America is the land of the self-made billionaire, with 14 claiming honors among the top 25 richest entrepreneurs in the world, and six landing within the top 10, according to Wealth-X.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is at the pinnacle, with an estimated net worth of nearly $86 billion. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is second, with an estimated fortune of $70 billion.
Combined, the 14 Americans in the top 25 have a net worth greater than the GDP of Norway — at $514.2 billion — and technology rules the day.
Aside from Gates, familiar tech names such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos are comfortably within the top 10.
Top 10 richest entrepreneurs
|Rank||Name||Nationality||Estimated net worth|
|1||William Gates III||United States||$85.7 billion|
|2||Warren Buffett||United States||$70.1 billion|
|3||Amancio Ortega||Spain||$65 billion|
|4||Lawrence Ellison||United States||$51.5 billion|
|5||Ingvar Kamprad||Sweden||$48.1 billion|
|6||Jeffrey Bezos||United States||$39.8 billion|
|7||Carlos Slim||Mexico||$35.4 billion|
|8||Mark Zuckerberg||United States||$35.3 billion|
|9||Wang Jianlin||China||$35.2 billion|
|10||Michael Bloomberg||United States||$33.7 billion|
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