Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has been ranked as the 13th richest person in the world by the Forbes magazine. With a net worth of USD 50 billion, Ambani has gone up from 19th position of the Forbes World's Billionaire list last year, when his worth was USD 40.1 billion
The top slot in the list has been retained by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with a net worth of USD 131 billion.
"Ambani chairs and runs USD 60 billion (revenue) oil and gas giant Reliance Industries, among India's most valuable companies,” Forbes said.
Other Indian names included in the top 100 of the list are Wipro chairman Azim Premji (36th position, net worth of USD 22.6 billion, HCL co-founder Shiv Nadar (82nd position, net worth of USD 14.4 billion), and ArcelorMittal chairman Lakshmi Mittal (91st, USD 14.1 billion).
Here is the list of 20 richest billionaires in the world
Jeff Bezos: Jeff Bezos continues to hold the post of world’s richest person. The Amazon founder’s riches swelled by $19 billion in one year and is now worth $131 billion, Forbes said
Bill Gates: Bill Gates, 63, saw his wealth grow to $96.5 billion, up from 90 billion last year, said Forbes. Bill Gates and wife Melinda, chair the world’s largest private charitable foundation – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Warren Buffet: Warren Buffett saw fortunes slipping by $1.5 billion to $82.5 billion, the magazine said. Known as the “Oracle of Ohama,” Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 companies. He has promised to give away over 99 per cent of his fortune.
Bernard Arnault: Bernard Arnault, CEO of French luxury good company, LVMH, held on to the fourth position. With a net worth of $76 Billion, Arnault oversees an empire of 70 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora. His company, LVMH, posted record sales and profits in 2018
Carlos Slim Helu: Mexico’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu, comes next on the list with $64 Billion worth. He and his family control America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm.
Amancio Ortega: Amancio Ortega is one of the world’s wealthiest retailer. A pioneer in fast fashion, he co-founded Inditex, known for its Zara fashion chain, with his ex-wife in 1975. Ortega typically earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.
Larry Ellison: Larry Ellison, the Oracle founder is seventh on the list. He gave up the Oracle CEO role in 2014 but still serves as chairman of the board and chief technology officer. Ellison joined Tesla’s board in December 2018, after purchasing 3 million Tesla shares earlier that year.
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost $9 billion in net worth to slip from fifth to the eighth position, in this year’s list due to controversies related to fake new and Facebook data breach scandal.
Michael Bloomberg: Bloomberg CEO, Michael Bloomberg, is next on the list with a net worth of $55.5 billion. An active philanthropist, he has donated more than $5 billion to gun control, climate change and other causes. He plans to spend at least $500 million to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
Larry Page: Larry Page, who is at the helm of Google’s parent company – Alphabet, is the tenth richest person with $50.8 billion net worth. Page was Google’s first CEO until 2001. After serving as president of products, he took the CEO job again in 2011.
Charles Koch: Charles Koch has been chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, America’s second largest private company by revenue, since 1967. The diversified company has some $110 billion in revenues from businesses including pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, and Stainmaster carpet.
David Koch: David Koch shares majority control of Koch Industries, with brother Charles. A well-known philanthropist, David is a donor to New York’s Lincoln Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Both brothers have a net worth of $50.5 billion.
Mukesh Ambani: The only Indian among the top 20 richest persons, Mukesh Ambani jumped six positions to rank 13th on the list. Ambani, 61, saw wealth soar from $40.1 billion in 2018 when he was placed 19th richest in the world, to $50 billion to be rank at 13th in 2019.
Sergey Brin: Sergey Brin, is the president tech giant Alphabet, the parent firm of Google. He has a net worth of $49.8 billion.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers: L’Oreal Heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, 65, is the richest woman in the world, with a net worth of $49.3 billion. Bettencourt Meyers and her family own 33% of L’Oreal stock.
Jim Walton: At the 15th position is Jim Walton, the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He runs the family’s Arvest Bank, which boasts assets of more than $16 billion. Collectively Jim and other heirs of Sam Walton own about half of Walmart’s stock.
Alice Walton: Jim’ sister Alice Walton is next on the list. She is the chairman of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has focused on curating art, rather than working for Walmart like her siblings, Rob and Jim. Her personal art collection is valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Rob Walton: The third sibling on the block, Rob Walton, is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He ran the retailer for nearly 25 years; he first took over as chairman upon his father’s death in 1992. He retired as chairman in June 2015 and was replaced by his son-in-law, Greg Penner. He still sits on Walmart’s board.
Steve Ballmer: Steve Ballmer, is the former CEO of Microsoft, who led the company from 2000 to 2014. Ballmer oversaw Microsoft at a difficult time after the first dot.com crash and through efforts to catch Google in search and Apple in mobile phones. Currently, he owns the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
Ma Huateng: Also known as Pony Ma, Ma Huateng chairs Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings. Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat has more than 1 billion users.