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The World’s Richest People (Top Billionaires, 2022)

As of March 26, 2022, Elon Musk had a net worth valued at $256 billion, making him the richest man in the world, followed by Amazon’s founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos (net worth: $190 billion). LVMH’s Chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault, is the 3rd-richest person in the world, with approximately $143 billion in current real-time total net worth. Microsoft mogul Bill Gates ranked 4th with a personal wealth of $1335 billion, followed by Warren Buffett with $130 billion. The list of the world’s wealthiest people can vary from day to day, depending on their latest net worth and financial performance. Seven of the top 10 billionaires made their fortunes in technology, with Bernard Arnault, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, and Reliance Industries founder Mukesh Ambani the exceptions.

Larry Page ranked 6th with a personal wealth of $126 billion, followed by Sergey Brin with $120 billion. Steve Ballmer is placed 8th with a net worth of $106 billion. Larry Ellison ($102 billion) occupied the 9th position on the top 10 richest people in the world list, followed by Mukesh Ambani (No. 10, $96.4 billion). Top billionaires: Here’s a countdown of the 100 wealthiest people on the planet by net worth:

The World's Billionaires - Richest people in the world, 2022

RANKNAMENET WORTHINDUSTRYCOUNTRY
1Elon Musk$256 billionTechnologyUnited States
2Jeff Bezos$190 billionTechnologyUnited States
3Bernard Arnault$143 billionConsumerFrance
4Bill Gates$133 billionTechnologyUnited States
5Warren Buffett$130 billionDiversifiedUnited States
6Larry Page$126 billionTechnologyUnited States
7Sergey Brin$120 billionTechnologyUnited States
8Steve Ballmer$106 billionTechnologyUnited States
9Larry Ellison$102 billionTechnologyUnited States
10Mukesh Ambani$96.4 billionEnergyIndia
11Gautam Adani$93.6 billionIndustrialIndia
12Mark Zuckerberg$84 billionTechnologyUnited States
13Michael Bloomberg$82 billionMedia and TelecomUnited States
14Carlos Slim$78.5 billionDiversifiedMexico
15Francoise Bettencourt Meyers$76.5 billionConsumerFrance
16Changpeng Zhao$67.6 billionFinanceCanada
17Zhong Shanshan$67.2 billionDiversifiedChina
18Jim Walton$65.4 billionRetailUnited States
19Rob Walton$64.9 billionRetailUnited States
20Alice Walton$63.4 billionRetailUnited States
21Charles Koch$58.5 billionIndustrialUnited States
22Julia Flesher Koch$58.5 billionIndustrialUnited States
23Michael Dell$54.9 billionTechnologyUnited States
24Phil Knight & family$52.1 billionConsumerUnited States
25MacKenzie Scott$51.8 billionTechnologyUnited States
26Jacqueline Badger Mars$49.3 billionFood and BeverageUnited States
27John Mars$49.3 billionFood and BeverageUnited States
28Amancio Ortega$48.8 billionRetailSpain
29Zeng Yuqun$45.4 billionIndustrialHong Kong
30Zhang Yiming$44.5 billionTechnologyChina
31Klaus-Michael Kuehne$42.9 billionIndustrialGermany
32Francois Pinault$42.8 billionConsumerFrance
33Len Blavatnik$39.2 billionDiversifiedUnited States
34Jack Ma$37.9 billionTechnologyChina
35Ma Huateng$37.6 billionTechnologyChina
36Stephen Schwarzman$36.8 billionFinanceUnited States
37Azim Premji$34.6 billionTechnologyIndia
38Giovanni Ferrero$33.4 billionFood and BeverageItaly
39Pallonji Mistry$33.3 billionIndustrialIreland
40German Larrea$32.9 billionCommoditiesMexico
41Li Ka-shing$31.1 billionReal EstateHong Kong
42Ken Griffin$30.6 billionFinanceUnited States
43William Ding$30.4 billionTechnologyChina
44Leonardo Del Vecchio$29.2 billionConsumerItaly
45Leonard Lauder$29.1 billionConsumerUnited States
46Shiv Nadar$29.1 billionTechnologyIndia
47Dieter Schwarz$27.8 billionRetailGermany
48Miriam Adelson$27.2 billionEntertainmentUnited States
49Tadashi Yanai$27.2 billionRetailJapan
50Eric Schmidt$27.1 billionTechnologyUnited States
51Takemitsu Takizaki$26.7 billionTechnologyJapan
52Vladimir Potanin$26.3 billionCommoditiesRussia
53James Simons$26.3 billionFinanceUnited States
54He Xiangjian$25.8 billionConsumerChina
55Iris Fontbona$25.6 billionCommoditiesChile
56Alain Wertheimer$25.6 billionConsumerFrance
57Gerard Wertheimer$25.6 billionConsumerFrance
58Jensen Huang$25.4 billionTechnologyUnited States
59Gina Rinehart$24.3 billionCommoditiesAustralia
60Leonid Mikhelson$24.2 billionEnergyRussia
61Sam Bankman-Fried$23.8 billionFinanceUnited States
62Thomas Frist$23.1 billionHealth CareUnited States
63Lee Shau Kee$23.1 billionReal EstateHong Kong
64Henry Cheng$22.9 billionRetailHong
65Carl Icahn$22.7 billionDiversifiedUnited States
66Abigail Johnson$22.7 billionFinanceUnited States
67Lukas Walton$22.5 billionRetailUnited States
68Dan Gilbert$22.4 billionReal EstateUnited States
69Jorge Paulo Lemann$21.5 billionFood and BeverageBrazil
70Qin Yinglin$21.2 billionFood and BeverageChina
71Andrew Forrest$21.1 billionCommoditiesAustralia
72Alexey Mordashov$21 billionIndustrialRussia
73Vladimir Lisin$20.8 billionIndustrialRussia
74Thomas Peterffy$20.8 billionFinanceUnited States
75Lakshmi Mittal$20.8 billionCommoditiesIndia
76Radhakishan Damani$20.7 billionRetailIndia
77Ernesto Bertarelli$20.5 billionDiversifiedSwitzerland
78Susanne Klatten$20.1 billionIndustrialGermany
79Elaine Marshall$20.1 billionIndustrialUnited States
80Aliko Dangote$20 billionIndustrialNigeria
81Harold Hamm$19.9 billionEnergyUnited States
82Wang Chuan-Fu$19.9 billionConsumerChina
83Budi Hartono$19.6 billionDiversifiedIndonesia
84Huang Shilin$19.4 billionIndustrialChina
85Guillaume Pousaz$19.4 billionTechnologySwitzerland
86Donald Bren$19.1 billionReal EstateUnited States
87Alisher Usmanov$18.8 billionDiversifiedRussia
88John Menard$18.8 billionRetailUnited States
89Peter Woo$18.7 billionReal EstateHong Kong
90Pang Kang$18.7 billionFood and BeverageChina
91Michael Hartono$18.5 billionDiversifiedIndonesia
92Stefan Quandt$18.5 billionIndustrialGermany
93Jiang Rensheng$18.5 billionHealth CareChina
94James Dyson$18.4 billionConsumerUnited Kingdom
95Robert Kuok$18.4 billionDiversifiedMalaysia
96Andrey Melnichenko$18.3 billionIndustrialRussia
97Yang Huiyan$18.3 billionReal EstateChina
98Wang Wenyin$18.2 billionCommoditiesChina
99Laurene Powell Jobs$18.1 billionMedia and TelecomUnited States
100Donald Newhouse$18 billionMedia and TelecomUnited States

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine put together a panel of experts to go over data points culled from virtually every reputable wealth tracking media outlet including Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GO Banking Rates, Celebrity net worth, Wealthy gorilla, Forbes, and more. 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. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final decision for ranking was judged editorially. All data is for the most recent period available. Some were not included in the official statistics for various reasons, primarily due to the lack of necessary data. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents. The margin of sampling error for the full data sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results. All figures in US dollars.

Anna Papadopoulos
Anna Papadopoulos is a senior money, wealth, and asset management reporter at CEOWORLD magazine, covering consumer issues, investing and financial communities + author of the CEOWORLD magazine newsletter, writing about money with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. You can follow CEOWORLD magazine on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn for musings on money, wealth, asset management, millionaires, and billionaires. Email her at info@ceoworld.biz.