Test Your Knowledge: Richest People Quiz

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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?
Liliane Bettencourt
Bettencourt is also in the overall top 10 richest people .
Alice Walton
Jacqueline Mars

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Blair Parry-Okeden is the richest person in which country?
Ireland
Scotland
Australia
The billionaire heiress is a granddaughter of the man who founded Cox Enterprises.

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As of 2016, who is the richest person in the world?
Jim Walton
Bill Gates
Bill Gates has been named the richest person 17 times.
Jeff Bezos

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What is Bill Gates' approximate net worth?
$75 billion
Sadly, for Gates, this is actually a drop in his net worth, which was closer to $80 billion in 2015.
$98 billion
$2 trillion

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Who is the second wealthiest person on Earth?
Warren Buffett
Larry Ellison
Amancio Ortega
Ortega is worth nearly $70 billion.

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How did Egypt's first female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, gain her wealth?
gold
In her time (circa 1500 B.C.E.) she may have controlled as much as a fifth of the world's wealth.
slaves
opium

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In what industry has Amancio Ortega made his living?
computer networking
banking
clothing
Inditex has over 7,000 stores in nearly 100 countries.

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What is BackRub?
a banking database
an Internet search engine
It was a forerunner to Google created in part by Larry Page, who is worth around $40 billion.
a massage

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Which wealthy person has the nickname "The Oracle of Omaha?"
Carlos Slim
David Koch
Warren Buffett
His savvy (and nearly psychic) ability in investing has made him a very rich man.

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What is Warren Buffett's annual salary?
1
10000
100000
The famously frugal investor has a net worth of around $60 billion.

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Liliane Bettencourt has a net worth of more than $30 billion. How did she make her fortune?
cosmetics
The heiress is a huge stakeholder in L'Oreal, the ubiquitous cosmetics company.
oil
banking

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Thanks to the famous brewing company in her last name, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken has about how much money?
nearly $13 billion
She inherited a huge stake in the company after her father's passing in 2002.
nearly $3 billion
nearly $900 million

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Which Las Vegas casino does Sheldon Adelson own?
The Mirage
The Flamingo
The Sands
The college dropout has a fortune of around $30 billion.

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With which company did Phil Knight create most of his fortune?
Reebok
Nike
He's a billionaire 25 times over and has contracted with some of the biggest icons in sports, such as Michael Jordan.
Adidas

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What kind of product is made by the company founded by Chinese businesswoman Zhou Qunfei?
touchscreens
She owns almost all of the stock in the country and is worth around $7 billion.
bacon
sports drinks

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In what job did Zhou Qunfei work before scoring big with her technology company?
nanny
fish cannery
migrant worker
Her rags-to-riches story is complete; she is admired by impoverished Chinese everywhere.

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Which company largely helped Germany's Susanne Klatten accumulate more than $17 billion?
BMW
She also has stakes in the pharmaceuticals and clean energy industries.
Siemens
BASF

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Why did Susanne Klatten sometimes use a fake name when she was younger?
She hated her name.
to avoid being identified
When she was 16 she was nearly kidnapped by men who wanted to use her for ransom.
She was ashamed of her family.

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Larry Ellison got rich in large part thanks to his work with which company?
Oracle Corporation
Oracle has made heaps of money in database and enterprise-level software, among other tech ventures.
Amazon
Microsoft

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How much of his $50 billion fortune did Carlos Slim lose between 2015 and 2016?
about 20 percent
about 50 percent
As of 2016, he is "only" worth about $27 billion.
about 35 percent

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Historians say that Egypt's Cleopatra may have been about how rich?
$1 trillion
As a masterful politician, she controlled many businesses; she blew much of her money on wars.
$2 trillion
$3 trillion

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As of 2015, about how much had Bill Gates donated to charitable causes?
$13 billion
$27 billion
Gates has funded fights against disease and poverty and a whole lot of other good causes.
$96 billion

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Which country has more billionaires than any other?
United States
With more than 500 billionaires, the U.S. has double the number of China.
China
Germany

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What is the estimated net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook?
$2 billion
$6 billion
$45 billion
His social media empire now includes more than 1.6 billion users around the world.

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To which foundation does Warren Buffett donate much of his wealth?
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Gates and Buffett are famously friendly, and they coordinate on many projects.
Red Cross
Direct Relief

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During the Tang Dynasty, Empress Wu reportedly committed what crime as a step towards securing her position of power and wealth?
torture
kidnapping
murder
Wu may have killed her own infant daughter; in the end, she may have become the richest female in world history.

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Which man is sometimes called the "Warren Buffett of Mexico?"
Carlos Slim
He's the head of huge telecommunications companies in Latin America but also invests in many other industries.
Jorge Lemann
Luis Sarmiento

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What major did Carlos Slim pursue in college?
psychology
sociology
engineering
His logical and nimble mind has helped him navigate the complexities of the financial world.

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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?
13
67
That meant that each of those rich folks was monetarily worth about 52 million poor individuals.
243

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What is the net worth of Charles Francis Feeney, who pledged to give away his whole fortune?
around $1.5 million
He's given billions to his favorite causes, in the U.S. and abroad.
around $300000
around $90000

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