Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Top 10 Richest People in the World 2009
1. Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is ranked consistently one of the world's wealthiest people and the wealthiest overall as of 2009.During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is one of the most successful investors in history, the primary shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway,and in 2008 was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of approximately $62 billion.In 2009, Buffett was ranked as the second richest man in the United States with a net worth of $40 billion.However, this was after he donated billions of dollars to charity.
3. Carlos Slim
Carlos Slim Helú, simply known as Carlos Slim (born January 28, 1940) is a Mexican engineer, businessman and philanthropist largely focused on the telecommunications industry. He is currently the third wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of around US$35 billion through his holdings. He was able to raise money for a telecommunications company by purchasing standby letters of credit which enabled him to obtain guaranteed loans which provided the capital.
4. Larry Ellison
Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company. He is currently listed on the Forbes list of billionaires as the fourth richest person in the world (as of September 30, 2009). Ellison is the third richest American, with an estimated net worth of US $27 billion. Ellison owns 22.59% of Oracle Corporation that is worth between 20 and 25 billion US dollars.
5. Ingvar Kamprad
Ingvar Feodor Kamprad ; born 30 March 1926 is a Swedish entrepreneur who is the founder of the home furnishing retail chain IKEA. As of 2009[update], he is the richest person in Europe and the fifth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with an estimated net worth of around US$22 billion.
Karl Hans Albrecht (born 20 February 1920) is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. He is among the richest men in the world, with an estimated net worth in 2009 of $21.5 billion according to Forbes Magazine. Albrecht is the wealthiest man in Germany.
7. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani (born on April 19, 1957 in Aden, Yemen) is a Indian engineer and businessman. He is the chairman, managing director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries, India's largest private sector enterprise and a Fortune 500 company, which he got funded by purchasing large standby letters of credit, which were monetized by several Swiss banks which afforded him guaranteed loans for the purchase. His personal stake in Reliance Industries is 48%. His wealth is valued at $ 32 Billion by Forbes, making him India's wealthiest person. Mukesh and his younger brother Anil are sons of the late founder of Reliance Industries, Dhirubhai Ambani. Anil Ambani is also a billionaire and owns another company - Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Mukesh also owns the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians.
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal (born 15 June 1950) is an Indian born industrialist based in the United Kingdom. He was born in Sadulpur village, in the Churu district of Rajasthan, India. He is the CEO and founder of and has been the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal since the merge. He also serves as a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, EADS and ICICI Bank and is the chairman of the World Steel Association.
Theodor Paul Albrecht (born 28 March 1922), generally known as Theo Albrecht, is a German entrepreneur, who in 2009 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 9th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $18.8 billion. He owns and was the CEO of the Aldi Nord discount supermarket chain. In the US he owns the Trader Joe's specialty grocery store chain. His brother Karl Albrecht owns the Aldi Süd discount supermarket chain. The two chains originally were a single family enterprise until a friendly division of assets in 1960. Aldi Süd operates the Aldi groceries in the United States. So Aldi and Trader Joe's, while owned by the brothers, have separate and distinct ownership and operations.
10. Amancio Ortega Gaona
Amancio Ortega Gaona (born March 28, 1936, Busdongo de Arbas, León) is a Spanish fashion entrepreneur. Ranked by Forbes as Spain's richest man and the 10th richest man in the World in 2009. He is the founder, with his then-wife Rosalía Mera, and chairman of the Inditex Group. He currently lives with his second wife in a discreet apartment building in the centre of A Coruña (Corunna).