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.