The Richest People in the World: Top 30
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We can't get enough of the richest people in the world, and Forbes has released its latest list of them. Forbes creates its World's Billionaires list using stock prices and exchange rates from a single day: Feb. 8, 2019.

Some people become richer or poorer within days of making the list. In fact, there are fewer billionaires in the world than there were last year --  according to Forbes -- 55 people sank into the lowly world of being simply multi-millionaires, although in the U.S., the population of billionaires has increased by about 21 since 2018. Women billionaires added one to their ranks over last year, and the youngest billionaire is 21-year-old Kylie Jenner who made the list with a mere $1 billion.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN - Get Report)  ranked as the world's richest person, with an estimated net worth of $131 billion. Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT - Get Report) was close behind at $96.5 billion.

Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A - Get Report) ( BRK.B - Get Report) came in at No. 3, although his wealth dipped slightly since last year's list to "just" $82.5 billion. Lagging close behind was French brand king Bernard Arnault, who clocked in at $76 billion, thanks to success of cosmetic and fashion names like Sephora and Louis Vuitton. And at No. 5 was Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate, who called in a sweet $64 billion.
 
Assets counted by Forbes includes private companies, real estate, art and others. Take a look at the people who topped the list.

The Top 30 Richest People in the World in 2019:

 
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1. Jeff Bezos & Family
1. Jeff Bezos & Family

1. Jeff Bezos & Family

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon. 

Forbes estimated worth: $131 billion

2. Bill Gates
2. Bill Gates

2. Bill Gates

The principal founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Forbes estimated worth: $96.5 billion

3. Warren Buffett
3. Warren Buffett

3. Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.  

Forbes estimated worth: $82.5 billion

4. Bernard Arnault & Family
4. Bernard Arnault & Family

4. Bernard Arnault & Family

The French business magnate, investor, and art collector is the chairman and CEO of LVMH (LVMUY) ,  the world's largest luxury-goods company that includes brands such as Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

Forbes estimated worth: $76 billion

Photo: Jeremy Barande / Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay

5. Carlos Slim Helu & Family
5. Carlos Slim Helu & Family

5. Carlos Slim Helu & Family

Mexican business magnate, engineer, investor and philanthropist, his family controls American Movil (AMX - Get Report) , the biggest mobile telecom firm in Latin America.

Forbes estimated worth: $64 billion

Photo: Barrett90035/Wikipedia

6. Amancio Ortega
6. Amancio Ortega

6. Amancio Ortega

Ortega is the founder and former chairman of Inditex (IDEXY) fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing.

Forbes estimated worth: $62.7 billion

Photo: Getty

7. Larry Ellison
7. Larry Ellison

7. Larry Ellison

Cofounder and former CEO of software firm Oracle. (ORCL - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $62.5 billion

Photo: Oracle PR/Flickr

8. Mark Zuckerberg
8. Mark Zuckerberg

8. Mark Zuckerberg

Founder and CEO of Facebook. (FB - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $62.3 billion

9. Michael Bloomberg
9. Michael Bloomberg

9. Michael Bloomberg

The American businessman, politician, and philanthropist is co-founder of Bloomberg media company.

Forbes estimated worth: $55.5 billion

10. Larry Page
10. Larry Page

10. Larry Page

Page is the CEO of Alphabet (GOOGL - Get Report) and co-founder of Google.

Forbes estimated worth: $50.8 billion

11. Charles Koch
11. Charles Koch

11. Charles Koch

Chair and CEO of Koch Industries.

Forbes estimated worth: $50.5 billion.

12. David Koch
12. David Koch

12. David Koch

Former executive vice president of Koch Industries, he shares majority control of the company with his brother, Charles.

Forbes estimated worth: $50.5

13. Mukesh Ambani
13. Mukesh Ambani

13. Mukesh Ambani

The Indian business magnate is chairman and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries, one of India's most valuable companies.

Forbes estimated worth: $50 billion

14. Sergey Brin
14. Sergey Brin

14. Sergey Brin

President of Alphabet and cofounder of Google.

Forbes estimated worth: $49.8 billion

15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family
15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family

15. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family

The richest woman in the world, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the heiress of Liliane Bettencourt, her family owns 33% of L'Oreal. (LRLCY)

Forbes estimated worth: $49.3 billion

Photo: Getty

16. Jim Walton
16. Jim Walton

16. Jim Walton

The youngest son of Walmart (WMT - Get Report) founder Sam Walton, his family owns about half of the company's stock.

Forbes estimated worth: $44.6 billion.

Photo: Walmart Corporate/Flickr

17. Alice Walton
17. Alice Walton

17. Alice Walton

Another heir to the Walmart fortune, Alice Walton collects and curates art.

Forbes estimated worth: $44.4 billion

Photo: Walmart Corporate/Flickr

18. Rob Walton
18. Rob Walton

18. Rob Walton

The older heir to the Walmart fortune, Rob Walton was chair of the company from 1992 to 2015.

Forbes estimated worth: $44.3 billion

Photo: Walmart Corporate/Flickr

19. Steve Ballmer
19. Steve Ballmer

19. Steve Ballmer

Former CEO of Microsoft, Ballmer is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Forbes estimated worth: $41.2 billion

Photo: Jesus Gorriti/Wikipedia

20. Ma Huateng
20. Ma Huateng

20. Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng is chair of internet giant Tencent Holdings,  (TCEHY) one of the largest companies in China.

Forbes estimated worth: $38.8 billion

Photo: Getty

21. Jack Ma
21. Jack Ma

21. Jack Ma

Jack Ma is chair and cofounder of Alibaba. (BABA - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $37.3 billion

22. Hui Ka Yan
22. Hui Ka Yan

22. Hui Ka Yan

Hui Ka Yan is chairman of Evergrande Group (EGRNF) , a Chinese real estate developer.

Forbes estimated worth: $36.2 billion

Photo: Getty

23. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.
23. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.

23. Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. 

Siblings Beate Heister and Karl Albrecht Jr. (pictured) inherited the Aldi retail fortune. Aldi is a German discount supermarket chain with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries.

Forbes estimated worth: $36.1 billion

Photo: YouTube

24. Sheldon Adelson
24. Sheldon Adelson

24. Sheldon Adelson

Adelson is the CEO and chair of the Las Vegas Sands casino company. (LVS - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $35.1 billion

Photo: Bectrigger/Wikipedia

25. Michael Dell
25. Michael Dell

25. Michael Dell

Chair and CEO of Dell Technologies (DELL) . The company was formed as a result of the 2016 merger of Dell and EMC Corporation.

Forbes estimated worth: $34.3 billion

26. Phil Knight
26. Phil Knight

26. Phil Knight

Founder and former chair of Nike. (NKE - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $33.4 billion

27. David Thomson & Family
27. David Thomson & Family

27. David Thomson & Family

The Canadian media magnate and his family control the publishing empire they inherited from his grandfather. Thomson is chair of Thomson Reuters. (TRI - Get Report)

Forbes estimated worth: $32.5 billion

Photo: Getty

28. Li Ka-shing
28. Li Ka-shing

28. Li Ka-shing

The Hong Kong business magnate retired as chair of CK Hutchinson Holdings (CKHUY) and CK Asset Holdings (CHKGF) last year.

Forbes estimated worth: $31.7 billion

Photo: EdTech Stanford University School of Medicine/Wikipedia

29. Lee Shau Kee
29. Lee Shau Kee

29. Lee Shau Kee

The Hong Kong-based real estate tycoon is the majority owner of Henderson Land Development (HLDVF) .

Forbes estimated worth: $30.1 billion

Photo: Tksteven/Wikipedia

30. Francois Pinault & Family
30. Francois Pinault & Family

30. Francois Pinault & Family

Pinault is the founder of Kering (PPRUY) , which owns several fashion brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.

Forbes estimated worth: $29.7 billion

Photo by S. Plaine / CC-BY-SA-4.0

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