Richest person (current)
Bill Gates
86.9 billion US dollar(s)
Not Applicable ()

As of 3 April 2017, US software billionaire Bill Gates had amassed an estimated fortune of $86.9 billion (£69.1 billion), according to Forbes. He was the wealthiest man alive from 1995–2007, again in 2009, and he has been since 2014. He served as CEO of the software titan Microsoft until 2000 and was its chairman and largest shareholder until 2014. Although he still sits on the company's board, Gates is no longer actively involved in Microsoft. Gates is not only the richest man in the world, but he's also the most generous. Since 1999, he and his wife have helmed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most powerful charities in the world. The foundation – which controls an endowment of more than $40 billion – aims to lift millions of people out of poverty, with a heavy focus on eliminating HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases.