It might sound crazy, but there’s a good chance we’ll all live to see the world’s first trillionaire. Billionaire Bill Gates has a relatively modest fortune of roughly $89 billion. Still, given annual growth rates, compounding interest, and advancing economies around the world, he could eclipse the $1 trillion mark in the near future.
A report from Oxfam reveals a realistic path for many of the world’s richest people to reach the $1 trillion mark. For now, though, trillionaire status is still out of reach for those at or near the top of the Forbes billionaire list. So how could they get there?
To get to $1 trillion, a lot of things have to go right. A global economic meltdown, for example, would probably set everyone back a few steps. But if the chips land where expected, Oxfam’s report says we could see the world’s first trillionaire within the next three decades.
So who has a shot at achieving this, you ask? These eight billionaires have a realistic shot at becoming trillionaires.
1. Bill Gates
Bill Gates, as mentioned, has a fortune of roughly $91 billion. Though he mostly focuses his time and energy on charitable pursuits these days, he’s still adding to those billions. “The fortune of Bill Gates has risen 50% or $25 billion since he left Microsoft in 2006, despite his commendable efforts to give much of it away,” Oxfam’s report states. Gates has perhaps the best chance to become the world’s first trillionaire.
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2. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, has amassed roughly $118 billion so far — and he’s only in his 50s. Given Amazon’s incredible growth and the number of moonshot projects the company is working on, Bezos also has a very good chance of eclipsing the trillion-dollar mark.
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3. Larry Page
Larry Page is one of the founders of Google, which has become an absolute giant over the past decade and a half. He’s only in his 40s and has around $48 billion. Like Zuckerberg, Page has time on his side. With Google looking like it’s going to be integral going forward, Page is likely going to be amassing a lot more money in the coming years.
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4. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin is Larry Page’s partner in crime at Google. He also has around $47 billion and a lot of time to see that fortune grow.
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5. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has more than $64 billion to his name. Despite the scandal surrounding the company, it doesn’t appear Facebook is going to become irrelevant any time soon, and Zuckerberg likely has many other projects up his sleeve. Being as young as he is, he has a very good chance of becoming a trillionaire within the next few decades.
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6. Jack Ma
Jack Ma is becoming more of a household name in the States. He runs Alibaba Group from his home country of China. His net worth is roughly $39 billion. But with many people forecasting that Alibaba will continue to flourish, it’s expected this number will grow significantly in the coming years.
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7. Ma Huateng
Ma Huateng is unknown to most Americans, but he ranks at No. 14 on the Forbes billionaire list. He’s built a fortune of about $45.4 billion so far, mostly through his business workings as an internet entrepreneur. More specifically, he is the founder, president, and CEO of Tencent Holdings.
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8. Elon Musk
Elon Musk isn’t nearly as rich as some of the others on this list, with a relatively paltry fortune of $19.5 billion. But he’s only in his 40s. And he has some ideas that just might launch him to or near the top of the list. Tesla, for example, doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He also has SpaceX in his camp and is floating ideas like the Hyperloop. All of these components might just make him one of the first trillionaires.