While there are several billionaires in the world, the same can not be said of centibillionaires, those whose fortunes have crossed the $100 billion mark.
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Before Thursday, August 6, there were just two centibillioniares in the world - Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
With a record bump in Facebook Inc’s profit in less than 28 hours, Mark Zuckerberg joined the club as his wealth climbed to $100 billion.
Below are, therefore, the world’s new centibillionaires:
Mark Zuckerberg ($100 billion):
Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg launched Facebook at Harvard University right from his student hostel room in 2004. By 2012, the network had surpassed one billion users, connecting people from around the world.
His tech passion was very much encouraged by his father, who taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s and later hired a tutor to get him through. Mark put his skills to work and later built a programme called ZuckNet.
That was not his only his early exploit, he also worked under for a company called the Intelligent Media Group to build a music app that was named Synapse Media Player.
Bill Gates ($120 billion)
The oldest among the centibillionaires at age 64, the Microsoft co-founder was born and raised in America. It should also be noted that he has been on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people since 1987.
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He has also known as a great philanthropist as he has given so much to mankind through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said to be the world’s biggest charity organisation.
Though Gates saw that his family wanted him to be a lawyer, to took a liking to tech as he wrote his first software programme at early age 13.
At 17, his skill greatly advanced as he formed a company called Trad-O-Data to process traffic data using the technology of Intel 8008 processor.
Jeff Bezos ($190 billion)
An American born on January 12, 1964, he was raised in both Houston and Miami and later graduated from Princeton University in 1986, bagging a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Bezos bought the Washington Post, one of the world’s most respected newspapers, in 2013 for a whopping sum of $250 million. His ownership of the paper changed its digital structure.
He also given to charity. In 2018, he made a big donation of $33 million to TheDream US, a college scholarship fund for immigrants brought to America when they were small. He also gave $10 million to With Honor, an organisation that encourages veterans in politics.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the world’s richest man, Jeff, added a whopping $13 billion to his fortune on Monday, July 20, the largest wealth growth for an individual since 2012.
The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, added a whopping $13 billion to his fortune on Monday, 20 July, the largest wealth growth for an individual since the Bloomberg Billionaires Index was created in 2012. On the same day, Amazon’s shares jumped to 7.9%, the most it has been since December 2018, Bloomberg reports.
It should be noted that Bezos, the founder of Amazon, had his fortune greatly increase from $74 billion in 2020 to $189.3 billion, despite the US economy being hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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