AI Imagines What Billionaires Would Look Like Poor

Since the dawn of time, wealth and status have played a major role in society. From kings and queens to modern-day billionaires, there has always been a fascination with the lives of the extraordinarily wealthy. 

Stripping of Their Fortune

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With advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, we can now imagine what these individuals would look like if they were stripped of their fortune and forced to live as broke or poor.

Richest People Turned Poor

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Curious to see a billionaire’s world turned upside down? We’ve tasked AI to simulate what the wealthiest individuals would look like if they were suddenly dirt poor.

Join us for a glimpse into this unexpected reversal of fortunes.

20. Charles Koch ($52.5 Billion)

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Since 1967, Charles Koch has held the positions of chairman and CEO at Koch Industries, which stands as America’s second-largest private company by revenue.

19. Julia Koch ($57.8 Billion)

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Following the passing of her husband, David, in August 2019 at the age of 79, Julia Koch, along with her three children, inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries.

18. Zhong Shanshan ($63.9 Billion)

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Zhong Shanshan established and serves as the chairman of Nongfu Spring, a bottled water company that conducted its initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in September 2020.

17. Rob Walton ($65 Billion)

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Rob Walton is the eldest son of the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton.

16. Jim Walton ($65.7 Billion)

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Jim Walton is the youngest son of the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton.

15. Mukesh Ambani ($92.8 Billion)

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Mukesh Ambani oversees the operations of Reliance Industries, a conglomerate with a revenue of $110 billion. The company is diversified across petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecom, and retail.

14. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($94.1 Billion)

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The world’s wealthiest woman is Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder.

13. Amancio Ortega ($95.3 Billion)

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Zara founder Amancio Ortega, hailing from Spain, stands among the globe’s most affluent clothing retailers.

12. Carlos Slim Helu ($95.8 Billion)

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Carlos Slim Helú, Mexico’s wealthiest individual, along with his family, holds sway over América Móvil, the largest mobile telecom company in Latin America.

11. Michael Bloomberg ($96.3 Billion)

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In 1981, Michael Bloomberg co-founded Bloomberg LP, a financial information and media company.

10. Sergey Brin ($110.4 Billion)

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In December 2019, Sergey Brin resigned from the position of president at Alphabet, the parent company of Google. However, he continues to hold a position on the board and retains significant ownership control.

9. Steve Ballmer ($112.5 Billion)

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Steve Ballmer, the charismatic former CEO of Microsoft, steered the company’s helm from 2000 to 2014.

8. Larry Page ($115 Billion)

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Larry Page cofounded Google with Sergey Brin. In 2019, Larry Page relinquished his role as CEO of Alphabet. However, he continues to serve as a board member and holds a significant stake as a controlling shareholder.

7. Bill Gates ($117.2 Billion)

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Bill Gates transformed his wealth, originally amassed from the software firm Microsoft, into a diverse portfolio that includes investments in zero-carbon energy.

6. Mark Zuckerberg ($119.8 Billion)

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At the age of 19, Mark Zuckerberg initiated the development of Facebook at Harvard in 2004. The platform was initially designed to help students associate names with photos of their classmates.

5. Warren Buffett ($121 Billion)

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Distinguished as the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett stands as one of the most accomplished investors in history.

4. Larry Ellison ($146.3 Billion)

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Larry Ellison serves as the chairman, chief technology officer, and co-founder of the software giant Oracle, of which he holds approximately 35%.

3. Jeff Bezos ($169.1 Billion)

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In 1994, Jeff Bezos established the e-commerce giant Amazon, starting the venture out of his garage in Seattle.

2. Bernard Arnault ($191.9 Billion)

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Bernard Arnault directs the LVMH empire, comprising 75 fashion and cosmetics brands, such as Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

1. Elon Musk ($242 Billion)

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Elon Musk co-founded six companies; among them are the electric car maker Tesla, rocket producer SpaceX, and tunneling startup Boring Company.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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