Money and Looks: The World’s 15 Most Handsome Billionaires

These men have both the looks and a jaw-dropping bank balance.

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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.

Some lucky few have both looks and wealth.

Are you curious to find out who they are and how they earned their fortunes?

These are the 15 most handsome billionaires in the world.

1. Daniel Gilbert

Daniel GilbertCNBC

Net worth: $29.9 billion (£22.7 billion)

Daniel Gilbert cofounded his company, Quicken Loans, in 1985, when he was just 22 years old. Quicken Loans went on to become the largest mortgage lender in the US, with an estimated worth of $37 billion.

Gilbert has also pursued other business endeavours, including online marketplace StockX, which is now valued at $3.8 billion. Moreover, his companies have invested over $5.6 billion to restore a string of buildings in Detroit, Michigan in a bid to create over 24,000 jobs in the area.

2. Stefan Quandt

Stefan QuandtMoney Inc

Net worth: $23.3 billion (£17.7 billion)

Stefan Quandt is the deputy chairman of BMW and owns 23.6% of the German automobile company. He and his sister inherited their wealth, including their shares in BMW, from their late father, Herbert. Quandt pursued degrees in economics and engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany before joining the BMW board six years after graduating.

Apart from BMW, Quandt has also invested in firms such as Logwin AG, Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH and CEAG, as well as companies that are focused on renewable energies like Heliatek, Kiwigrid and Solarwatt. The German billionaire is also involved in many charitable activities.

3. Pavel Durov

Pavel DurovThe Independent

Net worth: $17.2 billion (£13 billion)

Often referred to as the Mark Zuckerburg of Russia, Durov is responsible for creating the country’s biggest social network, VK, when he was just 22 years old. He is also the founder and owner of Telegram, a messaging app that boasts over 500 million users.

Durov left Russia in 2014 and became a French citizen in August 2021.

4. Robert Pera

Robert PeraNBC Sports

Net worth: $16.3 billion (£12.4 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, earning 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.

5. Lukas Walton

Lukas WaltonCrain

Net worth: $16.1 billion (£12.2 billion)

As the grandson of Walmart’s founder Sam Walton, Lukas Walton inherited his fortune following his late father’s death in 2005.

Although he owns stakes in Walmart, as well as First Solar and Arvest Bank, Walton is not actively involved within these companies. More notably, he is also the founder and CEO of Builders Vision, an impact platform that aims to help organisations and communities to build a more sustainable planet.

6. Joe Gebbia

Joe GebbiaFinancial Times

Net worth: $12.8 billion (£9.7 billion)

Joe Gebbia is the cofounder of Airbnb, which was established in 2008. Before assuming his role as the chief product officer at the company, Gebbia was interested in pursuing a career in fine arts, having graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later launched a scholarship and endowed a fund for future students.

Gebbia also joined The Giving Pledge in 2016 and donated over $25 million in 2021 in an effort to end homelessness in San Francisco. He is also behind the launch of Airbnb.org, a non-profit initiative that aims to offer temporary homes to people in times of crisis.


7. Bobby Murphy

Bobby MurphyKTLA

Net worth: $11 billion (£8.3 billion)

Are you a fan of Snapchat? Well, you can thank a certain Mr Bobby Murphy, who is credited with cocreating the successful image messaging app along with Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown while they were still students at Stanford University back in 2011.

Born Robert Cornelius Murphy, he is part Filipino on his mother’s side and part American on his father’s and is native Californian. Murphy maintains a low profile and not much is known about his private life.

8. Jack Dorsey

Jack DorseyFinancial Times

Net worth: $10.9 billion (£8.3 billion)

Widely known as the cofounder 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 280-character service we’ve come to know and love. He is also the cofounder of Square, Inc, a mobile payment and merchant services aggregator company.

Fun fact: in 2016, Dorsey gave almost one-third of his Twitter shares to his employees.

9. Evan Spiegel

Evan SpiegelFinancial Times

Net worth: $10.1 billion (£7.7 billion)

The story goes that Spiegel and Bobby Murphy were fraternity brothers at Stanford University and pitched Snapchat as a class project while studying product design. Both dropped out of college to focus on developing Snapchat full time in 2012, but Spiegel did receive his bachelor’s degree in 2018, after returning to Stanford to complete his studies.

Today, as the other cofounder of Snapchat, Spiegel acts as the CEO of the image messaging company based in Los Angeles. In 2013, Spiegel was the one to turn down Facebook’s offer to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion.

10. John Collison

John CollisonInc.

Net worth: $9.5 billion (£7.2 billion)

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, John and his older brother Patrick Collison are best known for cofounding 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.


11. Gustav Magnar Witzøe

Gustav Magnar WitzøeMoney

Net worth: $4.2 billion (£3.2 billion)

Gustav Magnar Witzøe owns 47% of Salmar ASA, one of the world’s largest salmon producers, which was gifted to him by his father Gustav Witzøe. The company was founded in 1991 and is still run by the elder Witzøe.

Gustav, on the other hand, is making his mark in real estate and as a tech startup investor, and has assembled an impressive portfolio over the years. He also works as a model and has garnered over 100k followers on his social media accounts.

12. Pedro de Godoy Bueno

Pedro de Godoy BuenoForbes Brasil

Net worth: $3 billion (£2.3 billion)

Pedro De Godoy Bueno became Brazil’s youngest billionaire at the age of 29 after inheriting his father’s fortune in 2017. He became the CEO of the Brazilian laboratory firm, Diagnosticos DA America SA (DASA), at 24 years of age.

13. Drew Houston

Drew HoustonTechCrunch

Net worth: $1.9 billion (£1.4 billion)

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 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.

14. Tom Persson

Tom PerssonForbes

Net worth: $1.8 billion (£1.4 billion)

Tom Persson is one of the heirs 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 began his career in the film industry. Persson has also founded several companies in his native country, Sweden, including Aspe Film AB and Aspe Rights AB, both of which are co-owned with Jens Assur, an internationally renowned film producer, screenwriter and director.


15. Yoshikazu Tanaka

Yoshikazu TanakaThe Japan Times

Net worth: $1.3 billion (£1 billion)

Born in Tokyo, Yoshikazu 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 network’s growing number 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 just 33 years and 3 months.

Final thoughts

So, here you have it, then: the 15 most handsome billionaires in the world.

Reaching 9, if not 10 or 11, figures is no easy feat — while some may have inherited their wealth, others built it from the ground up. Regardless, these men’s success stories are proof that you can make it happen!

Join the conversation! Can you think of any other eligible guys we didn’t include in our list of the most handsome billionaires? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

This article is an update of an earlier version published in April 2015.