It is always interesting to dive into researching the richest people. However, the statistics can vary from year to year, so below are the world’s wealthiest persons as it stands in 2021.
Richest men revealed
Jeff Bezos’ net worth is $192.3 billion. He is the founder of Amazon, a company he started in his garage when he lived in Seattle. The company has reaped the benefits of the coronavirus break-out as more people are shopping online.
Elon Musk is the second richest man in the world, with a worth of $182.9 billion. He aims to revolutionise transportation on Earth and space. His electric car maker, Tesla, now values at $342 billion and has become the most valuable automaker.
Bill Gates, the co-founder of the largest private charitable foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has a net worth of $122.0 billion. Gates founded the software Microsoft alongside Paul Allen, but ended up selling his stakes in the company retaining just 1% of the shares, whilst investing the rest in stocks.
Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire. Whilst being the co-founder, CEO and chairman of Facebook, his net worth is $99.8 billion.
Finally, Mukesh Ambani is classed as one of the richest men in the world, as he is the founder chairman of Reliance Industries. By running the biggest oil and gas companies in India, his net worth is estimated at around $81.8 billion.
Richest women revealed
Anne Wojcicki launched her company 23andMe in 2006. It is an industry surrounding genetic testing, in which the company can test the likelihood that you will get various diseases, such as cancer and motion sickness. Due to this incredible invention which costs $999, it was named Invention of the Year 2006. Now, the company is valued at $2.5 billion and has over 10 million customers.
Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss launched Rent the Runway in 2009, a company based around fashion. It allows customers to rent designer clothing for less money. It is valued at $1 billion as a company.
Dr Kathy Fields and Dr Katie Rodan are the founders of the company Proactiv. Their skincare treatment, specifically targeting acne-prone areas, has pulled in 20 million customers and leaves their business valued at $1 billion.
In 2014, Whitney Wolfe Herd created the dating app called Bumble, which is now worth $1 billion. She began as a co-founder and vice president of marketing at Tinder, however, then filed a lawsuit against her boss for sexual harassment and was driven to leave the company. Her app is hugely successful, with 35 million active users.
The product Spanx was launched in 2000 by Sara Blakely. Today her company is worth $1 billion. She has been named the youngest female self-made billionaire.
Richest celebrities aged 30 and under
It is also interesting to see the rankings of the wealth of those who we are influenced by in terms of social media. Their wealth does not necessarily concern the invention of products we now use daily. However, these celebrities have made money from promoting products and being involved in the creative industry, such as producing music or acting.
Kylie Jenner is one of the wealthiest stars outside of the UK. Her net worth is around $966 million, and she is only 23 years old. She has made money through her company Kylie Cosmetics, which is an established billion-dollar company.
Taylor Swift is the next wealthiest star from outside of the UK. Her Reputation Stadium Tour sold out and grossed $345.7 million in revenue from ticket sales and merchandise. It is the highest-grossing concert tour in the US and North American history. Her net worth is around $508 million.
Ed Sheeran is one of the top ten richest British celebrities aged 30 and under. With a net worth of $290 million, he has a successful career including winning Grammys, selling out stadium tours, and venues such as Wembley in London.
It is fascinating to view the differences between how the richest people in the world have attained their wealth. From Bill Gates creating the software Microsoft to Taylor Swift selling albums and selling out stadiums. From a gender perspective, it is interesting to view the contrast of net worth between male and female companies. Notice the masculine companies are worth more than those created by women. This is down to many factors, such as usage, accessibility and difference in the actual product.