Trying to decide who is the richest person in the world is more difficult that you might think.
At first thought you might go with people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Jeff Bezos. And that might be the case. But what if the real richest person in the world is not on anyone’s radar? Maybe that person is in the shadows. Has so much money that he or she is able to hide from the public? It could be true and many people believe that to be the case?
Is it Bill Gates? He seems to have made his money the old-fashioned way: he earned it. The story of how is instructive.
Gates started Microsoft in 1975, at the age of 20, while he was still at Harvard. Most people who start companies are older than that; they’ve had more experience and they’ve had time to save up money. Most people who start companies also aren’t still in college. Not only did Gates not have much money, but he had to spend a lot of time at Harvard, so he couldn’t devote all his time to starting the company. He founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, who was a few years older, and Allen seems to have played a key role during those early years–but even Allen didn’t leave Boston for Seattle until 1978, three years after the company was founded.
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. [Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]”―
Is it Jeff Bezos? As of August of 2021, Forbes lists him as the richest. And as the top dog and founder of Amazon, who would be surprised if this was true? His net worth was estimated to be $186.1 Billion, edging out Bernard Arnault and Elon Musk.
How About Vladimir Putin?
In 2017, Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital, told a senate committee that Putin was the richest man in the world with a net worth of $200 billion. How much more is that figure now? Other estimated of his wealth put it more in the $70 billion range. So, the bottom line is that nobody knows. And Putin isn’t talking. But knowing that he apparently gets a cut of every big thing that happens in Russia, nobody would be surprised if he was the richest.
Who is the Richest Person in the World Today?
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranks the world’s 500 richest people on a daily basis at the end of trading for the day in New York. As of today, February 24, 2022, they list Elon Musk, at $207 billion as #1 with Jeff Bezos over $30 billion behind.
As you can see, answering the question who is the richest person in the world is complicated. Is it Musk or Bezos? Is it Putin? Maybe, as some speculate, it is an under the radar person that we don’t have any public knowledge of? We may never know for sure.
Retired from the real world after several careers. But thinking back, college was a lot of fun. And researching various topics for debate team was one of my favorite things to do. On this little website I get to research anything that catches my attention. How fun is that! Add in a little commentary and opinion for good measure. And that’s it!