The 7 richest retail billionaires in the world

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took the top spot. Phillip Faraone / Stringer / Getty Images
  • There’s a fortune to be made in retail.
  • Forbes’ 2019 ranking of the 20 richest people in the world features seven individuals who owe their billions to major retail brands.
  • Check out which noteworthy individuals made their money off companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Zara.

The realm of retail sure has produced a slew of billionaires.

At least, that’s what Forbes’ 2019 report on the 20 richest people in the world seems to indicate.

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Seven of the names on the list got their money from major companies in the retail space. The only industry that fared better was tech, which boasted 10 billionaires.

From Jeff Bezos to the surviving children of Sam Walton, check out which billionaires owe their vast fortunes to retail:


7. S. Robson “Rob” Walton

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Walmart heir S. Robson Walton. Rick T. Wilking / Stringer / Getty Images

Final net worth: $US44.3 billion

Origin of wealth: Walmart


6. Alice Walton

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Walmart heiress Alice Walton. Rick T. Wilking / Stringer / Getty Images

Final net worth: $US44.4 billion

Origin of wealth: Walmart


5. Jim Walton

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Walmart heir Jim Walton. Rick T. Wilking /Stringer/Getty

Final net worth: $US44.6 billion

Origin of wealth: Walmart


4. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Final net worth: $US49.3 billion

Origin of wealth: L’Oréal


3. Amancio Ortega

Final net worth: $US62.7 billion

Origin of wealth: Zara


2. Bernard Arnault

Final net worth: $US76 billion

Origin of wealth: LVMH


1. Jeff Bezos

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Final net worth: $US131 billion

Origin of wealth: Amazon