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Wealth-X Reveals: The Wealthiest Heirs In The World

The Wealthiest Heirs In The World by Wealth-X

Of the 50 wealthiest people in the world, 17 individuals at least partially inherited their immense fortunes.

Wealth-X and Business Insider have collaborated to produce a definitive list of the 50 wealthiest people in the world. With a combined fortune of US$1.45 trillion, these 46 men and four women are collectively worth about the GDP of Australia. Two-thirds are self-made, including the four people at the very top of the list — Microsoft founder Bill Gates, retail king Amancio Ortega Gaona, mega-investor Warren Buffett and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

17 Of The Wealthiest Heirs In The World

However, 17 people on the list at least partially inherited their immense fortunes. Below, Wealth-X highlights the wealthiest heirs and heiresses on the planet.

David Koch
Age: 75
Country: US
Primary Company: Koch Industries
Industry: Diversified Investments
Net Worth*: US$47.4 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 5

Charles Koch
Age: 80
Country: US
Primary Company: Koch Industries
Industry: Diversified Investments
Net Worth: US$46.8 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 6

Jim Walton
Age: 67
Country: US
Primary Company: Arvest Bank Group
Industry: Retail
Net Worth: US$34.8 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 13

Samuel Walton
Age: 71
Country: US
Primary Company: Wal-Mart Stores
Industry: Retail
Net Worth: US$33.5 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 14

Alice Walton
Age: 66
Country: US
Primary Company: Wal-Mart Stores
Industry: Retail
Net Worth: US$33.2 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 15

Liliane Bettencourt
Age: 93
Country: France
Primary Company: L’Oreal Group
Industry: Cosmetics
Net Worth: US$29 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 17

Bernard Arnault
Age: 66
Country: France
Primary Company: LVMH
Industry: Luxury Goods
Net Worth: US$28.9 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 18

Forrest Mars Jr.
Age: 84
Country: US
Primary Company: Mars Inc.
Industry: Candy
Net Worth: US$28.6 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 19

Jacqueline Mars
Age: 76
Country: US
Primary Company: Mars Inc.
Industry: Candy
Net Worth: US$28.6 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 20

John Mars
Age: 80
Country: US
Primary Company: Mars Inc.
Industry: Candy
Net Worth: US$28.6 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 21

Stefan Persson
Age: 68
Country: Sweden
Primary Company: Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
Industry: Retail
Net Worth: US$26.7 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 22

Mukesh Ambani
Age: 58
Country: India
Primary Company: Reliance Industries
Industry: Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas
Net Worth: US$24.8 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 27

Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
Age: 60
Country: Saudi Arabia
Primary Company: Kingdom Holding Company
Industry: Diversified Investments
Net Worth: US$22.5 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 30

Georg Schaeffler
Age: 51
Country: Germany
Primary Company: Schaeffler Group
Industry: Manufacturing (Rolling Bearings)
Net Worth: US$22.2 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 31

Dieter Schwarz
Age: 76
Country: Germany
Primary Company: Schwarz Gruppe
Industry: Retail
Net Worth: US$20.9 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 33

Azim Premji
Age: 70
Country: India
Primary Company: Wipro
Industry: Technology
Net Worth: US$16.5 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 43

Laurene Jobs
Age: 52
Country: US
Primary Company: College Track
Industry: Media
Net Worth: US$14.4 billion
Ranking in Top 50: 48

*Note: all net worths listed above are as of January 20, 2016. Wealth-X’s dossiers for the most notable billionaires have real-time net worth valuations that may fluctuate from day to day based on changes in publicly listed equity share prices and changes in currency exchange rates.

Wealth-X Reveals: The Wealthiest Heirs In The World

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