Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

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As proposals to increase U.S. taxes on the ultra-wealthy became a hot topic among billionaires gathered at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, an annual wealth check by the development charity Oxfam was released. It showed that the 26 richest billionaires in the world in 2018 owned as many assets as the nearly 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population – or half the planet’s total population.

So who are these people who hold sway over so much of the world’s assets? Many of us have likely never heard of many of them. However, Bloomberg News tracks the top 500 billionaires in the world, providing daily updates on the fluctuations in their known portfolios.

We’ve used that to put together our own list of the 50 wealthiest people on earth as of the U.S. market close on Jan. 31. It includes their total net worth, the most recent day’s change in that worth as well as the year-to-date change. Some of them make or lose more in one day than many people will earn in a lifetime.

How many of them do you recognize?

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50. Wang Jianlin

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.5B

Last change: +$214M

YTD change: +$868M

Company: Dalian Wanda Group

Country: China

Industry: Real estate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum.

49. Rupert Murdoch

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.5B

Last change: +$7.09M

YTD change: +$502M

Company: News Corp, 21st Century Fox, Fox News

Country: United States

Industry: Media and telecom

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48. Laurene Powell Jobs

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.6B

Last change: +$383M

YTD change: +$539M

Company: Emerson Collective, Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Country: United States

Industry: Media and telecom

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47. Alexey Mordashov

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.7B

Last change: +$297M

YTD change: $1.21B

Company: Severstal

Country: Russian Federation

Industry: Industrial

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46. Azim Premji

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.8B

Last change: +$203M

YTD change: +$1.45B

Company: Wipro

Country: India

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum.

45. Len Blavatnik

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $18.9B

Last change: +$103M

YTD change: +$595M

Company: Access Industries

Country: United States

Industry: Diversified

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44. Vladimir Lisin

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $19.0B

Last change: +$286M

YTD change: +$1.08B

Company: Novolipetsk Steel

Country: Russian Federation

Industry: Industrial

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43. Carl Icahn

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $19.2B

Last change: +$123M

YTD change: +$2.02B

Company: Icahn Enterprises, Federal-Mogul

Country: United States

Industry: Diversified

Image Credit: Facebook / Carl Icahn.

42. & 41. Gerard & Alain Wertheimer

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Gerard’s total net worth: $19.5B

Last change: +$253M

YTD change: +$415M

Alain’s total net worth: $19.5B

Last change: +$253M

YTD change: +$415M

Company: Chanel

Country: France

Industry: Consumer

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40. Yang Huiyan

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.0B

Last change: +$826M

YTD change: +$1.82B

Company: Country Garden Holdings

Country: China

Industry: Real estate

Image Credit: Facebook / Yang Huiyan.

39. Pallonji Mistry (left)

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.4B

Last change: +$136M

YTD change: -$300M

Company: Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Country: Ireland

Industry: Industrial

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Government of India.

38. Susanne Klatten

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.5B

Last change: +$68.1M

YTD change: +$704M

Company: Altana, BMW, Nordex

Country: Germany

Industry: Industrial

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37. Leonid Mikhelson

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.5B

Last change: +$202M

YTD change: +$1.03B

Company: Novatek

Country: Russian Federation

Industry: Energy

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36. Leonardo Del Vecchio

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.8B

Last change: +$83.6M

YTD change: +$244M

Company: Luxottica

Country: Italy

Industry: Consumer

Image Credit: Luxottica.

35. Vladimir Potanin

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $20.9B

Last change: +$404M

YTD change: +$1.30B

Company: Interros

Country: Russian Federation

Industry: Commodities

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34. Jorge Paulo Lemann

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $22.0B

Last change: +$141M

YTD change: +$2.46B

Company: 3G Capital

Country: Brazil

Industry: Food and beverage

Image Credit: Facebook / Jorge Paulo Lemann.

33. Giovanni Ferrero

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $23.4B

Last change: +$372M

YTD change: +$1.08B

Company: The Ferrero Group

Country: Italy

Industry: Food and beverage

Image Credit: The Ferrero Group.

32. Lee Shau-kee

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $23.6B

Last change: +$185M

YTD change: +2.46B

Company: Henderson Land Development

Country: Hong Kong

Industry: Real estate

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31. Tadashi Yanai

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $23.8B

Last change: -$230M

YTD change: -$2.72B

Company: Fast Retailing

Country: Japan

Industry: Retail

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30. Elon Musk

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $24.0B

Last change: +$430M

YTD change: -$29.2M

Company: Tesla, Inc., SpaceX, Neuralink

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

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29. Dieter Schwarz

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $24.5B

Last change: +$109M

YTD change: +$2.15B

Company: Schwarz-Gruppe, Lidl, Kaufland

Country: Germany

Industry: Retail

Image Credit: Facebook / Dieter Schwarz.

28. Michael Dell

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $28.0B

Last change: +$479M

YTD change: -$174M

Company: Dell Technologies

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Oracle PR.

27. Li Ka-shing

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $30.7B

Last change: +$110M

YTD change: +$2.51B

Company: CK Hutchison Holdings

Country: Hong Kong

Industry: Real estate

Image Credit: The Li Ka Shing Foundation.

26. Phil Knight

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $31.4B

Last change: +$339M

YTD change: +$2.42B

Company: Nike, Inc.

Country: United States

Industry: Consumer

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Neon Tommy.

25. Francois Pinault

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $31.7B

Last change: +$915M

YTD change: +$1.66B

Company: Kering

Country: France

Industry: Consumer

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24. Sheldon Adelson

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $32.6B

Last change: +$1.23B

YTD change: +$3.25B

Company: Las Vegas Sands

Country: United States

Industry: Entertainment

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23. Hui Ka Yan

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $33.3B

Last change: +$595M

YTD change: +$1.08B

Company: Evergrande Group

Country: China

Industry: Real estate

Image Credit: Evergrande Group.

22. John Mars

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $34.3B

Last change: +$279M

YTD change: +$1.55B

Company: Mars, Incorporated

Country: United States

Industry: Food and beverage

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21. Jacqueline Mars

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $34.3B

Last change: +$279M

YTD change: +$1.57B

Company: Mars, Incorporated

Country: United States

Industry: Food and beverage

Image Credit: Mars, Inc..

20. Pony Ma

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $35.1B

Last change: +$178M

YTD change: +$2.84B

Company: Tencent

Country: China

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Facebook / Pony Ma.

19. Jack Ma

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $40.0B

Last change: +$1.44B

YTD change: +$4.35B

Company: Alibaba Group

Country: China

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum.

18. Steve Ballmer

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $40.4B

Last change: +$1.17B 

YTD change: +$1.70B

Company: Microsoft Corporation, Los Angeles Clippers

Country: United States

Industry: Technology, Athletics

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17. Alice Walton

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $43.5B

Last change: -$634M

YTD change: +$927M

Company: Walmart

Country: United States

Industry: Retail

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Walmart.

16. David Koch (right)

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $44.2B

Last change: +$111M

YTD change: +$787M

Company: Koch Industries

Country: United States

Industry: Industrial

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15. Charles Koch

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $44.2B

Last change: +$111M

YTD change: +$787M

Company: Koch Industries

Country: United States

Industry: Industrial

Image Credit: Koch Industries.

14. Jim Walton

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $44.6B

Last change: -$664M

YTD change: +$695M

Company: Walmart

Country: United States

Industry: Retail

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Walmart Corporate.

13. Rob Walton

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $44.7B

Last change: -$649M

YTD change: +$913M

Company: Walmart

Country: United States

Industry: Retail

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Walmart Corporate.

12. Mukesh Ambani

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $46.7B

Last change: -$256M

YTD change: +$2.39B

Company: Reliance Industries Limited

Country: India

Industry: Energy

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum.

11. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $47.8B

Last change: +$676M

YTD change: +$1.66B

Company: L’Oréal

Country: France

Industry: Consumer

Image Credit: L’Oréal.

10. Sergey Brin

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $52.2B

Last change: +$1.11B

YTD change: +$2.30B

Company: Alphabet Inc.

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

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9. Larry Page

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $53.6B

Last change: +$1.18B

YTD change: +$2.38B

Company: Alphabet Inc.

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

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8. Larry Ellison

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $54.3B

Last change: +$933M

YTD change: +$4.93B

Company: Oracle Corporation

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Oracle PR.

7. Mark Zuckerberg

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $59.5B

Last change: +$2.38B

YTD change: +$7.41B

Company: Facebook

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Anthony Quintano.

6. Carlos Slim

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $59.8B

Last change: -$484M

YTD change: +$4.81B

Company: Grupo Carso

Country: Mexico

Industry: Diversified

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / José Cruz/ABr.

5. Amancio Ortega

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $63.2B

Last change: +$594M

YTD change: +$4.58B

Company: Inditex Group

Country: Spain

Industry: Retail

Image Credit: Facebook / Amancio Ortega.

4. Bernard Arnault

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $76.9B

Last change: +$4.34B

YTD change: +$8.29B

Company: LVMH, Dior

Country: France

Industry: Consumer

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Jérémy Barande.

3. Warren Buffett

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $84.8B

Last change: +$1.70B

YTD change: +$923M

Company: Berkshire Hathaway

Country: United States

Industry: Diversified

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Mark Hirschey.

2. Bill Gates

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $95.5B

Last change: +$889M 

YTD change: +$5.10B

Company: Microsoft Corporation

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

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1. Jeff Bezos

Have you even heard of the 50 richest people on the planet?

Total net worth: $138B

Last change: +$6.06B

YTD change: +$13.40B

Company: Amazon

Country: United States

Industry: Technology

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