Top 10 richest US billionaires

Catherine Rowell
- Top 10 - Jun 13, 2017

Forbes has recently released their annual Richest Billionaires List for this year. We take a look at the top 10 US billionaires which have made the cut, and how they continue to influence investors and entrepreneurs all over the world.

10. Sergey Brin

Sergy Brin works as President at Alphabet Inc, with a net worth of $39.8 billion.

9. Larry Page

Cofounder of Google alongside Sergey Brin, Larry Page has acquired a net worth of $40.7 billion and is currently the CEO of Alphabet Inc. Brin is also the creator of Google’s algorithm software PageRank alongside Sergey Brin. Page has also invested in Tesla Motors, with a focus on utilising renewables and sustainable energy.

8. Michael Bloomberg

With a net worth of $47.5 billion, CEO of Bloomberg LP, Michael Bloomberg is part of The Giving Pledge, and was the 108th Mayor of New York City from 2002 until 2014. Bloomberg is also an environmentalist and has launched Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Risky Business Initiative to combat the use of fossil fuels and utilisation of clean energy sources within the corporate sphere, becoming chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2014.

7. David Koch

With a net worth of $48.3 billion, David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries.

6. Charles Koch

With a net worth of $48.3 billion, CEO of Koch Industries Charles Koch has led the company to become one of the largest privately-held companies in the US.

5. Larry Ellison

Co-founder of Oracle Corporation Larry Ellison is part of the rising internet boom of the 1990s. With a net worth of $52.2 billion, Ellison is part of The Giving Pledge, and has a passion for sportscars, owning an Audi R8 and McLaren F1, to name a few.

4. Mark Zuckerberg

With a net worth of $56 billion, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the youngest billionaires with the launch of social media platform Facebook, established when Zuckerberg was still studying at Harvard.

With an amassed two billion users, of which the number is continually rising, Zuckerberg aims to give away the majority of his wealth and help connect the world through internet services and provide education and opportunities through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which he launched with wife Priscilla Chan, as well as being part of The Giving Pledge

3. Jeff Bezos

Briefly becoming the second richest man in the world, founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos has now slipped back to third place, with a net worth of $72.8 billion.

With the creation of the internet picking up speed in the 1990s, Bezos launched Amazon and has never looked back, and has acquired The Washington Post in 2013 and founded Blue Origin (a space travel company).

2. Warren Buffet

A long-term friend of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Buffet is part of The Giving Pledge, with a net worth of $75.6 billion.

Leader of the multinational holding company Berkshire Hathaway, the company has become one of the most renowned holding company’s in the world, with a number of aviation and catering companies, such as the Kraft Heinz Company and The Coca Cola Company under its umbrella.

1. Bill Gates

Remaining at the top of the list is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. With a net worth of $86 billion, Gates has come a long way since the establishment of Microsoft back in 1975.

However, not one to keep his success to himself, Gates is part of The Giving Pledge and has now founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to support the access of education, provide internet access worldwide and essential healthcare in countries all over the world.

The US’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement also contrasts the duo’s aim to support the worldwide stance on reducing emissions from roads, buildings and vehicles through Gates’ establishment of Breakthrough Energy

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