In 2017 the Oxfam report concluded that the top eight wealthiest people on the planet have as much combined capital as the poorest half of the world's population. Great wealth has come to these men--for there are no women on the list this year--through advances in technology, retailing, internet sales, and a diverse portfolio of investments. The most recent Forbes listing of the world's wealthiest people included 2,208 billionaires, a record, with the total wealth estimated at $9.1 trillion.


10. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business magnate. He is the chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited. Ambani’s late father, Dhirubhai, founded Reliance Industries as a small textile manufacturer in 1966. Now the oil and gas giant is one of India’s most valuable companies by its market value. Today, Ambani is worth $57 billion.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance released telecom inventor and global entrepreneur, Sam Pitroda's autobiography, Dreaming Big Rubina A. Khan / Getty Images Contributor

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