Number two: Microsoft founder Bill Gates
1. Jeff Bezos – $112billion
The 54-year-old entrepreneur founded Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, in 1994. He became the world’s richest person last year.
2. Bill Gates – $90billion
The Microsoft founder has been on the Forbes Rich List since 1987, and between 1995 and 2017, he ‘won’ the top position all but four years. He is also known for his philanthropic work along with his wife Melinda.
3. Warren Buffett – $84billion
The American business investor is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which wholly owns companies such as Geico and Dairy Queen and parts of Cocoa Cola, Kraft Heinz and Apple.
4. Bernard Arnault – $72billion
The 69-year-old is head of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods company, which includes Louis Vuitton, Dior, Moët & Chandon champagne and Hennessy cognac. He is the richest person in fashion – and in France.
5. Mark Zuckerberg – $71billion
Zuckerberg, 34, launched Facebook along with his college friends while at Harvard University, and is still the CEO of the social media giant.
6. Amancio Ortega – $70billion
The 82-year-old Spanish business tycoon is founder of the Inditex fashion group, which includes high street favorite Zara.
7. Carlos Slim Helu, America Movil – $67.1billion
The Mexican business magnate, 78, was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2015. He has made his fortune from buying into Mexican companies, and accounts for 40 per cent of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
8 and 9. Charles and David Koch – $60billion each
The brothers, aged 82 and 78, head up Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States.
10. Larry Ellison – $58.5billion
The 73-year-old American co-founded software company Oracle. He is the owner of the sixth largest Hawaiian island and his own racing yacht team.
Source: The Forbes List