Let’s not kid ourselves. We’ve all dreamed about being so rich that we never have to look at a price tag anymore. So rich that we could travel every place on earth. So rich that we couldn’t spend our entire fortune in a lifetime.

There are two types of billionaires: those who inherited their wealth and those who built it from nothing. Here, we will focus on the last ones.

Let’s use as a reference the Forbes real-time list of the world’s richest self-made billionaires, as of 2021.


10. Sergey Brin

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Sergey Brin is the co-founder and a member board of Google. He studied advanced degrees in computer science at Stanford University, where he met Larry Page (also co-founder f Google). He stepped down as president of Alphabet – the parent company of Google – in December 2019. Yet, he remains a board member. Brin is allegedly funding a high-tech airship project.o

Net Worth: $87.4B


9. Zhong Shanshan

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Zhong Shanshan controls not only Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy but also the chairs of Nongfu Spring – a bottled water company. He dropped out of elementary school during China’s chaotic Cultural Revolution. Before starting his own business, he had several jobs like a construction worker, a beverage sale agent, and a newspaper reporter.  

Net Worth: $87.8B


8. Larry Ellison 

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Larry Ellison is chairman, chief technology officer (CTO), and co-founder of Oracle – the software giant – of which he owns about 35.4%. Oracle has grown by its acquisitions of software companies, the largest of which was $9.3 billion for Netsuite in 2016. Ellison never finished college; instead, he started building databases for the CIA. Also, Ellison joined Tesla’s board in December 2018.   

Net Worth: $88.4B


7. Larry Page

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Larry Page is the co-founder and board member of Google. Specifically, he was CEO until 2001 when Eric Schmidt took over. Then, from 2011 until 2015, he became CEO of Google’s new parent company Alphabet. He is also funding ”flying car” startups Kitty Hawk and Opener. 

Net Worth: $89.7B


6. Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett – known as Oracle of Omaha – is CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 companies including, insurer Geico, Duracell, and restaurant chain Dairy Queen. One thing that stands out is his desire to do something positive for the world with his money. That’s why in 2010, he and Bill Gates launched the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to donate part of their income to charitable causes. 

Net Worth: $93.4B


5. Mark Zuckerberg 

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We all know Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook – and currently, he owns about 15% of the stock. He started Facebook while studying at Harvard University in 2004 at the age of 19. But, he took it public in May 2012. In December 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife (Priscilla Chan) pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes. 

Net Worth: $97.3B


4. Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is an American businessman, computer scientist, and philanthropist, known for having created and founded, together with Paul Allen, the Microsoft Company. He is also known for having created, also with Paul Allen, the Windows operating system for computers. However, in mid-march 2020, he stepped down as a board member of Microsoft – he owns just over 1% of shares – and invested in several stocks and other assets. Also, he is the co-founder – with his wife Melinda – of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – the world’s largest private charitable foundation. 

Net Worth: $123B


3. Bernard Arnault

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Bernard Arnault is a French businessman. He’s the CEO of LVMH, Moet Hennessy, and Louis Vuitton. Also, he is the richest man in France. LVMH spent $3.2 billion in 2019 for luxury hospitality group Belmond. In the same year, LVMH struck a deal to buy U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co for $16.2 billion, believed to be the largest acquisition of a luxury brand in history.

Net Worth: $158.1B


2. Elon Musk 

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Elon Musk is a South African physicist, entrepreneur, and inventor; naturalized Canadian and American. He is co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Hyperloop, SolarCity, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and OpenAI. Also, he is CEO of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, chairman of SolarCity, and co-chairman of OpenAI.

Net Worth: $166.1B


1. Jeff Bezos 

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Jeff Bezos, it’s not only the founder but The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amazon – founded in 1994 – To date, He owns an 11.1% stake. He studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1986. However, Amazon is not Bezos’ only source of income. He also owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, among others.   

Net Worth: $186.9B