The wealth distribution in the world might seem unfair, and there is a great distance between the wealthiest people and common folk. This is not all, as the fortunes of the wealthy keep growing while the more impoverished regions of the world keep getting poorer.

There are estimates that the combined wealth of the 26 richest people on the globe is equivalent to the poorest 50%. This adds up to 1.4 trillion dollars (USD), equal to the net worth of the bottom 3.8 billion individuals in the world. So who are the top 10 people contributing to this disproportionate amount of wealth?

In this article, we take a look at 10 of the richest people on the planet, how much they’re worth and how they accumulated their ever-growing wealth. Read on to see who!

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of 56.4 billion USD, making him the richest man in New York, as well as one of the richest men in the nation. His most significant source that greatly contributed to his fortune is through financial media, being the co-founder of Bloomberg LP.

Larry Page

Larry Page is best known as the co-founder of Google, as well as a former CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. Through these sources, among others, he accumulated a net worth of 60.7 billion USD.

Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man in Mexico, with a net worth of 63.5 billion USD. This fortune was mostly generated by his control over the largest mobile telecom firm in Latin America, the America Movil, as well as generating income through other means such as investing.

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is best known for co-founding Oracle, a software company, back in 1977. This company was started with only 2,000 USD of funding, Larry Ellison providing 1,200 USD. In 2014, he stepped down from his role as the CEO of Oracle, yet he’s still involved in the company. Over the years, he accumulated a net worth of 65.6 billion USD.

Mark Zuckerberg

Best known for co-founding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has since become one of the wealthiest individuals on the face of the planet. The stunning success Facebook had allowed Zuckerberg to continue accumulating wealth, which currently resides at a net worth of 76.1 billion USD.

Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega was the co-founder of Inditex, back in 1975, and launched the widely popular fashion brand Zara. Thanks to Zara, and other wealth-generating assets, Ortega accumulated a net worth of 77.6 billion USD, making him the richest man in retail.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is an extremely proficient investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns an estimated 60 companies. This proficiency and business knowledge helped him accumulate 1 billion USD by the age of 32, and today, his net worth is around 89.2 billion USD.

Even though he is one of the richest men alive, he prefers to live a relatively modest life, and partnering with Bill Gates, he intends to donate around 50% of his wealth to charities.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is a well-known individual thanks to his significant contributions to the world. His primary source that generated his fortune is Microsoft, a computer company which he co-founded in 1975. Since then, he accumulated a net worth of 108.3 billion USD and continues to fluctuate among the ranks of the wealthiest people in the world.

Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault was the CEO of LVMH, a parent company for many luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Sephora. The combined revenue amongst the brands generated 53 billion USD in 2018, and thanks to his long-lasting position in LVMH, he accumulated a net worth of 110.8 billion USD.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is currently the wealthiest man in the world. He is the founder as well as the CEO of Amazon, and he also owns around 17% of the company’s shares. Amazon is his most significant wealth generating company, but he also owns other companies such as the Washington Post and Blue Origin.

Thanks to his proficiency in the business world, he accumulated a net worth of 114.9 billion USD.