Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos shook up the rankings of the world's wealthiest on Thursday, narrowly surpassing Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Scroll through to for a countdown listing Forbes' top list of billionaires.
One half of the Koch brothers, Koch is chairman and CEO to Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the United States. He splits control of the company with brother David.
9. Bernard Arnault
Net worth: $53.2 billion
The CEO of LVMH, Arnault oversees 70 luxe retail brands, including Dom Perignon, Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Tag Huer, not to mention 3,900 other retailers. (Yes, that's Karl Lagerfeld he's pictured with here).
8. Michael Bloomberg
Net worth: $53.3 billion
Bloomberg still retains an 88% stake in Bloomberg LP, the media and financial informations company he founded. He's donated more than $4 billion towards gun control and climate change.
7. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $61.3 billion
The Oracle co-founder is another college dropout. He got his start building databases for the CIA and now still serves at Oracle as chairman and chief technology officer.
6. Carlos Slim Helu
Net worth: $68.6 billion
Helu heads Mexico's largest mobile telecom firm, America Movil. He's also involved in real estate, construction consumer goods and mining companies, making him Mexico's richest man.
5. Mark Zuckerburg
Net worth: $70.2 billion
For a Harvard dropout, the Facebook founder and CEO is doing pretty well. He and his wife have pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes.
4. Warren Buffet
Net worth: $74.3 billion
One of Gates' good friends, Buffet is known as one of the most successful investors ever. Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 60 companies.
3. Amancio Ortega
Net worth: $83.5 billion
Ortega co-founded the parent company to popular fast-fashion retailer Zara, Inditex. He's the wealthiest man in Europe.
2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $89.7 billion
The Microsoft cofounder co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife; it's the world's largest charitable foundation.