Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number 136 on the list of the world’s billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/10/worlds-richest-people-slim-gates-buffett-billionaires-2010_land.html?boxes=Homepagelighttop) as compiled by “Forbes.” The magazine lists his net worth at US$5.5 billion .
Here’s what “Forbes” has to say about Jobs: “Following months of rumor and speculation, cultish king of the iGeeks presented the highly anticipated iPad in January; ten-inch, multi-touch computer intended to fill gap between smartphone and laptop. Delighted: nerds everywhere. Scared to death: newspaper and magazine publishers. Also unveiled new iBookstore and iBooks application in direct challenge to Amazon’s Kindle; several book publishers have committed to content agreements. Apple shares up 100% in past 12 months. Reed College dropout founded Apple in 1976. Revolutionized music industry with iTunes, iPod. Best investment: bought Pixar from George Lucas in 1986 for $10 million. Created string of hits (Finding Nemo, Toy Story); sold to Disney in 2006 for $7.4 billion in stock. Today is Disney’s largest shareholder; stake worth $4.2 billion. Reportedly cooperating on a biography with author Walter Isaacson.”
The top five names on the list are: Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecom tycoon ($53.3 billion); Bill Gates, whom you know, of course ($53 billion)); investor Warren Buffet ($47 billion), ; Mumbai-based oil and gas tycoon, Mukesh Ambani ($29 billion); and India-based steel tycoon, Lakshmi Mittai ($28.7 billion).