Top 15 World’s Richest People as of 2008

In the year 2006, one of the headlines that surprised the world was when Warren Buffet donated half of his billions to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amounting to $37 Billions which is more than half of his worth.

Now, 2 years after, Warren Buffet still emerges as the World’s Richest Person with a worth of $62 Billions. Makes me truly believe of the Universal Law. That if you give away something, especially if its charity, something bigger will come back to you.

Back to the Top 15 Richest People of 2008, you will notice that 10 out of the 15 Richest People had no formal education, college or high school dropout. Even here in the Philippines, the multi millionaires that I know personally claim that they do not in any way excel in their academics.

What do these facts imply? That education has no direct effect on a person’s success in life. It’s how we cope with life.

#1 Warren Buffet
warren Age: 77

Fortune: self made

Source: Berkshire Hathaway

Net Worth: $62.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Omaha, Nebraska , United States, North America

Industry: Investments

Marital Status: widowed, remarried, 3 children

Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts / Science

Columbia University, Master of Science

#2 Carlos Slim Helu & family
warren Age: 68

Fortune: self made

Source: telecom

Net Worth: $60.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Mexico

Residence: Mexico City , Mexico, Latin America

Industry: Communications

Marital Status: widowed, 6 children

Education: NA

#3 William Gates III
warren Age: 52

Fortune: self made

Source: Microsoft

Net Worth: $58.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Medina, Washington , United States, North America

Industry: Software

Marital Status: married, 3 children

Education: Harvard University, Drop Out

#4 Lakshmi Mittal
warren Age: 57

Fortune: inherited and growing

Source: steel

Net Worth: $45.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: India

Residence: London , United Kingdom, Europe & Russia

Industry: Manufacturing

Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: St Xavier’s College Calcutta, Bachelor of Arts / Science

#5 Mukesh Ambani
warren Age: 50

Fortune: inherited and growing

Source: petrochemicals

Net Worth: $43.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: India

Residence: Mumbai , India, Asia & Australia

Industry: Manufacturing

Marital Status: married, 3 children

Education: University of Bombay, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Stanford University, Master of Business Administration

#6 Anil Ambani
warren Age: 48

Fortune: inherited

Source: diversified

Net Worth: $42.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: India

Residence: Mumbai , India, Asia & Australia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: University of Bombay, Bachelor of Arts / Science University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Master of Business Administration

#7 Ingvar Kamprad & family
warren Age: 81

Fortune: self made

Source: Ikea

Net Worth: $31.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Sweden

Residence: Lausanne , Switzerland, Europe & Russia

Industry: Retailing

Marital Status: married, 4 children

Education: NA

#8 KP Singh
warren Age: 76

Fortune: inherited and growing

Source: real estate

Net Worth: $30.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: India

Residence: Delhi , India, Asia & Australia

Industry: Real Estate

Marital Status: married, 3 children

Education: NA

#9 Oleg Deripaska
warren Age: 40

Fortune: self made

Source: Russian Aluminum

Net Worth: $28.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Russia

Residence: Moscow , Russia, Europe & Russia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: NA

#10 Karl Albrecht
warren Age: 88

Fortune: self made

Source: Aldi

Net Worth: $27.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Germany

Residence: Mulheim an der Ruhr , Germany, Europe & Russia

Industry: Retailing

Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: NA

#11 Li Ka-shing
warren Age: 79

Fortune: self made

Source: diversified

Net Worth: $26.5 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Residence: Hong Kong , Hong Kong, Asia & Australia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: widowed, 2 children

Education: High School, Drop Out

#12 Sheldon Adelson
warren Age: 74

Fortune: self made

Source: casinos, hotels

Net Worth: $26.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada , United States, North America

Industry: Gambling/Leisure

Marital Status: married, 5 children

Education: City College of New York, Drop Out

#13 Bernard Arnault
warren Age: 59

Fortune: inherited and growing

Source: LVMH

Net Worth: $25.5 bil

Country Of Citizenship: France

Residence: Paris , France, Europe & Russia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: married, 5 children

Education: Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, Bachelor of Arts / Science

#14 Lawrence Ellison
warren Age: 63

Fortune: self made

Source: Oracle

Net Worth: $25.0 bil

Country Of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Redwood City, California , United States, North America

Industry: Software

Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: University of Illinois, Drop Out

#15 Roman Abramovich
warren Age: 41

Fortune: self made

Source: oil

Net Worth: $23.5 bil

Country Of Citizenship: Russia

Residence: Moscow , Russia, Europe & Russia

Industry: Diversified

Marital Status: married, 5 children

Education: Drop Out

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Garry Zaldy de Castro is an advocate, Financial Advisor, Certified Investment Solicitor (Mutual Fund Representative), blogger, IT practitioner, husband to Aileen and a dad to Jacob and JohnD. He started Financial Planning Philippines in 2008 just to share his financial learning to friends, relatives and anyone who wishes to be financially independent.

12 comments

  1. dami nang galing sa india, which in fact ang daming poor don, imagine the movie, slumdog millionaire, child labor. yan ang india, pero, ang dami palang biliionaires.

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