Bill Gates has more money than the national wealth of 38 different countries, including Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Belize, Fiji, Rwanda, Niger and Madagascar.
In May of 2015, Bill Gates had a net worth of $79.3 billion. He has already given away $28 billion to charity and plans to give away all but $30 million. Gates and his wife Melinda will leave $10 million each to their three children.
Gates is the richest person in the world. The next richest person is telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu with $77.1 billion, followed by investment guru Warren Buffett with $72.7 billion.
Gates made his massive fortune from the Microsoft Corporation, the software company he started with prep school classmate Paul Allen after dropping out of Harvard.
List of Countries Worth Less Money Than Bill Gates
The table below shows all 38 countries that have a total national wealth less than Bill Gates’ net worth.
|Country||Total National Wealth||Difference From Bill Gates|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||$6,345,291,745||$72,954,708,255|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||$7,089,805,069||$72,210,194,931|
|Central African Republic||$27,076,332,320||$52,223,667,680|
|Papua New Guinea||$52,916,846,895||$26,383,153,105|
The countries in the table above have populations anywhere from 70,000 to over 18 million. They are mostly clustered in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Some are very rich in minerals and other subsoil assets, including Mongolia, Fiji and the Congo. Others like Tajikistan have large natural gas reserves.
Other Entities Worth Less Than Bill Gates
Bill Gates isn’t just worth more than 38 countries. There are hundreds of well known companies valued less than Gates’ net worth. Among them are Time Warner, Dollar General, Yum! Brands, Target and Nintendo. Bill Gates is also worth more than the total revenue of all 37 Marvel movies, including Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Bill Gates Has More Money Than Every Marvel Movie Ever Made
All together, the 37 Marvel movies have taken in almost $18 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Even so, Bill Gates is worth more than four times as much as the combined earnings of every Marvel movie ever made.
Movies based on Marvel superheroes are a hot box office draw. Three of the top ten highest grossing movies of all time were made by Marvel Studios. The movies include #3 Marvel’s The Avengers at $1.5 billion, #7 Iron Man 3 at $1.2 billion and #8 Avengers: Age of Ultron at $1.15 billion. Other big Marvel sellers include the X-Men movies, the Spider Man movies, the Thor and Captain America movies and the Hulk movies, among several others.
Bill Gates is Worth More Than Time Warner’s $70.8 Billion
Speaking of movies, Time Warner is valued at $70.8 billion, $9 billion less than Bill Gates’ net worth. The company owns Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema and has been responsible for movies from Casablanca to the Harry Potter movies to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Other titles include The Jazz Singer, The Matrix, Superman, Batman, The Shining and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Beyond movies, Time Warner also owns HBO, Turner Broadcasting System and CNN. Time Warner is the second largest media company in the world. The only media company bigger than Time Warner is Disney.
Bill Gates is Worth More Than Dollar General at $22.32 Billion
The Dollar General company is valued at about $22 billion. At that rate, Bill Gates could buy it three times over and still have enough money left over to buy all the tickets sold to every Marvel movie made since 2008.
Dollar General has more than 11,500 stores in a total of 40 U.S. states. Most of its products cost more than a dollar. The chain frequently has outlets in areas too small to sustain a Walmart store. The company took in a total revenue of $16 billion in 2013.
Bill Gates is Worth More Than Yum! Brands at $39.58 Billion
Yum! Brands is the world’s biggest fast food restaurant firm, with over 41,000 restaurants in 125 countries. In 2014, the company pulled in $13 billion in revenue.
Yum! Brands operates KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and WingStreet. In 2013 it opened a KFC restaurant in Mongolia, making it the first American fast food business in the country.
Bill Gates is Worth More Than Target at $50.88 Billion
The company is #36 on the Fortune 500 list. It operates 1,934 stores across the United States and employs 366,000 people. It competes with Walmart and KMart by offering more upscale items. After many customers began referring to the chain of stores jokingly as “Targét,” the company embraced the joke and copyrighted the name, complete with French accent intact.
Bill Gates is Worth More Than Nintendo at $20.85 Billion
Originally founded as a playing card company in the late 1800s, Nintendo eventually became the world’s largest video game company by revenue. Once the third most valuable company in Japan, it has produced hit games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Super Mario 64, Metroid and Pokemon.