The definition of success is very much open to interpretation but when it comes to entrepreneurs, it pretty much comes down to how many islands you own. In case you are considering heading down the entrepreneur path, here is some inspiration, the ten richest entrepreneurs currently on the planet. If you find it intimidating, just remember that it is always the first million that is the hardest to make or is the first billion?
Carlos Slim Helu.
Currently the richest cat out there; with a shocking 53.4 billion dollars to his name. His wealth has been amassed from a variety of places and he is the CEO of not only Telmex, America Movil but also Grupo Carso. He has also been known to dabble in telecommunications virtually redesigning the industry in both Mexico and Latin America.
Mr Bill Gates
He is consistently in the top ten and as a result is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the list. He is currently said to be in possession of 52 billion dollars despite a seemingly endless philanthropic crusade with massive donations to various non profits as well as the development of numerous foundations. If ever there is a reason to drop out of College, this guy is it. Interestingly enough, I have noticed that he is one of the few people in the world who has at one point had more billions of dollars in the bank than years lived.
Though perhaps not as famous as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet is actually respected by far more people. Throughout his life he has demonstrated an almost savant understanding of the stock market leading to frankly astronomical long term returns on numerous investments. Like Bill he has taken a liking for philanthropy when not working as the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.
Next on the list, Mr Ambani has played a key role in shaping his entire home country of India. He is one of the largest private sector conglomerates worldwide with as estimated net worth of 28 billion dollars. He is currently the chairman of reliance Industries
Another name that you are unlikely to have heard of, Mr Mittal is worth 27.5 billion dollars which probably more than makes up for his lack of fame outside of the country that he was born in, India. He has primarily made his money in the world of steel and is currently the chairman of one of the world’s largest steel making companies ArcelorMittal.
Surprisingly enough Mr Facebook is not in fact on the list and it is Mr. Ellison that is actually the richest guy in software at the amount. He is currently worth 27 billion and works as the CEO of the Oracle Corporation which is one of the largest software companies worldwide.
Mr Arnauld is a French business man who has applied his typically French style to a range of goods from cosmetics to beverages. He is not only the CEO of LVMH but also its chairman and founder. You may not have heard of LVMH but you are very likely to have heard the brands that form parts of it including Dior and Louis Vuitton. He is currently worth just shy of 27 billion.
Mr Batista is a far more traditional type of entrepreneur having founded many different companies. He has primarily made money within the mining field, is a Brazilian national and is currently worth 26 billion dollars.
Mr Ortego is the second richest man in Europe having founded and currently chairing Industria de Diseno Textil. When he is not busy being a billionaire entrepreneur, he is a fashion designer. He is currently worth 25 billion dollars.
If you have not heard of him before, you are at least likely to have been to one of his shops should you live in Europe. Along with his brother he founded Aldi which has grown to the extent that he is now the richest man in Germany with 23 billion dollars in the bank.