The conglomerate has $100 billion in sales from pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets. His father, Fred Koch, started the business in 1940 and improved a method of refining heavy oil into gasoline.
Net Worth: $78 billion. The Koch brothers' empire deals with manufacturing, refining, and distribution of petrol, chemicals, energy and many other energy products. They also invest in finance and trade in commodities on top of other ventures and investments. The Koch brothers are also known for utilizing their wealth to influence on politics and politicians through a network of multimillionaires in the USA. Though conservative in their political views, the brothers did not support Donald Trump and are working to abolish his immigration plan. Famous Quote: "The successful companies try to keep the new entrants down. Now that's great for a company like ours. We make more money that way because we have less competition and less innovation. But for the country as a whole, it's horrible".
Net Worth: $45.2 billion What started as a modest online venture for selling books, has become one of the biggest online retailers in the world under the leadership of Jeff Bezoz. Amazon.com has long ago expended into virtually any kind of product you could imagine, including fruits and vegetables. Bezoz also invests in a venture for commercial space flights and in The Washington Post newspaper. For a short while on July 2017, Bezoz briefly surpassed Bill Gates and became the richest man in the world. Famous Quote: "If you can't tolerate critics, don't do anything new or interesting".
Net Worth: $75.5 billion The Oracle of Omaha is one of the most successful investors of all time, thanks to Berkshire Hathaway's holdings in more than 60 corporations. Buffet is known for his stance on the American tax system and he declared more than once that he should have paid more taxes. Buffet also committed to giving 99% of his fortune to charity, so far he was extremely generous with donations accumulating to $32 billion. Famous Quote: "I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years".
Net Worth: $63.5 billion. Forty years ago, when Larry Ellison's start-up company got its first contract with the CIA nobody could have imagined that it would evolve to a hi-tech empire called Oracle Corp. In 2010 Ellison reduced his salary from $1 million to $1, but you don’t have to worry about him, he still gets about $60 million a year thanks to generous stock awards. Ellison retired a couple of years ago from the CEO role and took the role of chief technology officer. Like Bill Gates and Warner Buffet, Ellison committed to donating at least half of his fortune. Famous Quote: "When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts".
Net Worth: $85.1 billion. Bill Gates has been retired for more than 3 years, but that does not stop him from being the richest man in the world. During the summer of 2017, Gates donated $64 million shares of Microsoft worth an estimated $4.6 billion. This move reduces his holdings in Microsoft to merely 1.3% but does not change his status as the richest man in the world. This move is in line with Gates' Giving Pledge, a promise that 170 of the world's richest people made to donate at least half of their wealth to charity. Famous Quote: "Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome"
Net Worth: $44.6 billion Ever since Donald Trump won the American Presidency, rumors have been swirling that Zuckerberg is considering going into politics. The evidence is already there, Zuckerberg hired a pollster, visited Detroit auto plant and other swing states and he also gave much-publicized commencement speeches. Zuckerberg has also been a vocal opponent of Trump's immigration policy and its effects on Silicon Valley by giving interviews and endorsing the cause of immigrants' children. Famous Quote: "Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough".
Net Worth: $50.6 billion. Nobody could have believed that an algebra teacher in a Mexican university would turn into one of the richest men in the world. These days, Slim controls the biggest mobile telecom firm in Latin America, owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies. If you read the New York Times, you'd be probably surprised to learn that Slim has stakes in it as well. Slim is known as an avid art collector who shares it with the public in Soumaya Museum, located in Mexico City. Famous Quote: "Our philosophy is you need to give nonprofit money for health, nutrition, education, culture, and sports".
Net Worth: $53.5 billion Bloomberg made his fortune from financial information and media company Bloomberg LP and holds 88% of its share with an annual revenue of $9 billion. Bloomberg is known for his political activism and served as New York's mayor for twelve years. Not only is Bloomberg vocal about social issues, he also donated $4 billion to gun control, climate change and other causes. These days Bloomberg puts a lot of money for the fight against soda drinks, promoting taxing the sugary drinks. Famous Quote: "Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil".
Net Worth: $80 billion. The godfather of fast fashion, Ortega is the cofounder of Inditex, the company that operates over 7,200 shops in more than 93 territories. If you had ever stepped into a Zara shop, you visited in one of Ortega's most successful endeavors that he started with his first wife in 1975. For a couple of hours by the end of August 2017, Ortega toppled Bill Gates from his seat as the richest man in the world. Ortega obsessively guards his privacy, he does not give interviews to the press and is rarely seen in public or photographed.