For some people, wealth is subjective and goes above and beyond numbers in a bank account.
Some people could have 7-digit incomes every single year, yet may feel as if their lives are missing something, and subsequently, they’ll find themselves feeling broke as a result.
Others may earn a respectable income and yet will have everything they want in life, and more besides, and will feel as if they’re the richest person on the planet.
That’s all well and good, but for us today, we’re talking about cold, hard, cash as we want to look at the world’s truly richest people.
From billionaire tech innovators to media moguls, politicians, and ex-wives.
Here’s a look at the top 20 richest people in the world, as of the train wreck of a year that is 2020.
20 Richest People In The World:
20. Julia Koch And Family
Coming in at number 20 we have Julia Koch and family.
Julia Koch was formerly married to the late David Koch, who was the very same individual who owned the highly lucrative Koch Industries with his brother Charles.
Sadly, he passed away in 2019, but in doing so, he helped make his wife and his 3 children some of the wealthiest people on the planet.
This was due to the fact that they inherited a 42% stake in the company.
As of this writing, Julia Koch and family have a net worth of a staggering $46.5 Billion.
19. Charles Koch
We’re not quite done with the Koch’s just yet, as now it is the time of Charles Koch, whom we mentioned briefly above.
Charles is a US philanthropist and businessman who is the CEO and co-owner of Koch Industries, as you will be aware if you were paying attention previously.
But what do Koch Industries do? Well, they provide fertilizers, pollution control tech and equipment, agricultural equipment, and much more besides.
Charles also has a net worth of $46.5 Billion.
18. Mackenzie Bezos
Mackenzie Bezos is a US author, philanthropist, and businesswoman.
She was formerly married to Jeff Bezos, the owner, and creator of a little known company you may have heard of called Amazon.
After the two separated, Mackenzie was awarded a 4% stake in Amazon, which doesn’t sound like very much at all, does it?
Well, that 4% stake was, at the time, worth around $33 Billion so that shows just how lucrative Amazon is, doesn’t it?
Her net worth right now stands at $47.8 Billion.
17. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican investor, businessman, and entrepreneur who owns the conglomerate ‘Grupo Carso’.
This conglomerate’s portfolio contains a healthy mix of different industries and brands in sectors such as healthcare, real estate, energy, retail, and more besides.
He has invested his money wisely and as a result, his net worth stands at around $51.2 Billion.
It should be noted that his net worth right now is around $13 billion less than this time last year, largely due to the global pandemic and current events, which means that he has dropped 9 places in the list of the richest people in the world.
Still, when you lose $13 Billion and are still valued at more than $50 Billion, you can’t really grumble too much.
16. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani is an Indian businessman who is currently the largest shareholder, chairperson, and managing director of RIL, or Reliance Industry Limited.
He also happens to be the richest man in Asia and has been for many years now.
Right now, his net worth stands at a mind-blowing $52.7 Billion.
15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Up next on our list we have Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.
She became the heiress to L’Oreal after her mother sadly passed away in 2017, and as a result, she is now the chairwoman of the company who runs the holding, with her and her family owning 33% of the company.
Right now, her net worth stands at $54.2 Billion, ‘because she’s worth it’.
14. S Robson Walton
S Robson Walton is the oldest son of Sam Walton and served as the chairman of Walmart after his father passed in 2015.
S Robson Walton is one of the world’s richest people, with a net worth of $54.8 Billion.
13. Alice Walton
Walmart is one of the world’s largest corporations, and consequently, you can expect to see plenty of Waltons on various rich lists.
Next up is the turn of Alice Walton, Sam Walton’s daughter, and the heiress to the Walmart fortune.
She formed a successful company in 1988 known as Llama Company, though it has now closed down.
Despite this, she is certainly more than okay for the money, as her net worth is $55 Billion, making her the richest woman on the planet.
12. Jim Walton
Told you we weren’t done with the Waltons just yet.
Next up we have Jim Walton, the younger son of the late Sam Walton.
Jim is not only the CEO of his own company ‘Arvest Bank’ but he is also on the Board of Directors for Walmart.
Right now, he is valued at $55.2 Billion.
11. Michael Bloomberg
The next man on our list of the world’s richest people is none other than Michael Bloomberg.
Michael Bloomberg is a United States politician, entrepreneur, businessman, investor, and all-around savvy business tycoon.
Michael is the CEO and the co-founder of Bloomberg L.P which is one of the world’s most well known financial data and media companies.
At 74 years of age, Michael is one of the world’s richest billionaires, with a net worth of $59.7 Billion.
Interestingly, Michael has recently added $14 Billion to his net worth, so that alone should show you just how savvy he is in the world of business and finance.
10. Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega is the founder of Inditex Fashion Group.
This Spanish businessman was, at one point, the 5th richest man in the world, though he has lost a few places as of late.
His company owns a number of popular fashion chains, including Zara, which many of you will no doubt have heard of and will know is one of the world’s biggest fashion chains.
2020 has had plenty of ups and downs in the world of finance, and Amancio’s finances are definitely down as he is down almost $20, or 25% of his total wealth, which is a heck of a lot to lose whichever way you look at it.
Still, with a net worth of $60.5 Billion, we don’t expect him to set up a crowdfunding page for financial support quite just yet.
9. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin, along with Larry Page, co-founded this little known search engine called ‘Google’ back in 1999.
The two founded the engine from a garage, and the world loves rags to riches story, doesn’t it?
Right now, Google is one of the most recognized names in the tech industry and is worth billions.
As a result of his hard work building up Google and putting it on top.
As of this writing, his net worth is around $61.3 Billion.
8. Larry Page
We can’t mention Sergey without also mentioning Larry Page.
Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey and over the years, the duo has expanded and has helped to build Google up to be one of the most innovative and lucrative tech companies and brands in existence.
Virtually everybody uses Google in one way or another, and as a result, Larry has made himself an absolute fortune off of the back of his creation of Google.
Right now, his net worth stands at $63.6 Billion, so he’s a couple of billion bucks richer than Sergey.
7. Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer is a name that you’ll be familiar with if you’re into your sports, especially basketball.
Why? Because he owns the NBA’s LA Clippers, along with being the former CEO of Microsoft.
Steve’s net worth, as of 2020 is currently around $65.4 Billion, making him the 7th richest person in the entire world.
6. Larry Ellison
If you’ve heard of the Oracle Corporation, you’ll likely have heard of Larry Ellison as he is the co-founder of the company.
Up until 2014, he was the CEO as well.
The company is now one of the most successful tech companies in existence, employing 136,000 people, and being close to four decades old.
Right now, as a result of Oracle’s success, Larry Ellison is the 6th richest man in the world, and currently has a net worth of $66.4 Billion.
5. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is a US investor, Entrepreneur, Businessman, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
He is currently the most successful investor in the entire world and is the envy of many an investor.
Now we’re getting into some big numbers because Warren’s net worth right now stands at $72.2 Billion.
Despite this, he doesn’t live in an enormous mansion, or have his own island, he resides in the home he lived in before he made his first billion.
Make no mistake about it, though, it’s still one heck of a house.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
If you know Facebook, you know who Mark Zuckerberg is.
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, which all started in his dorm room whilst he was at Harvard University.
He is a very well known figure, and yet despite his wealth, he doesn’t wear designer clothes, driver million-dollar supercars, or own a fleet of private yachts.
In fact, he is a very down to earth guy, it’s just that he’s got billions in the bank.
Mark is the 4th richest in fact, as his net worth currently stands at a monumental $88.7 Billion.
3. Bernard Arnault
We’re down to the final 3 rich people in the world now, so who do we think will come out on top?
Well, it’s clearly not Bernard, as he is currently the 3rd richest man in the world.
Bernard is the CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, which is a company that was formed by the merging of two businesses.
Louis Vuitton is of course a designer fashion brand adored by the rich and famous, and Moet Hennessy is an alcoholic beverage company responsible for Moet champagne and Hennessy Cognac.
Bernard’s net worth as of this writing stands at $94.1 Billion. Wow.
2. Bill Gates
The penultimate entry on our list of the world’s richest people is Bill Gates.
Bill Gates founded Microsoft, and up until not too long ago, he was the richest man in the entire world for several consecutive years.
Microsoft is a tech company we’re all surely familiar with, in fact, it is the biggest PC Software company on the entire planet.
Bill founded the company with Paul Allen in 1975 and as a result, he is currently estimated to be worth $106.5 Billion.
1. Jeff Bezos
Last, but certainly not least, we have the man that toppled Bill Gates for the title of the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, which is one of the largest companies in the entire world.
Jeff founded the company from his bedroom, where initially he sold pre-owned books and operated Amazon as a bookstore online.
To start with, sales were slow, but as he adapted the business model somewhat, and began selling and shipping a variety of other items, sales began to take off and Amazon grew and grew.
Amazon is now worth more than $160 Billion.
Jeff himself, has a net worth of $146.9 Billion, making him the world’s richest man by quite a margin.
Incidentally, he chose ‘Amazon’ as the name of his company, as a primitive form of SEO, as the letter ‘A’ would show up first on various indexes and people would, therefore, find the company/website easier.