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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • http://E-mail Kufre Dominic

    I believe that one day i will be a billionnaira one day wit great reponsibility.and i promise that when dat time come,my money will feed the whole world atleast for more than a decade


    thanks very much for working so hard.But plz am kindly requesting for your help,people. are starving give them help,we here in sierra Leone.


    thanks for working hard. but pliz kindly requesting pepole are staving u give them help. like we in uganda

  • edward mutshaeni

    I will be a billionaire in 5 years

    • http://google chiffilia

      Good luck , positive thinking God bless you

  • Simon bassi

    What a profit if a man gain the whole earth and loose his inward spirit man in haeven,remember my belove brethren flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.if it so my brother why don’t u seek only daily bread


    See these people, we are suffering for survival, we assistance, please.

  • wajid khan

    WEALTH is all about IDEAS. Come on guys we too can be in this list of BILLIONAIRES in the next decade. It’s only God who can give wealth and you (Man/Woman) INHERIT it through HARD WORK. RICHES is not WISHES, it’s knowing what is opportunity and what is chance.

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  • shammah kingsley

    All this men are great people they are people with sensitive determination, I hope that one day I Kingsley will join the able men on list Amen

  • Beatriz T

    The richest man in the world are from mexico? I already know that…. But its real sad, we live here (in mexico) with hungry and that man have everything and didnt give us nothing, exactly he give away our money :(

  • Oluwaseyi

    wit all the money in this world y some poeple are still suffering i wish all the big men in this world can help the poors everything gonna be fine.


    i have seen 75 billion in my dreams so i know i am a billionaire

  • Nelson Tran

    Bill Gates would’ve been the richest man on Earth if he didn’t donate 28 billion dollars to Yellow Fever research. I honestly think that Bill Gates is awesome for doing that. It’s like what he said, “with great wealth comes great responsibility.”

  • Ali mohamed maxim

    I believe that I’ll be a riches man..! My name will be on very soon

  • Samuel Kwaku Sarkodie

    Of wat benefit is all these if u lus ur lyf without knowing Christ?

  • sodiq

    i want to be the best of the best inhsa allah