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8 Secrets of Success from the World’s Richest People

On Monday, Forbes released its annual ranking of the richest people on the planet. The billionaire list has some familiar names (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett) and a few newcomers (Tory Burch, Nick Woodman).

Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim once again claims the top spot with a whopping net worth of $73 billion.

The rest of the top ten:

2. Bill Gates (computers) — $67 billion

3. Amancio Ortega (Zara clothing line) — $57 billion

4. Warren Buffett (investor) — $53.5 billion

5. Larry Ellison (Oracle) — $47 billion

6. Charles Koch (businessman, political activist) — $34 billion

7. David Koch (businessman, political activist) — $34 billion

8. Li Ka-shing (businessman, richest person in Asia) — $31 billion

9. Liliane Bettencourt & family (philanthropist) — $30 billion

10. Bernard Arnault (businessman) – $29 billion

OK, that’s a lot of billions in one list. While it’s fun to ogle the wealthiest people in the world, it’s far more productive to learn how these magnates made their money.

8 Secrets of Success from the World’s Richest People

Below are articles (and a video) on several billionaires from the Forbes list. Enjoy!

1. Carlos Slim:  The Secrets of the World’s Richest Man

2. Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett’s Ten Secrets to Wealth and Life

3. Amancio OrtegaThe Secrets of Zara’s Success

4. Larry EllisonWhy It Pays to be a Jerk — And What It Says About Leadership

5. Michael Bloomberg ($27 billion): Bloomberg’s “Secrets To Success” At Fordham Graduation

6. Nick Woodman ($1.3 billion, developed the GoPro camera): The New Innovative Billionaire

7. Sara Blakely ($1 billion, created Spanx): 10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won’t Hear in Business School

8. Tory Burch ($1 billion, fashion executive): Tory Burch Taking Fashion World by Storm



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