Richest billionaires: Richest man in the world list

Richest billionaires

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos briefly became the richest person in the world when the markets opened on July 27, 2017, according to Forbes. With a fortune of $90.6 billion, he became the first person to top a net worth of $90 billion. But by the time the markets closed, he had been dethroned again. 
While Forbes updates their list of the world’s billionaires in real time as markets fluctuate, the magazine also releases a more static list each year. The total net worth of these money-makers when 2017’s list was released in March was $7.67 trillion.
Click through to see 2017’s top 20 billionaires on the planet. 

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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

20. Sheldon Adelson (U.S.)

Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands
Age: 83
Net worth: $30.4 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

19. Li Ka-shing (Hong Kong)

Chairman, CK Hutchison Holdings
Age: 89
Net worth: $31.2 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

18. Wang Jianlin (China)

Chairman, Dalian Wanda Group 
Age: 62
Net worth: $31.3 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

17. Alice Walton (U.S.)

Wal-Mart heir; Chairman, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Age: 67
Net worth: $33.8 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

16. Jim Walton (U.S.)

Wal-Mart heir; Chairman and CEO, Arvest Bank Group, Inc.
Age: 60
Net worth: $34 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

15. Rob Walton (U.S.)

Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores
Age: 72
Net worth: $34.1 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

14. Liliane Bettencourt (France)

Owner, 33 percent of L’Oréal
Age: 94
Net worth: $39.5 billion
Bettencourt passed away at the age of 94 in September 2017.
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

13. Sergey Brin (U.S.)

President, Google
Age: 43
Net worth: $39.8 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

12. Larry Page (U.S.)

CEO, Google
Age: 43
Net worth: $39.8 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

11. Bernard Arnault (France)

Chairman and CEO, Louis Vuitton
Age: 68
Net worth: $41.5 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

10. Michael Bloomberg (U.S.)

CEO, Bloomberg
Age: 75
Net worth: $47.5 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

8 (TIE). David Koch (U.S.)

Executive Vice President, Koch Industries
Age: 77
Net worth: $48.3 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

8 (TIE). Charles Koch (U.S.)

CEO, Koch Industries
Age: 81
Net worth: $48.3 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

7. Larry Ellison (U.S.)

Co-founder, Oracle
Age: 72
Net worth: $52.2 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

6. Carlos Slim Helu (Mexico)

Chairman, América Móvil
Age: 77
Net worth: $54.5 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

5. Mark Zuckerberg (U.S.)

Co-founder and CEO, Facebook
Age: 33
Net worth: $56 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

4. Amancio Ortega (Spain)

Co-founder, Zara
Age: 81
Net worth: $71.3 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

3. Jeff Bezos (U.S.)

CEO, Amazon
Age: 53
Net worth: $72.8 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

2. Warren Buffett (U.S.)

CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Age: 85
Net worth: $75.6 billion
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Forbes 2017: World's top 20 billionaires

1. Bill Gates (U.S.)

Co-founder, Microsoft
Age: 60
Net worth: $86 billion
Gates has held the No. 1 spot as the world’s richest person for four years in a row, and for 18 out of the past 23 years.
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