Who doesn't want to be a gazillionaire? Or at least dream about being one... But in the meantime you can live vicariously through the stories of these mega-earners? Here are the juicy details on the top 10 richest men.
10. LARRY PAGE - $52.2 BILLION
The co founder and CEO of Google sits at number 9 with a total worth of $52.2 billion.
Together, Sergey Brin and Page developed a search engine that listed results in a unique way. You know, a little thing called "Google." Since launching Google in 1998, the company has become the world's hottest search engine.
9. LARRY ELLISON - $60.4 BILLION
There’s just something about those Larrys. In 1977, Larry Ellison co founded the software company Oracle, which initially was set in motion with $2,000 of funding, $1,200 of that came out of Ellison's very own pocket. Kudos for being a self-made man, Lar.
Ellison stepped down as CEO in 2014, but remains associated with the business.
8. KOCH BROTHERS: CHARLES AND DAVID - EACH $60 BILLION
CEO’s of KOCH industries which holds revenues of $100 million dollars. Their company owns approximately seven other companies, and they also own brands such as: Paper Products: Angelsoft, Brawny, Dixie, Mardi Gras, Quilted Northern, Soft n Gentle, Sparkle, Vanity Fair, etc.
7. CARLOS SLIM HELU & FAMILY - $67.6 BILLION
Carlos Slim Helu controls Latin America's biggest mobile telecom firm, America Móvil, of which he's a chairman. Helu also owns stakes in various mining, property, and consumer goods businesses - including The New York Times. He's probably the richest male in all of Mexico and very well diversified.
Spread your wealth around to keep your risk low. That’s what the Larrys would do.
6. BERNARD ARNAULT - $68.7 BILLION
Since 1989, Bernard Arnault has been the CEO of LVMH, which houses brands like Louis Vuitton, Sephora, and Dom Perignon. You know, brands that just whisper luxury and make you feel like spreading your gloriously tanned self out on a fur rug somewhere.
Combined, the brands under LVMH raked in $40 billion in sales during 2016 alone.
5. MARK ZUCKERBERG - $72 BILLION
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg founded the site in his Harvard dorm room thirteen years ago and has since become one of the wealthiest people on the earth. Zuckerberg is taking a lot of heat lately as a result of some mishandled data, but he does attempt to do good with his fortune.
He and his wife have committed to give away 99% of the wealth before they die, leaving their family to grin and bear it. Also, the internet thinks he’s a robot-alien anyway so he could live forever.
4. AMANCIO ORTEGA - $75.8 BILLION
Amancio Ortega is probably the wealthiest male in Europe, and co-founded fashion retailer Zara's parent company Inditex in 1975. His real estate portfolio includes properties in London, Madrid, New York.
Ortega earns more than $400 million in dividends a year, because money flows where it already lives.
3. WARREN BUFFET - $90.1 BILLION
Wildly successful investor Warren Buffett is CEO of Berkshire Hathaway which owns more than 60 companies. Although he still lives a relatively modest lifestyle, he turned into a billionaire at age 32.
2. BILL GATES - $91.9 BILLION
Bill Gates co founded Microsoft in 1975, and has is now a technology advisor and board member. Gates also has investments in Canadian National Railway, AutoNation, and much more. He and his wife Melinda founded the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation which is designed to help kindergarten through 12th grade pupils in the US.
Without him we’d never have gotten those quirky PC/Mac commercials which would be a damn shame.
1. JEFF BEZOS - $132.8 BILLION
Edging out Billy Boy by quite a bit of coin is the CEO and founder of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos. Bezos owns nearly 17% of the business and is the literal definition of filthy rich. In 2013 he purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and also owns an aerospace company. In 2017, Bezos made $19.3 billion.