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These Are the World’s Richest Billionaires

Forbes’ 2017 list of billionaires featured a record-high 2,043 people worth a combined $7.7 trillion. Joining the exclusive world billionaires club is quite an accomplishment in itself, but the most affluent members have a fortune that far exceeds the minimum threshold.

Ranking anywhere close to the wealthiest person in the world takes an immense amount of money. Click through to find out who’s the richest person in the world.

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Jack Ma Net Worth: $38.3 Billion

Source of wealth: e-commerce

He used to teach English for $15 a month, according to Bloomberg, but co-founding the Alibaba Group made Jack Ma one of the world’s richest people.

Ma is the executive chairman of the company, which has grown into China’s largest e-commerce business with a market cap of $264.9 billion, as of May 2017, according to Forbes. Some even predict Alibaba could be the next Apple or Amazon.

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Sheldon Adelson Net Worth: $38.5 Billion

Source of wealth: Casinos

Born to immigrants from Lithuania and Wales, Sheldon Adelson grew up in poverty. But now, he’s one of the richest people in the world.

The chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino operator, Adelson owns more than half of the company, which realized $11.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to Bloomberg.

Mukesh Ambani Net Worth: $40.8 Billion

Source of wealth: Petrochemicals, oil and gas

Mukesh Ambani is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, the largest private sector corporation in India. Founded by his father, the diverse company has a variety of interests, including oil and gas and telecommunications.

Ambani also owns the Mumbai Indians professional cricket team and a residential property valued at more than $400 million, according to Bloomberg.

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Ma Huateng Net Worth: $44 Billion

Source of wealth: Internet media

Ma Huateng — also known as Pony Ma — is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings, a Chinese instant messaging service. Its online platforms include QQ, WeChat and Tenpay.

Considered one of the most valuable companies in the world, Tencent had a market cap of roughly $480 billion at the end of 2017, according to Yahoo Finance.

Alice Walton Net Worth: $45.4 Billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

Alice Walton owes her fortune to Walmart, but the philanthropist isn’t actually involved with the company. Instead, the heiress has become a patron of the arts and currently serves as chairwoman for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

She’s also a board member of the Walton Family Foundation, which founded the art museum.

S. Robson Walton Net Worth: $45.5 Billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

When Walmart founder Sam Walton passed away in 1992, his eldest son, S. Robson Walton, took over as chairman of the board and remained in that role until he retired in 2015.

Still a board member, he sold more than 775,000 shares of the company for $62.3 million in August 2017, according to CNBC.

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Jim Walton Net Worth: $45.7 Billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

Jim Walton — the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton — is the chairman and CEO of the family’s Arvest Bank Group, Inc., which has more than $16 billion in assets. He served on Walmart’s board of directors for more than 10 years but passed his seat down to his son, Steuart Walton, in 2016.

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Sergey Brin Net Worth: $48.9 Billion

Source of wealth: Google

Google co-founder Sergey Brin currently serves as president of Alphabet, its parent company. He previously helmed the elusive Google X division but shifted his focus to Alphabet following its 2015 launch. Although his net worth is high, Brin is one of the CEOs who actually make less money than you thought.

The entrepreneur also runs the Brin Wojcicki Foundation with his ex-wife Anne Wojcicki and has donated more than $160 million to research on Parkinson’s disease, according to Inside Philanthropy.

Michael Bloomberg Net Worth: $49.9 Billion

Source of wealth: Bloomberg LP

Michael Bloomberg co-founded financial information and media company Bloomberg LP in 1981. He still owns 88 percent of the firm, which realized more than $9 billion in revenue in 2016.

A major philanthropist, he returned to his CEO role in 2014 after completing his third and final term as mayor of New York City.

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David Koch Net Worth: $50.1 Billion

Source of wealth: Diversified

Along with his brother Charles, David Koch also owns 42 percent of Koch Industries. The executive vice president of the company — which makes Dixie Cups and Lycra, among other ventures — helms its chemical technology group. In 2015, Koch donated $150 million for an outpatient cancer center at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York City.

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Charles Koch Net Worth: $50.1 Billion

Source of wealth: Diversified

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, which has reined as America’s second-largest private company since 1967. He owns 42 percent of the business, which realized $100 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2016, according to Forbes.

His Charles Koch Foundation funds research and education at nonprofits, and more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide.

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Larry Page Net Worth: $50.2 Billion

Source of wealth: Google

Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 while pursuing their doctorate degrees in computer science at Stanford University. Page served as the company’s first CEO until 2001, when he became its president of projects. He resumed the role of CEO in 2011 and now runs Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

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Larry Ellison Net Worth: $58.7 Billion

One of the world’s richest billionaires, Larry Ellison co-founded software company Oracle in 1977. He stepped down as CEO in 2014 but still serves as chief technology officer and chairman of the board.

In 2016, the generous mogul donated $200 million to build a cancer center at the University of Southern California.

Carlos Slim Helu Net Worth: $65.3 Billion

Source of wealth: Telecom

The honorary chairman of America Movil — the largest mobile telecom company in Latin America — Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man in Mexico, according to Forbes.

An avid art collector, Slim’s portfolio also includes investments in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies. And he also owns 17 percent of The New York Times.

Bernard Arnault Net Worth: $65.6 Billion

Source of wealth: LVMH

Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault sits atop a luxury empire that spans 70 high-end brands, including Dom Perignon and Bulgari.

Chief executive since 1989, most of his fortune is held in Christian Dior stock, according to Forbes. This gives him a controlling interest in LVMH.

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Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth: $72.7 Billion

Source of wealth: Facebook

In 2004, Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook in his dorm room. Now chairman and CEO, he owns approximately 17 percent of the company, according to Forbes. NASDAQ listed its value at $529.3 billion as of Dec. 10, 2017.

Along with wife Priscilla Chan, the couple has vowed to give 99 percent of their wealth to charity, making Zuckerberg one of the most charitable billionaires on this list.

Amancio Ortega Net Worth: $76.5 Billion

Source of wealth: Zara

The richest person in the world for a few hours in August 2017, Amancio Ortega is the wealthiest man in Europe, according to Forbes.

The Spaniard co-founded Inditex — the parent company of Zara, one of the most valuable apparel brands in the world — in 1975 and generally earns more than $400 million in dividends per year. He’s also an avid real estate investor.

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Warren Buffett Net Worth: $85.8 Billion

Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

One of the world’s richest investors, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett bought his first stock at age 11. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, he co-founded The Giving Pledge in 2010, pledging 99 percent of his fortune to charity.

Known for his frugal lifestyle, Buffett resides in the Omaha, Neb., home he purchased for $31,500 in 1958.

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Bill Gates Net Worth: $90.9 Billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Previously the richest man in the world for 24 years straight, Bill Gates built his fortune by co-founding software giant Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975.

An avid philanthropist, he established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife in 2000 and stepped away from his day job at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on it.

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Jeff Bezos Net Worth: $99.8 Billion

Source of wealth: Amazon.com

In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in a garage in Seattle, and now he’s the richest person in the world. He serves as the company’s CEO, which ranked No. 3 on Forbes’ list of he World’s Largest Retailers in 2017. Bezos owns nearly 17 percent of the $427 billion online retailer, according to Forbes.

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Net worth information was sourced from Forbes on Dec. 11, 2017, and updates regularly.