Throughout the year, Bloomberg L.P., a financial software, data and media company from New York City, publishes an update chart of the richest people in the world. With a range of various factors affecting the financial markets, the ranking has been constantly changing. On December 31, the very last day of the year, Bloomberg released the latest version of the chart. If you don’t find yourself among these 25 richest people in the world, keep calm and remember the old saying that money cannot buy happiness.
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Forrest Mars Jr., net worth: $26.5 billion
Born in Illinois in 1931, John Mars is a co-owner of Mars Inc., the world´s second largest confectionery. Operating in 75 countries all over the world, the company produces candy (Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Orbit), pet food (Pedigree, Whiskas) as well as packaged food such (Uncle Ben´s).
Jacqueline Mars, net worth: $26.5 billion
75-year-old Jacqueline Mars is one of just a few women that made it to the list. With her two brothers John and Forrest, she is also a co-owner of Mars Inc. Jacqueline has three children and has been married to David H. Badger (1961-84) and Hank Vogel (1986-94).
Al-Waleed bin Talal, net worth: $27.1 billion
Born in 1955 in Riyadh, Talal (full name Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud) is a Saudi business magnate and the founder of Kingdom Holding, a Riyadh-based conglomerate that has investments in hotels, real estate and publicly traded securities. Due to his prominence as a businessman, Time labeled the Prince as the “Arabian Warren Buffett.”
Sheldon Adelson, net worth: $28.2 billion
Born in Boston but living in Las Vegas, Sheldon Adelson is a business magnate, investor and philanthropist. A father of five children, Adelson is the chairman and majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino company. He is also known as a major contributor to Republican Party candidates.
Jack Ma, net worth: $28.4 billion
A former English teacher who earned $15 a month, Jack Ma is currently the richest man in China. Ma is the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, the world’s largest collection of e-commerce websites. The first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes, he is also notable for his generous charity projects and conservationist efforts.