In society, there are people who create revolutionary products and services that change the world and traditional processes. Increases in innovation have led to a rise in the number of billionaires around the world.
This page features profiles of the three richest people in the world. Keep in mind that the rankings on this page change every minute and may not be up to date.
1) Jeff Bezos
Born in 1964, Jeff Bezos is founder and current CEO of Amazon, a global e-commerce and technology company. His current net worth is $179 billion.
Bezos graduated at the top of his class from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Shortly after graduating from Princeton University, Bezos took a job at Wall Street investment firm D.E. Shaw. While working at D.E. Shaw, Bezos became the youngest vice president in the company’s history. And four years after taking that job, he ventured out into entrepreneurship to found Amazon.
Bezos currently owns Blue Origin, a space exploration company headquartered in Texas. He is also the owner of the Washington Post, a major news publication.
Source: amazon.com and biography.com
2) Bill Gates
Born in 1955, Bill Gates is the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, a diversified technology company. His current net worth is $117 billion.
Gates attended Harvard University until his junior year, when he left to focus on Microsoft. He initially served as chairman and chief engineer of the company until leaving the chief engineer role in 2008.
Bill Gates is heavily involved in philanthropy. In 1994, Gates, along with his wife Melinda, founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation’s main efforts are centered on equity for people around the world. Major projects undertaken include HIV eradication, vaccine development, and education.
Although Gates founded Microsoft, most of his net worth is centered on other assets and investments.
Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
3) Mark Zuckerberg
Born in 1984, Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and current CEO of Facebook, a global social media company. His current net worth is $91 billion.
Zuckerberg attended Harvard University until his junior year, when he left to focus on Facebook. He famously founded the social media company out of his college dorm room in 2004.
Mark Zuckerberg founded the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative along with his wife Priscilla Chan with the goal of promoting social justice and education. Zuckerberg is also a signee of the Giving Pledge, meaning he will donate 99 percent of his net worth to charity throughout his lifetime.
In 2014, Zuckerberg purchased 750 acres of land in Hawaii for $100 million!