The Wealthiest Billionaires In The United States

A large number of the world’s top billionaires live in the United States. On the Forbes list of billionaires for 2019, 14 out of the top 20 richest people in the world were Americans. The wealth amassed by these Americans is reflective of the country’s GDP which stands at a growth rate of 2.9 percent, well ahead of other nations. Another commonality among the richest people in America is visible in the country’s relationship with its entrepreneurs. A majority of the people that topped the list amassed their fortune by founding their own companies. Let’s take a look at how the top people on this list achieved their billionaire status.

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference
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As the founder and owner of Amazon, one the biggest companies in the world, it comes as no surprise that Jeff Bezos is number one on our list of the richest billionaires in the U.S. However, the company had humble beginnings and wasn’t always the giant force it is today.

Amazon started as a bookstore operated from Bezos’ bedroom where you could go online and order a book that would be shipped directly to your home. The company quickly expanded to selling other products and today buying things on Amazon has become a way of life for many people worldwide. Jeff Bezos’ current net worth stands at a whopping $131 billion.