Forbes World’s Billionaires List 2024: The Top 20

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What a year it has been for the world’s billionaires, whose wealth keeps rising as stock markets around the world ignore conflict, political turmoil, and persistent inflation. With 2,781 billionaires worldwide, there are currently more than ever before—141 more than the previous year and 26 more than the record set in 2021. With an aggregate wealth of $14.2 trillion, they are wealthier than ever, having surpassed the previous high established in 2021 by $1.1 trillion and by $2 trillion from 2023.

Two-thirds of the list’s members are worth more than a year ago; only one fourth are poorer. Much of the gains come from the top 20, who added a combined $700 billion in wealth since 2023, and from the U.S., which now boasts a record 813 billionaires worth a combined $5.7 trillion. China remains second, with 473 (including Hong Kong) worth $1.7 trillion, despite weak consumer spending and a real estate bust that helped wipe out some $300 billion in wealth. India, which has 200 billionaires (also a record), ranks third. To calculate net worths, we used stock prices and exchange rates from March 8, 2024. See below for the full list of the world’s billionaires and our methodology. For daily updated net worths of all 2,781 billionaires, check out our real-time billionaires rankings.

Here are the 20 richest people in the world on the 2024

1. Bernard Arnault & family

Net Worth: $233 Billion | Age: 75 | Country/Territory: France | Industry: Fashion & Retail

Bernard Arnault oversees the LVMH empire of 75 fashion and cosmetics brands, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

2. Elon Musk

Net Worth: $195 Billion | Age: 52 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Automotive

Elon Musk cofounded six companies, including electric car maker Tesla, rocket producer SpaceX and tunneling startup Boring Company.

3. Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: $194 Billion | Age: 60 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Jeff Bezos founded e-commerce giant Amazon in 1994 out of his Seattle garage.

4. Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $177 Billion | Age: 39 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

A 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2004 for students to match names with photos of classmates.

5. Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $141 Billion | Age: 79 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Larry Ellison is chairman, chief technology officer and cofounder of software giant Oracle, of which he owns just under 40%.

6. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $133 Billion | Age: 93 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Finance & Investments

Known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time.

7. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $128 Billion | Age: 68 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Bill Gates diversified his fortune from software firm Microsoft into dozens of holdings, including waste disposal firm Republic Services and tractor maker Deere & Co.

8. Steve Ballmer

Net Worth: $121 Billion | Age: 68 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Steve Ballmer is the high-wattage former CEO of Microsoft, who led the company from 2000 to 2014.

9. Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth: $116 Billion | Age: 66 | Country/Territory: India | Industry: Diversified

Mukesh Ambani chairs and runs $110 billion (revenue) Reliance Industries, which has interests in petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecom, retail and financial services.

10. Larry Page

Net Worth: $114 Billion | Age: 51 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Larry Page stepped down as CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, in 2019 but remains a board member and a controlling shareholder.

11. Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $110 Billion | Age: 50 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Sergey Brin stepped down as president of Alphabet, parent company of Google, in December 2019 but remains a board member and a controlling shareholder.

12. Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: $106 Billion | Age: 82 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Finance & Investments

Michael Bloomberg cofounded financial information and media company Bloomberg LP in 1981.

13. Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $103 Billion | Age: 88 | Country/Territory: Spain | Industry: Fashion & Retail

Amancio Ortega of Spain is one of the wealthiest clothing retailers in the world.

14. Carlos Slim Helu & family

Net Worth: $102 Billion | Age: 84 | Country/Territory: Mexico | Industry: Telecom

Mexico’s richest person, Carlos Slim Helú and his family control América Móvil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm.

15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family

Net Worth: $99.5 Billion | Age: 70 | Country/Territory: France | Industry: Fashion & Retail

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of L’Oreal, is the richest woman in the world.

16. Michael Dell

Net Worth: $91 Billion | Age: 59 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Michael Dell is chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, which formed in 2016 via Dell’s $60 billion merger with computer storage giant EMC.

17. Gautam Adani

Net Worth: $84 Billion | Age: 61 | Country/Territory: India | Industry: Diversified

Gautam Adani is chairman of the $32 billion (revenue) Adani Group, with interests in ports, airports, power generation and transmission, and green energy, among others.

18. Jim Walton & family

Net Worth: $78.4 Billion | Age: 75 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Fashion & Retail

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

19. Rob Walton & family

Net Worth: $77.4 Billion | Age: 79 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Fashion & Retail

Rob Walton is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

20. Jensen Huang

Net Worth: $77 Billion | Age: 61 | Country/Territory: United States | Industry: Technology

Jensen Huang cofounded graphics-chip maker Nvidia in 1993, and has served as its CEO and president ever since.

Source: Forbes

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