21 Richest People In The World

The wealthiest people in the world control a staggering portion of the world economy and that is according to new data provided to Business Insider by Wealth-X which conducts research on the super-wealthy class people. Here are the billionaires with the deepest pockets around the globe from tech moguls and retail giants to heirs and heiresses around the world:

1. Bill Gates

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Bill Gates cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen at just 20 and the company went public making Bill Gates a billionaire months before his 31st birthday. Gates served as CEO of the software titan until late 2000 and was its chairman and largest shareholder until 2014.