There are so many ways you could become a billionaire. They all, of course, require a lot of hard work, dedication and risk-taking, as well as a pretty big financial investment.
But, there are quicker, ways to get a 10-digit bank account balance – for example: marrying a billionaire who’s already done all the hard work. But not just any old billionaire; a handsome billionaire.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the 10 most handsome (and richest) men in the world. All you’ve got to do is take your pick, start stalking them on social media and, hopefully, trap them into marrying you.
10. Drew Houston
Net worth: $1 billion (£760.7 million)
Born in Acton, Massachusetts in 1983, Drew Houston’s success story begins when his father bought him his first computer which we used to learn BASIC Programming. Houston (pronounced like the NYC street, not the Texas city) graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in computer science in 2005. It was during his time there he would meet his partner in crime Arash Ferdowsi. The two would go on to co-found Dropbox, an online file sharing and storage service. By the age of 28, he was ranked (along with Ferdowsi) among the top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the world by Inc.
9. John Collison
Net worth: $1.1 billion (£836.9 million)
Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, John and his older brother Patrick Collison are better known for co-founding Stripe, the company that lets individuals, as well as businesses like Kickstarter, Shopify and Slack, easily accept payments over the internet. The brothers’ journey began in 2007, when John was just 17 years old, having founded the company Shuppa which would go on to merge with Auctomatic. In November 2016, the Collison brothers were named the youngest self-made billionaires in the world.
Collison is also a pilot and pianist.
8. Yoshikazu Tanaka
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Net worth: $1.1 billion (£836.9 million)
Born in Tokyo, Yoshikazy Tanaka is a Japanese businessman and entrepreneur, better known for developing GREE, a social networking service. He began developing GREE as a hobby at the age of 26, and opened it to the public in February 2004. By March 2004, over 10,000 users had joined the service and in December established a company, GREE, Inc., to cater to the social networks growing numbers of users.
In June 2010, the company was listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, making Tanaka the youngest person to achieve this at the young age of 33 years and 3 months.
7. Jack Dorsey
Net worth: $1.3 billion (£989 million)
Widely known as a co-founder and CEO of social networking site Twitter, Jack Dorsey was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri. While an undergraduate student at New York University, he introduced the idea of an SMS service to communicate with a small group of people at a board meeting at company Odeo, which would go on to become the 140-character service we’ve come to know and love. He is also the co-founder of Square, Inc., a mobile payment and merchant services aggregator company.
Fun fact: his Twitter account was briefly suspended in November 2016, which was later claimed to be an ‘internal mistake’ upon restoration.
6. Gustav Magnar Witzoe
Net worth: $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion)
Gustav Magnar Witzoe owns 47% of Salmar ASA, one of the world’s largest salmon producers, which was gifted to him by his father Gustav Witzoe. The company was founded in 1991 and is still run by the elder Witzoe.
The 23-year-old Norwegian, on the other hand, is making his mark in real estate and as a tech start-up investor. He is regarded as one of Norway’s – and the world’s – most eligible bachelors.
5. Tom Persson
Net worth: $2.1 billion (£1.5 billion)
Born Thomas Stefan Persson, the Swedish 32-year-old is an heir of H&M, one of the most successful and recognisable fast-fashion brands in the world. The company was founded by his grandfather Erling Persson in 1947.
After graduating from the Met Film School in London he now works in the film industry and has also founded several companies in his native Sweden. They include Aspe Film AB and Aspe Rights AB, both of which are co-owned with Jens Assur, an internationally renowned film producer, screenwriter and director.
4. Julio Mario Santo Domingo III
Net worth: $2.4 billion (£1.8 billion)
Colombian-born heir Julio Mario Santo Domingo III is a DJ living in New York City. His grandfather started the brewery Bavaria but later traded it for a 15% stake in beer giant SABMiller. Upon his death, Julio Mario, his sister Tatiana Carisaghi, and their uncles Alejandro and Andres inherited the shares in SABMiller and went on to become billionaires.
3. Robert Pera
Net worth: $3 billion (£2.2 billion)
Born in 1978, Robert Pera is the founder of Ubiquiti Networks, a US-based technology company specialising in the manufacture of wireless data communication products.
Pera started his first company when he was still in high school, selling networking and database services to local businesses. He went on to attend the University of California, San Diego with a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BA in Japanese and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He secured a job at Apple after graduation, before starting Ubiquiti in 2005. His is also the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, as of 2012.
2. Bobby Murphy
Net worth: $4 billion (£3 billion)
Are you a fan of Snapchat? Well, you can thank a certain Mr Bobby Murphy for it, who is credited with co-creating the successful image messaging app with Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown while they were still students at Stanford University back in 2011.
Born Robert Cornelius Murphy, the 29-year-old is part Filipino on his mother’s side and part American on his father’s. He resides in Venice, California in a $2.1 million two-bedroom house which we bought to be close to Snapchat’s new offices at 63 Market Street. Murphy maintains a low profile and not much is known about his private life.
1. Travis Kalanick
Net worth: $6.3 billion (£4.7 billion)
Travis Kalanick is the oldest billionaire on the list and takes up the top spot because of his handsome looks and for having the biggest bank balance.
Kalanick was born in 1976 in Los Angeles but grew up in Northridge, California. He enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles to study computer engineering but later dropped out to focus on Scour, an online file-sharing service which he had been working on. But, he filed for bankruptcy in 2000 to protect himself from a $250 million lawsuit for copyright infringement.
Today, he is better known as the co-founder of Uber. But, in June 2017, he was forced to step down as CEO amidst allegations of sexual harassment rampant at the company.
Which of these wealthy men take your fancy? Can you think of any other eligible guys we didn’t include on our list of the top 10 most handsome billionaires? Join the conversation down below and let us know!
However, if you’ve still got a little self-respect left and want to get rich (fast), check out our quick guide on how to make money by doing nothing and the highest paying jobs in the world for some inspiration.
This list was adapted from Forbes’ list of the Most Eligible Billionaires 2017. US dollar – Pound sterling conversions are based on rates from XE.com on 4 August 2017.
This article was originally published in April 2015.