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Famous Billionaires

Can you name these famous billionaires based on a short clue?
Net worth according to Forbes real-time billionaires list, January 2020
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedSeptember 14, 2011
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Rank
Net worth
Nationality
Clue
Billionaire
1
117 bil
Founder of Amazon.com
Jeff Bezos
2
112 bil
Every time someone buys an over-priced Louis
Vuitton handbag, he gets slightly richer
Bernard Arnault
3
109 bil
Microsoft co-founder who has given billions to
improve global health
Bill Gates
4
89 bil
Investor called "The Oracle of Omaha"
Warren Buffett
5
80 bil
Founder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg
6
78 bil
Founder of Zara, a chain of clothing stores
Amancio Ortega
7
67 bil
Oracle founder and yachting enthusiast
Larry Ellison
8
63 bil
A telephone monopoly made him, at one time,
the richest person in the world
Carlos Slim
14
57 bil
Former New York mayor and 2020
Presidential hopeful
Michael Bloomberg
18
43 bil
Founder of Ali Baba
Jack Ma
20
43 bil
Chemicals tycoon who, with his brother, was
known for promoting libertarian causes
Charles Koch
33
29 bil
Makes cars, tunnels, rockets, and flamethrowers
Elon Musk
57
20 bil
Chairman of Fox
Rupert Murdoch
144
12 bil
Maker of stylish suits
Giorgio Armani
214
8.3 bil
Hedge fund manager frequently blamed for
all the world's ills
George Soros
262
7.2 bil
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Silvio Berlusconi
313
6.3 bil
Creator of "Star Wars"
George Lucas
563
4.1 bil
Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" host
Mark Cuban
559
4.1 bil
Virgin founder
Richard Branson
672
3.6 bil
He directed "E.T." and "Saving Private Ryan"
Steven Spielberg
801
3.1 bil
Most controversial Twitter user in history
Donald Trump
926
2.8 bil
TV host and second richest African-American
Oprah Winfrey
1213
2.1 bil
This CNN founder gave $1 billion to the UN
Ted Turner
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level 71
Mar 1, 2014
Could not for the life of me remember Berlusconi. Tried a variety of spellings and variations to no avail. Only one I missed.
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level 36
Mar 3, 2014
How did some Spanish get to be the richest?
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level 78
Mar 5, 2014
Carlos Slim is Mexican. Actually Arab-Mexican... his last name should really be Salim. Lebanese ancestry like Salma Hayek. And he has almost monopolized the entire Mexican telecom market in addition to having investments all over Latin America.
However, as of 2014 the title of richest has gone back to Bill Gates once again. Carlos is #2.
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level 49
Jan 14, 2015
its because Mexico is an oligarchy and he is the lead sucker at the top. And yes he runs their telecom markets, and owns many other businesses..
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level 58
Apr 29, 2014
Bill Gates 77.4.
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level 28
Apr 30, 2014
Bill Gates has reclaimed the top spot of World's Richest Man as of Forbes list this year.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
in spite of actively trying to give away all his money. It's really tough to not be rich in America, once you are.
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level 71
Sep 13, 2014
I knew Berlusconi - ran out of time trying to spell it.
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level 73
Jul 1, 2017
What was he like?
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level 62
Jul 1, 2017
:-)
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level 68
Jan 21, 2020
Rich
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level 22
Sep 25, 2014
Nailed it.Please check out my quizzes
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level 79
Jun 9, 2015
Should make Helu an acceptable answer for Carlos Slim Helu
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level 70
Sep 8, 2016
Not a fan of them, but really, Tea Party puppet masters? Can we please just keep the politics as neutral as possible, at least in the quizzes themselves (people will inevitably bicker in the comments section).
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level 82
Jan 23, 2020
Thank you! I was thinking the same thing.
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level 37
Mar 17, 2017
Forgive me. I didn't realize that you could declare multiple bankruptcies and still be considered a billionaire.
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level 66
Jan 9, 2020
Many of these people have had bankruptcies at some point or another, or they're close to it (Elon Musk). It's part of being willing to take great risks.
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
Their businesses go bankrupt. I don't think any of these people has personally declared bankruptcy, which is very different.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
Trump-owned businesses have declared bankruptcy six times. Many other Trump businesses have failed without filing for bankruptcy protection. Many other Trump businesses and charities have been forced to close by judicial order, or pay large fines, for being fraudulent and poorly run. The man himself has never declared personal bankruptcy, though according to those close to him he has at times been billions of dollars in debt, owing substantially more than he had in assets. He gets around this mostly by routinely not paying his debts, taking advantage of people, lying, cheating, and doing whatever he can to avoid any sort of responsibility or accountability for his myriad crimes, grifts, cons, and failures. The same behavior that is on public display now 24/7 since becoming president.
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level 73
Jul 1, 2017
Spelling: Buffett. I'm amazed after so many thousands have taken this quiz that no-one's noticed yet!
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level ∞
Jul 1, 2017
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 60
Sep 24, 2017
Bill gates is no longer on top!
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level 40
Mar 25, 2018
Because you can always give Jeff Bezos more attention...
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level 67
Sep 20, 2018
Elon Musk probably deserves to be on this list by now.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Added Musk.
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level 56
Jan 8, 2020
Jeff Bezos has a net worth of 113B$.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
And his ex-wife has a net worth of $37 billion. Crazy.
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level 72
Jan 9, 2020
She deserves it. She effectively co-founded Amazon with Jeff.
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level 71
Jan 8, 2020
Bloomberg is "Former New York mayor and 2020 Presidential hopeful" but Trump is just "Most controversial Twitter user in history?" Really? Trump actually made his money in real estate and had a successful TV show but that's not mentioned; he's the CURRENT President and not just a hopeful but that's not mentioned. Every other clue tells what the person did or does to make their money. Someone clearly has TDS.
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level 81
Jan 9, 2020
Telephone and Data Systems? Tonga Defensive Services? Tornado Debris Signature? The Daily Show? The Downward Spiral?
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level 73
Jan 9, 2020
Someone clearly has To Do Something?
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level 75
Jan 9, 2020
It's a quiz, not encyclopedic entry
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level 84
Jan 9, 2020
I think the idea is to make the clue solvable with general knowledge without being completely obvious to absolutely anyone taking the quiz.
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level 83
Jan 9, 2020
Terrible Diaper Sores? Anyway, since Trump refuses to release financial records, including tax returns, we have no idea how much money he has.
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level 77
Jan 10, 2020
Trump isn't actually a billionaire, so be grateful that he was included at all.
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
I was going to add this myself. He once brought a libel suit against an author who released a book claiming Trump was not actually a billionaire. The court said Trump had to offer proof that the author was lying (i.e., prove you're really a billionaire)...and Trump withdrew the suit. He is a "billionaire" because he keeps telling everyone he is one, but every time someone asks him for proof, he balks. He's full of it. Three years and still no tax returns. He's obviously very rich, but his wealth is probably under $500 million.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
He values his own name at between 3 to 8 billion dollars, depending on his mood, according to court filings. This is where most of his own reported net worth comes from. When he was elected president in 2016 it's very likely that he was worth only a few million dollars, or substantially in debt and effectively worth less than zero, but since becoming president he was worked tirelessly to enrich himself and his family at the expense of the country and the world. This is literally been his #1 priority. He may actually be a billionaire by the time he goes back to Mar-a-Lago and/or prison.
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level ∞
Jan 21, 2020
I don't know kalbahamut. He's already rich. He'll be dead in another 10-20 years. A simpler explanation is that he is motivated, like nearly all politicians, by pride. Certainly, his political career has done no favors to his business career.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
.... what??? Certainly? I know he keeps repeating this over and over and over again to try and appear that he's being magnanimous. But, while, yes, his "brand" has suffered tremendously, due to the fact that his idiocy and ineptitude are on public display all the time now, and his divisive and hateful politics have made people want to disassociate themselves from him, on the other hand he helped push through a massive tax cut for the wealthy that has already helped American billionaires avoid paying billions in taxes, he secured multiple patents for his daughter to do business in China which could end up being worth ungodly amounts of money, he has charged taxpayers an estimated $123 million for his golfing habit and 100% of those trips have been made to Trump-owned properties, he has funneled millions upon millions of dollars to Mar-a-Lago for expenses related to hosting himself and the executive office there, he also doubled fees for membership after the election
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
He's got foreign heads of state and all sorts of other people lining up to stay at his properties in Miami, Washington, New York and around the world so that they can brown nose and gain access. The RNC among others have been found renting out rooms at Trump properties which were unoccupied. Trump's Tunberry resort in Scotland has made over $200k from military visits since the president started requiring military planes to stop there, often overnight, and refuel at much greater cost than they could at military bases. He tried to get away with hosting the G8 at Doral. Who knows how much money he's made with sweetheart deals on the properties he owns in Moscow and Istanbul by sacrificing American interests at the request of Putin and Erdogan- by Trump's own admission he has a massive conflict of interest in any dealings involving these and other locations due to his financial interests there. His sons have been profiting hand over fist off of this too, and his lawyer.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
I am sure that narcissism is the main reason why Trump didn't decline taking the presidency and why he doesn't want to be impeached and also why he wants to get reelected... and it probably factored heavily in to his decision to run in the first place... but it's also undeniable that he has been using the presidency as a means of personal enrichment and this is really the only reason he can comprehend for doing anything. If it benefits him somehow. Something could be beneficial to him because of his pride, that's true, but Trump's ego is tied entirely to how much money he has so these things are pretty much one and the same. Though it is almost guaranteed that Trump is a tax fraud and his taxes will reveal this and numerous other shady things, I'm also pretty confident the main reason he has fought tooth and nail to hide them is to avoid showing how little his assets are worth vs what he claims. Narcissism. At the same time he has said in the past that he ran to self promote his brand.
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
and just think about how much the next book that he ghost writes will be worth.
and I think like many narcissists he doesn't really grasp the possibility of his own mortality so the fact that he is old and might die soon is not going to stop him from wanting to make more money. This is not a rational person we are talking about.
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level 70
Jan 21, 2020
@kalbahamut In Trump's defense (I can't believe I just typed that) does anyone want to be impeached? I agree with the rest, but I think it is natural to not want to be impeached.
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level 78
Jan 24, 2020
I doubt it. I was just conceding that his ego may be the primary reason he does anything even if it's not the only reason. And I imagine that other presidents might wish to avoid impeachment for other reasons... for instance because they had a vision for the country they wanted to implement. In Trump's case, there's nothing else there.
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level 37
Jan 21, 2020
Imagine unironically claiming using "Trump Derangement Syndrome" as an insut
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level 81
Jan 21, 2020
I don’t care what anyone says. Trump Derangement Syndrome is not a real thing. Some people just can’t handle criticism.
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
Someone just get really angry at the fact that a morally bankrupt, narcissistic monster who embodies the antithesis of all our alleged values -- both constitutional and moral -- is the object of so much admiration and holds the most powerful office in the world. I don't think it makes them deranged. I think it's pretty much the marker of sanity.
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level 65
Jan 21, 2020
I think "hopeful" and "Trump" arent two words most people in the world associate with eachother.
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level 70
Jan 21, 2020
"Hopeful" "Trump" and "will be (removed, impeached, imprisoned, etc) are phrases I've heard
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level 68
Jan 9, 2020
Can I suggest removing the "Dallas Mavericks owner and "shark tank" host" clue, as for a Brit, and possibly a non North American, that clue reads as 'Owns sports team you have never heard of and presents a TV show that isn't shown in your country." I appreciate there is a limited pool of globally famous billionaires but that one is all but impossible for those of us from over the pond. How about replacing it with someone like David Geffen, or James Dyson?
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level 78
Jan 21, 2020
Who the heck is James Dyson? Mark Cuban is more internationally famous.
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level 65
Jan 21, 2020
No he is not, never heard of cuban, and instantly knew who dyson was. Even if you dont know much about him himself, the vacuum cleaner with his name is pretty wellknown worldwide. (Wether or not you like vacuuming, which cant be said for cuban. There are some athletes than are known worldwide whether or not you like/watch sports. He is not one of them.)
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level 78
Jan 24, 2020
I've heard of Dyson vacuums but that doesn't mean I know who James Dyson is. Is James Dyson on a famous reality TV show and appear regularly on other talk shows? If I said, hey, haven't you ever heard of Junichi Honda before? Would you say that you had, simply because you know what a Honda Civic is? If so.. then you'd look silly because I just made that guy up. The founder of Honda was apparently a guy named Soichiro.

I don't like or watch sports at all. But I've seen Mark Cuban on TV. but honestly I don't really care I'm just giving Algernon grief because he posts the same whiny comment on every single quiz it seems. All based on his very limited and myopic point of view, i.e. if he doesn't know something, it must not be internationally famous, and if he does know something, well then it must be. This is obviously wrong.
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level 77
Jan 10, 2020
Let's see some evidence that Trump has $3.1 billion. I assume you have his tax returns.
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level 81
Jan 10, 2020
That’s the estimated number based on the information we currently have. Though it’s fairly likely he has much less.
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level ∞
Jan 21, 2020
It's what Forbes reports, take it up with them.
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level 70
Jan 11, 2020
Perhaps Gautam Adani? No Indians on the list. Also maybe a Russian? Roman Abramovich, perhaps?
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
You could include Michael Jordan, the only athlete to reach billionaire status. Tiger Woods might have gotten there if not for the...unpleasantness that sidelined him around 2010.
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level 70
Jan 21, 2020
That's a nice way to put it.
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level 47
Jan 21, 2020
These people need to get taxed the hell out of. No one needs this amount of money for personal use. Some are good at donating to charity, thanks! But most are pieces of shit who has no empathy what so ever.
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level 53
Jan 21, 2020
Evil bastards the lot of them
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
Some of them, definitely. Others, it's hard to say. My gut says it's very difficult to become a billionaire without stepping on a lot of people, but that's just a generalization. Those in the arts (Oprah, Spielberg, Lucas) made their money mostly by entertaining people. Good for them. I think Mark Cuban and Mike Bloomberg made their money by cornering information markets without really crushing any little guys along the way. My opinion on Elon Musk changes by the day. JK Rowling is probably the most benign billionaire in the world (if she is in fact a billionaire, which many sources estimate, but that Rowling herself denies).
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level 70
Jan 21, 2020
If Rowling is a billionaire, she is like Oprah, Spielberg, and Lucas. She also wrote a series of books that I've read a couple dozen times so I would like to thank her for that.
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level 43
Jan 21, 2020
What about Mukesh Ambani from India? He's richer than Michael Bloomburg.
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level 65
Jan 21, 2020
Im so out of the loop.. only got 9 and after seeing the answers, there was only one other name I recognized. Two of the ones I got were armani and berlusconi, would have thought their % would be higher (so that my answers would line up with the most guessed ones, never heard of the more guessed buffet for instance. But I guess the many american visitors of this site makes a difference in the results.)
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level 28
Jan 21, 2020
The fact that Sam Walton was not on there is a disgrace to the Southern community.
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level 62
Jan 21, 2020
There's been some news stating that now Bernard Arnault is the richest man on Earth, surpassing Jeff Bezos.
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level 79
Jan 22, 2020
This list is all the more reason why billionaires shouldn't be allowed to keep their money.
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level 82
Jan 23, 2020
Hey JetPunk - I love your quizzes but not the sly political commentary. Please keep your opinions to yourself. Trivia should be non-partisan enjoyment. If I want to raise my blood pressure, I will do so by watching the news. Thanks.
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level 78
Jan 24, 2020
If any of the above clues raised your blood pressure you should probably seek medical attention.
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level 78
Jan 24, 2020
"Tea party puppet masters" was more accurate than "promoter of libertarian causes." The Koch's only political ideology is greed.