highest ranked person whose photograph was unavailable to the magazine.
22. Jacqueline Mars
Net Worth: $26.6 Billion
Jacqueline Mars is the sister of the two brothers, Forrest Jr. and John, who are the owners of the secretive ($33 billion) candy maker Mars. As a member of the Mars family, she is among the heirs of the company. All three siblings sit on the company’s board of directors, except for the everyday running of the business. She is also a trustee of the US Equestrian Team, and serves on the board of directors for the Washington National Opera, the National Sporting Library and Fine Arts Museum.
22. Forrest Mars, Jr.
Net Worth: $26. 6 Billion
Forrest mars is the eldest son of Forrest Mars, Sr. and the grandson of Frank C. Mars and one of the heirs of their fortune. He serves on the board of the candy company with his siblings John and Jacqueline. All three siblings are the owner of $33 billion (sales) candy shop based in Virginia.
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21. Georg Schaeffler
Net Worth: $26.9 Billion
Industry: Ball Bearings
George is a German business tycoon and owner of 80% of the holding company INA Holding Schaeffler GmbH & Co. KG, which includes Schaeffler AG. He is one of the proprietors of Schaeffler Group, which covers Schaeffler AG, one of the largest producers of ball bearings and machine components in the world. His mother, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler owns the other 20%. George Schaeffler heads the supervisory board of Schaeffler Group. He is also a member of the supervisory board of Continental AG, a leading German automotive manufacturing company specializing in tires, brake systems, automotive safety, powertrain and chassis components, tachographs, and other parts for the automotive and transportation industries.
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20. Sergey Brin
Net Worth $29.2 Billion
Sergey Brin is an American internet business tycoon. He and Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most lucrative Internet companies. He controls Google X, the secretive department of the search engine company that concentrates on risky projects, such as smart contact lenses, airborne wind turbines and the ill-fated Google Glass.
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19. Larry Page
Net Worth: $29.7 Billion
Larry Page is an American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Google Inc. He is the corporation’s current CEO. Page also invented PageRank, Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm. Page is in addition, a board member of the X Prize Foundation (XPRIZE).
18. Sheldon Adelson
Net worth: $31.4 Billion
Sheldon Adelson is an American entrepreneur and the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Marina bay in turn, controls the Venetian company that runs The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The American tycoon is also the owner of the Israeli daily newspaper Israel HaYom.
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17. Li Ka-shing
Net Worth: $33.3 Billion
Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong entrepreneur and Asia’s richest person. He chairs the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings as of 2008. Through them, he is the biggest operator of container terminals and also the biggest health and beauty retailer in the world. His businesses are all-encompassing; covering nearly every aspect of life in Hong Kong, from electricity to telecommunications, from real estate to retail, from shipping to the Internet.
16. Mark Zuckerberg
Net Worth: $33.4 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg is an American Internet business tycoon and co-founder of Facebook. He is the CEO of the social networking website Facebook which he has led to new heights. In 2007, at the age of 23, Zuckerberg became a billionaire as a result of Facebook’s success. Facebook is now one of world’s most known social network, with about 1.4 billion people around the globe on it.
15. Jeff Bezos
Net Worth: 34.8 billion
Jeffrey Preston best known as “Jeff” Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and the founder of Amazon.com, an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Amazon.com became the biggest retailer on the World Wide Web and a top model for Internet sales. The company based in Seattle is not only an online retailer, but is also responsible for everything from offering servers to host web content, to selling diapers. Amazon.com was bestowed its first ever Golden Globes award for its original television series “Transparent,” which won best TV series and best actor in a comedy. Currently, Amazon is preparing move into the movie business. The American business tycoon also bought The Washington Post newspaper in 2013.
14. Michael Bloomberg
Net Worth: $35.5 Billion
Industry: Bloomberg LP
Michael Bloomberg is an American business tycoon, politician, and philanthropist. He was born in Boston and has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School. He served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms starting with his first election in 2001. He owns 88% of the company he founded, which in 2014 had $9 billion in revenue. The Bloomberg Lp company which he founded is a global financial data and media company and is notable for its Bloomberg Terminal, which is mostly used by investment professionals around the world.
13. Bernard Arnault
Net Worth: $37.2 Billion
Benard is a French business tycoon and art collector. He graduated with a degree in engineering in 1971 from École Polytechnique. He has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH since 1989. The French investor and philanthropist is known as one of the world’s ultimate taste-makers, a job he takes seriously. Though the company is publicly traded, LVMH has long been a family affair.
12. S. Robson Walton
Net Worth: $39.1 Billion
Samuel Robson also known as “Rob” Walton is an American business magnate. He is the eldest son of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, the biggest retailer in the globe with 11,000 stores and $473 billion in 2014 revenue. He Chairs the company which was started by Sam and his brother James in 1962 in Rodgers, Arkansas. Outside of Wal-Mart, the Walton’s venture capital firm, Madrone Capital Partners, owns a stake in Hyatt Hotels worth nearly $600 million.
11. Alice Walton
Net Worth: $39.4 B
Alice Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Her father Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in economics and finance. With her hefty fortune, she has long concentrated on interpreting art, culminating in the opening of the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in her hometown of Bentonville, Ark. in 2011. She has also included other art works from several other popular artists.
10. Liliane Bettencourt
Net Worth: $40.1 Billion
Liliane Bettencourt is a French heiress, socialite, business tycoon and philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal. The company was founded by her father Eugene Schueller, in 1907. She became even wealthier in 2014 due to a deal in which she bought extra 8% stake in the cosmetics empire from Nestle, raising her and her family’s chunk of L’Oreal stock to 33%. Bettencourt has not been involved in running the company for several years; a legal battle with her daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers proved Liliane unfit to manage affairs in 2011. She was replaced on the company’s board by her 25-year-old grandson Jean-Victor Meyers in 2012. The elderly widow, who suffers from dementia remains the wealthiest woman in Europe.
9. Jim Walton
Net Worth: $40.6 Billion
Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, the legendary founder of Wal-Mart; the biggest retailer in the world. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BA) Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1971. He is a board member of the superstore. The company made $473 billion in 2014 revenues with more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries. Jim Walton’s net worth is 40.6 billion.
8. Christy Walton
Net Worth: $41.7 Billion
Christy Walton, an American Philanthropist, is the richest woman in the world according to Forbes 2015 list of the richest people in the world. She has held this title for 5 out of the past six years. She is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. She married into what became the richest family in the globe — the Waltons — and inherited her fortune after the death of her husband John Walton, a former Green Beret and Vietnam war medic, who died in an airplane crash in 2005. She’s the richest of the Waltons due to an investment John made in solar panel maker First Solar.
6. David Koch
Net Worth: $42.9 Billion
David Koch is an American businessman and political activist. He shares control of $115 billion (sales) Koch Industries with his older brother Charles. As America’s second biggest privately held company, Koch Industries has interests in a range of platforms including oil pipelines, refineries, building materials, paper towels and Dixie cups. The company also made more than $5 billion in acquisitions in 2014 including inkmaker Flint Group for a reported $3 billion and PetroLogistics for $2.1 billion. He became president of the subsidiary Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries, with older brother Charles in 1983. He is currently the executive vice president.
6. Charles Koch
Net Worth: $42.9 B
Charles Koch is an American businessman, co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. Charles and David each own 42% of the company. The capitalist brothers inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, then expanded the business. formerly, Koch Industries’s involved only in oil refining and chemicals, but has now extended its reach to process and pollution control equipment and technologies; polymers and fibers; minerals, fertilizers, commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. The businesses produce a wide variety of well-known brands, such as Stainmaster carpet, the Lycra brand of spandex fiber, Quilted Northern tissue and Dixie Cup.
5. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $54.3 Billion
Larry Ellison is an American programmer and internet entrepreneur. Ellison founded database software firm Oracle in 1977 after building databases for the CIA and has overseen its rapid growth. He was the Chief executive officer of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014. He stepped down as CEO of the company in September 2014 and now stays on as Oracle’s chairman and chief technology officer. He is arguably the first Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur to live big and fast.
4. Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $64.5 B
Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion entrepreneur. He is the youngest of four children and grew up the son of a railway worker. He is also the founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, popular for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. In 1975, he co-founded Zara with lingerie and bathrobe he and his wife Rosalia Mera made in their living room. He is now the world’s richest retailer.
3. Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $72.7 B
Industry: Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Buffet is an American business tycoon, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, his diversified holding. His nicknames are as follows: “Wizard of Omaha” or “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha. He is richer than he ever was due to stellar performance of his company Berkshire Hathaway. The company owns dozens of subsidiaries, including in railroads, insurance and energy, and posted $182 billion in 2013 revenue and $19.5 billion in net income.
2. Carlos Slim Helu
Net Worth: $77.1 B
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist. He is one of the world’s three richest men in spite of changes in the Mexican telecom landscape, where he has soared tremendously over the last two decades. A new anti-monopoly law is leading to some of the recent shifts. He bought out AT&T’s 8.3% stake worth $5.6 billion in pan-Latin American wireless carrier America Movil in June 2014 – by far Slim’s most valuable asset. currently, he and his family are the owners of 62% of the company. He controls a vast business empire that is influential in every sector of the Mexican economy and accounts for 40% of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
1. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $79.2 Billion
Bill Gates is an American business tycoon, philanthropist, and computer programmer. He is the world’s richest person as of 2015 based on the latest ranking of the world’s richest people in the globe by Forbes. He has held this same title for 16 out of the last 21 years. He retook the top spot in March 2014 after a four-year run by Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu as No. 1. Microsoft, which he co-founded in 1975 has been performing exceptionally, boosting his net worth. His wealth more than doubled from $40 billion to more than $82 billion between 2009 and 2014. Also between 2013 and 2014, his wealth hiked by $15 billion, or about $1.5 billion more than the entire GDP of Iceland in 2014.
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