The World’s 10 Richest People

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Here we turn our attentions to those whose cars, houses, shoes, toilets, and neckties are all made of only the finest and rarest of ores and stones. Here we explore the men and women to whom even 99% of the haves are have-nots.

Earlier in the year Forbes released their annual list of The World’s Richest People.

Here’s the list as it shakes out based on their relatives worths:

1) Bill Gates – $76 Billion
2) Carlos Slim Helu – $72 Billion
3) Amancio Ortega – $64 Billion
4) Warren Buffet – $58.2 Billion
5) Larry Ellison – $48 Billion
6) Charles Koch – $40 Billion
7) David Koch – $40 Billion
8) Sheldon Adelson – $38 Billion
9) Christy Walton – $36.7 Billion
10) Jim Walton – $34.7 Billion

If you’ve read this entry’s title, then you may already have figured out what we’ve got in store for you. Below, we’ve taken the top ten folks from Forbes‘s list, and sorted them out according to their PeekScores; measuring not the vastness of their fortunes, nor the expanses of their holdings, nor even the assorted breadths of their philanthropic endeavors. We are comparing these folks solely based upon the sizes of their digital footprints; meaning, their varying impacts, presences, and activities here on the Web.

Unsurprisingly, the gentleman topping our list is not only comfortably resting atop this chart, he is endowed with the ultimate PeekScore of 10. Given his nearly incalculable global fame, and especially given his specific association with the very technology many use to access the Web in the first place, his dominance here in cyberspace is a natural.

Rank Picture Name Character PeekScore

Bill Gates Founder, Microsoft 10.00 / 10.00

Warren Buffett CEO, Berkshire Hathaway 9.03 / 10.00

Carlos Slim Helú Chairman, Telmex 8.17 / 10.00

Larry Ellison CEO, Oracle 8.13 / 10.00

Amancio Ortega Chariman, Spanish Inditex 8.03 / 10.00

David Koch Co-owner, Koch Industries 8.03 / 10.00

Sheldon Adelson CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation 7.73 / 10.00

Charles Koch CEO of Koch Industries 7.50 / 10.00

Jim Walton Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Group, Inc. 7.11 / 10.00

Christy Walton Widow of John Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart 7.10 / 10.00