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The World’s Richest People (Top Billionaires, 2021)

Elon Musk

With a net worth of more than $296 billion as of November 27, 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the richest person in the world, followed by Amazon’s founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos. The businessman has a total net worth of approximately $201 billion.

LVMH’s Chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault, is the 3rd-richest person in the world, with approximately $164 billion in current real-time total net worth. Microsoft mogul Bill Gates ranked 4th with a personal wealth of $136 billion, followed by Larry Page with $127 billion.

The World's Billionaires - Richest People On Earth, 2021

1Elon Musk$296 billionUnited StatesTechnology
2Jeff Bezos$201 billionUnited StatesTechnology
3Bernard Arnault$164 billionFranceConsumer
4Bill Gates$136 billionUnited StatesTechnology
5Larry Page$127 billionUnited StatesTechnology
6Mark Zuckerberg$124 billionUnited StatesTechnology
7Sergey Brin$122 billionUnited StatesTechnology
8Steve Ballmer$117 billionUnited StatesTechnology
9Larry Ellison$112 billionUnited StatesTechnology
10Warren Buffett$103 billionUnited StatesDiversified
11Mukesh Ambani$91.1 billionIndiaEnergy
12Francoise Bettencourt Meyers$90.1 billionFranceConsumer
13Gautam Adani$78.1 billionIndiaIndustrial
14Zhong Shanshan$75.1 billionChinaDiversified
15Amancio Ortega$70.5 billionSpainRetail
16Michael Bloomberg$70 billionUnited StatesMedia & Telecom
17Jim Walton$65.0 billionUnited StatesRetail
18Rob Walton$64.5 billionUnited StatesRetail
19Alice Walton$63.1 billionUnited StatesRetail
20Phil Knight & family$62.9 billionUnited StatesConsumer
21Charles Koch$59.4 billionUnited StatesIndustrial
22Julia Flesher Koch & family$59.4 billionUnited StatesIndustrial
23MacKenzie Scott$59.2 billionUnited StatesTechnology
24Zeng Yuqun$59.1 billionHong KongIndustrial
25Carlos Slim$58.9 billionMexicoDiversified
26Michael Dell$55.8 billionUnited StatesTechnology
27Francois Pinault$50.0 billionFranceConsumer
28Jacqueline Badger Mars$47.5 billionUnited StatesFood & Beverage
29John Mars$47.5 billionUnited StatesFood & Beverage
30Ma Huateng$47.5 billionChinaTechnology
31Zhang Yiming$44.5 billionChinaTechnology
32Len Blavatnik$41.8 billionUnited StatesDiversified
33Stephen Schwarzman$41.1 billionUnited StatesFinance
34Jack Ma$39.9 billionChinaTechnology
35William Ding$36.2 billionChinaTechnology
36Azim Premji$35.8 billionIndiaTechnology
37Klaus-Michael Kuehne$35.2 billionGermanyIndustrial
38Takemitsu Takizaki$35.1 billionJapanTechnology
39Leonard Lauder$34.4 billionUnited StatesConsumer
40Giovanni Ferrero & family$33.7 billionItalyFood & Beverage
41Tadashi Yanai$32.7 billionJapanRetail
42Pallonji Mistry$31.5 billionIrelandIndustrial
43Leonardo Del Vecchio$31.5 billionItalyConsumer
44Gerard Wertheimer$31.4 billionFranceConsumer
45Alain Wertheimer$31.4 billionFranceConsumer
46Leonid Mikhelson$30.3 billionRussiaEnergy
47Li Shu Fu$29.9 billionChinaIndustrial
48Li Ka-shing$29.9 billionHong KongReal Estate
49Vladimir Potanin$29.8 billionRussiaCommodities
50He Xiangjian$29.8 billionChinaConsumer
51Dan Gilbert$28.9 billionUnited StatesReal Estate
52Jensen Huang$28.9 billionUnited StatesTechnology
53Dieter Schwarz$28.5 billionGermanyRetail
54Shiv Nadar$27.8 billionIndiaTechnology
55Alexey Mordashov$27.4 billionRussiaIndustrial
56Eric Schmidt$27.3 billionUnited StatesTechnology
57Vladimir Lisin$26.9 billionRussiaIndustrial
58Miriam Adelson$26.5 billionUnited StatesEntertainment
59Abigail Johnson$26.1 billionUnited StatesFinance
60Dustin Moskovitz$25.9 billionUnited StatesTechnology
61Thomas Struengmann$25.4 billionGermanyHealth Care
62Andreas Struengmann$25.4 billionGermanyHealth Care
63James Simons$25.3 billionUnited StatesFinance
64Huang Shilin$25.2 billionChinaIndustrial
65Wang Chuan-Fu$24.9 billionChinaConsumer
66John Menard$24.7 billionUnited StatesRetail
67Radhakishan Damani$24.7 billionIndiaRetail
68Pang Kang$24.3 billionChinaFood & Beverage
69Colin Huang$24.1 billionChinaTechnology
70Wei Jianjun$24.0 billionChinaConsumer
71Scott Farquhar$23.7 billionAustraliaTechnology
72Mike Cannon-Brookes$23.7 billionAustraliaTechnology
73Yang Huiyan$23.6 billionChinaReal Estate
74Thomas Peterffy$23.6 billionUnited StatesFinance
75Masayoshi Son$23.5 billionJapanTechnology
76Henry Cheng$23.4 billionHong KongRetail
77Lee Shau Kee$23.0 billionHong KongReal Estate
78James Dyson$22.6 billionUnited KingdomConsumer
79Lukas Walton$22.4 billionUnited StatesRetail
80Susanne Klatten$22.3 billionGermanyIndustrial
81Carl Icahn$22.2 billionUnited StatesDiversified
82Ken Griffin$21.7 billionUnited StatesFinance
83Qin Yinglin$21.5 billionChinaFood & Beverage
84Alisher Usmanov$21.5 billionRussiaDiversified
85Thomas Frist$21.1 billionUnited StatesHealth Care
86Vagit Alekperov$21.0 billionRussiaEnergy
87Ernesto Bertarelli & family$21.0 billionSwitzerlandDiversified
88Jorge Paulo Lemann$20.8 billionBrazilFood & Beverage
89Iris Fontbona & family$20.7 billionChileCommodities
90Stefan Quandt$20.5 billionGermanyIndustrial
91Elaine Marshall$20.4 billionUnited StatesIndustrial
92Li Xiting$20.2 billionSingaporeHealth Care
93Aliko Dangote$20.2 billionNigeriaIndustrial
94Peter Woo$20.0 billionHong KongReal Estate
95Zhang Zhidong$20.0 billionChinaTechnology
96Richard Liu$19.9 billionChinaTechnology
97Gustaf Douglas & family$19.7 billionSwedenDiversified
98Wang Xing$19.6 billionChinaTechnology
99Gennady Timchenko$19.2 billionRussiaDiversified
100Donald Newhouse$19.1 billionUnited StatesMedia & Telecom

To find our list of billionaires, we based our study on real-time ranking obtained from Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GOBankingRates, Celebritynetworth, Wealthygorilla, Forbes, and more, collecting a list of 501 billionaires in total. The score ranks each billionaire from highest to lowest net worth revealing who is the richest person in the world. The list includes self-made billionaires, heirs of family fortunes, to business tycoons who have made a lasting impact on the population. Their power and influence extend beyond those in the industry, so much so that even those with no interest in business want to know how to get to the top of the chain.

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