The 25 Richest People In The World

Posted by on March 1, 2012

Maybe it doesn’t come as a surprise, but there are more rich people in the world today than ever before. The list of billionaires has never been this long and as of right now there are 1,210 of them scattered around the globe. A good number of the recent additions come from places like China and for the first time in history, the wealthiest man on the planet made his fortune in an emerging economy (Mexico).  So, love them or hate them, these are the 25 richest people in the world.
25

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

Net Worth: $19.6 billion

As the largest individual shareholder in Citigroup, Alwaleed has never been one to back down. Even now as the political uprisings all across the Arab world have caused many leaders and public figures to retreat from the limelight, Alwaleed pushes his investments (including the world’s soon to be tallest building) full steam ahead.

24

Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $19.8 billion (each)

Coming up with search algorithms is evidently a very lucrative business as both Larry and Sergey tie for the number 24 spot on our list.

23

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

Net Worth: $20 billion

Aside from all of the familial infighting, the Kwok brothers are the third wealthiest people in the Greater China Region. After the eldest brother was abducted in 1997 and subsequently released, he ended up stepping down from the real estate business leaving Thomas and Raymond in control.

22

S. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $20.5 billion

S. Robson is the first of several Waltons on this list. Before joining the company his father started, however, he defended it in court as a partner with Conner and Winters law firm.

21

Alice Walton

Net Worth: $20.9 billion

Another heir to the Wal-Mart throne, Alice actually spends most of her time running a horse ranch in Texas although she just recently founded the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as well.

20

Jim Walton

Net Worth: $21.3 billion

Jim , the youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, is one of the more private members of the family and not much is known about his personal life.

19

David Koch

Net Worth: $22 billion

As the Vice President of Koch Industries David heads up the second largest privately held company in the US and is also the second richest person residing in New York City.

18

Charles Koch

Net Worth: $22 billion

Together with his brother, expect the Koch family to use their significant wealth and influence during this election year in opposition to the Obama campaign.

17

David Thompson and Family

Net Worth: $23 billion

David is the chairman of Thomson Reuters, the media company started by his grandfather that is now one of the largest media companies in the world. He is also the richest person in Canada.

16

Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth: $23.3 billion

After dropping out of college Sheldon struck gold in the world of Las Vegas Casinos. Most of his profits these days, however, (about 90%) come from the Asian gambling market.

15

Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $23.5 billion

The richest woman in France is heir to L’Oreal, the French cosmetic company. You probably recognize her name, as she recently reconciled with her daughter after a very publicized family feud.

14

Vladimir Lisin

Net Worth: $24 billion

It’s a rags to riches success story. Vladimir started his life working in the coal mines and now he is the richest person in Russia heading up the massive industrial conglomerate, Novolipetsk Steel.

13

Stefan Persson

Net Worth: $24.5 billion

After inheriting the fashion company Hennes & Mauritz from his father, Stefan became the richest person in Sweden. Notably, he also owns the village of Linkenholt in England.

12

Karl Albrecht

Net Worth: $25.5 billion

With World War II drawing to a close Karl and his brother Theo transformed their mother’s grocery store into the global empire it is today. Although the succes of Aldi has led to him becoming the richest man in Germany, Karl is a fiercely private individual and not much is known about personal life.

11

Li Ka-shing

Net Worth: $26 billion

This high school drop out from Hong Kong is the largest health and beauty retailer in the world. Like several others on this list he has promised to hand a significant portion of his wealth over to charity.