These are the top 7 richest people for 2014
These people have more money than we can count, but they have earned them with hard work during the years. Today their fortune is counted in billions of dollars. Besides making money, they even donate money in charities and invest big sums in medical research, sport and music events. Here is the list of richest people for 2014.
7 Christy Walton & Family ($40.5 billion)
Born in 1955, Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton. John Walton was one of the sons of Sam Walton, who founded the company Wal-Mart, which is a chain of large discount departmental stores. John T. Walton passed away in 2005 and Christy inherited his fortune, which was estimated as $18 billion back then. She is the second richest woman in the world and she’s also the most charitable woman in the world.
6 David Koch ($40.6 billion)
Another American businessman, but also a philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. Koch Industries is a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States. He became president of the subsidiary, Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries, with older brother Charles, in 1983. He is now an Executive Vice President and a billionaire who made it on the Forbes list.
5 Larry Ellison ($50.2 billion)
Born in Manhattan, New York on 17th August 1944, Larry Ellison is one of many people who jumped on the software phenomenon and got lucky with the business. Larry founded Oracle, a software company in 1977 and is now the Chief Executive Officer of the same. With an early investment of just $2000, Larry helped the company grow and now his worth is estimated to be at $42 billion. Oracle is the 2nd largest software company in terms of revenue generated, 1st being the Microsoft. His yearly salary is estimated to be $77 million.
4 Amancio Ortega ($60 billion)
The Spanish born billionaire is well known as a fashion mogul and as the founder of the Inditex Company. Perhaps if we mention the Zara clothes store, you’d get the better picture. Yes, the stores belong to him. Ortega opened his first Zara store in 1972 and followed it with opening multiple shops in the eighties. Today there are over 6000 Zara stores around the world.
3 Carlos Slim Helu & Family ($69.5 billion)
Carlos was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1940, and last year he got the title of the richest man in the world (his fortune was estimated at $73 billion as of 2013). This year, he “dropped” on to the third place. He owns a stake in many companies through his company called the Grupo Carso. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Telmax and America Movil telecommunications companies.
2 Warren Buffett ($71.6 billion)
The 84-year-old American is the Chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffet constantly finds the place on the list of the richest people, and this year he got the second place.
1 Bill Gates ($80.3 billion)
Bill Gates is probably the most famous billionaire among the others on this list. He is the founder of Software Company called the Microsoft. Currently, he is the CEO and Chairman of Microsoft and it is estimated that his worth is $80.3 billion. He is also one of the biggest philanthropists of the world and has donated a lot towards medical science.