The Top Ten Richest People In The World
8 Li Ka-shing
Net Worth In U.S. Dollars: $31 Billion
Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong/Canada
Li Ka-shing is known as the richest person in Asia, though his fortunes definitely came from humble beginnings. He was the son of a Chinese teacher/refugee, and was a salesman and worked for a plastics trading company before beginning his own plastics manufacturing enterprise in 1950. He also developed a leading real-estate company in Hong Kong, and acquired Hutchison Whampoa and Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited, adding to his wealth and influence. Though he is one of the most powerful men in Asia, Li Ka-shing has a reputation for remaining true to his moral compass, and for living a lifestyle of plain and simple means. He wears simple black dress shoes, and an inexpensive wristwatch… though he does own a very luxurious property in one of the most expensive precincts of Hong Kong Island.
7 David Koch
Net Worth In U.S. Dollars: $34 Billion
Country of Citizenship: United States
David Hamilton Koch is well known as a businessman, political activist, philanthropist, and chemical engineer. He is currently the co-owner and executive vice-president of a conglomerate called 'Koch Industries', a chemical and oil refinement business which happens to be the second largest 'privately owned company' in the United States. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1962 from the famous 'Massachusetts Institute of Technology', where he also played basketball. He excelled at the sport, and even set several school records. He became the president of Koch Engineering in 1970. He is a well-known supporter of the arts, and has contributed to several major charities. The David H. Koch Theater, which is home to the New York City Ballet, was actually named in his honor after he gave a gift of $100 million to pay for its renovation.