While there are several billionaires in the world, the same cannot be said of centibillionaires, those whose fortunes have crossed the $100bn 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 $100bn.
Below is, therefore, facts about the world’s centibillionaires:
Mark Zuckerberg ($100B):
Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg launched his Facebook at Harvard University right from his student hostel room in 2004. By 2012, the network surpassed 1 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 put him through. Mark put his skill to work and later built a programme called ZuckNet.
That was not only his early days exploit, he worked for a company called the Intelligent Media Group to build a music app that was named Synapse Media Player.
Bill Gates ($120B)
The oldest among the centibillionaire 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 world’s richest people since 1987.
He has also been 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 organization.
Though Gates' family wanted him to be a lawyer, he took a liking to tech as he wrote his first software program 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 ($190B)
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.
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Bezos bought 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 is 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, Legit.ng earlier reported that The world’s richest man, Jeff, added a whopping $13 billion (N5,054,010,000,000) to his fortune on Monday, July 20, the largest wealth growth for an individual since 2012.
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