Who is the Richest Person in the World?
The richest person in the world is Bill Gates.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is currently the world’s richest man. He had temporarily lost that position to Carlos Slim of Mexico in 2009, but regained it in 2013, as his company’s shares surged to a five-year high. In 2008, however he was ranked third.
The fact that Bill Gates’ position on the list keeps changing is in reality due to his extreme philanthropy. In 2000, he co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with his wife. The foundation has since donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs. In fact, according to an Associated Press report, by 2011, Gates had given away more than one-third of his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates was born William Henry "Bill" Gates III and is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, and is the company’s chairman. Microsoft has gone on to become the world’s largest personal-computer software company.
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