This post was most recently updated on March 20th, 2020
The United States is home to some of the richest people in the world. The country has been catering to the rich population which is helping its economy flourish in the international arena. One thing that is common among these richest men in the US is that all of them primarily work in tech. They have gone ahead and made a fortune out of investing and maintaining their own companies including Microsoft and Facebook. So much so that among the top ten richest people in the world, seven are from the United States. These rich men donate millions for causes and things they care about, from equal rights to eradication of dangerous diseases.
Here is a list of America’s Top ten richest men:
1. Jeff Bezos
Bezos is a true inspirational personality. He started his business out of a company garage back in 1994 with a typical start up that eventually became the world famous e-commerce giant, Amazon. Not just that, the amazon founder also happens to have another startup, Blue Origin, an aerospace company that develops re-usable rockets to take passengers into space. He has five mansions and a 290,000 acre ranch, he is also worth an estimated $114 billion. He lives with his wife and four children in Medina, Washington.
Net worth: $109.9 Billion
Bill Gates has always been on the top list of affluent people. He is a sensational entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft at his very early age. Since his school time, he was highly focused and interest in computers and even created a traffic data system. The self-made man became the richest person when he was 31 years old after his company Microsoft went public back in 1986. Also, a humble person who believes in philanthropy and founded The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with his lovely wife in 2000. He is worth around $106 billion, living in Washington around the same neighborhood as Jeff Bezos.
Net Worth: $93.3 Billion
Probably, the only richest man in the USA who does not come from a tech background. Unlike others on the list, he is the CEO of the investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway and is well known by the name ‘Oracle of Omaha’. He is known for his valuable contribution in holding stocks in the market for long and also gets his wealth from an 18% stake in the business. He is worth an estimated net worth of $87.2 billion.
He bought his first set of stocks at the age of 11, and by age 13, he filed his first tax return with a $35 deduction for his bicycle.
Industry: Finance and Investments
Net Worth: $87.2 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg is a Harvard dropout who started his own company in the field of technology. He is the proud co-founder and CEO of Facebook, one of the largest social media platforms used by millions all over the globe. He is worth an estimated $77.5 billion and lives with his wife and two daughters in California. Along with his wife, Mark started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative by donating $3 billion to cure diseases and develop new technology for researchers. They also went ahead and established a “Biohub” at the University of California to instill collaboration among researchers.
Net Worth: $77.5 Billion
Another entrepreneur, who made a fortune out his intellect and dedication. Larry Page,44, the co-founder of Google is also the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Under Page’s guidance, Google has invested and flourished in hundreds of startups. He was fascinated by computers from a very young age picking up tech from his parents. He resides in Palo Alto with his happy wife who is a research scientist and their two children.
Net worth: $54.9 Billion
The owner of an entire island in Hawaii, Ellison is another Harvard dropout who co-founded Oracle and owns very interesting things such as, a sailing team, New York Times reports and much more. He decided to drop out of medicine and started by working as a computer programmer and a rock-climb instructor. He has donated over $330 million foraging and related diseases for research and assistance. Additionally, he owns properties in San Francisco, Rhode Island, Japan, Malibu, and Lake Tahoe.
Net worth: $54.7 Billion
Worth over $53.3 billion, he made his fortune in the tech industry as a co-founder of Google along with Larry Page. After facing Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, he came to the US and headed up a division of the company, Google X apart from being the President of Alphabet in 2015. After he got to know that he has a genetic mutation predisposing him to Parkinson, he donated $50 million for research and development.
Net worth: $53.3 Billion
He co-founded media and financial information company, Bloomberg in 1981 and also a politician. He put seed funding for the company and now owns 88% of it. Having done his MBA from Harvard, he is also an active philanthropist who donated $8 billion to gun control and climate change. He was also the Mayor of New York City for 12 years, as one of the few to have survived that long as Mayor.
After dropping out of Stanford’s MBA program, Steve joined Microsoft as an employee and became the CEO to lead the company for the amount of 14 years. When he retired from Microsoft, he bought the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers for two billion dollars. Apart from being a tech expert, he also believes in giving back to society. He has donated over $2 billion into funds focused on getting Americans out of poverty and other issues. In 2018, he also invested in Social solutions that helped the governmental organization and NGOs for software development.
Being the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, he remains to be the richest among them in spite of giving away 1.2 billion dollars in Walmart stock. All thanks to his estimated 44 % stake in Arvest Bank. He gave his seat in Walmart to his son, Stuart in 2016 after leading it for over a decade. Currently, he and other heirs of Sam Walton own about half of Walmart’s stock. In 2016, Jim and Alice, his sister helped in building charter school facilities to provide high-quality education to children. The Walton family foundation has been working tirelessly towards providing a better future for young American children.
All these successful people are mostly who work in tech. And almost all of them built their fortunes by starting their own companies and maintaining ownership as they soared to success, including Facebook and Microsoft.