Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the richest of them all?
Fortunately you don’t need to gaze into a mirror to find out the answer, although wouldn’t it be great if you were the world’s richest person staring back at yourself? Would you like to be the world’s richest person? What a title!
Somebody, somewhere in the world has to be the richest. You may think you know the answer. But maybe that was until a few years ago, when they were knocked from the top spot by another hyper-wealthy individual. From what I’ve seen over the years, the list changes often – as do the ever-increasing levels of wealth. In some ways it’s inspiring to see, in others it’s almost incomprehensible compared to your own modest wealth efforts.
Here’s the current list, courtesy of Forbes, of the 500 Richest People in the World 2015. Household names such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg will probably jump straight out at you, but what about the others, the people you’ve probably never heard of? While there’s no doubt they are all seriously wealthy, and the source of their wealth is noted, an interesting question for me is: What did they start out with?
Something I’d like to focus on in future posts in Wealth Tortoise are some inspiring case studies of people who started out from nothing and built vast fortunes. I find it’s always quite grounding to remember there was a time when many of these people had less money than I do…
Watch out Carlos!