North America, Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos founded one of the great Amazon, starting from a garage in Seattle, later becoming its CEO, and in 2021 its executive chairman. The company under him has hired around 1,75,000 additional workers during the pandemic as a welfare program. In 2019, Amazon notched $280.5 billion in revenues and a record $11.5 billion in net profit.
Europe, Bernard Arnault
One of the world’s most renowned taste-maker and brand consulting groups. The company currently oversees the functioning of leading brands like Luis Vuitton and Sephora. In January 2021 they acquire the biggest jewelry brand America’s Tiffany & Co for $15.8 billion.
Asia, Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani owns and operates a $88 billion Reliance Industries which has its interest in petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Retail, and Telecom. Dhirubhai Ambani in 1966 started this company as textile industry and later branched out to various sectors. After his demise Mukesh and his sibling Anil split the empire leaving behind a business legacy. Recently Jio sparked up the company name and fame by creating waves across the telecom industry. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the company raised almost 20 billion dollars.
South America, Carlos Slim
He is often regarded as Mexico’s richest man. His empire comprises of the famous Latin American telecom service provider – Americ Movil. He also owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining, and real estate companies. He also owns 17% of the world-famous New York Times Publications
Australia, Gina Rinehart
The richest person in Australia made her fortune from the iron ore industry. Her father Lang Hancock was a respected iron ore trader but in his later days faced financial problems, she expanded the empire from this financial distress to a solid revenue-generating company. Rinehart became executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting in 1992.
Africa, Aliko Dangote
The owner of the largest cement producing company in Africa, Aliko Dangote owns and operates Dangote Cement. Dangote Cement produces 45.6 million metric tons annually and has operations in 10 countries across Africa. He has initiated the Dangote refinery which started its construction in 2016 and is rumored to be one of the largest refineries in the world.