Richest Man In The World In 2022: The majority of billionaires on our list are pioneers in their field with revolutionary ideas like Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook or Larry Page with Google. Others knew how to seize the right opportunities and managed to create a veritable empire through their work.
Ranking of The Richest Man In The World In 2022:
All of the people on this list have fortunes estimated at over $80 billion. Some are even close to having accumulated a fortune of 200 billion dollars.
10. Zhong Shanshan
- Wealth: 91 billion USD
Zhong Shanshan is a Chinese billionaire and businessman, who joined the Top 10 richest people in 2022. After working as a construction worker or journalist, he decided to found his own company. Shanshan founded Nongfu Spring in 1996, which is now China’s largest beverage company. In addition to Nongfu Spring, he is also the majority shareholder of Chinese pharmaceutical giant Wantai.
With the IPO of these 2 companies in the year 2020, Zhong Shanshan became the richest man in China, then in Asia.
9. Mukesh Ambani
- Wealth: 98.7 billion USD
Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire and businessman. He runs Reliance Industries, a company specializing in the petrochemical industry, which was founded by his father Dhirubhai Ambani. Mukesh Ambani also launched Jio Infocomm in 2015, a telecommunications operator. In 2020, he sold a third of the shares for nearly 20 billion dollars to various companies including Facebook and Google.
In 2022, Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in India and the second richest person in Asia. His fortune is estimated at $81 billion. He built a 27-storey building for personal use valued at $1 billion in Bombay, making it the most expensive private residence in the world.
8. Warren Buffett
- Wealth: 116.9 billion USD
Warren Buffett is a world renowned investor, businessman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is known to be one of the best investors in the world, with a fortune that exceeds 85 billion dollars in 2022. From an early age, he buys shares and announces to his relatives that he will become a millionaire long before his 30 years.
After studying economics at Columbia University, Warren Buffet created his first investment fund. He mainly invests in companies that he thinks are undervalued and whose business he fully understands with a view to long-term gains. In 2003, his company Berksire Hathaway owned more than 40 companies that employed 150,000 people.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
- Wealth: 117.5 billion USD
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most famous personalities on the Internet. He is the founder and director of Facebook. He created Facebook when he was 19, while a student at Harvard. Facebook was first launched for student campuses, before becoming available to billions of people around the world. It is one of the most used social networks in the world now.
Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune is estimated at around $100 billion. He is now one of the most influential personalities in the world. Mark Zuckerberg has taken his company public since 2012. Since that date, it is now possible to invest in the stock market on Facebook. With 100 billion dollars, he ranks fifth in the ranking of the richest people in the world.
6. Larry Page
- Wealth: 119.4 billion USD
Larry Page is one of the most important icons on the Internet, being one of the founders of Google. He founded the Google company with his friend and partner Sergei Brin. Larry Page is notably the inventor of the PageRank process, which ranks pages according to their popularity. He was the CEO of Google, then Alphabet, but he left that role in late 2019.
Larry Page is still one of the main shareholders of Alphabet. His phenomenal fortune continues to grow year after year and he may well find himself higher in this ranking in the years to come. In 2022, he holds a fortune estimated at more than 80 billion dollars and ranks ninth among the richest people in the world.
5. Larry Ellison
- Wealth: 120.1 billion USD
Larry Ellison is also a pioneer in the computer field. He is known for creating the Java programming language. He founded the company Oracle which specializes in the development of programs for database management systems. Since 2014, he no longer chairs the company but still holds more than 35% of Oracle’s shares.
Thanks to his business, he acquired a colossal fortune and is now among the 10 richest men in the world. In 2018, he joined Tesla’s board of directors and bought 3 million shares of the company. His wealth is today estimated at more than 85 billion dollars. He even bought the island of Lanai in Hawaii.
4. Bill Gates
- Wealth: 134.5 billion USD
Bill Gates has a great mastery of computer technologies. Passionate about this field, he founded the famous Microsoft company in 1975, when he was just 20 years old. Thanks to the success of Microsoft, he was for many years the richest man in the world. He is now the third richest person in the world with nearly 121 billion dollars in his pocket, just ahead of Bernard Arnault.
From the age of 13, he has already programmed his first games and seeks to optimize software. After passing through Harvard University, Bill Gates will create the first software for his company “Micro-Soft”. He will then be one of the pioneers of the commercialization of personal computers, which will make the success of his company. Bill Gates now also invests heavily in his “Bill and Melinda Gates” foundation, which is focused on innovation and health.
3. Bernard Arnault
- Wealth: 186.2 billion USD
Frenchman Bernard Arnault became the richest person in the world for a few weeks in 2020. He was third in the ranking of the richest people of all time before acquiring the company from the American jeweler Tiffany. This purchase will propel him to the top of the rankings, but he has since fallen back to 4th place. Bernard Arnault is an entrepreneur and businessman, principal owner of the famous LVMH group (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton).
The LVMH group is the world leader in luxury, present in the wine and alcohol sector, but also in the field of fashion. In addition to owning several luxury hotels around the globe, LVMH also owns several media such as the newspapers Le Parisien and Les Échos. Bernard Arnault is positioned on the podium of the greatest fortunes in the world, with a heritage of more than 114 billion dollars in 2022.
2. Jeff Bezos
- Wealth: 194 billion USD
Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur and businessman. He created the prestigious company Amazon in 1994 and managed to make it the most famous company in the world in just 25 years. Initially, Amazon specialized in the sale of books online, before embarking on the manufacture and sale of various products. Amazon has been the world leader in the field of online sales for a few years now.
In addition to his company, Jeff Bezos also invests in numerous start-ups through his Bezos Expeditions holding company. Thanks to Amazon, Jeff Bezos acquired a fortune estimated at more than $190 billion in 2022.
1. Elon Musk
- Wealth: 268 billion USD
Elon Musk is a South African engineer and entrepreneur, who will later become a naturalized Canadian and then American. He will first of all be co-founder of zip2, a start-up which wanted to help the media to develop on the internet. Elon Musk will then create X.com, which will later become PayPal. The online payment system is a great success and will be sold to eBay in 2002 for 1.5 billion dollars.
But Elon Musk does not stop there, he will found SpaceX the same year. A company specializing in spaceflight, with the long-term goal of colonizing the planet Mars. Elon Musk is even better known for his involvement in the electric car brand Tesla, which he has been leading since 2008. Since then he has diversified with companies in the field of artificial intelligence or transport. Throughout 2020, Tesla stock has risen dramatically, making Elon Musk one of the richest people on the planet.