In the world, today. there are approximately 1,800 humans who have accumulated a wealth beyond the millions. These 1,800 people, together, own more wealth than the rest of the 7 billion people in the world, combined. The billionaires of today are celebrities to people like us; almost everyone in America can tell you who Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah are.
Out of these 1,800 there are two types of billionaires: the inheritors and the self made. People that have inherited their wealth are the people that metaphorically hit the lottery when born into a family of the 1%. The inheritors are the lucky ones who will never have to work a hard day in their lives and still live comfortably and lavishly. On the other hand, we have the grinders, the people that wake up in the morning ready to take on the world, the humans that strive to earn the world.
The self-made of 2015 are the common folks of today that moved their way up the chain to be the best of the best. Not everyone can make it to the billionaire status; to most its believed to be impossible to complete such a task. This list will solely focus on the people that did make it, the movers of our time, the entrepreneurs and business men that did not rest till they got exactly what they wanted. These are the game changers that have shaped the current world for what is it today. These are top 10 richest self made billionaires of 2015 as of the beginning of August.
10. Sergey Brin – Worth $32.9B
Sergey Brin is a 42-year-old Russian-born computer scientist that traveled to America early in his life. Brin attended the University of Maryland for his PhD, where he met Larry Page, the man that he would eventually partner up with to create the world’s most popular and efficient search engine of its time. Sergey and Larry launched Google.com in 1996 and since then their search engine has become one of the most common services in the world which eventually led to funding numerous other projects that Google Inc. is undergoing, including services like email, social networking, productivity programs, broadband networks, web browsers and so much more. Google is a noun and a verb in today’s culture, making not only Google Inc. extremely rich, but Sergey Brin excessively wealthy earning him the 10 spot on this list.
9. Larry Page – Worth $33.5B
Now that we’ve discussed one half of the infamous giant that is Google, we most certainly have to mention the other genius. Larry Page was Sergey’s partner when they developed their search engine and together they single-handily created one of the most well-known companies in today’s modern world. Larry was the one who created the advanced algorithm to make Google such an astounding search engine and has since taken on other projects such as Alphabet Inc. Larry Page is only 42 years old and the 13th richest man in the world and it will be exciting to see what new heights his wealth will see in the next years of his life.
8. Michael Bloomberg – Worth $35.5B
If you’re a business person in the 21st century, chances are you know of the Bloomberg name. Michael Bloomberg was an average trader for Salomon Brothers Investing bank until he was let go due to the firm being acquired. It was 1981, Michael was newly jobless and having a huge severance check in hand, him and four others founded Bloomberg L.P., a company that provides financial software tools to thousands of traders in the world. For the next 20 years, Michael Bloomberg was the CEO and owner of Bloomberg L.P. which in return made his bank balance accumulate into the 10 digit range until he stepped down from his company to start his life as a politician. Michael would be elected as mayor of New York in 02′, reelected in 05′, and again in 09′ for his final term.
As time passed for Bloomberg, his wealth would continue to grow and grow as his company did. Bloomberg L.P. soon start expanding with more and more services such as 3 separate Magazines, a global news network, websites, and a radio station. The year 2009 was an amazing year for the aspiring business man/politician. Besides winning his 3rd election in a row, his net worth rocketed to $16 billion, an increase of $4.5 billion from the previous year. With his mile high bank account, Michael has dedicated his life to philanthropy while also re-assuming his position as chairman for his own company. The whole world is curious to see what he will do next.
7. Mark Zuckerberg -Worth $38.3B
If you are alive an of right mind on planet earth, you have probably heard of Mark Zuckerberg‘s name. Mark is the creator of Facebook.com, the most popular social networking service ever with over a billion users in 2015. Zuckerberg was a Harvard student at the age of 21 when he came up with the idea for “The Facebook” which has become one of the most well-known websites to ever exist. Through advertising and sponsorships, Zuckerberg’s wealth grew and grew faster than he could have ever possibly imagined. When Mark was just 23, he joined the billionaires boy club, making him the youngest person ever to amass such a fortune. He has since expanded his wealth, making him now the 10th richest man alive. At the age of 3,1 with all his youth and money behind him, there is no telling how big this boy can become.
6. Jeff Bezos – Worth $44.6B
Jeff Bezos is the American poster boy for entrepreneurship. It was 1994 and Jeff was working on an idea he had about a world wide book store over the internet in his garage. Soon that book service named Amazon.com evolved into selling other products and other eCommerce. As of 2015, Jeff has created the biggest retailer on the internet, securing a massive fortune for himself. Since his success with Amazon, he has moved into the investment world, buying up companies such as The Washington Post in 2013. Jeff is still a working man and quickly growing his accounts with his 3 companies, Amazon, Blue Origin (a spaceflight startup), and his newspaper. Now 51 and more successful than ever, Jeff Bezos is a self made man and the 6th richest human alive with a lot more years under his belt. Only time can tell what his future wealth might look like in the upcoming decades.
5. Larry Ellison – Worth $46.5B
If you’ve never heard of the Ellison name or his company Oracle before, don’t worry, neither has most of the new generation. Larry Ellison gained his wealth and riches by selling database servers through the company he created, Oracle. Larry Ellison is older than previous people mentioned on this list at the age 0f 71. Most of his work came from the 1970 to 1990 period. Since his success with Oracle, Larry has done a number of other things such as yachting, aviation, and philanthropy. With his wealth growing every day, it will be interesting to see what he has planned for his money in the upcoming years.
4. Carlos Slim Helu – Worth $61.8B
Among the 10 richest people alive, only three are non-Americans, including the richest Mexican alive, Carlos Slim Helu. Helu is nearing the top of this list with $61 billion that has come from his empire. Carlos’ companies, alone, account for 40% of the Mexican Stock Exchange with services like telecommunications, healthcare, education, apparel, food, oil, and much more. He has revolutionized his home country into what it is today, but as he gets older and older, nearing 76 now, we expect to see less of the great Carlos Slim.
3. Warren Buffett – Worth $62.7B
If there was ever a list for the most dominant and successful investors to ever live, you can bet your last dollar that Warren Buffett tops it. Born in Omaha in 1930, Warren took the stock market by storm by working his whole life building his savings through his smart investing techniques and unfathomable intelligence until he bought out a textile company that he later transformed into an investing firm, Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett started getting real money when Berkshire started selling Class A stock in the ’90s. Since then, the investment guru increased his wealth, especially in 2014 when Berkshire shares hit an all-time high of $200,000. Now in his late 80’s, Warren has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropy and other charity causes. Warren’s story just simply proves that you can start with nothing and truly create something amazing.
2. Amancio Ortega – Worth #69.7B
Amancio Ortega is a true hero to business men everywhere that are starting out at the bottom. Amancio founded his textile company in Spain in the late ’70’s with his wife out of their living room making bath robes and lingerie. In 1975, he opened his first store, Zara Apparel and Accessories, and since then has opened 6,000 more. If you’ve never heard of Amancio before don’t feel bad, he lives a very secretive life. In fact, he’s agreed to only three interviews. Ortega is currently 75 years old, retired, and lives with his second wife. You can only imagine what one man with all that self made money can do.
1. Bill Gates – Worth $76.3B
The Golden Boy of the U.S. The man that threw the world into a new era of advanced technology. Bill Gates is the richest man alive and he deserves every bit of his wealth. Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975, a software company that created just about everything you see on computers. Bill Gates company practically single-handily made the computer a common item for everyone to have and use. His strategic way of broadening his company and defending the market he owned is the reason why he is a common household name even today. Ever since Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, he has put all his energy into philanthropy, donating almost a majority of his wealth to help the less fortunate people of the world. Bill and his wife have started numerous charity organizations in which he has used $30 billion of his own money – almost as much as the first person on this list is worth. Not only is Bill Gates a role model to Americans, he is a hero to the many aspiring entrepreneurs in the world today.