The Richest Person in the World Revealed

The richest person in the world is one of tech's biggest names, beating Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet to the top spot.

Elon Musk at a conference.
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When it comes to who gets the top spot as the richest person in the world, there's a constant battle of the billionaires. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos spring to mind when talking about the rich and wealthy but surprisingly, although these famous A-listers have personal fortunes worth billions and are the faces behind big name companies such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN), neither of them takes the top spot on the Forbes "Real-Time Billionaires List" tracking the richest people in the world. 

Americans "dominate the billionaires ranks" with 16 out of the top 25 spots, says Forbes. Other household names that have made it onto the Forbes rich list include Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett, but where do they rank and who is the richest person in the world?

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Vaishali Varu

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University, UK. She has worked for her local news outlet, the Leicester Mercury as well as writing personal finance stories for digital publications, The Money Edit, MoneyWeek and GoodToKnow. When she is not writing about money-saving, deals, finance hacks and other personal finance topics, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.

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