Billionaires rule the roost in modern society, at least when it comes to world commerce. From self-made titans of technology to all-conquering media elites, these male billionaires represent the capitalist ideal, and one which many of us strive for, despite the odds of replicating their success being incredibly low.
Yes, in a world where nearly half the world's population lives on less than $2.50 a day, possessing such grand fortunes has become a reality for a select group of men. Read on below as we profile 30 male billionaires who have more money than they'll ever know what to do with.
1. Prince George of Cambridge
Net Worth: $1bn
Okay, this young chap is by far a man, but at just 5-years-old, the future King of England and billionaire certainly has a headstart in life. In time, he will also gain the Crown Estate which will bring his wealth up by more than $5 billion in property assets.
He will also gain $400 million per year in other assets should he ascend to the throne.
2. John Collison
Net Worth: $1bn
One of a select handful of Harvard dropouts to make billions is John Collison, the co-founder of Stripe, an online payment company. Along with his brother Patrick, the Irish-born brothers created a bemouth of a company and now live in San Francisco, where Stripe soon gained $150m worth of funding.
The impressive seed capital valued the business at $9.2 billion according to Forbes.
3. Sir Paul McCartney
Net Worth: $1.2bn
The first billionaire on our list is none other than the legendary Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. Famed for his legendary pop ballads such as Dear Jude and Yellow Submarine, Paul, along with fellow Liverpudlians John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, would write lyrics, compose music and perform in front of sell-out crowds across the world at a time when pop was only just beginning to take off as the genre we now know it.
Despite an infamous divorce from ex-wife Stella McCartney, Paul has kept most of his wealth, which currently stands at a whopping $1.2bn.
4. Gustav Magnar Witzøe
Net Worth: $1.9bn
Gustav Magnar Witzøe may only be 24, but he owns a large chunk (almost half, in fact) of Norwegian fish farming company Salmar, one of the world's largest salmon producers.
While the business is his father's, Witzøe was handed a lucrative stake in the company in 2013. Forbes reported that his wealth is being used by Gustav to help him diversify the family's portfolio by investing in real estate and tech startups.
5. Evan Spiegel
Net Worth $2.3bn
Evan Spiegel is very much the face of Snapchat, as well as being one of its co-founders. Now serving as CEO of the American multinational, Spiegel was officially named the youngest billionaire in the world in 2015.
But he made the biggest headlines last year when he married the Australian Victoria's Secret model, Miranda Kerr.
6. Sean Parker
Net Worth: $2.7bn
An early pioneer in online music streaming, Parker's Napster venture saw him gain widespread publicity before he branched into more mainstream facets of the tech sector. One such facet was Facebook, which saw him lend his hand as an angel investor in the company's infancy.
The American entrepreneur and philanthropist would become the first president of the social networking website and was portrayed on screen by the US singer and actor Justin Timberlake in a movie about the company called the Social Network. He has also co-founded Plaxo, Causes and Airtime.com.
7. Drew Houston
Net Worth: $2.7bn
Andrew W. Houston is the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, a popular online storage service that has been downloaded millions of times. Forbes estimated his net worth to be around the $3 billion mark.
Earlier this year, Dropbox went public which likely boosted Houston's wealth, a fortune which looks set to grow in the coming years.
8. Joe Gebbia
Net Worth: $3.7bn
Joseph Gebbia Jr. is one cool cat and yet another Airbnb alumni to appear on our list. The American billionaire designer and Internet entrepreneur has lent his design skills to the company by becoming their chief product officer.
Gebbia's success was recognized by BusinessWeek in 2009 after he was included in their Top 20 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.
9. Nathan Blecharczyk
Net worth: $3.7bn
Nathan Blecharczyk or "Nate" as his friends call him, is the co-founder of everyone's favorite global rental website, Airbnb. The American now oversees strategy operations and is the chairman of Airbnb China.
A computer whizz, the 35-year-old was one of the company's first chief technology officer.
10. Brian Chesky
Net Worth: $3.7bn
Another Airbnb billionaire, Brian Joseph Chesky is one of the co-founders of the San Fransisco- based hospitality exchange service. Now the CEO of the company, Chesky was named in Time's "100 Most Influential People of 2015".
In recognition of his success, former president Barack Obama named Chesky as an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship in 2015.
11. George Lucas
Net Worth: $5.5bn
Despite only directing 8 films, The Star Wars creator has amassed a staggering $5.5bn fortune, a figure that would put most oil barons and Saudi princes to shame. The majority of Lucas's vast wealth comes from the sale of LucasFilm to Disney in 2012 for a reported $4.1 billion in both cash and lucrative stock options.
But Lucas isn't only making money. He has also been at the forefront of a charitable foundation responsible for giving away more than $1 billion.
12. Dustin Moskovitz
Net Worth: $10.9bn
Dustin Aaron Moskovitz is, in many ways, the unsung hero of Facebook's success. While Zuckerberg created the code, the fellow American Internet entrepreneur, along with Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes helped bring it to life.
Today, Moskovitz mostly shies away from the media and has instead created a new life for himself in Ireland, where he helps support the Esker Boxing Club in Dublin.
13. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor
Net Worth: $11.5bn
Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, or the 7th Duke of Westminster if going by his official title, was forging his own career as an accounts manager in the green energy company Bio-bean when his father unexpectedly passed away in August 2016.
The late British aristocrat's wealth was subsequently passed onto Hugh. At just 25, Hugh's windfall surpassed the wealth of every British billionaire, including the likes of Virgin founder Richard Branson and the retail high street giant, Sir Philip Green.
14. Elon Musk
Net Worth: $22.2bn
Making a name for himself in the infancy of online payments through Paypal, Elon Musk appears to be more of a celebrity figure nowadays than a visionary genius, but make no mistake; Musk is very much at the forefront of some of the most exciting technological advancements in modern history.
As the CEO of Tesla, Musk's company is responsible for a large portion of the electric cars you see on the roads. The former boyfriend of Amber Heard also serves as CEO of SpaceX.
15. Leonardo del Vecchio
Net worth: $22.7bn
Stylish, fabled and revered in fashion circles, Leonardo del Vecchio's Luxottica company gave the world Ray-Ban, one of the coolest brands of eyewear on the market. A sunglass empire, del Vecchio also owns the Sunglass Hut, an empire that has only grown since its formation in 1961.
The Milan businessman also manufacturers glasses for many other luxury brands.
16. Paul Allen
Net Worth: $24.6bn
While Bill Gates is usually credited as the brains behind the computing giant Microsoft, Paul Allen was also instrumental in its infancy but left before it went public. However, he continued to serve on the board until the turn of the century, upon which he started selling off his shares.
Other projects outside Microsoft include his private investment company, Vulcan.
17. Francois Pinault
Net Worth: $27.9bn
Francois Pinault is perhaps more known for his marriage to Salema Hayek than his lucrative business endeavours which have made him a billionaire and his wife one of the richest actors in Hollywood.
The shrewd entrepreneur's wealth comes mainly from his luxury good company 'PPR,' which owns famous brands like Gucci and Balenciaga.
18. Phil Knight
Net Worth: $28.7bn
Now synonymous with nearly every shoe owner in the world, Nike wasn't always the universal product it now is. In the 1960s, Phil Knight's humble beginnings saw him distribute Japanese sneakers to the US under the name Blue Ribbon Sports.
Since rebranded as Nike, Knight's enthusiasm for running has seen him create a sportswear empire the likes of which have yet to be replicated.
19. Steve Ballmer
Net Worth: $37.3bn
Steve Ballmer took a major risk when he dropped out of Stanford to join a little-known company called Microsoft. Becoming their first business manager with a base salary of $50,000, it would be the added incentive of a stake in the company to persuade Ballmer to join that would see his wealth rise beyond his wildest dreams.
After years of loyal service, Ballmer eventually replaced Bill Gates as CEO in 2000 and would be the face of the company for 14 years before Satya Nadella succeeded him in 2014.
20. Rob Walton
Net Worth: $43.3bn
Rob Walton is the oldest Walmart family member alive following the deaths of founders Helen and Sam Walton, which means that he is in possession of most of the family's riches.
Proving he was more than just a benefactor of his family's success, Rob Walton worked in the superstore back in 1969 and rose the ranks to serve as chairman from 1992 to 2015.
21. Michael Bloomberg
Net Worth: $43.4 billion
Bloomberg CEO and founder was once a Salomon Brothers employee making ends meet when he was fired and forced to think of pastures new. But Bloomberg soon turned adversity into profitability when he founded his namesake financial-data firm in 1981.
After almost a decade of success, Bloomberg turned his company's attention to news and media subsidiary in 1990. However, the majority of Bloomberg LP's revenue continues to come from its data services. Bloomberg has also made waves politically, serving as the mayor of New York City three terms, sparking talks of a potential presidential run in 2020.
22. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $48.9bn
Larry Ellison probably didn't think he would become one of the richest men alive when he and two colleagues working at the same electronics company teamed up to create their programming firm in 1977. A story of Hollywood proportions, Ellison and his team then hit the big time following a life-changing contract to develop a unique database management system for the CIA.
The company has since rebranded itself as Oracle Corp, with only Microsoft having a larger market share in the programming industry.
23. Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Net Worths: 49.1bn and 50.5bn
Sergey Brin and Larry Page proved to be Bill Gate's worst nightmare after he admitted to a journalist that his greatest fear was not being able to think of a technology that would soon be spawned by the minds of two people in a garage. Of course, this kind of prophetic genius wouldn't be profitable for Bill Gates, but it did show that he already knew Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were onto something when they started an online search engine back in 1998 in their garage.
Now presiding over the world's most visited website, the search engine giant has revolutionized the way we use the Internet and has made its co-founders billions who have since shifted their attention to Alphabet, a company that Brin is CEO of while Page serves as president.
24. Mark Zuckerberg
Net Worth: $52.3bn
Mark Zuckerberg had only moved out of his parent's house and into the dorms of Harvard University when he launched TheFacebook.com as a sophomore college student. With the help of a few other coders, Zuckerberg would soon be overseeing one of the net's most successful websites.
Now in this 30s, Zuckerberg has since acquired fellow social media giant Instagram- just as well when you consider that Facebook is losing more young users than ever before.
25. Carlos Slim
Net Worth: $56bn
The Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim has acquired many companies in his native country via his lucrative conglomerate, Grupo Carso. One of these companies is America Movil, the most extensive operator of mobile phones in Latin America.
At one point, Slim was believed to have been the world's richest man in a country that continues to be plagued with corruption and political instability.
26. Bernard Arnault
Net Worth: $66.1bn
France's richest man is a fashion mogul responsible for transforming the profitability of the likes of Dior and Louis Vuitton and turning them into global brands. As chair of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Arnault overseas the performance of various other luxury brands and has become Europe's richest man as a result.
However, it was Arnault's purchase of Christian Dior shortly after he joined the business which put him on the map.
27. Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $66.1bn
Another European fashion giant on our list is the Spanish retail king Amancio Ortego. As the founder of Inditex, a company which owns various high street fashion chains such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Oysho, Ortega's wealth has ballooned following the advent of online sales and a greater emphasis on quality clothes at high street prices.
But it is Zara, the stylish high street that offers a more upmarket alternative to the likes of Topshop and H&M where most of Ortega's fortune lies.
28. Warren Buffet
Net Worth: $78.7bn
Believe it or not, one of the most famous investors of our time didn;t get a place at Harvard Business School. But Harvard's loss was Columbia's gain. It was there that he studied under the tutelage of Benjamin Graham, who would inspire a young Buffet to invest in the stock market and make a career of it.
With a series of shrewd investments, Buffet eventually had enough capital to purchase the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway in 1969. Today, it is one of the most profitable investment firms in the world.
29. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $89.5bn
We couldn't get through this list without including Bill Gates, a name synonymous with extreme wealth. Second, only to Jeff Bezos in the official accolade of Forbe's wealthiest man of 2018, Gates stepped down from his position as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 to focus on humanitarian projects.
However, he still has an advisory role on the board.
30. Jeff Bezos
Net Worth: $150bn
Jeff Bezos had a vision in his Seattle garage one day in 1994: to create the world's largest online library. And so he founded Amazon.com, once a marketplace for books and now the world's largest online store.
With rapid rates of growth, Bezos has seen his wealth rocket in recent years, so much so that three years on from Amazon's public offering, Bezos is now the wealthiest person alive, with a net worth of $150bn making him the richest man in modern history.