Top 50 Richest Billionaires In 2016 Going Into 2017
To celebrate hitting 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, Vidello Productions is taking a look at the top 50 richest billionaires world wide and a few of the things they own as we head into 2017.
50. James Simons
Being a hedge fund manager has its rewards, and that cannot be said more truthfully than for number 50 on our list James Simons.
The founder of Renaissance Technologies Corporation, his net worth totals $15.5 Billion Dollars.
He was a code-breaker for the United States during the Vietnam war and has given away $2.1 Billion dollars to various charities over the years.
He owns a sprawling mansion in New York with private pool, ocean view and a separate guest house.
49. Stefan Quandt
After inheriting substantial stakes in BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce, Stefan’s wealth has ballooned to a massive $15.8 Billion Dollars.
He currently owns 25.6% of car giant BMW and sits on the advisory board for the company.
He also owns and manages Delton AG, a holding company whose subsidiaries include a $2 billion dollar maker of homeopathic drugs and a logistics company.
48. Ray Dalio
The second hedge fund manager to come onto our list, the founder of Bridge-water Associates has a staggering wealth total of just over $15.8 Billion Dollars.
Bridge-water currently manages hedge funds totaling $150 billion dollars for some of the worlds richest people.
He currently owns a large property in Greenwich Connecticut.
47. Dieter Schwarz
This real estate magnate owns a company called Schwarz Group that annually brings in a revenue of $86 Billion Dollars.
It comprises of 2 retail giants including both LIDL and Kaufland with the former being Germany’s second biggest discounter behind ALDI.
Schwarz is a notably private person with only 2 pictures of him known to exist and has been married for 50 years with 2 children and has an estimated net worth of over $16.4 Billion Dollars
The family owning a home in the south of Germany, once again, no pictures exist, and no we wont be posting them in this video.
46. Ma Huateng
One of China’s biggest internet entrepreneurs, Ma Huateng is the founder, president, chief executive officer and executive board member of Tencent Inc.
The company controls China’s biggest mobile instant messaging service and its subsidiaries provide media, entertainment, internet and mobile phone value-added services.
In 2014 time magazine called him one of the worlds most influential people with a net worth of over $16.6 Billion Dollars and he owns a massive palatial palace in Hong Kong covering almost 20,000 sq feet.
45. Dilip Shanghvi
Pharmaceutical products can bring in a lot of cash and that’s exactly what number 45, Dilip Shanghvi manages on a day to day basis.
With a net worth of 16.7 Billion Dollars, he originally started up a company called Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, which became the largest drugs company in India in 2015 and the 5th largest in the world.
44. Laurene Powell Jobs
The first woman on our list is the creator of Emerson Collective and the widow of Steve Jobs.
She also created the Lauren Powell Jobs trust which is currently the largest individual shareholder in Disney.
She has given millions to charity including a $50 million commitment to “XQ: The Super School Project.
43. Carl Icahn
The founder of Icahn Enterprises, this CEO has had a rough year with shares in his company down 16%.
Known to be one of the biggest Private Equity investors and corporate leaders in the world, Icahn has a current net worth estimated to be close to $17 Billion Dollars.
He owns a number of lavish assets including the Lily Pond Lane estate and a massive yacht called Starfire
42. Joseph Safra
Banking is next to appear on our list and this billion dollar bank leader originates from a banking family in Syria.
He currently owns not only Banco Safra, Brazil’s 8th largest bank, but also the Gherkin in London, that was purchased for a reported price of $1.1 Billion.
His net worth currently stands at a whopping $17.2 Billion Dollars with him owning many property’s in both Brazil and New York.
41. Saudi Prince Alwaleed
You have no doubt heard of Saudi Prince Alwaleed, hes been on many documentaries about wealth and spending, in-fact hes got so much money he can buy almost anything he wants.
Prince Alwaleed owns Kingdom Holdings Company, a middle east investment company that owns shares in company’s throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East.
He owns large scale real estate properties outside the company and also has his own jumbo jet and private Yacht with a net worth of $17.3 Billion Dollars.
40. Paul Allen
No guesses as to who this name is linked to and soon to be in one of our top 10 videos, Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft and also owns 3 sports franchises including the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.
He has donated more than $2 Billion to various charities around the world and owns a large number of houses, luxuary yachs and has a vast car collection with a net worth of $15.5 Billion Dollars
39. George Schaeffler
Owner of the Schaeffler Group, along with his mother, his company is one of the largest ball bearings and machine components manufacturers.
They were hit hard in the financial crash however managed to save the company from complete destruction and today has a net wealth of $18.1 Billion Dollars
38. Susanne Klatten
Coming in at number 38 is Germany’s Richest Woman, Susanne Klatten.
She and her brother, own a total stake of 50% in car maker BMW and is a trained economist and also holds stakes in wind power outfit Nordex AG.
She owns several homes both in Germany and Austria, has a net worth of $18.5 Billion Dollars and other than a few Skiing holidays, keeps well out of the public eye.
37. Leonardo Del Vecchio
The founder of Luxottica not only celebrated his 80th birthday in 2015, he also granted $10 million dollars worth of shares to employees of the company.
The company is currently the largest producer of both sunglasses and prescription glasses that also owns Ray-Ban and Oakley businesses.
He also holds stakes in a french real estate company and a Italian insurance company. His net worth currently stands at $18.7 Billion Dollars.
36. Mukesh Ambani
This Indian business magnate is the CEO and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s second-most valuable company by market value.
He currently owns the most expensive house in the world, a massive 60 story skyscraper covering 27,000 sq feet with 27 of those floors livable.
And with an estimated net worth of 19.3 Billion Dollars, its easy to see why this guy has 3 private jets.
35. Michael Dell
If you thought the last guys house was insane then forget it, because Michael Dell has 4 houses and one of them has actually been called the castle.
This 33,000 ft house is perched on top of a hilltop on the outskirts of Austin Texas.
With eight bedrooms, a conference room, indoor and outdoor pools, and a stunning view over
Lake Austin. It got the queer name from its high walls and elaborate security arrangements.
Other homes include the Anguilla beach home, Raptor Residence and 6D Ranch along with a gulf-stream 5 private jet and a net worth of $19.8 Billion Dollars.
34. Theo Albrecht, Jr.
This guy inherited one of the worlds greatest retail fortunes that originated in Essen Germany and later grew into the retail giant we know today as ALDI that he created with his brother Karl.
Not much is known about his personal life other than the fact he has an estimated net worth of $20.3 Billion Dollars
33. Jack Ma
Leading one of the biggest company’s on the internet, the founder of Alibaba.com is in no way shy to a bit of controversy.
The site has been accused of selling fakes, however last year alone it recorded sales of $423 billion dollars and Jack Ma’s fortune has hit a staggering $20.5 Billion Dollars.
32. Stefan Persson
Its mansions mansions mansions for the former CEO of Swedish fashion company H&M which he turned into a retail giant and expanded over 37 countries.
With an estimated net worth of 20.8 Billion dollars, he owns a 2,000 acre Linkenholt estate near Andover, a Wiltshire Mansion and a massive Stockholm mansion.
31. Lee Shau Kee
This property developer and commercial business man originates from Guangdong and settled in Hong Kong for his early years.
Not much is known about any private assets he owns however his company, Henderson land Development has made him a substantial fortune totaling $21.5 Billion Dollars.
30. Maria Franca Fissolo
Shes the widow of Michael Ferrero who built one of the biggest confectionery companies in the world that’s best known for its Nutella chocolate spread and Ferrero Rocher sweets.
Nothing is currently known about her personal assets, however the family business has made her and her family extremely rich with her net worth coming in at $22.1 Billion Dollars
29. John Mars
This is the guy who inherited the worlds largest candy manufacturer.. Mars INC.
This $35 Billion dollar company makes some of the worlds favorite candy products including
Snickers, Dove Bars and M&M’s.
In addition to sweets, the company also makes Uncle Ben’s rice and pet food, including Pedigree and Whiskas.
He has a net worth of $23.4 Billion Dollars.
28. Jacqueline Mars
Shes currently the 18th richest person in the United States and has a fortune that comes from the same company as our last profile, Mars INC.
Her estimated Net worth is $23.4 Billion Dollars
27. Forrest Mars, Jr. – Pic???
The third of our Mars INC billionaires, he has recently passed away but had a net worth of $23.4 Billion Dollars.
He was a Yale graduate and U.S. Army veteran who started his career as an auditor at Price Water-house, joined the family company in 1959.
26. Steve Balmer
The former CEO of Microsoft has amassed a massive fortune and has picked up some pretty cool toys along the way.
With an estimated net worth of $23.5 Billion, some of his assets include houses, yachts, cars and private jets.
He added $6 Billion Dollars to his fortune in 2016 alone after selling his shares in Microsoft.
25. David Thomson
We’re at the half way mark on our list and things are starting to get interesting with David Thomson, the head of the massive media publishing empire Thomson Reuters.
Another company he has holdings in is Telecoms giant Bell Canada he owns some of the worlds most expensive paintings with a collection reported to include pieces from Pablo Picasso and the world’s top collection of English romantic painter John Constable.
David Thomson has an estimated net worth of $23.8 Billion Dollars.
24. Phil Knight
The former chairman of Nike comes in at number 24 and even tho he has retired from the company, he still owns 26% in shares.
Originally called Blue Ribbon Sports, the name was changed to Nike in 1978 after the Greek goddess of victory and the rest they say is history.
Mr Knight has a total estimated net worth of $24.4 Billion Dollars.
23. George Soros
This man started his empire trading currencies in a local Hungarian black market during world war 2 and founded Quantum Fund in 1970 along with Jim Rogers.
He owns some pretty impressive houses including a 16-room apartment at 1060 Fifth Avenue, New York.
This man is one of the heavyweights in the banking industry too with an estimated net worth of $24.9 Billion Dollars.
22. Sheldon Adelson
He’s pledged allegiance to Donald Trump in the 2016 election and owns Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino company in America which opened its Paris-themed Macau resort in September 2016.
His current estimated net worth is $25.2 Billion Dollars.
21. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.
Karl is the man who took over the German ALDI stores and some of the ones in Europe, while his brother, who we already mentioned got the ones in the UK.
Beate Hiester sits on the advisory board for the company and there combined net wealth reaches to $25.9 Billion Dollars.
20. Li Ka-shing
He is officially the richest man in Hong Kong and owns shares in many different franchises including sports, telecom and utilities.
One of his more controversial holdings include shares in Canadian oil giant husky energy which lost a rather large sum of money for the billionaire earlier this year.
We doubt it will bother him tho as he still easily makes number 20 with an estimated net worth of $27.1 Billion Dollars
19. Jorge Paulo Lemann
He is currently the richest man in Brazil and this is mainly down to his stake in the worlds largest brewery.
He also has stakes in Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King and Tim Hortons and is a former tennis player who has played at Wimbledon.
His net worth is currently estimated at $27.8 Billion Dollars
18. Wang Jianlin
Here we have China’s richest man, and hes held that title for the last 3 out of 4 years with his company Dalian Wanda entertainment and real estate empire.
He also owns American Film Company Legendary Entertainment also U.S. movie house chain AMC Theaters.
With assets including up to 5 massive theme parks and one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, its no surprise that his wealth has ballooned to an estimated $28.7 billion dollars.
17. S. Robson Walton
He was Walmart’s CEO for nearly a quarter of a century and although he has stepped down, he still remains on the board.
Together he and his family own half of Walmart and that is exactly the reason why he comes in with a net worth of $31.9 Billion Dollars.
16. Alice Walton
Shes the Chairman of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and is another member of the Walmart family empire.
Shes the 12th richest person in the United States, she ranked 12th in the Forbes top 400 in 2016 and if your wondering, she has not taken hardly any active roll in Walmart.
Her net worth stands at an estimated $32.3 Billion Dollars
15. Jim Walton
The youngest of the 4 Walmart children, Jim Walton retired from Wal-Mart’s board in June 2016 after more than a decade on the job.
Jim currently runs the family’s Arvest Bank, which has branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, and boasts assets of more than $16 billion.
His net worth peaks at $33.6 Billion Dollars
14. Bernard Arnault
He has a wine empire that spans over 70 brands and is considered to be one of the best in the business when it comes to wines.
His 3700 stores have clocked up $34 billion in sales and the bulk of his fortune is reportedly tied up in Christian Dior Stock.
The CEO of Louis Vuitton has an estimated net worth of $34 Billion Dollars… No surprise there then!
13. Sergey Brin
One of our upcoming top 10 subjects, Sergey Brin is one of the co founders of Internet giant Google and is one of the worlds Richest Billionaires.
Brin was originally the head of googles secretive GOOGLE X arm but left that position to take up a new project.
He currently serves as the president of Alphabet within the company and yes he owns a series of houses, cars, planes, a private yacht and GOOGLE with an estimated net worth of $34.4 Billion Dollars.
12. Larry Page
Just like his co-founder, he too is the CEO of Alphabet, the newly created parent of Google and its sister companies.
If you add both Larry’s and Sergey’s net wealth together, you get somewhere close to the net worth of google and a $70 Billion dollar valuation.
Larry’s solo estimated net worth, however is around $35.2 Billion dollars.
11. Liliane Bettencourt
Heading over to the other side of the world now, Liliane Bettencourt is the richest woman in France and one of the countries biggest cosmetics magnates.
Her and her children own at least 33% in L’Oréal that her father founded in 1907.
She is currently the richest person in Europe with an estimated net worth of $36.1 Billion Dollars.
10. Charles and David Koch
Joint CEO’s of Koch Industries, a massive conglomerate empire, that includes chemicals manufacturing, pipelines and commodities trading.
Charles has been a republican mega donor for years but has stated quite clearly that he does not favor either candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
There individual net worth’s total $36.9 Billion Dollars each.
9. Michael Bloomberg
Hes the former mayor of New York City and was one of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention where he endorsed Hillary Clinton and is one of the worlds Richest Billionaires.
He currently owns one of the largest media empires in the United States, and owns 88% of the company he founded while more recently he became a global ambassador for the World Health Organization.
Hes the first into our list of those with a net worth above $40 Billion Dollars.
8. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison has been in the world of the Billionaires for quite some time and owns more propertys than most Billionaires.
This real estate magnate also founded the software company Oracle which handles global financial transactions world wide.
He reportedly bought many of the properties in carbon beach by just offering there owners sums of money they could not refuse.
His net worth is currently estimated at around $43.6 Billion Dollars. Maybe give or take a couple of billion here or there.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
Another well known name, Zuckerberg has raced to the top of the Billionaire list in the last few years with the success of the social networking site Facebook.
The site has a record 1 Billion users per day and with the introduction of Advertising on the site, Zuckerbergs net worth has skyrocketed to $44.6 Billion dollars.
6. Jeff Bezos
One of the most succesful shopping and retail magnates of all time, Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of the Amazon online shopping website.
The company has easily become the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in annual sales, which it cleared in 2015.
Amazon is not his only passion however with plans afoot to create a major space company that will take people on rides to the edge of space and maybe one day mars.
$45.2 Billion should help him on that rather expensive project.
5. Carlos Slim Helu
Hes The richest man in mexico and the 5th richest in the entire world, Carlos Slim’s money comes from assets in pan-Latin American mobile phone operator, America Movil.
His shares in the company took a beating in recent years however he is also a major shareholder in the New York Times where he owns 17%.
His estimated net worth is currently $50 Billion dollars so we don’t expect he batted an eyelid when it dropped a couple of billion.
4. Warren Buffett
Hes described as one of Americas most successful businessmen and he has a bank balance to prove it.
The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway he has ranked on the forbes top 100 at number 2 for 15 years before being overtaken in 2015 after he gave away nearly $3 billion to the bill and melinda gates foundation.
His company also has a 10% stake in Wels Fargo…. its just money on top of money ontop of oney with this guy and his net worth shows it, coming in at a staggering $60.8 billion dollars
3. Amancio Ortega
Not only is he the richest man in Europe, he is also the richest retailer in the world after founding Zara in 1975.
After expanding through europe, he took on the financal crisis with all guns blazing and was one of the only people to remain unscathed, adding a massive $45 Billion to his earnings during that time.
He also owns one of the largest real estate companies on the planet including properties in London, Barcelona and even New York
His net worth currently stands at £67 Billion Dollars
2. The Mars Family
This family is the owner of the Mars confectionery company and has a combined net worth of over $70 Billion Dollars.
The family is fiercely protective of there privacy and most of them refuse to be photographed or interviewed in public.
1. Bill Gates
Theres no gueses as to who is number one on our list and it is of course bill gates.
The founder of microsoft and the worlds richest man is so rich he makes $114.10 a second or to be more precise, $4100 per minute.
One a more serious note however, bill is very careful with his money and has donated millions to charity through the Bill and Melinda gates foundation.
To find out more about his insane wealth, check out our top 10 Video on him in the description below.
His net worth in 2016 was $75 Billion Dollars…. in real time its already hit $81.8 Billion.
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