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The Richest Person at Every Age

Money logo Money 09/05/2017 Taylor Tepper

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What is it about the very rich that fascinates us so?

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "They are different from you and me." Yet still, we yearn to find some commonality, perhaps to imagine whether it's possible to some day be like them - or dream of what we might do with all that money.

For instance, I was born in 1986, the same year as Lukas Walton, the scion of the retailing giant Walmart, who is worth more than $11 billion, according to Forbes. There's a certain masochistic pleasure in comparing my lot in life with his. Although I would not trade places with Walton's for $11 billion, it's still fun to imagine.

Which is why we compiled this list of the richest person born in each year from 1917 to 1996.

MONEY started with the 2017 Forbes The World's Billionaires list, then cross-referenced each person's wealth against Bloomberg's Billionaires Index to make sure the numbers weren't wildly off, and then asked Wealth-X to use their database to double check each person's age.

What did we learn?

  • Combined, the people on our list are estimated to be worth $1.4 trillion, or 2% of the global gross domestic product.
  • The easiest way to get on this list, especially if you were born after 1957, is to be born into money or marry it.
  • If you have to work, be computer literate. Nearly all of the U.S.-bred billionaires earned their wealth in technology, from Even Speigal to Michael Bloomberg.
  • In total, Americans make up 38% of our list; Europeans, 24%; and Asians, 20%. But while most Europeans on this list inherited their fortunes, 80% of the Asians were self-made.
  • The road to supreme wealth is roughest for women. Only 14% of the list is female.

Scroll below to find your birth year, and see how much work you have to do to catch up:

1917: Raymond Perelman

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Net Worth (in billions): $0.9 (per Wealth-X)

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Founder and chairman of RGP Holdings

1918: Chang Yun Chung (aka Teo Woon Tiong)

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.7

Where From: Singapore

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Pacific International Lines.

1919: N/A

1920: Aloysio de Andrade Faria

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Net Worth (in billions): $2.4

Where From: Brazil

How He Got Rich: Inherited Banco Real from his father, and chairman of Alfa Bank.

1921: David Consunji

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Net Worth (in billions): $3.1

Where From: Philippines

How He Got Rich: Founder and chairman of conglomerate DMCI.

1922: Liliane Bettencourt

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Net Worth (in billions): $39.5

Where From: France

How She Got Rich: Heir to L'Oréal fortune.

1923: Robert Kuok

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Net Worth (in billions): $11.4

Where From: Malaysia

How He Got Rich: Founder of conglomerate Kuok Group.

1924: Henry Sy

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.7

Where From: Philippines

How He Got Rich: Founder of conglomerate SMIC.

1925: Serge Dassault

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Net Worth (in billions): $16.1

Where From: France

How He Got Rich: Heir to conglomerate GIMD.

1926: Hans Rausing

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.5

Where From: Sweden

How He Got Rich: Heir to Tetra Pak.

1927: Samuel Newhouse Jr.

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.1

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Heir, and co-owner, of Advance Publications.

1928: Li Ka-shing

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Net Worth (in billions): $31.2

Where From: Hong Kong

How He Got Rich: Chairman of conglomerate CK Hutchison.

1929: Pallonji Mistry

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Net Worth (in billions): $14.3

Where From: Ireland, via India

How He Got Rich: Largest shareholder in conglomerate Tata Group.

1930: Warren Buffett

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Net Worth (in billions): $75.6

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Chairman, and largest stockholder, of Berkshire Hathaway.

1931: Rupert Murdoch

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Net Worth (in billions): $13.6

Where From: Australia

How He Got Rich: Executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

1932: Donald Bren

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Net Worth (in billions): $15.2

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Chairman of real estate investment firm, Irvine Company.

1933: Sheldon Adelson

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Net Worth (in billions): $30.4

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Founder and chief executive of Las Vegas Sands.

1934: Pauline MacMillan Keinath

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Net Worth (in billions): $6.8

Where From: America

How She Got Rich: Great-granddaughter of the founder of Cargill.

1935: Charles Koch

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Net Worth (in billions): $48.3

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries, which was created by his father.

1936: Amancio Ortega

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Net Worth (in billions): $71.3

Where From: Spain

How He Got Rich: Founder and former chairman of Inditex, owner of Zara.

1937: Klaus-Michael Kuehne

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.4

Where From: Germany

How He Got Rich: Majority shareholder, and former chief executive, of his grandfather's transportation firm.

1938: Phil Knight

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Net Worth (in billions): $26.2

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Nike.

1939: Jorge Paulo Lemann

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Net Worth (in billions): $29.2

Where From: Brazil

How He Got Rich: Beer magnate and investor who now owns stake in Restaurant Brands International.

1940: Carlos Slim

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Net Worth (in billions): $54.5

Where From: Mexico

How He Got Rich: Chairman and chief executive of various holdings, including Grupo Carso.

1941: Stefano Pessina

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Net Worth (in billions): $13.9

Where From: Italy

How He Got Rich: Chief executive and vice chairman of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

1942: Michael Bloomberg

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Net Worth (in billions): $47.5

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Founder and chief executive of Bloomberg

1943: Ronald Perelman

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.5

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Son of Raymond Perelman, chairman and chief executive of MacAndrews & Forbes

1944: Larry Ellison

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Net Worth (in billions): $52.3

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founder and chairman of Oracle.

1945: Azim Premji

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Net Worth (in billions): $14.9

Where From: India

How He Got Rich: Chairman of Wipro, an IT firm.

1946: Peter Woo

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Net Worth (in billions): $10.5

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Former chairman of Wheelock and Company, and The Wharf Holdings.

1947: Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

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Net Worth (in billions): $21.1

Where From: Denmark

How He Got Rich: Heir to Lego fortune, and former president and chief executive.

1948: Jim Walton

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Net Worth (in billions): $34

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Heir to Walmart fortune.

1949: Bernard Arnault

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Net Worth (in billions): $41.5

Where From: France

How He Got Rich: Chairman and chief executive of LVMH.

1950: Theo Albrecht Jr

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Net Worth (in billions): $18.8

Where From: Germany

How He Got Rich: Heir to supermarket chain, Aldi

1951: Joseph Lau

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Net Worth (in billions): $15

Where From: Hong Kong

How He Got Rich: Majority owner of investment firm Chinese Estates Holdings.

1952: Gennady Timchenko

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Net Worth (in billions): $16

Where From: Russia

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of investment firm Volga Group.

1953: Paul Allen

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Net Worth (in billions): $19.9

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Microsoft.

1954: Wang Jianlin

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Net Worth (in billions): $31.3

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Chairman of entertainment giant Dalian Wanda.

1955: Bill Gates

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Net Worth (in billions): $86

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Microsoft.

1956: Steve Ballmer

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Net Worth (in billions): $30

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Former chief executive of Microsoft.

1957:Mukesh Ambani

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Net Worth (in billions): $23.2

Where From: India

How He Got Rich: Chairman of energy giant, Reliance Industries Limited.

1958: Hui Ka Yan (aka Xu Jiayin)

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Net Worth (in billions): $10.2

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Founder and chairman of real estate giant, Evergrande Real Estate Group.

1959: Uday Kotak

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Net Worth (in billions): $8

Where From: India

How He Got Rich: Founder and chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank

1960: Jorn Rausing

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Net Worth (in billions): $6.1

Where From: Sweden

How He Got Rich: Heir to packaging giant, Tetra Laval.

1961: Abigail Johnson

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Net Worth (in billions): $14.4

Where From: America

How She Got Rich: Granddaughter of Fidelity Investments founder Edward Johnson II, and current president and chief executive.

1962: Susanne Klattan

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Net Worth (in billions): $20.4

Where From: Germany

How She Got Rich: Inherited stake in her parents' investments, including BMW.

1963: Laurene Powell Jobs

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Net Worth (in billions): $20

Where From: America

How She Got Rich: Widow of Steve Jobs.

1964: Jeff Bezos

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Net Worth (in billions): $72.8

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Founder, chairman and chief executive of Amazon.com.

1965: Michael Dell

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Net Worth (in billions): $20.4

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Founder and chief executive of Dell Technologies.

1966: Stefan Quandt

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Net Worth (in billions): $18.2

Where From: Germany

How He Got Rich: Inherited stake in his parents' investments, including BMW.

1967: Kumar Birla

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Net Worth (in billions): $9.5

Where From: India

How He Got Rich: Inherited chairmanship of commodities giant Aditya Birla Group after his father's death.

1968: Wang Wenyin

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Net Worth (in billions): $14

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Owns mining giant Amer International.

1969: Lei Jun

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Net Worth (in billions): $6.8

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Co-founded smartphone maker, Xiaomi.

1970: Emmanuel Besnier

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Net Worth (in billions): $11.3

Where From: France

How He Got Rich: Inherited ownership in dairy and cheese giant Lactalis.

1971: Ma Huateng

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Net Worth (in billions): $24.9

Where From: China

How They Got Rich: Chairman of Tencent.

1972: Andrey Melnichenko

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Net Worth (in billions): $13.2

Where From: Russia

How He Got Rich: Majority owner of energy and fertilizer producers.

1973: Larry Page

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Net Worth (in billions): $40.7

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Google

1974: Liu Qiangdon (aka Richard Liu)

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Net Worth (in billions): $7.7

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Founder of e-commerce leader JD.com.

1975: Tom Persson

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Net Worth (in billions): $2.1

Where From: Sweden

How He Got Rich: Inherited stake in H&M.

1976: Jan Koum

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Net Worth (in billions): $9.8

Where From: America, via Ukraine

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Whatsapp.

1977: Alejandro Santo Domingo

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Net Worth (in billions): $4.7

Where From: America, via Columbia

How He Got Rich: Inherited a stake in beer giant SABMiller, which was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

1978: Garrett Camp

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Net Worth (in billions): $6.3

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Uber.

1979: Sean Parker

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Net Worth (in billions): $2.6

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Former president of Facebook.

1980: Marie Besnier Beauvalot

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Net Worth (in billions): $4

Where From: France

How She Got Rich: Inherited ownership in dairy and cheese giant Lactalis.

1981: Yang Huiyan

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Net Worth (in billions): $9

Where From: China

How She Got Rich: Inherited ownership in her father's real estate firm.

1982: Eduardo Saverin

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Net Worth (in billions): $7.9

Where From: Brazil

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg.

1983: Nate Blecharczyk

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Net Worth (in billions): $3.2

Where From: American

How He Got Rich: Co-founder of Airbnb.

1984: Mark Zuckerberg

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Net Worth (in billions): $56

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Facebook.

1985: Julio Mario Santo Domingo III

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Net Worth (in billions): $2.4

Where From: America, via Columbia

How He Got Rich: Inherited a stake in beer giant SABMiller, which was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

1986: Lukas Walton

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Net Worth (in billions): $11.3

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Inherited wealth from his deceased father, John T. Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune.

1987: Wang Han

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.3

Where From: China

How He Got Rich: Inherited ownership stake in Juneyao Airlines.

1988: Patrick Collison

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.1

Where From: America, via Ireland

How He Got Rich: Co-founded, and runs, online payment company Stripe.

1989: Bobby Murphy

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Net Worth (in billions): $4

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Snap, creator of instant messaging app Snapchat.

1990: Evan Spiegel

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Net Worth (in billions): $4

Where From: America

How He Got Rich: Co-founded Snap, creator of instant messaging app Snapchat.

1991: Hugh Grosvenor

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Net Worth (in billions): $12.9 (per Wealth-X)

Where From: United Kingdom

How He Got Rich: Inherited his wealth and title, the Duke of Westminster.

1992 (Honorable Mention): Frances Bean Cobain (per Wealth-X)

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Net Worth (in billions): $0.1

Where From: America

How She Got Rich: Inherited wealth from deceased father Kurt. Named honorable mention as neither Wealth-X, Forbes or Bloomberg recognizes a billionaire born this year.

1993: Gustav Magnar Witzoe

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.1

Where From: Norway

How He Got Rich: Inherited almost half of a salmon fishing giant.

1994 (Honorable Mention): Justin Bieber

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Net Worth (in billions): $0.2 (per Wealth-X)

Where From: Canada

How He Got Rich: Singing song and selling records. Named honorable mention as neither Wealth-X, Forbes or Bloomberg recognizes a billionaire born this year.

1995: Katharina Andresen

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.2

Where From: Norway

How She Got Rich: Inherited partial ownership of the investment company Ferd. Would be richer if not for her sister below.

1996: Alexandra Andresen

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Net Worth (in billions): $1.2

Where From: Norway

How She Got Rich: Also inherited partial ownership of the investment company Ferd.


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