A popular proverb goes, “Fortune favors the brave”. This saying still holds strong truth when we look at the lives of the wealthiest people in the world. Except for a few ones, majority of them did not have a very prosperous childhood or boyhood. Some of them even had no idea about their livelihood and profession until attaining adulthood. But, look at them now.

Here is a list of top ten richest people in the world 2017.

Bill Gates at #1

Bill Gates, the co founder of world’s one of largest corporations, is widely known for his philanthropist activities. The computer programmer cum entrepreneur has secured the top position among the top wealthiest individuals for over a decade.

Bill Gates

Information At A Glance

  • Age: 62 Years
  • Net Worth: $88.5 Billion
  • Full Name: William Henry Gates III
  • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
  • Industry: IT/ Software
  • Company: Microsoft Corporation

Amancio Ortega at #2

While being an energetic youth in A Coruña, in northwestern Spain, Amancio Ortega, a lifelong dreamer, used to work for a shirt store wherein he came to learn about the cost and other technicalities of manufacturing and delivering clothes. Little by little, this Spanish fashion executive has established Inditex (Industria de Diseño Textil, SA), one of the most popular Spanish clothing merchandiser.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 81 Years
  • Net Worth: $85.5 Billion
  • Full Name: Amancio Ortega Gaona
  • Birthplace: Busdongo de Arbas, Spain
  • Industry: Clothing/ Retail
  • Company: Zara

Jeff Bezos at #3

If you ask which one person has shaped the face of e-commerce industry as we see it today, the likely answer will be Jeff Bezos. He is an American entrepreneur whose role in facilitating the growth of e-commerce is instrumental with his being the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, the largest retailer and most enduring icon in the Internet Sales industry.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 53 Years
  • Net Worth: $84.7 Billion
  • Full Name: Jeffrey Preston Bezos
  • Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
  • Industry: E-Commerce
  • Company: Amazon

Warren Buffet at #4

This American philanthropist and businessman will always remain as the model for those who wish to defy prevailing investment trends and win fortunes. He has earned the recognition of the most successful and intelligent investor of the 20th century.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 86 Years
  • Net Worth: $74.3 Billion
  • Full Name: Warren Edward Buffett
  • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
  • Industry: Investment
  • Company: Berkshire Hathaway

Carlos Slim at #5

If you are an entrepreneur whose interests find their ways in more than just a single business avenue, Carlos Slim can be your favorite icon. This Mexican entrepreneur owns a conglomerate named Grupo Carso, SA de CV that hosts several Mexican companies in different industries, such as, communications, construction, energy, insurance, finance, publishing, retailing, mining, and energy.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 77 Years
  • Net Worth: $64.7 Billion
  • Full Name: Carlos Slim Helu
  • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Industry: Telecom
  • Company: Grupo Carso

Mark Zuckerberg at #6

Here, we are talking about a youth who during his academic years found some acute interests in doing something to enhance people’s socializing through virtual networks. He is our beloved Mark Zuckerberg, an American computer programmer and the youngest man to grab his place among the top ten richest people in the world 2017.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 33 Years
  • Net Worth: $63.3 Billion
  • Full Name: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
  • Birthplace: Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.
  • Industry: IT/ Social Networking
  • Company: Facebook

Larry Ellison at #7

Another person who has changed the way the IT industry once used to work is Larry Ellison, the proud co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, the most esteemed software company in its avenue.

Larry Ellison

Information At A Glance

  • Age: 72 Years
  • Net Worth: $55.7 Billion
  • Full Name: Lawrence Joseph Ellison
  • Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Industry: IT/ Software
  • Company: Oracle Corporation

Bernard Arnault at #8

This French entrepreneur has been the owner of an empire consisting of 70 brands which include some of the highly recognized names like Bulgari, Sephora, Dom Perignon, etc. All businesses and brands owned by this business tycoon are operated under the name of LVMH.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 68 Years
  • Net Worth: $53.5 Billion
  • Full Name: Bernard Arnault
  • Birthplace: France
  • Industry: Multifaceted
  • Company: LVMH

Michael Bloomberg at #9

This American politician and businessman has proved that it is your strong will and dedicated focus that could take you as high as any human can imagine; no matter if you find yourself diving in a pretty challenging business avenue like the data services industry. For a couple of years, Bloomberg served as the New York City mayor.


Information At A Glance

  • Age: 68 Years
  • Net Worth: $49.8 Billion
  • Full Name: Michael Rubens Bloomberg
  • Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Industry: Financial Data Services
  • Company: Bloomberg LP

David Koch & Charles Koch at #10

Here, we are telling the story of two brothers. Charles Koch, the co-founder and CEO, with his extraordinary management skills managed to expand his father’s business to over 2600 times the original company. Charles’s brother is David Koch, the executive Vice President and a professionally certified chemical engineer having been educated at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Both brothers are also known for their philanthropic activities around the world.

David Koch & Charles Koch

Information At A Glance

  • Net Worth: $47.3 Billion
  • Full Name: David Hamilton Koch, Charles Koch
  • Birthplace: United States of America
  • Industry: Diversified (Conglomerate)
  • Company: Koch Industries

Depending on the financial reports and analyses published this year, there are 30 people who are in the driving positions to control a staggering portion of the entire world’s economy. If you put the control into number, it will be $1.23 trillion which is, indeed, a number larger than the annual GDP of Turkey, Spain, or Mexico. The above top ten richest people in the world 2017 are the leaders among those most affluent individuals.