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Net Worths Of America’s Top 30 Business Tycoons

TristaNovember 25, 2020

America is an innovative nation. Successful entrepreneurs drive the country, sharing a massive amount of wealth between a select few. American entrepreneurs have shaped the economy from age-old companies like Ford Motor Company and Standard Oil to newer companies like Google and Facebook. Entrepreneurs’ business strategies are fruitful for the nation and the world. Many business tycoons are global personalities, and their net worths have significantly increased through their work.  

Some began their success journey from small home businesses. From Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, these people have fueled their businesses to unimagined heights. Their current success and, as a result, their net worths serve as an inspiration to future leaders learning their own business strategies and how to help the world. Check out the net worths of American’s top 30 business tycoons via Forbes in our list below.

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30. Lukas Walton – $15.4 billion

Unsurprisingly, there was a massive spread of Walmart throughout the US. The department stores are increasing around the rest of the world too. Thus there are many Waltons on this list. The Walton family achieved its massive wealth through the work of the family patriarch Sam Walton, an Arkansas businessman. The latter turned his chain of general stores into an empire that is the largest retail chain in the entire world. While Lukas is the lowest Walton on this list, it’s simply because he’s a grandson of the founder and has inherited less of the family empire than his parents and aunts and uncles, the wealthier Walton’s who appear higher on this list.

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Sadly, Walton inherited the vast majority of his wealth when his father died in a plane crash in 2005. He inherited about one-third of his father’s total estate while his mother received about one-sixth. Walton has already donated over a hundred million of his wealth to the family’s namesake foundation. Unlike several other members of the Walton family, he does not work for Walmart. However, Walton does have an ownership stake in Walmart and the Walton family’s bank, Arvest Bank. He also has an ownership stake in the solar energy company First Solar. He notably beat cancer as a young child.

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29. Lauren Powell Jobs – $16 billion

Many will likely recognize Jobs’ name immediately, and you would be right in assuming that she inherited her money from the famed Apple Computers frontman Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was one of the most famous “self-made” billionaires of the 20th century, so it’s no surprise that he left a staggering fortune behind for his wife after he tragically died of pancreatic cancer. She met the tech mogul at a lecture he was giving while she was attending Stanford University. The vast majority of the wealth Lauren inherited is through ownership of Apple and Disney stocks, which were Steve’s two largest investments.

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Powell is a successful businesswoman in her own right, obtaining a Masters of Business Administration from the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business in addition to a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School. She has purchased ownership stakes in several sports teams, including the NBA’s Wizards and the NHL’s Capitals. Powell also runs a philanthropic trust called the Emerson Collective Foundation that uses millions of investments, much of it Disney stock, to run charitable endeavors. She is also beginning to dabble in media investment, having purchased a stake in The Atlantic as well as outright buying California Sunday and Popup magazine.

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28. Ray Dalio – $16.9 billion

Dalio likely isn’t a household name for people who don’t watch financial markets, but his self-made success is worthy of much attention. Despite growing up in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood, Dalio made it through Harvard Business School, earning an MBA. He also began playing the stock market very young, investing at only 12 years of age and using tips he gained from listening to the wealthy golfers for whom he caddied as a part-time job. That sort of savvy at such a young age put Dalio on the road to financial success! After achieving his MBA, he set about starting his own business.

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Launched from the unassuming space of his own New York apartment, Dalio started Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund firm that now controls over $140 billion dollars despite its humble beginnings. To ensure it survives his death, Dalio has turned Bridgewater Associates into a partnership and is starting to give top employees a stake in the company’s ownership. Dalio has given away a larger portion of his wealth than many on this list already. He has a donation record of at least $850 million to various causes. He also started a Dalio Foundation that supports microfinancing projects and education work in underserved inner-cities.

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27. Rupert Murdoch – $17.1 billion

Undoubtedly one of the more controversial figures on this list, Murdoch made a media empire out of entertainment news, with his most noteworthy holding being Fox News. While he was born in Australia, Murdoch has long resided in the United States and exerts a great deal of influence over the US entertainment industry through his vast holdings of newspapers, television networks, and movie studios. He built this empire starting with an Australian newspaper that he inherited at the young age of 22 after his father died. Few other names on this list are as likely to come up in household discussion as Murdoch, showing he’s clearly done something right (or wrong, depending on your view.)

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In addition to owning Fox News, Murdoch owns the entire Fox family of networks. He also owns The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, and many other newspapers. He sold the FX Network, several Fox properties, and the National Geographic Network in 2019 to an Indian holding company. Murdoch earned a whopping sum of $71.3 billion, which is more than the total wealth of most individuals and families on this list. His son now runs most of the networks the family owns due to his advanced age. Despite his conservative leanings, he encouraged and helped finance Michael Bloomberg’s run for president in 2020.

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26. Thomas Peterffy – $17.2 billion

Peterffy is one of the most impressive rags to riches stories on this list, especially since he came to the US as a young immigrant. Peterffy fled to the US in 1965 when he was only 21. He was the son of Hungarian aristocrats who lost all of their money to the redistribution enforced by the Soviet Union in its takeover of Hungary. He essentially arrived in the US with the clothes on his back and no ability to receive material support from his family. Despite these tough beginnings, Peterffy always had an entrepreneurial spirit, notably selling gum to his high school classmates in Hungary at a massive 150% markup.  

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Once in the US, Peterffy attended New York University but ultimately dropped out to follow his entrepreneurship dreams. Peterffy worked as an engineer for a stable income source while working towards becoming a trader. He saved up enough money from his engineering salary to buy a seat on the US Stock Exchange. He eventually built Interactive Brokers in 1993 after gaining experience as a market maker and developing algorithms regarding stock trading. Interactive Brokers is currently the largest electric trading platform globally by volume of daily average revenue trades per day.

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25. Pierre Omidyar – $17.2 billion

If you’ve ever used eBay, then you’ve contributed to the staggering wealth of one of the dot.com era’s greatest success stories: Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar was born to Iranian immigrants in France who later moved the family to the US when he was only six. A talented programmer, Omidyar wrote the code for an auction website when he was only 28 and named it eBay after his first choice of name, Echo Bay, was already in use. The online auction site became a hit and a household name throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s and became an incredibly valuable stock.

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Omidyar’s eBay purchased PayPal, the online payment platform, in 2002 and made it a vital part of eBay’s business model by encouraging sellers and buyers to use the payment method for all eBay sales. Omidyar personally owns 5% of eBay and 6% of PayPal, which derives his billions of worth. Omidyar owns FirstLook Media, which includes news sites like The Intercept. He also owns extensive vacation and resort properties and himself resides in lush tropical Hawaii. His Omidyar Network has already donated over $1.5 billion to charitable causes through investments in non-profits that tackle global human problems.

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24. Leonard Lauder – $17.4 billion

If the name Lauder tickles a memory at the back of your mind, it’s likely due to the cosmetics brand Estée Lauder which the family owns. The brand was created by Leonard Lauder’s mother, Estée, from whom the brand takes its name. He joined her already-successful company in 1958, and it has proliferated ever since. Estée Lauder focuses on manufacturing high-end makeup and skincare products and is the owner behind many famous brands, including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Origins, and more. Any high-end skincare or makeup you own has a decent chance of being part of the Estée Lauder family, thanks to its vast and diverse holdings in the industry.

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Due to his advanced age, Lauder no longer serves an active role in the company, has stepped down as CEO in 1999. However, he remains chairman emeritus and helps informally in a position the company calls “chief teaching officer” due to his extreme depth of knowledge after decades in the industry. Alongside his brother, Lauder has donated over $100 million to Alzheimer’s medication research, funding the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, which has supported medical trials in at least 18 countries. He also gifted a vast Cubist art collection, estimated to be worth over $1 billion, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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23. Stephen Schwarzman – $19.1 billion

Schwarzman has a long and storied career in finance which started with time spent at the infamous Lehman Brothers firm that became the target of protest and outrage during the 2000s financial crisis. In his 2019 memoir, Schwarzman wrote about the many mistakes management made at the firm he witnessed firsthand. Thankfully, his own business, Blackstone, is still thriving and is the source of his immense wealth. Blackstone is currently the world’s largest buyout firm, despite having started as simply a luxury boutique merger advisory business. A 2017 initial public offering (IPO) of Blackstone stock gave Schwarzman his vast net worth.

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Schwarzman comes from a comfortably wealthy family thanks to his father’s ownership of a dry goods store in New York. In 1985, he partnered with Peter Peterson, a billionaire thanks to Blackstone’s IPO, to found the firm. While they initially provided advisory services for businesses undergoing mergers and acquisitions, they quickly became a massive buyout firm in their own right, eventually becoming the single biggest in the industry worldwide. While his partner retired after their IPO, Schwarzman continues to serve as CEO and Chairman of Blackstone. He currently funds Schwarzman Scholars, which sends students to China to obtain a one-year Master’s degree.

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22. Jim Simons – $23.5 billion

Simons is likely one of the most brilliant people on this list, both in business and in general. A codebreaker for the US during the Vietnam War, Simons has always had an aptitude for numbers and mathematics. Before turning to finance, he served as the chair of the Mathematics department at Stony Brook University. Simons obtained his undergraduate degree at the notoriously challenging MIT and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1982, he founded Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund firm that now manages about $80 billion in global wealth. Renaissance even manages a special fund that is only open to employees of the firm.

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Simons retired from his role as CEO and Chairman of the firm in 2010 but remained involved with the company at various levels. He is by far one of the most generous philanthropists on this list, having already given over $2.7 billion to various charities and philanthropic causes. Simons donates heavily to autism research and support. He also started the Math For America fund. It aims to recruit and retain high-quality math teachers for the New York City public school system to give more children access to an outstanding education in mathematics since math paved the way for his success.

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21. Len Blavatnik – $25 billion

Blavatnik is one of several immigrants on this list who came to the US and found outstanding financial success. Born in Ukraine and raised outside Moscow, Blavatnik originally emigrated to the US to attend college. He studied computer science, then still relatively new in 1978, at Columbia University. He eventually founded the investment firm Access Industries that held stakes in some incredibly lucrative companies and industries that helped Blavatnik build his impressive fortune. The single most lucrative sale for Blavatnik was the selling of his stake in the Russian oil giant TNK-BP in 2013 for $7 billion.

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Blavatnik has also been invested in various industries, including entertainment, with a sale of Warner Music in 2011 earning him $3.3 billion. He still holds stakes in diverse companies, including Rocket Internet, chemical firm LyondellBasell and luxury fashion house Tory Burch. Indeed a clever individual, Blavatnik has donated to political parties on both sides of the aisle in the US. He contributed heavily to both Pete Buttigieg’s Democratic run for president in 2020 as well as to President Trump’s inauguration committee in 2016. Anyone worth $25 billion must know how important it is to have friends in high places and all political parties!

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20. John Mars – $28.9 billion

John Mars, an American businessman, has a net worth of $28.9 billion. He’s from Virginia and was born in October 1935. Mars graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville in 1953 and Yale University. He is a member of the Mars family, and his shares of the company are in the billions making him among the wealthiest people in the world. Furthermore, the company is the best-selling candy in America and shows no signs of slowing down. Despite his famous name, John has generally been seen outside the spotlight, living in a private place. John and his siblings inherited stakes on Mars Inc. when his father died in 1999.

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Aside from being knighted in the UK by Queen Elizabeth, John has remained out of the spotlight. He is not deeply involved in the family’s operations, much like his sister Jacqueline. However, he is nominally listed as the Chairman of the corporation. He often isn’t even available for photographs, being one of the few billionaires not to have a featured stock image connected with his name. As wealthy as he is, perhaps it is best to avoid the spotlight and simply lead a quiet life with family enjoying the benefits of your ancestors’ hard work. Mars continues to thrive as a major food producer.

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19. Sheldon Adelson – $33.5 billion

Sheldon Adelson, an American entrepreneur, has a net worth of $33.5 billion. He is a serial entrepreneur and a Jewish advocate, owning multiple Israeli newspapers. Adelson’s net worth is impressive, to say the least. Adelson is CEO of Las Vegas Sands, a casino company that owns other hotels and China casinos. He owns more than half of the gambling empire. Adelson was often referred to in life as a “kingmaker” of the US Republican Party due to the massive size of his donations, which were usually enough to sway primaries. He began investing in politics after clashing with employee unions involved in his casinos.

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Adelson originated from humble roots. Nevertheless, the hard work and pensive decisions placed this man among the wealthiest people in the casino industry. He started entrepreneurship as early as 12 years old. He borrowed $200 from his uncle for purchasing a license for selling newspapers in Boston. Adelson has focused on making money since his childhood. When he was 16, he borrowed $10,000 from his uncle to start a candy vending machine business. Over his lifetime, he created 50 of his own companies, giving him a serial entrepreneur reputation. Adelson was the single largest donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and were fervent supporters.

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18. Jacqueline Mars – $42 billion

Jacqueline Mars has a net worth of $42 billion. She is Forrest Edward Mars’s daughter and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, the founder of Mars. This famous American candy company brought candy bars to the forefront of American culture through its namesake Mars Bars. Jacqueline’s share in the Mars family made her one of the wealthiest people across the globe. Over time, she earned an anthropology degree from the prestigious Bryn Mawr College, a women’s liberal arts university. Her grandfather, the company’s founder, came from a humble upbringing in Minnesota and started his empire by selling simple molasses chips as a teenager.

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Her net worth mainly comes from the Mars family that gave her a distinctive name and established the Mars, Incorporated candy company. The company produces many popular candy brands in America, including M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers, and Starburst. Her father, Forrest Mars Sr., developed some of the most beloved of the empire’s candies, including the Milky Way bar and M&Ms. Despite her family’s rich history with chocolate candy, she does not hold any official position in the company. Mars owns a working organic farm and is heavily invested in many nature conservation projects, and serves on conservation boards.

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17. Charles Koch – $44.9 billion

Charles Koch is an American businessman with a net worth of $44.9 billion. At the age of thirty-two, Charles became CEO of famous Koch Engineering after his father’s death. In his adult life, Charles Koch was the co-owner of Koch industries with his sibling David. Koch Industries is among the largest privately-held companies in the United States by revenue. Koch has a 42 percent stake and invested in many companies such as Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Flint Hills, Koch Fertilizer, Molex, Koch Pipelines, and more. The family’s business ventures have a hand in almost every industry, and they are connected to many other massive enterprises throughout the US economy.

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Koch also holds a stake in the family’s private equity fund known as Koch Equity Development and has $2 billion in cash investments. He is the writer of three books related to business philosophy: The Science of Success, Good Profit, and Market Based Management. Koch was born in 1935 in Kansas, and his parents were the co-founder of Koch industries. He attended the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Along with this brother David, Charles was part of the notorious Koch Brothers, often targeted in left-leaning media for their extensive billions of dollars invested in conservative and Republican Party politics.

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16. Julia Koch (And Family) – $44.9 billion

Julia Koch & her three children joined the billionaires after inheriting a 42% stake in Koch Industries. Her husband David, one of the heirs to the Koch fortune, died at 79 in August 2019. She moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked as an assistant to Adolfo, a fashion designer. She has a net worth of $ 44.9 billion. Julia worked with many high-profile clients, such as First Lady Nancy Reagan. After marrying into the Koch family, she became involved with the infamous luxurious Met Gala. She became an icon of New York high society, where she was very popular as a gracious and entertaining person.

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Julia married David Koch in 1996. Both of them donated $10 million to Mount Sinai Medical Center and $10 million to Standford’s Children’s Hospital. Julia’s source of wealth is the Koch industries. Revenue for Koch Pipelines, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Fertilizer, and its chemical business is enormous. It’s an example of generational wealth and how it can change your family’s lives forever. The Koch brothers became notorious throughout the late 20th century for their influential mega-funding of conservative political goals. Furthermore, they influenced numerous Republican politicians to reduce regulation of their industries, including fossil fuels, and develop favorable tax policy for ultra-wealthy people like themselves.

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15. Phil Knight (And Family) – $48.9 billion

Philip Hampson Knight is an American business tycoon and philanthropist from Oregon. Knight has a net worth of $48.9 billion. He is the current Chairman and co-founder of Emeritus of Nike Inc. He also owns ‘Laika,’ a production company for stop-motion films, and is one of the wealthiest American entrepreneurs. Knight was born in February 1938 in Portland, Oregon. His father was a lawyer turned newspaper publisher. Knight used to work the night shift dedicatedly tabulating sports scores and ran full seven miles to home every morning. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse.

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After leaving Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, he became an accounting professor at Portland State University. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Knight enlisted in the Army, where he served for one year. Again he enrolled at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Knight sent two pairs of shoes to shoe company Bowerman. Later the company name transformed into Nike. In 1969, the sales allowed Knight to leave the accountant job and work for Blue Ribbon Sports. Nike’s “swoosh” logo is considered one of the most powerful logos ever created in marketing history. Nike continues to flourish and grow.

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14. Michael Bloomberg – $58.4 billion

Bloomberg is a co-founder of the media and financial information company Bloomberg LP in 1981. As of today, he owns 88% of the business with revenues of $10 billion. Bloomberg has donated much to gun control and other causes like climate change. He spent millions in 2020 to try to defeat US President Donald Trump. He was the mayor of New York City and served for 12 years. Bloomberg was born in 1942 in Boston as the son of a bookkeeper. After attending Johns Hopkins University, he went to Harvard University to earn a Master of Business Administration degree in 1966.

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At his initial job with Salomon Brothers, he climbed the ladder of success, becoming a partner in 1972. Bloomberg is among the richest men in the world, with a net worth of $58.4 billion. He has built an empire in New York. At the age of 78, this American tycoon, author, philanthropist, and politician served as Chairman of the board of trustees at Johns Hopkins University from 1996 to 2002. He ran for president in an ultimately relatively unsuccessful bid in 2020, failing to gain much of any support in the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses in February 2020.

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13. Alice Walton – $62.3 billion

It’s nice to see another woman on this list of the wealthiest American tycoons. Alice Walton, the only daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, has a net worth of $62.3 billion. She focused on the art world from a young age, eventually opening museums, and was awarded the Getty Medal for her contributions to art. Walton established the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2011, home to Walmart’s corporate headquarters. She owns numerous original paintings that she displays in the museum, including Georgia O’Keeffe’s works and Andy Warhol pieces. The museum can also be rented as an event venue.

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In 1949 in Newport, Arkansas, Walton was born and was brought up along with three brothers, and in 1966, she graduated from Bentonville. She was a money manager and equity analyst in her career and was a broker for EF Hutton. Walton founded Llama Company in 1988, where she was chairwoman, president, and CEO. Walton was the first woman to chair the Northwest Arkansas Council and played an essential role in developing the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. The airport authority recognized Walton’s contributions to the airport. She has been the least involved of any of the Walton’s in the family business, preferring to pursue other ventures.

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12. Rob Walton – $63.9 billion

Rob Walton, an heir to Walmart, the largest retailer globally, is the eldest son of Helen and Sam Walton. This heir to the retail throne served as Chairman of the company from 1992 to 2015. Samuel Robson Walton has a net worth of $63.9 billion, earning him a place among the world’s wealthiest people. We still have one more Walton to go on this list. The oldest still isn’t the richest, although none of the siblings are hurting for money, given they are all worth many billions of dollars. The Walton siblings’ father, the company’s founder, wisely set up his children’s inheritance to minimize taxes owed.

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Walton was born in October 1944 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the College of Wooster. He graduated in 1966 from the University of Arkansas and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1969 from Columbia Law School. The Walmart heir left Tulsa in 1978 to join the department store as a senior vice president and was appointed vice president in 1982. Rob was named as Chairman of the board of directors in 1992. He was married twice and had five children. Despite being the most prosperous American family, they live a low-profile lifestyle. They have massive homes but don’t flaunt a wealthy jet-set lifestyle.

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11. Jim Walton – $64.2 billion 

Unless you haven’t ventured outside in the US in the last several decades, you have probably heard of (and visited) Walmart. Jim Carr Walton is an heir to the Walmart enterprise and fortune, the world’s largest retailer. He is the youngest son of Sam Walton and belongs to one of the world’s wealthiest families. So how much is he worth? Walton has a net worth of $64.2 billion as of 2020. This wealthy man was born in June 1948 in Arkansas. However, he is only the third child of the Walmart heir and competes for the wealthiest title among his several siblings.

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Walton graduated in Business Administration in Marketing from the prestigious University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Walton family started the store called Walmart and are the retail largest shareholders. The family holds more than 50% of its stock, and Walmart is the largest retail company with several stores worldwide. It has $514 billion in sales and the world’s largest retailer in terms of revenue. There are more than 11,000 stores around the globe. The majority of the Walton family’s children and heirs are involved in business and still make active decisions about the Walmart brand and business model.

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10. Larry Page – $64.6 billion

Page was born in Michigan in 1973. His net worth is $64.6 billion. His parents were computer experts, and following their legacy, he also studied computer engineering at Stanford University. He met Sergey Brin at the University, and they developed a search engine that displays results according to the popularity of pages. Their creation, Google, has become the most popular search engine across the globe since its launch in 1998. Far from just a search engine anymore, Google has morphed into a provider of data services, hosting, and more that have led to it becoming truly ubiquitous in virtually every business and home through much of the world.

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He and Brin then took charge of Google’s new parent company, Alphabet, until 2019. In 2006, Google purchased the world’s most popular website YouTube for user-submitted streaming videos for $1.65 billion in stock. In 2013, Page was ranked thirteen on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest people in America. He was ranked No. 17 on the Most Powerful People list on Forbes 2013. YouTube has continued to thrive alongside Google, with more content being created and hosted on the site than can be watched in a human lifetime. YouTube now also offers premium on-demand rentals and exclusive content, increasing its revenues.

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9. Sergey Brin – $66 billion

Brin is a computer scientist and entrepreneur that founded the famous search engine Google. Presently, over one billion users of this search engine were founded in 1998 by Brin and Larry Page. Brin has a net worth of $66 billion. Google was created to make people’s lives more comfortable. They offer varieties of products and services to accomplish that goal. Brin was born in 1973 in Russia to Jewish parents. His father was a mathematics professor, and the mother was a NASA researcher. His family was migrated to America when he was only six years old to search for a better future.

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After creating Google, the company released numerous newer and upgraded services that can be used in offices, classrooms, and homes each day. In 2005, Google Maps, blogger Mobile, Google Reader were launched, and they acquired the massive streaming video site YouTube, which was still in its infancy at the time. Google collaborated with China Mobile and Salesforce.com in 2007 and signed to develop Google’s educational apps for Rwanda and Kenya. In 2008, the latest version of Google Earth was launched. Google is now genuinely ubiquitous, offering services that have integrated it into almost every business and home in the world.

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8. Mackenzie Bezos – $67.8 billion

Mackenzie Scott is the former wife of Jeff Bezos, who is Amazon’s founder. She has a net worth of $67.4 billion. Since the beginning of the pandemic this year, the rise in Amazon’s stock from $2,000 to $3,500 per share propelled Bezos to take her place on the billionaires’ list. After her divorce, she became the fourth richest woman globally. While some have tried to portray Mackenzie negatively, the reality is that she was one of Amazon’s earliest employees and married Jeff Bezos before Amazon existed. She helped Amazon grow throughout the entire length of their marriage, hence why she was found legally entitled to much of the profits.

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In 2019, her fortune was at $36 Billion as per Amazon’s share price. After the separation from Bezos, she retained 25% of Amazon’s stock and a 4% stake in the company due to helping Bezos build it throughout their marriage. Since her divorce, she emerged as a philanthropist and revealed several charitable commitments, with a total of $1.7 billion given over the year. The donations also include historic gifts to Black colleges and Universities. She pledged to provide a significant portion of money throughout her life, and she independently made this decision, whereas her former husband Bezos has not made the promise.

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7. Steve Ballmer – $74.7 billion

You probably know Microsoft and Bill Gates. However, do you know the face behind the stock? Ballmer is an eminent American businessman with a net worth of $74.7 billion. Balmer is popular for his association with Microsoft and for owning the Los Angeles Clippers. His high net worth puts him among the wealthiest individuals in the world. His shares in Microsoft are the primary source of his wealth. Ballmer served as the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. He was an early employee and business manager of the company, which allowed him to gain an ownership stake in the organization.

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The majority of his net worth is derived from 333.3 million shares of Microsoft stock. He has sold $3.4 billion worth of stock over the years and collected $4.5 billion from dividends. Ballmer is a multibillionaire but lives a simple life. His father served as manager for the Ford Motor Company, and to honor his father, he reportedly drives a Ford. Ballmer was born in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in an affluent community and attended the International School of Brussels. Ironically, the very same year that he sold a portion of his stocks to the tune of almost $100 million, he removed the stock ownership option from Microsoft so no future employees can ever reap similar benefits to those he had.

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6. Larry Ellison – $75 billion

Ellison is an America-based entrepreneur with a net worth of $75 billion. He earned a massive fortune from software giant Oracle. Until 2014, Ellison served as CEO of the company. For a time in the 1990s, he was the wealthiest person on the planet. Ellison owns 22% of Oracle today. He has earned $9 billion since 2003 from Oracle stock sales and dividends. Ellison’s real estate properties include homes in Japan, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Malibu, Rhode Island, and San Francisco. Between 2004 and 2005, he spent $180 million to overtake 12 properties in Malibu, California. He also paid $10.5 million to overtake the Astor family mansion in Rhode Island.

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Ellison’s primary residence is a 45-acre estate in Woodside, California, worth $200 million. The mansion features a two-bedroom guest house, a gym, three cottages, and a three-acre lake featuring two waterfalls. The chief technology officer and Chairman of Oracle have enlisted engineers from Oracle this year to build a coronavirus data website for the Trump administration. The Oracle Corporation continues to thrive thanks to its focus on creating much-needed human resources software, supply chain management software, and more. That allows it to stay relevant, unlike many other dot.com era companies. Despite being founded over 40 years ago, the company is just as relevant today.

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5. Warren Buffet – $78.9 billion

Buffet is an American business tycoon and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is an investor and philanthropist and is considered one of the best investors with a $78.9 billion net worth. Since a very young age, he had keen business skills. As a result, in 1956, he laid the Buffet partnership Ltd. foundation and took total control in 1965. Buffet is a business-minded person, and at the age of six, he bought his first stock for about $38. He created Buffett Associates Ltd. in 1956 and made his first million-dollar investment in a company of windmill manufacturing in Dempster.

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Berkshire Hathaway bought GATX and Arcata in 1981 and 10% of Wells Fargo by 1990. Furthermore, Berkshire also invested in many companies that generated high revenues. In June 2006, Buffet had announced that he would be giving the entire fortune to charity. In turn, he committed 85% of it to the foundation of Bill Gates. This donation became the most massive act of charitable giving in United States history. He is popularly known as Oracle of Omaha and owns more than sixty companies, including Duracell and the Dairy Queen restaurant chain. Gates and Buffet launched the Giving Pledge in 2010, requesting billionaires to donate half of their money to a charitable trust.

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4. Elon Musk – $82.3 billion

Musk, an American entrepreneur, has a net worth of $82.3 billion. He is the chief executive officer of reputed automaker Tesla, a maker of electric vehicles, and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies, a rocket manufacturer. He was born in June 1971 in South Africa. Musk also co-founded a famous electronic firm PayPal. Furthermore, he was the first significant investor and CEO of Tesla. He was born to a Canadian mother and a South African father. Early on, he displayed talent in computers and entrepreneurship at a young age. Not surprisingly, he created a video game at the age of 12 and sold it to a computer magazine.

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In 1988, he obtained a Canadian passport, and after that, he left South Africa because of the search for bigger economic opportunities in the United States. Musk attended Queen’s University in Kingston and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics in 1997. Afterward, he enrolled at Stanford University but left after two days because he realized that the internet could change society more than physics. In 1995 he founded a company named Zip2 that provided business directories and maps to online newspapers. Musk founded X.com, an online financial services company that later became PayPal.

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3. Mark Zuckerberg – $102 billion

Zuckerberg, 36, is an American entrepreneur with a net worth of $102 billion. He is a philanthropist and the youngest among the hundred wealthiest people across the globe. His fortune is attributable to the Facebook shares. He owns 400 million current Facebook shares that are broken up into several classes with different voting privileges. There is around 12 million class A shares of Facebook and Class B shares of 365 million. Furthermore, Zuckerberg has 53% voting rights through the Class B supervoting shares over the company. He controls Dustin Moskovitz’s voting rights; thus, Zuckerberg has 58% of its total voting power. The entrepreneur topped $100 billion in August 2020 for the first time.

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By the time Zuckerberg got to Harvard, he had a reputation as a programming prodigy and tech wunderkind. Zuckerberg studied computer science and psychology and was a member of Kirkland house and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. To work on Facebook full-time, he dropped out of Harvard. Zuckerberg pledged to give 99% of the wealth in his lifetime and owns $200 million in real estate in the US. With his fortune, he paid $43 million to overtake four homes in Palo Alto’s vicinity and paid $145 million for 840 acres on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

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2. Bill Gates – $114 billion

William Henry Gates III is an American business tycoon who held the prominent Chairman, CEO, and Chief Software Architect position at Microsoft. As a result, Gates’s net worth is $114 billion as of 2020. Because of his amassed wealth, he and his wife Melinda own the charitable foundation Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest charitable foundation. It works to eliminate polio, improve global health, and save lives. Gates founded Microsoft in April 1975 with childhood friend Paul Allen. Originally it was based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and relocated to Washington State in 1979. At that time, Microsoft was a budding multinational technology company specializing in computers and software that became an international giant. Microsoft’s most significant success came in 1980 when IBM made a contract to pay $430,000 to Microsoft.

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1994 was a marked year for Gates, who became the richest man in America at 38 with $9.35 billion in combined wealth. In turn, the company entered the commercial consumer market with sales reaching $3.7 billion, and 1995 was a new era of success and wealth for Gates. He prepared the staff for an internet tidal wave that made hopes to place Microsoft at the forefront of the worldwide web industry. In March 2020, he announced to step down from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway. However, his charitable foundation spent up to $100 million on the COVID pandemic.

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1. Jeff Bezos – $205 billion

Bezos, a 56-year-old American entrepreneur, founded an e-commerce solution in 1994 in Seattle, Washington. Currently, he has a net worth of $205 billion that, as a result, makes him the world’s wealthiest person. He is the Chairman and CEO of Amazon. Bezos is a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering graduate from Princeton. This billionaire began his career in 1987 with Fitel and worked with many prestigious organizations. In 1988, he worked with Bankers Trust and D.E Shaw & Co. from 1990 to 1994. Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, followed by Blue Origin in 2000. Blue Origin is working on building and launching reusable rockets.

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Blue Origin, Boeing, SpaceX, and NASA work jointly on a project working towards sending humans to the Moon by 2024 and colonies on Mars by the 2030s. This billionaire has many ideas that span a wide range of investments, from real estate to the retrieval of rocket ship engines from the ocean floor. Furthermore, Bezos has substantial holdings in traditional assets like real estate. He owns two huge homes in Beverly Hills and an apartment in Manhattan’s Century Tower. He also owns lavish lakeside property in Washington State with a living space of around 3,000 square feet thanks to his pace-setting net worth.

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