If money grows on trees, these people must have a plentiful yard. A recent analysis of the top billionaires in America looked at the Forbes’ 400 list and revealed how much money they’re making, where the billionaires started, and an overall deep dive into their lives.
It’s no surprise that Jeff Bezos topped the list, making $190.6 billion. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, cashed in on the market of online shopping. Other notable names on the list include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerbuerg and Warren Buffet. Within the top 20, most have made their way to the top by dominating in tech and retail.
However, when you look beyond just the top 20, there’s a variety of industries that these billionaires work in such as media, healthcare, real estate and food. One name in the food industry, John Mars. You may recognize that name from the last package of M&Ms that you ate. Mars is the world’s largest candy maker. John Mars rounds out the top 20, with a net worth of $28.9 billion. John, his sister Jacqueline, and their late brother Forrest, Jr. inherited stakes in the company in 1999.
The analysis took a trip down memory lane, finding the first jobs of the top 50 wealthy. It’s no surprise that the most common first job was a computer programmer. Yet, many were unique, including lieutenants, fashion assistants, waiters, and credit analysts.
Looking at education levels, the most common field of study within the top 50 people on the list was business administration. Other popular majors included economics, electrical engineering and computer science. Another interesting fact that the analysis revealed is that 14% of the top 50 billionaires are college drop-outs.
The analysis conducted by Grand Canyon University gave an interesting insight into the lives of the wealthiest Americans. While revealing just how much money they’re worth now, it also showed us that they once were just like us.