The world is filled with men and women who have over the years become the best businessmen in a complex field of investments. Some of these people inherited their property while others started from scratch to build up business empires worth billions of shillings. Here is a list of the top 10 best businessmen in the world.
10. Bill Gates
With a net worth of over $85 billion, Bill Gates is probably the most successful businessman in the world. His investment in Microsoft Corporation speaks a lot of how successful he is as a businessman. He is an American business mogul, an author and a renowned philanthropist who donates a good amount of his income to charity organizations worldwide. Bill Gates is also known widely as a pacified administrator who only speaks when there is need to, making him one of the coolest business magnates that you can wish to hang-out with during corporate events. Unfortunately his status and net worth does not allow spend time with the hoi polloi of the society.
9. Warren Buffett
Second in the list is Warren Edward Buffett, an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, just after Bill Gates. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway Stock and consistently ranked among the world’s best CEOs of all times. Also known as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren is popular public figure in the US and the world at large. He is a known philanthropist who spends a big part of his fortune in charitable events. He supports the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
8. Christy Walton
Walton is well-known public figure, businesswoman and just like the first two business magnates in this list, an American billionaire who is considered as the richest woman in the world. Her business empire ranks her among the best in the world in field that is crowded by men. Her net worth is over $36.7 billion, making her one of the few women who can stand tall and tell the world that a time has come for the most successful business magnate to be a woman. She is a woman worth the salt having invested in business opportunities that really paid up.
7. Carlos Slim Helu
Following closely in the list of top 10 most successful businessmen in the world is Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican investor who has a net worth of $78 billion. Born in a society that was relatively uncongenial to businessmen, Carlos Slim Helu rose from grass to grace and is now considered one of the most successful businessmen in the world. He ranks amongst the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in times of net worth figures accumulated from business investments.
6. Amancio Ortega Gaona
Born in Spain, Amancio Ortega Gaona is arguably the most successful businessman in Europe. His net worth stands at $65 billion making him one of the few businessmen who have reached the $60 billion landmark. His investments are largely focused in fashion trends, making him a unique spot in this list of top 10 most successful businessmen. He also operates other investments in Spain and overseas that continue to propagate him up the ladder of the “who is who” in the society.
5. Liliane Bettencourt
With a net worth of around $34.5 billion, the Paris Liliane Bettencourt is among the top performing businesswomen in the world. She follows Christy Walton very closely as the most successful business woman in the world. She is described as a businesswoman, heiress, socialite and philanthropist, having supported many charitable institutions in France and other parts of the world. She is a woman of substance with business investments across Europe, mostly inherited from her parents.
4. David Koch
David Koch is an American born business magnate and a brother to Charles Koch, a distinguished political activist in the US. His net worth is $52 billion, making him one of the top investors in the United States. David Koch is a chemical engineer by profession, and just like his brother, a political activist and a philanthropist, spending most of his free times visiting and donating huge chunks of his income to various institutions. It is rumored that you cannot win elections in the US without first seeing the Koch brothers. That tells you how powerful David Koch is as a businessman and investor in US politics.
3. Jim Walton
An heir to the infamous Wal-Mart fortune, Jim Walton is described as one of the youngest and most successful billionaires in the world. He is the youngest son of Sam Walton the founder and pioneer of Wal-Mart. He has a net worth of $34.7 billion dollars, a fortune that was mostly inherited from his father. That does not mean that Jim Walton has done nothing to add up to this fortune, no in fact the success story of Wal-Mart can be attributed to the hard work and determination of this young billionaire. He is a true inspiration to many property heirs who are struggling to manage family investments.
2. Li Ka-shing
Representing the Chinese and Asia at large is Li Ka-shing, a Hong Kong business mogul and Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings. He has a business net worth of around $34.6 billion, one of the highest figures in Asia. His strength and acumen in management has seen his business empire grow in the last few years. It is estimated that with the growing local economy in China, Li Ka-shing will soon be playing in the same league as the likes of Bill Gates and Carlos Slim Helu. He is probably the richest businessman in Hong Kong having taken his time and energy to invest in Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings, two business entities that are paying him back with three-fold yields.
1. Sheldon Adelson
Adelson is a renowned American billionaire and businessman with a business net worth of $37.5 billion dollars. Adelson is the CEO and Chairman of the top rated Las Vegas Sands Corp., a parent company that gave rise to Venetian Macao Limited that runs the Sands Expo and Convention Center. It is also the founding company that led to the formation of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. He is worth being included in the list of top 10 most successful businessmen. Adelson’s source of wealth comes from his prolonged partnership in creating the trade-show COMDEX for the computer industry. He is a businessman and investor worth the salt, one of the finest in America and the World at large.
These are the top 10 most successful businessmen over the last few years. Their net business worth accumulates to hundreds of billions of dollars. They are the ones who run this world with their philanthropic style of living, spending huge chunks of their money in charity organizations across the globe. They are also sources of inspiration to thousands of small scale and middle scale businessmen who look up to them for encouragement.