Forbes Billionaire List

Who are these people?

March 6, 2019

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What's that saying "You can never be too thin or too rich?" That must be tattooed or up on some plaque for this group of people. Forbes released their annual billionaire list and according to the report, collectively the group is down about $400 Billion dollars for a variety of reasons. Wait, let me grab a tissue. Seriously, while no one is shedding a tear for their drop in income, I find it fascinating to read their bio's and how they got so wealthy.

Here's a quick taste for you if you're like me and more curious than envious. ~grace

  • Jeff Bezos was named the world’s wealthiest individual for the second year running. The Amazon founder and CEO, who became the list’s first “centi-billionaire” last year, is worth an estimated $131 billion, up $19 billion from the previous year. Bezos benefited from the e-commerce giant’s soaring stock price in the past year.
  • Kylie Jenner was named the world’s youngest self-made billionaire – at just 21 years old. The founder of Kylie Cosmetics made the list for the first time after her company generated $360 million in sales last year and Forbes valued her enterprise at a cool $1 billion

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg fell to eighth place, dropping three spots on the list after a tumultuous year at the social network drove down the company’s stock price and shrunk his estimated wealth by $8.7 billion to $62.3 billion.
  • Bill Gates came in at No. 2 with $96.5 billion. Gates could’ve been No. 1 again — the Microsoft founder had made it to the top of the Forbes’ list 12 times since 2001 — if he hadn’t donated $35.8 billion to his foundation, Forbes said.
  • Warren Buffett came in third place, even though his net worth fell by $1.5 billion to $82.5 billion.

Now the one I found particularly intersting because I am a TWITTER freak, is their CEO Jack Dorsey. His worth is at $5.1 billion. He co founded Twitter in 2006 and returned as CEO in 2015. Now, he also co founded SQUARE in 2009 and went public with it 2015. So with all this success surely his background is business or tech right? Wrong. Dorsey is a certified masseur who also "dabbled in fashion design."

Wow! So that just goes to prove you can be anything you want if you just put your mind to it and never give up. ~grace