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The top five richest people in the world that business leaders can take inspiration from

The five richest people in the world are leading figures in the computing, telecommunications, investing and fashion industries. Some have now become household names although you may not be familiar with one or two of the people who have made it to the top this year.
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Bill Gates

The founder of Microsoft has featured on this list for many years. Bill Gates is estimated to be worth $79.2bn. This self-made billionaire started out as a computer programmer. He used these skills to create the computing giant, Microsoft which is one of the leading software companies in the world.

Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, to take up a supporting role in the organisation. He has also become a leading philanthropist and is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to tackle healthcare and extreme poverty on a global scale.

Carlos Slim Helu and his family

Carlos Slim Helu and his family are estimated to be worth $77.1bn. For three years he was considered to be the richest man in the world and still remains in second position. This Mexican magnate has been involved in the business world since the 1960's when he started working as a stock trader. Currently CEO of América Móvil, Telmex, Samsung Mexico as well as conglomerate Grupo Carso, Carlos Slim Helu's fortune is derived from various business investments.

Warren Buffet

Warren Buffett is the oldest person and also one of the more familiar names on this list because of his ability to spot investment opportunities and trends over many decades. As the CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett is involved in a wide range of business and investment activities. Warren Buffett is regarded by many as one of the most successful investors in the world and is currently worth $72.7bn.

Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega started out in the clothing industry in his teens and has built up a billion-dollar fashion empire. This Spanish businessman predominantly made his fortune in the fashion industry over the last four decades. Ortega is currently the world's richest retailer worth $64.5bn. This low profile billionaire is the founder of Inditex, a Spanish fashion group that includes the Zara clothing brand amongst many others. Amancio Ortega retired from Inditex in 2011 but remains as one of its largest shareholders.

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is another billionaire that made his fortune in the computing industry. He is the founder of Oracle Corporation and was its CEO until 2014. Since he stepped down, Ellison continues to be influential within Oracle, which specialises in database technologies which have been implemented by some of the world's leading organisations as well as many smaller businesses. Over the years, Larry Ellison has invested and acquired various businesses. His net worth is currently around $54.3bn.

Making it onto the list above undoubtedly takes many years of hard work and persistence. In a league of their own, Gates, Slim Helu, Buffet, Ortega and Ellison have been leading figures in their industries for several decades. However, great work does not always translate to fortune. The people in this list have made it to where they are by recognising opportunities that others missed and having the necessary business acumen to capitalise on them.

3 Feb 2016 13:22


About Boris Dzhingarov

Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the CEO of ESBO ltd brand mentioning agency. He writes for several online sites such as,,, Boris is the founder of and