Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

He’s bought the Washington Post and set up an aerospace company, Blue Origin, that aims to make space accessible to tourists and paying customers.___ Mark Zuckerberg: $44.6 billionHe founded Facebook in 2004 while a college student to connect other Harvard students. Bloomberg made it a lucrative business in particular by selling data terminals to financial services firms. The name of the project was “Oracle.” In 1977, Ellison and associates used that name for their company, which creates software that helps manage databases and has since become an industry standard. Buffett, 86, is notoriously frugal and favors investing in companies with proven business models over new industries, such as in technology. Since 2006, he’s been donating blocks of Berkshire stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.___Carlos Slim Helu: $50 billionThe Mexican tycoon owes his fortune to a major ownership in America Movil, a telecommunications multinational worth $42 billion. He’s said he will give away the bulk of his wealth to philanthropy. LONDON — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Several have pledged to give it all to charity.The eight tycoons’ net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Now, the chain, part of Ortega’s Inditex group, has 7,000 shops globally. President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to scrap free trade deals and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border have also hurt shares in his business interests. Bezos has reached beyond Amazon, in which he holds a 17 percent stake, to try his hand in other industries. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Bloomberg, who reportedly retains an 88 percent stake in the privately held company, turned to politics in 2001, becoming mayor of New York City for three terms. As Zara and Inditex grew in size, Ortega, a Spaniard, held on to a majority stake of 59 percent in the company, which has a market value of over 97 billion euros ($102 billion).___Warren Buffett: $60.8 billion The Oracle of Omaha, as he’s known for the way his every investment decision is followed by thousands. What was initially an online book shop now sells pretty much anything. U.S. He’s the only one on the list who’s a regular at Davos.___Amancio Ortega: $67 billionThe richest person in Europe, Ortega opened the first Zara fashion shop in 1975. The company went on to become popular globally and listed its shares publicly in 2012, making Zuckerberg, now 32, a multibillionaire. Its boom in popularity is largely due to a low cost model that competes with the likes of H&M. He’s managed to make Facebook profitable where rivals like Twitter have lagged, and expanded it with targeted acquisitions. Buffett began investing as a teenager in the 1940s and gradually grew his firm, Berkshire Hathaway. He and his wife have pledged to sell 99 percent of their holdings in Facebook – over 400 million shares, worth about $50 billion – to support philanthropic causes.___Larry Ellison: $43.6 billionAs a young programmer in the ’70s, Ellison’s first big client was the CIA. He was ranked as the richest person three years ago, but saw his net worth hit by a downturn in Latin American economies. Although most of them will not be joining the annual meeting of business and political elites in the Swiss town of Davos this week, the extraordinary individual wealth they typify will be part of the gathering’s discussions on inequality.Here’s a look at who they are.___Bill Gates: $75 billionThe man whose name is a byword for billionaire. His fortune comes from the 27 percent stake he still owns in Oracle, a company worth $160 billion.___Michael Bloomberg: $40 billionCreated the eponymous financial information provider in 1981 after getting laid off from an investment bank. The multi-screen terminals became essential tools in the industry, incorporating real-time market information with a news service. Forbes estimates his net worth dropped $5 billion in the four days after Trump’s election.___Jeff Bezos: $45.2 billionThe founder and CEO of Amazon.com helped revolutionize the retail industry by popularizing online shopping. He has gradually reduced his ownership in Microsoft to less than 3 percent, with the bulk of his wealth in a private firm. Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-70s, growing it into the world’s biggest software company and helping to make computers a household item. He personally owns about 7 percent in the company while his broader family retains a 37 percent stake. He quit as CEO in 2000 and pledged to devote his fortune to his philanthropic activities in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ellison has recently focused more on cloud computing, in which data is stored and managed across a network of computers.