The Top 25 Self-Made Billionaires In the World

The Top 25 Self-Made Billionaires In the World

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1. Bill Gates

2. Warren Buffett

3. Amancio Ortega

4. Larry Ellison

5. Ignvar Kamprad

6. Jeff Bezos

7. Carlos Slim

8. Mark Zuckerberg

9. Wang Jianlin

10. Michael Bloomberg

11. Larry Page

12. Sergey Brin

13. Lee Shau Kee

14. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

15. Jorge Paulo Lemann

16. Jack Ma (Yun Ma)

17. Sheldon Adelson

18. George Soros

19. Leonardo Del Vecchio

20. Carl Icahn

21. Steve Ballmer

22. Phil Knight

23. Patrick Drahi

24. Li Ka Shing

25. Leonard Blavatnik

United States <br> $85.7 billion<br> Co-founder, Microsoft<br>
United States <br> $70.1 billion<br> Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway<br>
Spain <br> $65.0 billion<br> Co-founder, Zara <br>
United States <br> $51.5 billion<br> Founder, Oracle <br>
Sweden<br> $48.1 billion<br> Founder, Ikea<br>
United States <br> $39.8 billion <br> Founder, Amazon <br>
Mexico <br> $35.4 billion<br> Mexican telecom and real estate mogul <br>
United States <br> $35.3 billion <br> Co-founder and CEO, Facebook <br>
China <br> $35.2 billion <br> Commerce real estate and ecommerce entrepreneur <br>
United States <br> $33.7 billion<br> Founder, Bloomberg and former Mayor of New York City<br>
United States <br> $31.3 billion<br> Co-founder, Google <br>
United States <br> $29.1 billion<br> Co-founder, Google
Hong Kong<br> $28.3 billion<br> Hong Kong real estate mogul<br>
Saudi Arabia <br> $28.3 billion<br> Saudi investor, global hotelier <br>
Brazil <br> $27.0 billion<br> Co-founder and board Member of 3G Capital <br>
China <br> $26.7 billion<br> Founder, Alibaba Group
United States <br> $26.0 billion<br> Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands
United States <br> $24.8 billion<br> Chairman and founder, Soros Fund Management
Italy <br> $23.0 billion<br> Founder, Luxottica
United States <br> $22.8 billion<br> Founder, Icahn Capital Management
United States<bR> $22.4 billion<br> Retired CEO of Microsoft
United States <br> $21.6 billion<br> Chairman, Nike
France/Israel <br> $21.0 billion<br> Founder, Altice
Hong Kong <br> $20.1 billion<br> Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa
United States <br> $20.1 billion<br> Chairman and founder, Access Industries
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This story was originally published on June 17, 2015.

Wealth is inspiring. But wealth created from nothing is the stuff that startup dreams are made of.

Entrepreneurs working to launch or grow their business have to power through late nights, early mornings, and waking up in the middle of the night thinking about what still needs doing. That constant hustle can leave a wake of stress and anxiety. Getting through it requires a great deal of focus and ambition, and sometimes, a little reminder that some of the most powerful people in the world started out just like you.

Bill Gates, the legendary founder of tech giant Microsoft, is the wealthiest of the elite self-made billionaires club, with an estimated net worth of $85.7 billion, according to a list released today by Wealth-X, a Singapore-based firm that compiles research on the ultra wealthy. Second to Gates is Warren Buffett, the guru-investor with a net worth just north of $70 billion. And rounding out the top three positions is Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of the fast-fashion dynasty Zara, who has a net worth of $65 billion.

Related: The Wild and Crazy Career Paths of 5 Self-Made Billionaires (Infographic)

The list of self-made billionaires is living proof of that oft romanticized notion of the American Dream. Of the top 25 wealthiest self-made billionaires, 14 are American entrepreneurs. Taken together, those 14 entrepreneurs are worth $514.2 billion. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the economic output of Norway, according to Wealth-X.

The tech sector also makes a strong showing on the list with the likes of Larry Ellison of Oracle taking the fourth spot and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook taking the eighth spot.

Have a spin through the list of 25 below. Rev your ambition engine and get your startup dreams going.

Related: Jolt Yourself Out of Your Routine. That Billion-Dollar Business Idea Could Be Waiting.

Edition: July 2017

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