Jeff Bezos was the richest man in the world for a time on Wednesday, with a fortune of over $90 billion. According to Forbes and Bloomberg, the Amazon CEO had a net worth of over $89 billion as of the close of markets Wednesday, while Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had a net worth of just over $90 billion.
Bernard Arnault is the world’s fourth richest person, with wealth estimated at more than $80 billion. He’s the CEO of French luxury group and family business LVMH, maintaining a fine balance between creativity and commerce. CNBC looks at how he keeps his company at the height of fashion.
Amancio Ortega is the richest man in the world. Getty Images / Xurxo Lobato Despite claiming the title of the richest man in the world, Zara's founder, Amancio Ortega, is a man of mystery. On Wednesday, Ortega beat out Bill Gates to become the richest person on Earth, Forbes reported.
In 2010, Slim surpassed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world; it was the first time in 16 years that the world's richest man wasn't from the US. Though Bill Gates is currently the richest man in the world once again, Slim is the wealthiest in Mexico with a net worth of at least $35.4 billion.
In the world of business, one can have different or similar experience with the others. Regardless of where they came from or how they acquired their fortune, the richest businessmen of today have different stories to tell on how they succeeded in their specific fields.
Methodology: The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's richest people. In calculating net worth, Bloomberg News strives to provide the most transparent calculations available, and each individual billionaire profile contains a detailed analysis of how that person's fortune is tallied.