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World's Top 25 Self-made Billionares

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Bill Gates

    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is the co-founder of Microsoft. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was also the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Personal Fortune: $85.7 billion Company: Microsoft Country: US Age: 85.7 Forbes Ranking: 1

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Warren Buffett

    Warren Edward Buffett is a US business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. Personal Fortune: $70.1 billion Company: Berkshire Hathaway Country: US Age: 84

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Amancio Ortega Gaona

    Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion businessman and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. Personal Fortune: $65 billion Company: Inditex fashion group Country: Spain Age: 79 Forbes Ranking: 4

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Larry Ellison

    Larry Ellison was the chief executive officer of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014 Personal Fortune: $51.5 billion Company: Oracle Corporation Country: US Age: 71 Forbes Ranking: 5

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Ingvar Feodor Kamprad

    Ingvar Feodor Kamprad is the founder of IKEA, a Swedish retail company specialising in furniture, and is one of the richest people in the world. Personal Fortune: $48.1 billion Company: IKEA Country: Sweden Age: 89 Forbes Ranking: Not Ranked

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Jeffrey Preston

    Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American business magnate and investor. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com Personal Fortune: $39.8 billion Company: Amazon.com Country: US Age: 51 Forbes Ranking: 15

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Carlos Slim Helú

    Carlos Slim Helú, also known as the "Warren Buffett of Mexico", oversees a vast business empire that is influential in every sector of the Mexican economy and accounts for 40% of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange. He derived his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso. Personal Fortune: $35.4 billion Company: Grupo Carso Country: Mexico Age: 75 Forbes Ranking: 2

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is a US computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook Inc. Personal Fortune: $35.3 billion Company: Facebook Inc Country: US Age: 31 Forbes Ranking: 16

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Wang Jianlin

    Wang Jianlin is a Chinese businessman. He serves as the Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, China's largest real estate developer, as well as the world's largest movie theater operator. Personal Fortune: $35.2 billion Company: Dalian Wanda Group Country: China Age: 60 Forbes Ranking: 29

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States, Warren Buffett , Berkshire Hathaway,  Amancio Ortega, Inditex fashion group, Spain, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, Sweden, Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Carlos Slim, Mexico, Mark Zuckerberg, Wang Jianlin, Michael Bloomberg, Lawrence Page, Google Inc, Sergey Brin,  Jorge Paulo Lemann,  Jack Ma, George Soros, Luxottica, Patrick Drahi, Li Ka Shing, Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Leonard Blavatnik
    Michael Bloomeberg

    Micheal Bloomberg is the founder, CEO and 88 per cent owner of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial data and media company that bears his name and is notable for its Bloomberg Terminal, which is widely used by investment professionals around the world. Personal Fortune: $33.7 billion Company: Bloomberg L.P Country: US Age: 73 Forbes Ranking: 14

  • Larry Page
    Larry Page

    Lawrence "Larry" Page is a US computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google Inc with Sergey Brin, and is the corporation's current CEO Personal Fortune: $31.3 billion Company: Google Inc Country: US Age: 42 Forbes Ranking: 19

  • Sergey Brin
    Sergey Brin

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is a US computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google Personal Fortune: $29.1 billion Company: Google Inc Country: US Age: 41 Forbes Ranking: 20

  • Lee Shau-kee GBM
    Lee Shau-kee GBM

    Lee Shau-kee GBM is a Hong Kong based real estate tycoon and majority owner of Henderson Land Development, a property conglomerate with interests in properties, hotels, restaurants and internet services Personal Fortune: $28.3 billion Company: Henderson Land Development Country: Hong Kong Age: 87 Forbes Ranking: 27

  • Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud
    Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud

    Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud is a Saudi business magnate and investor. He is the founder of Kingdom Holding Company, a Forbes Global 2000 company with investments in companies within various sectors such as banking and financial services, hotels and hotel management companies Personal Fortune: $28.3 billion Company: Kingdom Holding Company Country: Saudi Arabia Age: 60 Forbes Ranking: 34

  • Jorge Paulo Lemann
    Jorge Paulo Lemann

    Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Swiss-Brazilian banker. He is Brazil's richest man and Switzerland's second one. Lemann is a tennis player also who represented not only Brazil but also Switzerland at the DavisCup. Personal Fortune: $27 billion Company: Country: Brazil Age: 75 Forbes Ranking: 26

  • Jack Ma
    Jack Ma

    Jack Ma or Ma Yun, a Chinese industrialist, is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of highly successful Internet-based businesses. Personal Fortune: $26.7 billion Company: Alibaba Country: China Age: 50 Forbes Ranking: 33

  • Sheldon Gary Adelson
    Sheldon Gary Adelson

    Sheldon Gary Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. He also owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel HaYom. Personal Fortune: $26 billion Company: Las Vegas Sands Corporation Country: US Age: 81 Forbes Ranking: 18

  • George Soros
    George Soros

    George Soros is a Hungarian-born US industrialist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as "The man who broke the bank of England" because of his short sale of $10 billion worth of pounds, giving him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis Personal Fortune: $24.8 billion Company: Soros Fund Management Country: US Age: 84 Forbes Ranking: 29

  • Leonardo Del Vecchio
    Leonardo Del Vecchio

    Leonardo Del Vecchio is the founder and chairman of Luxottica. The firm owns the Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters chains with a total of over 6000 stores and 73,400 employees. Personal Fortune: $23 billion Company: Luxottica Country: Italy Age: 80 Forbes Ranking: 40

  • Carl Celian Icahn
    Carl Celian Icahn

    Carl Celian Icahn is a US businessman, activist shareholder and investor. He is the majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified holding company. Personal Fortune: $22.8 billion Company: Icahn Enterprises Country: US Age: 79 Forbes Ranking: 31

  • Steve Ballmer
    Steve Ballmer

    Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer is a US businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Personal Fortune: $22.4 billion Company: Los Angeles Clippers Country: US Age: 59 Forbes Ranking: 35

  • Philip Hampson
    Philip Hampson

    Philip Hampson "Phil" Knight is an American business magnate. A native of Oregon, he is the co-founder and chairman of Nike Inc and previously served as the chief executive officer of Nike Personal Fortune: $21.6 billion Company: Nike Inc. Country: US Age: 77 Forbes Ranking: 35

  • Patrick Drahi
    Patrick Drahi

    Patrick Drahi (born 1963) is a French-Israeli businessman, founder and head of the French telecom group Altice. Personal Fortune: $21 billion Company: Altice Country: France/Israel Age: 52 Forbes Ranking: 57

  • Sir Ka-shing Li
    Sir Ka-shing Li

    Sir Ka-shing Li is a Hong Kong-based industrialist. He is the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings as of 2008; through them, he is the world's largest operator of container terminals and the world's largest health and beauty retailer. Personal Fortune: $20.1 billion Company: Hutchison Whampoa Limited Country: Hong Kong Age: 89 Forbes Ranking: 17

  • Leonard Blavatnik
    Leonard Blavatnik

    Leonard "Len" Blavatnik is a USSR-born British businessman. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies through his conglomerate company, Access Industries. Personal Fortune: $20.1 billion Company: Access Industries Country: US Age: 58 Forbes Ranking: Not Ranked

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