Here are the current richest people in the world in 2021 as of March. In looking at this list it is clear that founding and building a business while keeping a large amount of equity ownership in the company is the path to world class wealth. Nothing creates net worth on a larger scale than the leverage of building a business that can be taken public. Surprising that no one is on the top 20 list through real estate investments, but it does not create the same level of opportunity of scale. Steve Balmer is the only employee on this list as he was able to use his position as Microsoft employee #30 and CEO to get a large amount of equity in Microsoft early in its growth cycle. Other members of this list were founders or related to those who did. We all have the opportunity to invest in and trade the stocks of the public companies that these capitalists founded and grew to create their own mega net worths.

  1. Jeff Bezos $182.5 Billion, Amazon Founder, USA
  2. Elon Musk $165.5 Billion, Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Founder, USA
  3. Bernard Arnault & family $159 Billion, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, France
  4. Bill Gates $126.2 Billion, Microsoft Founder, USA
  5. Mark Zuckerberg $107 Billion, Facebook Founder, USA
  6. Warren Buffett $95.7 Billion, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO, USA
  7. Larry Ellison $90 Billion, Oracle Founder, USA
  8. Larry Page $88.8 Billion, Co-founder of Google, USA
  9. Sergey Brin $86.2 Billion, Co-founder of Google, USA
  10. Mukesh Ambani $81.6 Billion, Father founded Reliance Industries, India
  11. Amancio Ortega $77.1 Billion, Founder of Zara fashion chain, Spain
  12. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family $76.5 Billion, Granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder, France
  13. Steve Ballmer $69.9 Billion, Former CEO of Microsoft, USA
  14. Carlos Slim Helu & family $65.4 Billion, controls America Movil, Mexico
  15. Zhong Shanshan $64.9 Billion, chairs Nongfu Spring Water, controls Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy, China
  16. Alice Walton $63.1 Billion, Father founded Wal*Mart, USA
  17. Jim Walton $61.4 Billion, Father founded Wal*Mart, USA
  18. Ma Huateng $61.2 Billion, Cofounded Tencent, China
  19. Rob Walton $60.7 Billion, Father founded Wal*Mart, USA
  20. Michael Bloomberg $59 Billion, cofounded Bloomberg LP in 1981, USA
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By Steve Burns

After a lifelong fascination with financial markets, Steve began investing in 1993 and trading his accounts in 1995. It was love at first trade. After more than 30 successful years in the markets, Steve now dedicates his time to helping traders improve their psychology and profitability. New Trader U offers an extensive blog resource with more than 4,000 original articles, online courses, and best-selling books covering various topics.