30 Richest Man in the World in 2021

Depending on their latest net worth & financial performances, the list of the richest man in the world can vary each day.

The net worth of the richest man is correlated to their company’s stock prices.

It’s not the cash that they have in their bank account that makes them richest, but the valuation of all the assets, stocks, and earthly possessions contribute to their net worth.

Even a dollar fluctuation to the stock price results increase or decrease of the net worth.

Quick Overview

Name Net Worth
30. He Xiangjian $37.7 billion
29. David Thomson  $41.8 billion
28. François Pinault $42.4 billion
27. Tadashi Yanai  $44.1 billion
26. Michael Dell $45.1 billion
25. Masayoshi Son $45.4 billion
24. Charles Koch  $46.4 billion
23. Jack Ma  $48.4 billion
22. Phil Knight   $49.9 billion
21. Gautam Adani  $50.5 billion
20. Dan Gilbert  $51.9 billion
19. Colin Huang  $55.3 billion
18. Michael Bloomberg  $59 billion
17. Rob Walton  $59.5 billion
16. Jim Walton  $60.2 billion
15. Carlos Slim  $62.8 billion
14. Ma Huateng $65.8 billion
13. Steve Ballmer  $68.8 billion
12. Zhong Shanshan  $68.9 billion
11. Amancio Ortega  $77 billion
10. Mukesh Ambani  $84.5 billion
9. Sergey Brin  $89 billion
8. Larry Page  $91.5 billion
7. Larry Ellison $93 billion
6. Warren Buffett $96 billion
5. Mark Zuckerberg  $97 billion
4. Bill Gates  $124 billion
3. Bernard Arnault  $150 billion
2. Elon Musk $151 billion
1. Jeff Bezos  $177 billion

Richest Man in the World in 2021

Here is the latest list of the world’s top 30 richest men, based on the real-time Forbes List of December 2021 and some interesting facts about each of them.

30. He Xiangjian

Date of Birth: 5th October 1942

Net Worth: $37.7 billion

Industry: Electrical Appliances

Country: China

He Xiangjian is the co-founder of China’s largest electronic appliance maker Midea.

He Xiangjian led a group of 23 residents from Beijiao, Guangdong, China, to form a lid production company in 1968 that became Midea.

Midea currently employs about 135,000 people in China and overseas with 200 subsidiaries and more than 60 overseas branches.

Moreover, Midea Group has been listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange since 2013.

29. David Thomson

Date of Birth: 12th June 1957

Net Worth: $41.8 billion

Industry: Media & Publishing

Country: Canada

Canadian media magnate and hereditary peer David Thompson along with his family, control a media and publishing empire founded by his grandfather Roy Thomson.

After the death of his father, David became the chair of the Thomson Corporation in 2006. David also inherited his father’s British title, Baron Thomson of Fleet.

In 2008 David became the chairman of the merged entity after the acquisition of Reuters, Thomson Reuters, a Canada-based media conglomerate.

28. François Pinault

Date of Birth: 21st August 1936

Net Worth: $42.4 billion 

Industry:  Fashion & Investments

Country: France

Honorary chairman of luxury group Kering François Pinault started business in the timber industry in the 1960s.

Kering Group now owns fashion brands Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Saint Laurent.

Kering first started as a wood and building materials company in 1963.

However, Pinault changed the direction of the company towards luxury goods when he purchased a controlling stake in Gucci Group in 1999.

27. Tadashi Yanai

Date of Birth: 7th February 1949 

Net Worth: $44.1 billion 

Industry:  Fast Retailing Uniqlo Chain

Country: Japan

Tadashi Yanai started a job selling men’s clothing and kitchenware at the Jusco supermarket in 1971. A year later, Yanai left the job and joined his father’s business.

Tadashi Yanai (Source: Instagram)

In 1984 Tadashi Yanai launched Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer, and retailer.

The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd.

Today, Uniqlo has more than 2,000 stores and is the fourth largest company in Japan.

26. Michael Dell

Date of Birth: 23rd February 1965

Net Worth: $45.1 billion 

Industry: Dell Technologies

Country: United States

The chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell, developed an interest in technology and business from an early age.

Dell Technologies was formed in 2016 when Dell merged with computer storage giant EMC. The merger between Dell-EMC was the largest technology acquisition ever worth $60 billion.

Michael Dell (Source: commons.wiki.org)

Simirarly, Michael Dell was the youngest CEO of the world in 1992.

Dell’s fortune lies in private investment company MSD Capital which has stakes in restaurants and hotels.

25. Masayoshi Son

Date of Birth – 11th August 1957

Net Worth- $45.4 billion

Industry- Telecom

Country- Japan

During the mid-1990s, Masayoshi Son launched Yahoo, which became the biggest search engine in Japan.

From 1995 to 2000, Masayoshi Son expanded Softbank and thus became the world’s largest internet technology company.

Masayoshi Son (Source:commons.wikimedia.org)

In the present context, Masayoshi Son holds 22% of the company’s share.

Similarly, he also holds a 29.5% share in Alibaba.

24. Charles Koch

Date of Birth:  November 1, 1935 

Net Worth: $46.4 billion 

Industry: Koch Industries

Country: United States

Koch Industries, a multi diversified company, generated $115 billion in 2019 from pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, and stain master carpet.

Charles Koch (Source: flickr.com)

Koch Industries operate in 70 countries with over 130,000 employees.

There are seven companies under Koch Industries.

Similarly, it is also is the largest private company by revenue in America since 1967.

23. Jack Ma

Date of Birth: 10th September 1964

Net Worth: $48.4 billion

Industry: Alibaba Group

Country: China

When Jack Ma experienced the internet during his visit to America, he realized the lack of Chinese websites in China was a great business opportunity.

Soon he started a website for Chinese businesspersons.

Jack Ma (Source: flickr.com)

In 1999,  Jack Ma and his other four friends came with an idea for Alibaba to facilitate as a third party in transactions of goods.

Alibaba is one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses.

Jack stepped down as executive chairman of Alibaba in September 2019.

22. Phil Knight

Date of Birth: 24th February 1938

Net Worth: $49.9 billion 

Industry: Nike, Laika

Country:  United States

In 1964, Phil Knight launched the company along with Bill Bowerman as Blue Ribbon Sports. They each put $500 to start, which would become Nike.

Phil Knight (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, in 1972, Blue Ribbon Sports introduced their first model, The Cortez’.

Today Nike earns $37.4 billion in revenue every year from its products worldwide.

Phil Knight stepped down as chairman in June 2016 after 52 years at the company.

21. Gautam Adani

Date of Birth: 24th June 1962

Net Worth: $50.5 billion 

Industry: Adani Group

Country: India

Gautam Adani holds a 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport.

Simirarly, he has around 20 businesses contributing to Adani Group.

He also controls Mundra Port, India’s largest in his home state of Gujarat

Gautam Adani (Source: commons. Wikimedia. org)

Adani Group generated $15 billion in revenue from infrastructure, commodities, power generation transmission, and real estate in 2020.

Adani got permission to start work on the Australian coal mine after waiting for nine years in June 2019.

20. Dan Gilbert

Date of Birth: 17th January 1962

Net Worth: $51.9 billion 

Industry: Quicken Loans, Rock Ventures, National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Country: United States

Dan Gilbert co-founded Quicken Loans at the age of 22 in 1985.

It is the largest mortgage lender in the United States.

Dan Gilbert‘s Quicken Loans’ has provided jobs to over 17,000 people. 

Dan Gilbert (Source: flickr.com)

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Daniel also owns Cleaveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

19. Colin Huang

Date of Birth: 1st January 1980

Net Worth: $55.3 billion

Industry: Pinduoduo

Country: China

Colin Huang is the chairman of online discounter Pinduoduo, one of China’s largest e-commerce sites.

He obtained a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in computer science.

Colin worked at Microsoft in Seattle and Bejing as an intern before starting his career at Google in the United States in 2004.

In 2018 Colin Huang’s Pinduoduo raised $1.6 billion in a U.S. IPO.

He is also the founder of the online game company Xinyoudi and an online e-commerce platform Ouku.com.

18. Michael Bloomberg

Date of Birth: 14th February 1942

Net Worth: $59 billion 

Industry: Bloomberg LP

Country: United States

Bloomberg LP includes Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, subscription-only newsletters, and two magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets.

Micheal Bloomberg (Source: flickr.com)

Likewise, Bloomberg LP company is a financial information and media company.

He owns 88% of the business, which generates $10 billion in revenue per year.

Michael is also an avid philanthropist who has donated about $5 billion for climate change, gun control, and other causes.

17. Rob Walton

Date of Birth: 28th October 1944 

Net Worth: $59.5 billion 

Industry: Walton Enterprises

Country: United States

The eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton took over the company as chairman after his father’s death in 1992.

He stepped down as chairman in June 2015.

He, along with his siblings, collectively own about half of the stock of Walmart.

Rob Walton (Source: commons.Wikimedia.)

Likewise, Rob Walton has an investment of  25.5% in Arvest Bank, worth $1.6 billion, and earns $7 billion from stock sales and dividends.

16. Jim Walton

Date of Birth: 7th June 1948

Net Worth: $60.2 billion 

Industry: Walton Enterprises

Country: United States

Jim is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

He earned $9 billion from stock sales and has a share of 44% in Arkansas Bank, which has 29 branches across America.

Jim Walton (Source: commons.Wikimedia.org)

Jim Walton used to work at his father’s company in real estate dealings for four years.

Later he started working in Walton Enterprises as company President.

15. Carlos Slim

Date of Birth: 28th January 1940

Net Worth: $62.8 billion 

Industry: Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, the Coffee Factor, Grupo Carso

Country:  Mexico

In 1965, Carlos made a profit from his business of around $400,000, which he used to establish a brokerage firm called Inversora Bursátil.

Slim has invested in communications, insurance, and construction, including energy, mining, retailing, publishing, and finance.

Carlos Slim (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Carlos and his family control América Móvil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm.

Furthermore, he owns a 17% stake in The New York Times.

14. Ma Huateng

Date of Birth: 29th October 1971

Net Worth: $65.8 billion 

Industry: Tencent,  WeChat, Pubg

Country: China

Ma Huateng started to work as a programmer in China Motion Telecom Development after his graduation.

Later, he joined Shenzhen Runxun Communications and worked for internet calling services.

Ma Huateng (Source: Instagram)

Ma Huateng established Tencent along with his other four friends in 1998. He launched WeChat app in 2011, and the app has over a billion users to date.

Tencent Holdings ranks among the nation’s largest businesses by market cap.

13. Steve Ballmer

Date of Birth: 30th August 1930

Net Worth: $68.8 billion 

Industry: Microsoft and Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

Country: United States

From 1977 to 1979, Steve Ballmer worked as a product manager in Procter & Gamble. In 1980 he was a salesman in IBM.

Steve Ballmer (Source: .flickr.com

Steve Ballmer has a great contribution to Microsoft. From releasing Bing to acquiring Skype, he took Microsoft to a new height.

After retiring from Microsoft, he bought Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association for $2 billion.

Similarly, he also invested $59 million in Social Solutions in 2018, which makes software for nonprofit and government agencies.

12. Zhong Shanshan

Date of Birth: December 1954

Net Worth: $68.9 billion 

Industry: Nongfu Spring Beverage, Wantai Biological Pharmacy

Country: China

Zhong Shanshan worked as a construction worker, a newspaper reporter, and a beverage sales agent before starting his own Beverage company.

In 1996, Zhong Shanshan founded Nongfu Springs. The company is bestselling beverages in China and is one of the largest beverage companies in the world.

Apart from that, he also controls Wantai Biological Pharmacy, which went public on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in April 2020.

11. Amancio Ortega

Date of Birth: 28th March 1936

Net Worth: $77 billion 

Industry: Inditex Fashion Group

Country: Spain

In 1972, Amancio Ortega launched Confecciones Goa for selling bathrobes.

In 1975 he founded Zara Store along with his first wife.

Amancio Ortega (Source: Instagram)

Today Zara has over 6,000 stores with more than 92,000 workers.

Some of the well-known brands like Massimo Dutti, Zara Home, Tempe, Kiddy’s Class, Stradivarius, Bershk are part of it.

He earns over $400 million in dividends each year.

10. Mukesh Ambani

Date of Birth: 19th April 1957

Net Worth: $84.5 billion 

Industry: Reliance Industries Ltd

Country: India

Mukesh Ambani owns retail shops, a mobile company, broadband carrier, digital platforms, textile, oil, and energy company.

Richest Man In The World
Mukesh Ambani (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

He owns about a 50.54% stake in Reliance Company.

His father, Dhirubhai Ambani, a yarn trader, founded Reliance in 1966 as a small textile manufacturer.

After the death of Dhirubhai Ambani in 2002, Mukesh and his younger brother Anil divided up the family empire.

9. Sergey Brin

Date of Birth: 21st August 1973

Net worth: $89 billion 

Industry: Google

Country: U.S.A

Sergey Brin is co-founder of Google. Google searches around 40,000 queries every second.

Richest Man In The World
Sergey Brin (Source: www.flickr.com)

Google launched Google Drive in 2014 and has over 1 billion users to date. Google generated $146.9 billion in revenue from advertising from its network sites in 2020.

8. Larry Page

Date of Birth: 26th March 1973

Net Worth: $91.5 billion 

Industry: Google

Country: United States

Larry Page is the co-founder of Google. Google started its service from a rental garage in 1996.

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Larry Page (Source: www.flickr.com)

In 2004, people used Google 200 million times a day. Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

Similarly, in 2019 alone, Google generated a revenue of $160.74 billion.

7. Larry Ellison

Date of Birth: 17th August 1944

Net Worth: $93 billion 

Industry: Oracle Corporation

Country: United States

Larry Ellison, along with Bob Miner and Ed Oates, founded Software Development Laboratories in 1977. Simirarly, in 1982  the company formally changed its name to Oracle.

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Larry Ellison (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Likewise, Larry Ellison is also a shareholder of Salesforce, founded by Marc Benioff in 1999.

Salesforce is a $115 billion company.

Larry stepped down as CEO of Oracle in 2014 after 37 years at the helm.

6. Warren Buffett

Date of Birth: 30th August 1930

Net Worth: $96 billion 

Industry: Berkshire Hathaway

Country: United States

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns Insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell, restaurant chain Dairy Queen including other 60 companies.

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Warren Buffett (Source: flickr.com)

Likewise, in 2013 due to rising stock prices, Warren Buffett earned $37 million a day.

He has a share in Apple, Bank of America, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, Visa, Mastercard, and Kraft Heinz.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Date of Birth: 14th May 1984

Net Worth: $97 billion

Industry: Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp

Country: United States

Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder of Facebook. Witnessing the popularity of Facebook, NewsCorp, MySpace, Viacom, Yahoo, NBC, Microsoft, and Google once tried to buy it.

Richest Man In The World
Mark Zuckerberg (Source: www.flickr.com)

Similarly, Facebook is the most popular social media platform globally, followed by Google and YouTube.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and Whatsapp in 2014 for $1 billion and $19 billion, respectively.

4. Bill Gates

Date of Birth: 28th October 1955 

Net Worth: $124 billion

Industry: Microsoft

Country: United States

According to Business Insider calculations, Bill Gates makes around $1,300 per second.

Richest Man In The World
Bill Gates (Source: flickr.com)

Likewise, Bill Gates only has 1.3% of the share in Microsoft after stepping down from the company’s director in 2020.

Besides Microsoft, Gates also is one of the largest owners of farmland in the States and has invested in several companies, including Canadian National Railway and AutoNation.

3. Bernard Arnault

Date of Birth: 5th March 1949 

Net Worth: $150 billion 

Industry : LVMH Moët Hennessy– Louis Vuitton SE

Country: France

Bernard Arnault inherited his father’s construction firm Ferret-Savinein 1971. He changed the company’s name to Férinel Inc and started working in real estate.

Richest Man In The World
Bernard Arnault (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Bernard Arnault invested in LVMH in 1987, and after 11 years, its value multiplied fifteen times over, whereas sales and profit increased to five times more.

He oversees an empire of 70 brands, including Sephora and Louis Vuitton.

2. Elon Musk

Date of Birth: 28th June 1971 

Net Worth: $151 billion

Industry: Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and OpenAI

Country: United States

Elon Musk has founded eight companies to date, and most of his earnings come from the stock share.

Richest Man In The World
Elon Musk (Source: flickr.com)

Likewise, when Telsa was in its initial stage, he wanted to sell it to Google for $11 billion.

In the same way, some prefer saying  Elon Musk is a trillionaire since he has the passion and courage to turns science fiction into reality.

He founded SpaceX, a rocket company that is currently valued at $74 billion.

1. Jeff Bezos

Date of Birth: 12th January 1964 

Net Worth: $177 billion 

Industry: Amazon

Country: United States

Jeff Bezos created a web page in 1994 to sell the books online and sold books to 45 different countries within a month of its launch.

Richest Man In The World
Jeff Bezos  (Source: flickr.com)

Amazon is the world’s biggest e-commerce retailer that sells electronics, household goods, and other products through the flagship website.

In 2020, Amazon generated revenue of $386 billion.

Jeff gave up CEO to became an executive chairman of Amazon on 5th July 2021.

Apart from Amazon, Jeff also owns Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing rockets for commercial use, and The Washington Post.

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