Test Your Knowledge: Richest People Quiz


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These folks make more in one day than most people would in 100 lifetimes. How much do you know about the richest people in the world?

Who is the wealthiest woman on Earth?

Bettencourt is also in the overall top 10 richest people .


Blair Parry-Okeden is the richest person in which country?

The billionaire heiress is a granddaughter of the man who founded Cox Enterprises.


As of 2016, who is the richest person in the world?

Bill Gates has been named the richest person 17 times.


What is Bill Gates' approximate net worth?

Sadly, for Gates, this is actually a drop in his net worth, which was closer to $80 billion in 2015.


Who is the second wealthiest person on Earth?

Ortega is worth nearly $70 billion.


How did Egypt's first female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, gain her wealth?

In her time (circa 1500 B.C.E.) she may have controlled as much as a fifth of the world's wealth.


In what industry has Amancio Ortega made his living?

Inditex has over 7,000 stores in nearly 100 countries.


What is BackRub?

It was a forerunner to Google created in part by Larry Page, who is worth around $40 billion.


Which wealthy person has the nickname "The Oracle of Omaha?"

His savvy (and nearly psychic) ability in investing has made him a very rich man.


What is Warren Buffett's annual salary?

The famously frugal investor has a net worth of around $60 billion.


Liliane Bettencourt has a net worth of more than $30 billion. How did she make her fortune?

The heiress is a huge stakeholder in L'Oreal, the ubiquitous cosmetics company.


Thanks to the famous brewing company in her last name, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken has about how much money?

She inherited a huge stake in the company after her father's passing in 2002.


Which Las Vegas casino does Sheldon Adelson own?

The college dropout has a fortune of around $30 billion.


With which company did Phil Knight create most of his fortune?

He's a billionaire 25 times over and has contracted with some of the biggest icons in sports, such as Michael Jordan.


What kind of product is made by the company founded by Chinese businesswoman Zhou Qunfei?

She owns almost all of the stock in the country and is worth around $7 billion.


In what job did Zhou Qunfei work before scoring big with her technology company?

Her rags-to-riches story is complete; she is admired by impoverished Chinese everywhere.


Which company largely helped Germany's Susanne Klatten accumulate more than $17 billion?

She also has stakes in the pharmaceuticals and clean energy industries.


Why did Susanne Klatten sometimes use a fake name when she was younger?

When she was 16 she was nearly kidnapped by men who wanted to use her for ransom.


Larry Ellison got rich in large part thanks to his work with which company?

Oracle has made heaps of money in database and enterprise-level software, among other tech ventures.


How much of his $50 billion fortune did Carlos Slim lose between 2015 and 2016?

As of 2016, he is "only" worth about $27 billion.


Historians say that Egypt's Cleopatra may have been about how rich?

As a masterful politician, she controlled many businesses; she blew much of her money on wars.


As of 2015, about how much had Bill Gates donated to charitable causes?

Gates has funded fights against disease and poverty and a whole lot of other good causes.


Which country has more billionaires than any other?

With more than 500 billionaires, the U.S. has double the number of China.


What is the estimated net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook?

His social media empire now includes more than 1.6 billion users around the world.


To which foundation does Warren Buffett donate much of his wealth?

Gates and Buffett are famously friendly, and they coordinate on many projects.


During the Tang Dynasty, Empress Wu reportedly committed what crime as a step towards securing her position of power and wealth?

Wu may have killed her own infant daughter; in the end, she may have become the richest female in world history.


Which man is sometimes called the "Warren Buffett of Mexico?"

He's the head of huge telecommunications companies in Latin America but also invests in many other industries.


What major did Carlos Slim pursue in college?

His logical and nimble mind has helped him navigate the complexities of the financial world.


In 2014, Forbes reported that 3.5 billion of the world's poorest people had wealth equal to how many of the world's richest people?

That meant that each of those rich folks was monetarily worth about 52 million poor individuals.


What is the net worth of Charles Francis Feeney, who pledged to give away his whole fortune?

He's given billions to his favorite causes, in the U.S. and abroad.


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