Here’s How Some of The Richest People in The World Became Billionaires


Becoming a billionaire through inheritance depends on which family you’re born into but becoming a billionaire through hard work and dedication. That is something incredible and takes years to achieve. There are many names in our world today of people who built themselves and an empire around them from scratch.

Names like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, etc are all people who started with nothing but in their minds they came up with ideas that no just changed their lives for the better but also the world. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the world’s richest people and how they reached the top.

1Richard Branson

Richard Branson started the brand Virgin at age 20. He started by opening a music store, then a series of insurance companies and then movie industry organizations. In 1984 he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and in 2004 he opened Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company. Today he owns more than 400 companies and his net worth is around $5 billion.


Richard Branson

2Sergey Brin and Larry Page

It began as a research project in 1996 by two friends, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Both were at the time Ph.D. students at Stanford University in Stanford, California. It was during this project that the two decided to develop a new system that analyzed the relationships among websites. This algorithm was termed as ‘PageRank’ and was the first step towards Google. On September 15th, 1997 the domain name for Google was registered and the rest is history.


Sergey Brin and Larry Page

3Google today

Today, Larry Page’s net worth is $51.1 billion and he is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. which is Google’s parent company. Sergey Brin’s net worth is $50.1 billion and he is the president of Alphabet Inc. Alphabet’s net worth as of 2019 is $775.32 billion. Together the two made the company into something way bigger than they were expecting.


Google today

4Jack Ma

Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba Group. He struggled to find a job after finishing his education. In 1995 he went to the US and returned home with the idea of setting up an internet-based company. The company started turning profitable from 2002 onwards and by 2012, the net profit of the company was about $15 billion. His present net worth is around $41 billion.


Jack Ma

5Ralph Lauren

His real name is Ralph Rueben Lifshitz. His family were struggling Jewish immigrants from Belarus. Ralph Lauren started his clothing line at age 30. Today, the company makes furniture, textiles, pet accessories apart from luxury clothing and perfumes.  In 2007, Ralph Lauren was given the prestigious Fashion Legend Award. Today he is 73 years old and his net worth is around $6 billion.


Ralph Lauren


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