1) Jeff Bezos
Net Worth: $90.6 Billion
Known For: Amazon, Washington Post
Level of Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Philanthropic Work: Jeff Bezos is the founder of Bezos Family Foundation, an educational charity. In addition, in July 2012, he donated $2.5 million along with his wife to support same-sex marriage referendum that passed successfully in Washington.
Famous Quote: “Your brand is what other people say about you when you are not in the room.”
Fun Fact: He started writing his business plan for Amazon on his cross-country drive from New York to Seattle. He initially set up his company from his garage.
2) Bill Gates
Net Worth: $90 Billion
Known For: Microsoft, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Level of Education: Dropped out of Harvard in 1974
Philanthropic Work: Bill Gates is the founder of ‘The Giving Pledge’ along with Warren Buffet, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. Bill and his wife plan to give away 99.96% of their wealth to charities that aim towards solving global issues like: sanitation, clean water, or cancer research. Bill and Melinda plan to leave only $30 million for their 3 children.
Books: The Road Ahead (1995), Business @ the Speed of Thought.
Famous Quote: “It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
Fun Fact: Gates scored a near-perfect on his SATs; 1590/1600
3) Armancio Ortega
Net Worth: $83.2 Billion
Known For: Founder of Zara and its parent company Inditex
Level of Education: Left school at the age of 14 to help his family.
Philanthropic Work: Donated over €320 Euros to Spain’s healthcare sector for diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Famous Quote: “We cannot limit ourselves to continuing on the path we have already opened.”
Fun Fact: The richest person in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world.
4) Warren Buffet
Net Worth: $74.3 Billion
Industry: Finance and Investment
Known For: CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Level of Education: Buffet Warren initially started his higher education by entering in Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947, and later transferred and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the age of 19. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later enrolled at the Columbia Business School of University of Colombia, where he earned his Master of Science in Economics in 1951.
Philanthropic Work: He is the founder of “The Giving Pledge” along with Bill Gates and intends to give most of his money away to charity.
Famous Quote: “It is better to hang out with people better than you. You will drift in that direction”.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he applied to Harvard; however his application was rejected.
5) Mark Zuckerberg
Net Worth: $72.2 Billion
Known For: Facebook
Level of Education: Dropped out of Harvard in sophomore year to continue working on Facebook.
Philanthropic Work: Along with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg has also signed the “The Giving Pledge”. In December of 2015, he announced that he would donate 99% of his wealth to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; an organization founded by him and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The organization focuses on health and education initiatives.
Famous Quote: “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”
The reason Mark decided to use blue for Facebook is because he suffers from red-green colourblindness.
6) Carlos Slim Helu
Net Worth: $69.7 Billion
Industry: Telecommunications, Banking, Retail
Known For: Conglomerate (education, healthcare, media, telecommunications, energy, and many more)
Level of Education: He studied civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also taught algebra and linear programming. After finishing his engineering degree, he decided to pursue his interests of studying economics and took additional courses in a university in Chile.
Philanthropic Work: Although Carlos has not officially signed “The Giving Pledge”, he has devoted roughly $4 billion towards the cause in 2011. He has also founded three nonprofit foundations: one for arts, education, and healthcare, one for sports, and one for restoring Mexico City’s downtown.
Famous Quote: “When you live for others’ opinion, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered.”
Fun Fact: He made his first stock purchase at the age of 12 by purchasing shares in a Mexican Bank.
7) Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $62.1 Billion
Known For: Oracle
Level of Education: First attended University of Illinois and dropped out in his second year and later attended University of Chicago and dropped out in 1966, after his first term in Computer Design.
Philanthropic Work: In August 2010, Larry signed “The Giving Pledge” and intends to give away 95% of his wealth to charitable causes.
Famous Quote: “See things in the present, even if they are in future.”
Fun Fact: He’s a licensed pilot and own two military jets.
8) Michael Bloomberg
Net Worth: $53.3 Billion
Known For: Bloomberg L.P and former Mayor of New York City.
Level of Education: He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1964 from John Hopkins University, and later pursued his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Philanthropic Work: Like many other billionaires on this list, he has also joined the “The Giving Pledge”.
Books: Bloomberg by Bloomberg (2001), Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet (2017).
Famous Quote: “Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let anyone get you down.”
As a mayor of New York City, he took a salary of $1 a year.