Famous Billionaires

Can you name these famous billionaires based on a short clue?
Net worth according to Forbes real-time billionaires list, January 2022
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Last updated: January 2, 2022
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Rank
Net worth
Nationality
Clue
Billionaire
1
271 bil
Makes cars, tunnels, rockets, and flamethrowers
Elon Musk
2
200 bil
Every time someone buys an over-priced Louis
Vuitton handbag, he gets slightly richer
Bernard Arnault
3
193 bil
Founder of Amazon.com
Jeff Bezos
4
138 bil
Microsoft co-founder
Bill Gates
6
120 bil
Founder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg
7
120 bil
Oracle founder and yachting enthusiast
Larry Ellison
9
109 bil
Investor called "The Oracle of Omaha"
Warren Buffett
13
85 bil
A telephone monopoly made him, at one time,
the richest person in the world
Carlos Slim
14
70 bil
Former New York mayor who spent lots of money
on a failed bid to become President
Michael Bloomberg
35
36 bil
Founder of Ali Baba
Jack Ma
66
24 bil
SoftBank CEO who is famous for making big bets
and losing huge amounts of money
Masayoshi Son
83
22 bil
Chairman of Fox
Rupert Murdoch
300
8.6 bil
Hedge fund manager frequently blamed for
all the world's ills
George Soros
379
7.3 bil
Maker of stylish suits which bear his name
Giorgio Armani
414
7.0 bil
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Silvio Berlusconi
443
6.6 bil
Creator of "Star Wars"
George Lucas
699
4.5 bil
Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" host
Mark Cuban
832
3.9 bil
Virgin founder
Richard Branson
905
3.7 bil
He directed "E.T." and "Saving Private Ryan"
Steven Spielberg
1292
2.6 bil
TV host; second richest African-American
of the 20th century
Oprah Winfrey
1349
2.5 bil
Most controversial former Twitter user in history
Donald Trump
1453
2.3 bil
This CNN founder gave $1 billion to the UN
Ted Turner
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Level 77
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 59
Jan 3, 2022
I feel terrible for you. I got it right first time.
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Level 36
Mar 3, 2014
How did some Spanish get to be the richest?
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Level 83
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 72
Jan 9, 2022
"Some Spanish"? Really?

I'm sure if you worked hard you could find a way of expressing yourself that would sound even more condescending and prejudiced.

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Level 59
Apr 29, 2014
Bill Gates 77.4.
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Level 29
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 83
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 75
Sep 13, 2014
I knew Berlusconi - ran out of time trying to spell it.
+27
Level 75
Jul 1, 2017
What was he like?
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Level 61
Jul 1, 2017
:-)
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2020
Rich
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Level 70
Jan 9, 2022
touchy-feely
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Level 63
Jan 9, 2022
Bunga bunga
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Level 22
Sep 25, 2014
Nailed it.Please check out my quizzes
+9
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 73
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 67
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 83
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 58
Jan 9, 2022
Somehow this doesn't add up. I surmise most of this comment is speculation. Someone this greedy and in debt doesn't donate his earnings as president to charity and not take a salary.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2022
You're right. The lie that Trump is somehow charitable or selfless doesn't add up. He's not and never has been.
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Level 63
Jan 10, 2022
Trump derangement syndrome it its truest form. I can understand someone not liking Trump for who he is, but whether you love him or hate him, the facts are what is important.
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Level 84
Jan 11, 2022
"the facts are what is important"

Indeed. If only Trump felt the same way.

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Level 83
Jan 12, 2022
Are you serious? (site moderator) Someone can come along, without evidence or reason call me deranged, and I can't respond to it, calmly, without returning the insult, by linking to Pulitzer-prize winning journalism and public records clearly showing (not claiming) that I'm obviously right and should not be so disparaged? I won't bother asking why because I know that there is no why that would be at all satisfying. And this is like the 2nd or 3rd time. Low effort ad hominem insults are allowed to stand but someone can't defend themselves by directly linking to thoroughly vetted and fact-checked articles and public records. Yeah that makes sense. I told myself a long time ago I wasn't going to bother coming back to threads like this because of the infuriatingly bad and arbitrary moderation. But it's hilarious in light of the comment a few days ago from someone else claiming that I somehow have favored status in the comments section here... just ridiculous.
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2022
Someone claiming that facts are important probably ought to have access to some. But repeated attempts to link to a few keep getting arbitrarily and inexplicably deleted.
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2022
Can I not state the obvious truth that relying on vetted, fact-checked, award-winning journalism is a superior means of arriving at facts than depending on the Twitter stream and personal statements of a known conman, documented liar, twice impeached, convicted fraudster? Is that what triggered the censor? Is calling Al Capone a tax cheat, a public figure convicted in a court of law of being the thing described, more of an "insult, vulgar language, or spam" than calling another member of the site deranged? If a celebrity or politician is a convicted fraud and documented liar we are not allowed to point this out because it might hurt someone's feelings if they are emotionally beholden to that celebrity or politician or the propaganda outlets that carry water for them?
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Level 75
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 63
Sep 24, 2017
Bill gates is no longer on top!
+1
Level 40
Mar 25, 2018
Because you can always give Jeff Bezos more attention...
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Level 66
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 60
Jan 8, 2020
Jeff Bezos has a net worth of 113B$.
+6
Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
And his ex-wife has a net worth of $37 billion. Crazy.
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Level 71
Jan 9, 2020
She deserves it. She effectively co-founded Amazon with Jeff.
+6
Level 70
Jan 9, 2022
No one on the planet deserves that much money. There's no such thing as deserving more money than you could possibly use in a lifetime.
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Level 67
Jan 9, 2022
You see, it's comments like this that I don't understand. And if one brings up say Musk, Zuckerberg or even Gates or Jobs, people are quick to point out how they only got to where they are through their lying, scheming ways and taking advantage of people.

Ok fine, sometimes business is a dog eat dog world. And if you said some of them did shady things, I guess it's understandable.

But what about Lucas and Spielberg, are they also not deserving of their wealth?

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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.
+6
Level 86
Jan 9, 2020
Telephone and Data Systems? Tonga Defensive Services? Tornado Debris Signature? The Daily Show? The Downward Spiral?
+1
Level 75
Jan 9, 2020
Someone clearly has To Do Something?
+4
Level 79
Jan 9, 2020
It's a quiz, not encyclopedic entry
+7
Level 88
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.
+6
Level 81
Jan 10, 2020
Trump isn't actually a billionaire, so be grateful that he was included at all.
+8
Level 67
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.
+5
Level 83
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.
+5
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 83
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
+3
Level 83
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 83
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 83
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 74
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 83
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.
+2
Level 57
Jan 10, 2022
Lol sour grapes.
+1
Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Lol people using idioms who have no clue what they mean.
+3
Level 59
Jan 21, 2020
Imagine unironically claiming using "Trump Derangement Syndrome" as an insut
+7
Level 86
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 67
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 67
Jan 21, 2020
I think "hopeful" and "Trump" arent two words most people in the world associate with eachother.
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Level 74
Jan 21, 2020
"Hopeful" "Trump" and "will be (removed, impeached, imprisoned, etc) are phrases I've heard
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Level 70
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 83
Jan 21, 2020
Who the heck is James Dyson? Mark Cuban is more internationally famous.
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Level 67
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 83
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 84
Jan 3, 2022
Pots and kettles.
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Level 70
Jan 3, 2022
@biggus56 beat me to it Kal.

I’m not going to get into a slagging match on here, so let’s just ignore each other's comments. As John Lennon said, “it isn’t hard to do”

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Level 68
Jan 9, 2022
As an Australian, I knew who Dyson is. Cuban kinda sorta rings a bell, maybe, but only through occasional references in sitcoms, etc. They don't tell me he's a billionaire, though.
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Level 83
Jan 9, 2022
biggus beat Algernon to saying something blatantly wrong, but Al saw the need to pipe in that he was about to be wrong, too. Cool. I have never in my life made a habit of doing what I described above, and would have said nothing about Dyson if not to help illustrate - what I hope would be obvious to most - the fact that knowing about someone is a subjective measure of international celebrity. Internalize this fact, stop leaving such comments, and I'll immediately stop responding to them. Promise.
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Level 81
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 86
Jan 10, 2020
That’s the estimated number based on the information we currently have. Though it’s fairly likely he has much less.
+15
Level ∞
Jan 21, 2020
It's what Forbes reports, take it up with them.
+1
Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
If only we had sworn testimony from his personal lawyer before Congress letting us know if there was fraud or not...
+3
Level 78
Jan 11, 2020
Perhaps Gautam Adani? No Indians on the list. Also maybe a Russian? Roman Abramovich, perhaps?
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Level 67
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 74
Jan 21, 2020
That's a nice way to put it.
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2020
Evil bastards the lot of them
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Level 67
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 74
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 86
Jan 9, 2022
Rowling keeps pissing off the LGBT community so I don't know if I'd say she's the most benign. Then again, I don't really have a better answer myself...
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Level 67
Jan 9, 2022
I wrote that comment before Rowling's dust-up with LGBTQ people, and, at any rate, her opinions on the issue are totally unrelated to the source of her wealth, so she's still the most benign in the sense that she earned her wealth without engaging in shady practices or crushing people.
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Level 86
Jan 9, 2022
Fair enough.
+1
Level 51
Jan 21, 2020
What about Mukesh Ambani from India? He's richer than Michael Bloomburg.
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Level 67
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 30
Jan 21, 2020
The fact that Sam Walton was not on there is a disgrace to the Southern community.
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Level 66
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 81
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 53
Dec 3, 2020
Communist
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Level 87
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 83
Jan 24, 2020
If any of the above clues raised your blood pressure you should probably seek medical attention.
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Level 82
Jan 3, 2022
Controversial means giving rise to public disagreement. Former means having filled a particular role in the past. The billionaire in question is no longer on Twitter, and he's more controversial than any current or former Twitter user I can think of. The clue you're referring to is a direct and unbiased statement of fact.
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Level 64
Jun 30, 2020
The idea that Gates gives away anything is laughable.

Anyway, cheers for the handy list of people to guillotine. :)

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Level 81
Jan 3, 2022
You haven't heard of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
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Level 83
Jan 9, 2022
He probably has. But you're responding to a guy whose heroes include Pol Pot, Stalin, and Mao Zedong.
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Level 83
Jan 9, 2022
Literally every single opinion I've ever seen you post on this website is laughable. Bill Gates, completely self-made billionaire, is one of the most active and generous philanthropists in the history of the human species.
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Level 61
Aug 4, 2020
Too America centric... Seriously no Mukesh Ambani?
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Level 53
Aug 14, 2020
exactly... I read that Forbes lists him as the 5th richest person in the world, this quiz needs to be updated.
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2021
Definitely needs updating

Musk at the beginning of 2020 was at 29 billion and today (Nov 2021) he's at 279billion

Insane (and scary)

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Level 75
Jan 9, 2022
The only reason I didn't get the Mexican was because I mistook the flag for the Italian flag!
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Level 83
Jan 9, 2022
did you think that was a spaghetti sauce stain in the middle?
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Level 19
Jan 10, 2022
Still can’t believe the richest man in the UK named his company “Virgin”
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Level 66
Jan 10, 2022
"Hedge fund manager frequently blamed for

all the world's ills" - obviously there is a reason why Soros is blamed for many bad things. And why he has been "persona non grata" in many countries in the world...

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Level 84
Jan 10, 2022
Sure, and that reason is he's a convenient scapegoat for rightwing antisemitic conspiracy theorists.
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Level 85
Jan 10, 2022
I realize this quiz goes off a Forbes list, but is there a reason Makenzie Scott (Bezos) and Melinda Gates aren't on here? Each have a net worth well over $2.3 billion.
+1
Level ∞
Jan 10, 2022
This is not a list of the richest people.
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Level 21
Jan 10, 2022
Who else got the founder of Ali Baba when trying to type Mark Zuckerburg
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2022
Elon Musk also has Canadian citizenship