Top 20 Entrepreneur celebrities in the world

Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Entrepreneur celebrities [Updated April 19, 2021].

1. John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller net worth 2020
John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richford, United States.
He was often considered the wealthiest person in history, even after adjustments were made for inflation. In 1916, he became America's first billionaire.

Net Worth 2020: $340 Billion

2. Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie net worth 2020
Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland.
He was ruthless, but also incredibly philanthropic, writing an article, The Gospel of Wealth, in 1889 that urged his fellow businessmen to use their wealth to advance and improve society.

Net Worth 2020: $310 Billion

3. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos net worth 2020
Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964 in Albuquerque, United States.
He invested $42 million in the Clock of the Long Now, which was mechanized to keep time for 10,000 years. He was named "richest man in modern history" after his net worth went up to $150 billion in July 2018.

Net Worth 2020: $200 Billion

June 1998 – $1 billion for the first time

June 1999 – $10 billion

July 2015 – $50 billion

January 2018 – $100 billion

July 2018 – $150 billion

September 2018 – $170 billion

January 2019 – Jeff announces he is divorcing his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie. Clearly the outcome of this divorce will have an enormous impact on Jeff's $150 billion net worth.

April 4, 2019 – Jeff and MacKenzie announced that they had reached an amicable resolution of their divorce where she will be given $36 billion worth of Amazon stock. Jeff will retain 75% of his former stake and will have voting control over MacKenzie's shares. She will not have any ownership in The Washington Post or Jeff's space company Blue Origin. It's unclear how the couple decided to split their various homes and jets. Jeff's net worth immediately following the announcement became $114 billion.

March 9, 2020 – $111 billion

July 1, 2020 – $172 billion

July 9, 2020 – $190 billion

August 26, 2020 – $202 billion

If you're keeping track, it took Jeff just three years to become a billionaire after launching in 1995. It took him 20 years to make $50 billion, but then only 2.5 years to make his second $50 billion, for a total of $100 billion. And then it only took 7 months to make his third $50 billion, for a total of $150 billion. And then he lost $36 billion in an instant with the stroke of a pen.

In the 20 years since Amazon went public, Bezos has sold at least $70 billion worth of his shares. He sells roughly $1 billion worth of shares every year as part of a planned stock sale arrangement.

The day Amazon went public, Amazon's stock topped out at $18 and Jeff was left with a net worth of $12 billion. At the peak of the dotcom bubble, Amazon stock topped $106 per share. After the bubble burst, Amazon's stock price sank to an all-time low of $5 per share in October of 2001. At that point, Jeff's net worth sank to $2 billion. At various times in recent history, a single share of Amazon traded for more than $2050. So, if you had been smart enough to take $10,000 and buy shares of Amazon in October of 2001, could have had $4.1 million before counting any dividends that they may have issued.

4. Henry Ford

Henry Ford net worth 2020
Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 in Greenfield, United States.
He was not the inventor of the automobile. However, he made automobiles affordable for middle-class Americans.

Net Worth 2020: $200 Billion

5. Cornelius Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt net worth 2020
Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on May 27, 1794 in Staten Island, United States.
He was a renowned philanthropist and used part of his fortune to start a famous university that bore his name.

Net Worth 2020: $185 Billion

6. Bill Gates

Bill Gates net worth 2020
Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, United States.
He attended Lakeside School where the Mothers Club used garage-sale proceeds to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR computer. This was the computer he learned to program on.

Net Worth 2020: $125 Billion

Bill Gates has sold at least $40 billion in Microsoft stock and collected over $12 billion in dividends since the company's IPO in 1986. He used that money to create the holding company Cascade Investment which has continued to grow and includes investments in companies such as Canadian National Railway and AutoNation. Gates is quite a philanthropist and donated a $3.3 billion payout he received in 2004 to his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He still has a 1.3 percent stake in Microsoft.

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Salary 2020: $1 Million

7. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg net worth 2020
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, United States.
He became the world's youngest billionaire after founding a social media site in 2004. In 2015 he was worth over $30 billion.

Net Worth 2020: $107 Billion

Facebook IPO'd on May 18, 2012, at roughly $38 dollars a share. Mark owns 400 million shares of Facebook. That means at the IPO he ended the day with a paper net worth of around $15 billion.

Mark has pledged to give away 99 percent of his wealth during his lifetime. In September 2017 he announced a plan to regularly sell off chunks of his shares to fund his foundation, the CZI (Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative). His 2018 share sales generated $5.3 billion worth of proceeds. In 2019 he sold $1.86 billion worth of Facebook shares.

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Salary 2020: $1 Dollar Per Year

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Mark Zuckerberg's salary is $1 per year. That is not a typo. Many executives like Zuckerberg choose to pay themselves low salaries in order to increase the company's profits as much as possible. When the company maximizes profits it increases the overall value of their stock holdings which is where the executive's true wealth comes from. Executives like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin each earn only $1 per year in salary!

8. Elon Musk

Elon Musk net worth 2020
Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa.
He became a naturalized American citizen in 2002. 

Net Worth 2020: $103 Billion

Elon Musk Net Worth Details: Elon Musk owns 54 percent of rocket maker SpaceX. Musk also owns 22 percent of car maker Tesla which includes 33 million shares and 2.1 million exercisable options. He has also pledged 11 million shares as collateral against his personal obligations. In January 2020, Elon's Tesla stake was worth $18 billion. Over the next two months alone, his Tesla stake doubled in value to $36 billion, bringing his overall net worth to $56 billion. That number soon retreated back down to around $40 billion, then $35 billion, then back up to $40 billion. When Tesla stock topped $1,300 per share in July 2020, Elon's net worth was $63 billion. When Tesla stock topped $1,500 per share on July 10, 2020, Elon's net worth broke $70 billion for the first time.

In a 2019 legal deposition, Musk explained that he actually is somewhat cash-poor and that 99% of his personal wealth is attributable to shares in Tesla and SpaceX. The lawsuit also revealed that Musk's base salary at Tesla is $56,380. He declines the salary in most years. Musk has $500 million worth of debt, $209 million of worth is owed to Morgan Stanley. At least $60 million of his Morgan Stanley debt is home mortgage-related. Roughly $213 million worth of his debt is owed to Goldman Sachs.

Nearly 50% of his Tesla shares are pledged as collateral to Goldman and Morgan Stanley. He reportedly burned through all of his liquid cash from previous business sales to launch SpaceX.

Real Estate Holdings: Elon owns at least $100 million worth of real estate in California. In the Northern California town of Hillsborough he owns a 100-year-old, 16,000 square-foot villa that sits on nearly 50-acres. He bought this house for $23.364 million in 2017. In Southern California he owns six homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air. His Bel-Air footprint includes a 20,000 square-foot house that he bought for $17 million in 2012, a 7,000 square-foot house he bought for $20 million in 2015 and a 9,300 square-foot house he purchased in 2016 for $24.25 million.

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Salary 2020: $0

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Tesla Salary: Elon takes no salary as CEO of Tesla. He instead has a highly unusual and potentially extremely lucrative bonus plan tied to the company's market cap milestones. When the plan was forged, Tesla was worth around $50 billion. If and when Tesla reached a market cap of $100 billion – and held that value for six months, Elon would be given a bonus of just under $600 million. There are 12 total milestones based on $50 billion market cap increases. If Elon hits every single milestone (there is no time restriction), he has the ability to earn $100 billion in bonuses.

9. Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault net worth 2020
Bernard Arnault was born on March 5, 1949 in Roubaix, France.
He was the richest person in Europe at one time with a net worth of $41 billion. 

Net Worth 2020: $87 Billion

Bernard Arnault Net Worth Details: Arnault made most of his fortune from Christian Dior, which his family holds a 73 percent stake in. Christian Dior is a 41 percent owner in the world's largest luxury goods company, LVMH, which the Arnault family owns a 5.7 percent direct stake in. He also owns 8.4 percent of Hermes and shares in Carrefour. In 2009 he sold his stake in the winery Cheval Blanc to LVMH for 238 million euros. LVMH had revenue of $41.6 billion in 2016. In June of 2019 Bernard Arnault's net worth topped $100 billion for the first time. At that point he was the third-richest person on the planet. In July 2019, his net worth topped $108 billion which placed him as the second-richest person on the planet, roughly $400 million ahead of Bill Gates. From January to December 2019, Bernard Arnault's net worth increased by $36 billion.

10. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett net worth 2020
Warren Buffett was born on August 30, 1930 in Omaha, United States.
He was one of the wealthiest men in the world and served as chairman, CEO, and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway.

Net Worth 2020: $83 Billion

11. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani net worth 2020
Mukesh Ambani was born on April 19, 1957 in Aden, Yemen.
He was ranked 22 on Forbes List of Billionaires in 2012 with an estimated wealth of $21.5 billion.

Net Worth 2020: $80 Billion

12. Larry Page

Larry Page net worth 2020
Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973 in East Lansing, United States.

Co-founded Google in 1998 alongside Sergey Brin. He became CEO of Google in 2011, replacing Eric Schmidt.

When launching Google, Sergey Brin and himself analyzed the link structure of the web as a way to better rank web pages.

Net Worth 2020: $77 Billion

13. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison net worth 2020
Larry Ellison was born on August 17, 1944 in New York City, United States.
He dreamed of taking over the post of Apple's CEO but had to settle for a spot on its board of directors.

Net Worth 2020: $75 Billion

Larry Ellison Net Worth details: Today Ellison owns 22% of Oracle and has a net worth that tops $70 billion. He has pledged 315 million of his shares as collateral against lines of credit and personal debt. Since 2003 he has earned around $9 billion from Oracle stock sales and dividends.

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Salary 2020: $75 Million

14. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin net worth 2020
Sergey Brin was born on August 21, 1973 in Moscow, Russia.

Co-founded Google with Larry Page, a search engine that utilized their system of ranking websites based on incoming links. He eventually went on to lead Google X, an initiative which worked on unique projects, including self-driving cars.

He was personally worth over $25 billion as of 2015, and he was once called the Enlightenment Man by The Economist newspaper.

Net Worth 2020: $75 Billion

Net Worth Details: Sergey Brin is perennially ranked as one of the richest and most powerful people on the planet. As of this writing, Sergey Brin owns roughly 6% of Alphabet, the parent company of Google among other businesses. since the company's IPO in 2004He has sold about $9 billion worth of shares of both Alphabet and Google. Brin owns Class B and Class C shares of Alphabet, including 19 million shares of Class C Alphabet stock. Google handles more than 3.5 billion daily searches and generates more than $130 billion in annual revenue.

Between 2012 and 2019 alone, Sergey's net worth rose from $12 billion to a peak of $60 billion. He holds equity stakes in electric car company Tesla and 23andMe. Larry and Sergey led a $40 million investment round in Tesla back in 2006. Brin was the fourth person to receive a Tesla Model X Crossover SUV.

15. Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates net worth 2020
Melinda Gates was born on August 15, 1964 in United States.

Created a charitable foundation with her husband Bill Gates.

She was the project manager for Microsoft Bob, Microsoft Encarta, and Expedia.

Net Worth 2020: $70 Billion

16. Alice Walton

Alice Walton net worth 2020
Alice Walton was born on October 7, 1949 in Newport, United States.

Daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.

She was named the 14th richest person in the world in 2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Net Worth 2020: $60 Billion

Alice Walton Net Worth details: Alice Walton owns a 13 percent stake in Wal-Mart through the Walton Family Holdings Trust and Walton Enterprises. She does not have any stake in the largest bank in Arkansas, Arvest Bank which is worth about $1.6 billion as a whole and owned by the family. Walton has earned about $7 billion worth of stock sales and dividends since 1992. His siblings Jim and Rob Walton are also beneficiaries of Walton Enterprises.

17. Amancio Ortega Gaona

Amancio Ortega Gaona net worth 2020
Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28, 1936 in Spain.
His group employed over 92,000 people. He was named the third-richest person in 2013 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Net Worth 2020: $58 Billion

18. Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng net worth 2020
Ma Huateng was born on October 29, 1971 in China.
Time magazine named him one of the "World's Most Influential People" of 2007. By 2013, he was one of the two hundred wealthiest people in the world.

Net Worth 2020: $54 Billion

Net Worth details: Pony Ma holds a 7.7 percent stake in the operator of China's largest instant-messaging service, Tencent Holdings. His stake is controlled through Advanced Data Services. Ma donated $2.3 billion worth of Tencent shares to a charitable foundation in 2016. He has $150 million of Hong Kong property as well as a painting purchased in 2013 at a charity event. In 2016 Tencent Holdings reported revenue of $16.4 billion.

19. Jack Ma

Jack Ma net worth 2020
Jack Ma was born on September 10, 1964 in Hangzhou, China.
He created China Yellowpages in 1995 and many consider the venture to be China's first internet-based company.

Net Worth 2020: $52 Billion

Net Worth Details: Ma's wealth mostly comes from his 6.3 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holdings, roughly 160 million shares, and the online payment service Alipay. Ma also controls Ant Financial, which raised $4.5 billion from investors in a funding round in 2016 for an implied valuation of $60 billion, although it may be as high as $75 billion. He has pledged to dilute his ownership in Ant before their IPO. Ma also has a 70 percent interest in the Cayman Islands based company APN. He also controls an additional 35 million shares, worth $3.2 billion, that have been set aside for a non-profit organization called the SymAsia Foundation.

20. Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad net worth 2020
Ingvar Kamprad was born on March 30, 1926 in Almhult, Sweden.
He named his store IKEA, which was derived from his initials and the first letters of the town he grew up in.

Net Worth 2020: $42.5 Billion

Net Worth details: Kamprad is credited with the full value of the world's largest furniture retailer, Ikea. He controls Interogo Foundation, which controls the Ikea concept and trademarks. Ikea Group had $39 billion revenue in 2016. Kamprad's three sons own the family investment company Ikano. Ikea has 340 stores that sell nearly 10,000 products and almost 800 million store visits. Ikea Group also reported 4.2 billion euros in net income for 2016.