Who are the richest people in the world?
Most people have a pretty good idea, even if they’re not an entrepreneur, or interested in the subject at all for that matter.
As you’re reading this, you probably already have names popping into your head as to who will appear on the list of the richest.
Let’s find out in this article, where we list the top 25 richest people in the world as of 2018. These are the game-changers, and the people who have helped transform and re-shape the world.
The 25 Richest People in the World
There’s been a huge fluctuation in the net worth of these billionaires in the past year. But, you can find out more about that below!
The stats given here in regards to net worth have come from Forbes directly. These are the top 25 richest people in the world in 2018:
25. Lee Shau Kee
Net Worth: $31.6 Billion
Lee Shau Kee is the co-founder of Sun Hung Kai, a successful property development company. He grew up in a very poor family, but today he is worth over $30 billion.
24. Li Ka-Shing
Net Worth: $34.9 Billion
Li Ka-Shing is one of the most influential businessmen in Asia, and is the current chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, and CK Asset Holdings. However, he plans to step down from the throne this year. As of March 2018, Li Ka-Shing’s net worth is roughly $34.9 Billion.
“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength… it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown.” – Li Ka-Shing
23. Hui Ka Yan
Net Worth: $35.5 Billion
Hui Ka Yan is the current chairman for the Hong Kong-listed real estate developer, China Evergrande Group, of Shenzhen. The company is active in residential and commercial property.
As of this year, Hui Ka Yan’s net worth is $35.5 billion.
22. Mukesh Ambani
Net Worth: $39.6 Billion
Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business magnate, currently chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).
Ambani has been the richest man in Asia for a while now, and this year, he made it onto the list of the richest worldwide! As of 2018, Mukesh Ambani’s net worth is $39.6 billion.
“Today I see a billion people as a billion potential consumers, an opportunity to generate value for them and to make a return for myself” – Mukesh Ambani
21. Steve Ballmer
Net Worth: $40 Billion
Steve Ballmer is the current owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, and he is also the former CEO of Microsoft. As of 2018, Steve Ballmer’s net worth is estimated at $40 billion.
20. Sheldon Adelson
Net Worth: $40.1 Billion
Sheldon Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.
He is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Sheldon has recently managed to climb onto the list of the top 20 richest people worldwide in 2018, with a new estimated net worth of $40.1 billion.
“I look at every business and ask, How long can this last? How can I identify the status quo and change it?” – Sheldon Adelson
19. Alice Walton
Net Worth: $41.6 Billion
Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, and heiress to the Walmart fortune. She founded the Llama Company in 1988, but it has since closed down.
“I know the price of lettuce. You need to understand price and value. You buy the best lettuce you can at the best price you can.” – Alice Walton
18. S. Robson Walton
Net Worth: $41.8 Billion
Rob Walton is the eldest son of Sam Walton, and served as the chairman for Walmart, after his father’s death, up until 2015.
Further more, he briefly surpassed his brother Jim recently on this list of the richest people in the world. However, he’s now fallen back to his original spot.
17. Jim Walton
Net Worth: $41.9 Billion
Jim Walton is the son of Sam Walton, who was the founder of the world’s largest retail chain, ‘Walmart’. He is on the Walmart board of directors, and CEO of his own company, Arvest Bank.
In 2018, Jim Walton’s net worth is $41.9 billion.
16. Jack Ma
Net Worth: $42.2 Billion
Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, and although he’s been one of the richest people in Asia for several years, he’s only just made it onto the list of the richest people in the world this year.
Jack was rejected from multiple jobs, including KFC when it was first introduced to China. Today, Jack Ma’s net worth is estimated to be $42.2 billion, launching him to the 16th spot on this list.
“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.” – Jack Ma
15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Net Worth: $44.5 Billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers became the reigning L’Oreal heiress when her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, passed away in 2017. She now runs the holding company as chairwoman, with her family owning 33% of L’Oreal.
14. Sergey Brin
Net Worth: $49.6 Billion
Sergey Brin and Larry Page co-founded Google back in 1998, in just a small simple garage. The duo have taken Google to the top, putting Sergey Brin just behind Page in this list of the richest people worldwide.
13. Ma Huateng
Net Worth: $50.9 Billion
Ma Huateng is a Chinese business magnate, investor, philanthropist, engineer, internet and technology entrepreneur. He’s also the founder of Tencent, which is the most valuable company in Asia.
Huateng is another of the richest in Asia, who made it on this list in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $49.3 billion in 2018.
12. Michael Bloomberg
Net Worth: $52.1 Billion
Michael Bloomberg is an American entrepreneur and politician. Bloomberg is the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P, the financial data and media company. Bloomberg is now 74 years old and one of the richest people in the world.
Michael Bloomberg lost a couple of billion dollars from his net worth in the past few months, which has caused him to drop from 9th to 12th on this list. His net worth is now estimated at $52.1 billion.
11. Larry Page
Net Worth: $53.5 Billion
Larry Page is the co-founder of Google, which was founded back in a garage in 1998.
Google, no doubt, has become the most successful search engine in the world, and the company has gone on to make various acquisitions such as YouTube. Google’s success has made Larry Page one of the richest people in the world.