Who is the richest person in the world? Top 10 rich list 2022


Elon Musk has overtaken Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world

Corresponding Forbes Magazine The richest person in the world has a net worth of $219 million.


Each year, the magazine publishes its Rich List, which ranks over 2,000 of the world’s richest billionaires.

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Known for their extraordinary wealth, billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates have bank balances many of us can only dream of.


But not everyone seems to want to stick with it.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced on Twitter on July 13 that he would donate most of his fortune.


He said doing so would see him “moved down and eventually off the list of the richest people in the world”.

So who is the richest person in the world in 2022, what is their net worth and how did they make their fortune?


Elon Musk – $219 billion

Elon Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $219 billion (Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Elon Musk is the richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $219 billion.


Born in South Africa, he grew up in Pretoria before moving to America to study at the University of Pennsylvania.

His first software startup, Zip2, was bought in 1999 for $307 million and he co-founded PayPal, which was sold to eBay in 2002 for $2.5 billion.


He founded SpaceX in 2002 and runs electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, of which he is a shareholder.

Musk has been married twice and reportedly has eight children.


His last public relationship was with singer Grimes, with whom he has two children, a son named X Æ A-12 and a daughter named Exa Dark Sideræl.

However, Musk recently made headlines for reportedly having twins with colleague Shivon Zilis.


Twitter will take the world’s richest person to court in October 2022 to hold Musk accountable for the original sale.

Twitter attorney William Savitt has accused Musk of “attempted sabotage” and said he is “doing his best to shut down Twitter.”


Jeff Bezos – $171 billion

Jeff Bezos is the second richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $171 billion.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the British Embassy residence in New York City (Image: Getty Images)

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos famously started Amazon from a garage in his home.

The company started out selling books, but by the early 2000s it had expanded its offerings from electronics to furniture and toiletries.


Bezos owns multiple apartments in New York City, homes in Washington, California and Washington DC, and a ranch in Texas that is the private base for his company Blue Origin, which launched tourists into space in 2021.

He was married to MacKenzie Bezos for 25 years and they have four children together.


Their divorce was announced in 2019, and Bezos announced his relationship with Lauren Sanchez that same year.

His company Amazon was questioned for its tax avoidance, and the organization Ethical Consumer called for a boycott of Amazon.


There were also concerns about the treatment of employees: In April 2022, warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, successfully voted to unionize.

Union leader Chris Smalls said: “We want to thank Jeff Bezos for going into space because while he was up there we signed people up.”


Bernard Arnault & Family – $158 billion

Bernard Arnault poses with his wife Helene Mercier-Arnault, their son Antoine Arnault and his wife, Russian model Natalia Vodianova, in front of the Louvre

The Bernard Arnault family is the third richest family in the world with an estimated net worth of $158 billion.


The 73-year-old French billionaire runs 70 of the world’s best-known fashion and beauty brands, including Louis Voulton, Tiffany & Co and Sephora.

Arnault came from a wealthy family, with his family owning a successful construction business.


He entered the industry in 1985 after using $15 million from his father’s business to buy Christian Dior.

Arnault currently resides in Paris, France and is married to concert pianist Helene Mercier.


The couple have five children, four of whom – Frédéric, Delphine, Antoine and Alexandre – work in the family business.

Bill Gates – $129 billion

Bill Gates attends the 2022 TIME100 Gala in New York City (Image: Getty Images for TIME)

Bill Gates is the fourth richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $129 billion.

Gates made his fortune through the software company Microsoft, which he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975.


The couple founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, of which they are still co-chairs.

The foundation supports global health initiatives around the world, including improving global sanitation and working to eradicate diseases like malaria and AIDS.


On July 13, Gates announced on Twitter that he plans to donate his entire fortune to the foundation.

He said the plan would see him “moved down and eventually off the list of the world’s richest people.”


The tech mogul added, “I am committed to giving my resources back to society in ways that have the greatest impact on reducing suffering and improving lives.

“And I hope that others in positions of great wealth and privilege will rise at this moment.”


Warren Buffett – $118 billion

Warren Buffet is the fifth richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine with an estimated net worth of $118 million.

Warren Buffett is the fifth richest person in the world with a net worth of $118 billion (Image: Getty Images)

The son of a US Congressman, Buffett bought and sold his first stock at age 11, earning him the nickname “Oracle of Omaha.” He runs Berkshire Hathway, which owns companies like Dairy Queen.

In 2006, he pledged to give away 99% of his wealth and has given away $45 million to date. Unlike many of the other billionaires on this list, Buffett still lives in the same Omaha, Nebraska home that he bought in 1958 for $31.50 before making his fortune.


Who are the top 10 richest people in the world?

  1. Elon Musk: $219 billion
  2. Jeff Bezos: $171 billion
  3. Bernard Arnault & family: $158 billion
  4. Bill Gates: $129 billion
  5. Warren Buffett: $118 billion
  6. Larry Page: $111 billion
  7. Sergey Brin: $107 billion
  8. Larry Ellison: $106 billion
  9. Steve Ballmer: $91.4 billion
  10. Mukesh Ambani: $90.7 billion