A few weeks ago, we learned that Jeff Bezos’ estimated fortune had reached the symbolic $100 billion mark. The founder of Amazon confirmed his status as the richest person in the world. There was little doubt that when Forbes magazine’s editors updated their ranking of the world’s largest fortunes, Jeff Bezos would steal Bill Gates’ first place in the last four years.
Amazon’s boss dominates this ranking with an estimated fortune of 112 billion dollars, compared to 90 billion for Microsoft’s founder. Behind them, Warren Buffet (84 billion) maintains his third place, while the fourth place is now occupied by a Frenchman, the boss of the luxury group LVMH Bernard Arnault who has a fortune estimated at 72.2 billion dollars.
Mark Zuckerberg, 34 and founder of Facebook, is ranked fifth ($71 billion), while Larry Ellison (Oracle) is tenth with a fortune of $58.5 billion, while Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin are ranked twelve and thirteen respectively ($48.8 and $47.5 billion). Jack Ma, founder of the Chinese giant Alibaba (often referred to as the Chinese Amazon), has climbed to twentieth place in this ranking, with an estimated fortune of 39 billion dollars.
Finally, to be completely exhaustive as far as high-tech billionaires are concerned, Steve Ballmer ranks 22nd ($38.4 billion), Michael Dell is 39th ($22.7 billion) and Paul Allen is 44th ($21.7 billion).