Forbes’ richest people in the world: Apple CEO Steve Jobs #110 with $8.3 billion

Forbes has released their annual list of the world’s billionaires and Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs is ranked 110th with $8.3 billion.

The Top 10 and selected others of interest:
(Rank. Name, Net Worth, Age, Source, Country of Citizenship)
1. Carlos Slim Helu & family, $74 B, 71, telecom, Mexico
2. Bill Gates, $56 B, 55, Microsoft, United States
3. Warren Buffett, $50 B, 80, Berkshire Hathaway, United States
4. Bernard Arnault, $41 B, 62 LVMH, France
5. Larry Ellison, $39.5 B, 66, Oracle, United States
6. Lakshmi Mittal, $31.1 B, 60, Steel, India
7. Amancio Ortega, $31 B, 74, Zara, Spain
8. Eike Batista, $30 B, 54, mining/oil, Brazil
9. Mukesh Ambani, $27 B, 53, petrochemicals/oil/gas, India
10. Christy Walton & family, $26.5 B, 56, Walmart, United States

24. Sergey Brin, $19.8 B, 37, Google, United States
24. Larry Page, $19.8 B, 37, Google, United States

30. Jeff Bezos, $18.1 B, 47, Amazon, United States

44. Michael Dell, $14.6 B, 46, Dell, United States
46. Steve Ballmer, $14.5 B, 54, Microsoft, United States

52. Mark Zuckerberg, $13.5 B, 26, Facebook, United States

57. Paul Allen, $13 B, 58, Microsoft/investments, United States

110. Steve Jobs, $8.3 B, 56, Apple/Pixar, United States: In March the Apple founder made a surprise appearance at the unveiling of his iPad 2, after taking medical leave in January. Insanely creative Apple chief transforms a multibillion-dollar industry every few years. First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as messiah tablet, savior for publishing industry. Apple still sells computers, but twice as much revenue now comes from music distribution and hand-held devices. Shot past long-time rival Microsoft as world’s most valuable tech company in May. Shares of Apple surged more than 80% over the last year. Still, the majority of Job’s fortune comes from Disney; as largest shareholder he owns about $4.4 billion of stock. Reed College dropout founded Apple 1976.

122. Rupert Murdoch, $7.6 B, 79, News Corp., United States

136. Eric Schmidt, $7 B, 55, Google, United States

Forbes’ full list is here.

MacDailyNews Take: For proof that life on this rock isn’t fair, look no further than the fact that #2, #44, #46, and #57 have amassed, and we mean amassed, more filthy lucre than Steve Jobs, without whom they wouldn’t be remotely near this list.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “gb” for the heads up.]

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  1. I dunno. At some point how many billions you have ceases to matter doesn’t it? I sometimes think if I were worth 8 billion dollars about the good I could do. I could pull families out of poverty, send gifted children to school, anonymously pay medical expenses and so on. It would be an field day of philanthropy and I wouldn’t have to go to Africa to find needy children to adopt. At the end of the day, I’d still have enough for as many Charlie Sheen type parties as any human can stand and invite everyone on MDN!

    1. With tiger blood and that kind of money, you would give back to the world so radically in your underwear before your first cup of coffee, it would be scary. You would be a total bitchin’ philanthropist star from Mars.

    1. That’s right, SJ is not in it for the money. He makes my life suck a little less.

      Of the top ten, four are from the US; two computer guys, the heiress of Walmart, and the man who makes his money buying and selling paper.

      After the number ten spot, you have to go all the way to twenty-four, to find another American who is selling yet another product that is absolutely useless during a power outage.

      In a world of shrinking resources, what does America bring to the table, besides gadgets, box stores, and ambition?

      WTF is going on? Have you ever used a telephone in Mexico? When it rains the line is full of static and yet you’d think Mexico Slim invented bread! He may be the richest man in the world but, the bulk of his money isn’t coming from phones, it’s coming from the Charlie Sheen’s of the world.

  2. Steve Jobs is not in it for the money. It’s why you can see how the quality of their products far exceeds everyone eke. I would like to believe his philosophy trickles down to Apple upper management team.

  3. I tried but could not find a past article in another business publication comparing executive compensation with enterprise value added (EVA). The rankings would look much different. Looking at the leadership and management performance of executives by EVA tells a far different story, and is perhaps the best way I have seen to rank an executives’ compensation against their performance. It’s one way you can see which executive is getting fat at the trough at the expense of stockholders.

    Obviously, Steve Jobs is not. I believe that Apple has grown a remarkable 80 percent last year alone, and the company has been the biggest growth story of any technology company in the past decade. Considering the shambles that Apple was in when Steve came back in 1997 and where the company is now, his compensation is almost embarrassingly modest in contrast to other CEOs.

    Contrast his rank – 110 – against that of Michael Dell (44) whose company has flatlined, or the Teflon-coated Mark Zuckerberg (52), whose wealth seems to have come from outright theft of an idea and not a little hot air in my opinion.

    Someday, a good story will be written about Steve Jobs that puts his accomplishments in proper perspective. As an Apple stockholder, I wish him a long and healthy life.

  4. I don’t understand microsoft’s share holders. You have, I mean, you got to be very $tupid to invest your money in making a clowns the richest men in the world. What else does microsoft does?

    1. Remember that TV movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley?” Should’ve been singular. The only pirate was Bill Gates who raped the idiots at Apple who licensed the OS away while Steve was away. That’s what Microsoft does, they wait for somebody to come out with something and with their cash horde rape, pillage and plunder until they gain control of the market. That worked in the 90’s but now that the Captain’s back at Apple, the pickings are slim for the Redmond Rapists.

      1. Yes, it blows, but it’s a legitimate business strategy that’s been employed as long as capitalism. It’s just no one was able to use it as effectively and ruthlessly as the Gates gang. Apple left a gaping hole for them to walk through and got what they deserved from a business point of view. The amazing part is how SJ rallied the company and caught them with their copiers hanging out. They’re completely flummoxed (to coin a phrase) without something to steal, Apple won’t be fooled again. It’s fun watching the clown tap dancing around the fact the company is creatively barren.

      2. “and with their cash horde rape, pillage and plunder until they gain control of the market.”

        Which can be said of everyone in the Forbes 400, especially Buffet.

        There’s no magic formula to being rich. Honestly, if all you want is money, its there for the taking. When given a choice, choose money every time, and forsake all else.

  5. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”


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