The Top Ten Richest People In The World

Added by Edan Barak on May 26, 2014

Interestingly, the old adage that says 'the rich keep getting richer' isn't all that far off. There were reportedly 470 billionaires in 2000, which exploded to a surprising 1,426 by 2013! Not only that, but the combined wealth of all the billionaires in the world has increased as well: from a paltry $898 billion in 2000 (if that can be considered paltry, even under the best of conditions), to an astounding $5.4 TRILLION in 2013. In my opinion, $5.4 trillion sounds like a LOT of money, but who possesses the most of it, and how did they get it?

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10 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth In U.S. Dollars: $29 Billion
Age: 63
Country of Citizenship: France

Bernard Arnault was born on March 5 of 1949. He got his start in business after graduating in 1971, which is when he joined his father's company. His father had a construction and property business firm named Ferret-Savinel, and it saw an explosion of growth under Bernard's guiding hand. After successfully aiding the company in several major and successful business moves, he ended up succeeding his father as President of the company in 1979. His successful involvement in Christian Dior and LVMH, as well as a number of other prominent French businesses which saw substantial success under his careful leadership, were part of what led to him acquiring the wealth and success that he now enjoys today. He is also a renowned art collector, whose personal collection includes works by such artists as Picasso, Henry Moore, and Yves Klein.

9 Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth In U.S. Dollars: $30 Billion
Age: 90
Country of Citizenship: France

The second person on our top-ten richest list is also from France. Liliane Bettencourt (who was known as Liliane Schueller before her marriage to Andre Bettencourt, a French politician) has been known as an heiress, a philanthropist, a businesswoman, and a socialite. The majority of her wealth and success came from her involvement in the L'Oreal company, of which she is one of the principal shareholders. Though she inherited her share of the business upon her father's death, she had started working in the company at the age of 15, labeling bottles and mixing cosmetics as an entry-level apprentice. In 1987, Liliane founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation along with her husband and daughter, which was a foundation dedicated to the development and support of cultural, medical, and humanitarian projects.

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