Here are 18 of the Richest and Most Powerful People in the USA

FeaturedMoneyThere is no doubt that the USA is amongst the most powerful and wealthiest countries in the world. And because of this fact, there is no shortage of rich and powerful individuals in the states. These people control billions and billions of dollars and hold a ton of power to boot, and they come from different ways of life as well. So here are 18 of the richest and most powerful people in the USA, in no particular order. And while you’ll definitely know some of the names on this list, some you likely won’t, like the people in the number 5 spot.

#18 Ginni Rometty

001--18-ginni-rometty-304953When it comes to IT and tech companies, IBM is one of the biggest and most iconic tech companies in the industry. This makes IBM’s CEO Rometty one of the most powerful people in tech as her company employs nearly 400,000 people. Another amazingly powerful woman who owns a majorly successful company comes in at number 10.

#17 Steve Schwarzman

002--17-steve-schwarzman-99bb59b9bd6d2ab3492eb70e522e2a89This man is the king of private equity. He is the CEO of the Blackstone Group, which is a buyout firm with about $334 Billion in assets under management. And his fortune of almost $11 Billion is also very impressive. While you probably didn’t know this guy’s name, you know his company, much like the man in the 13th entry.

#16 Larry Ellison

003--16-larry-ellison--1a6bbe8b2d28ec3d63425c6d10a7d46cEllison is the co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle, a database and software titan. He consistently ranks as one of the top 10 richest people in the world, with a fortune of just under $50 Billion. And while he was successful, his company recently joined up and partnered with the company of the person in the  next entry.

#15 Satya Nadella

004--15-satya-nadella-304967When people think of Microsoft, their minds automatically go right to Bill Gates. And while Gates founded the company, he is no longer the CEO. That distinction goes to Satya Nadellea. And while Microsoft has always been a popular tech company, they have recently faded away from innovation, but Nadella is looking to change that with some new products in the coming years.

#14 Oprah Winfrey

005--14-oprah-winfrey-304972Oprah has come very far in her life to be extremely successful. She escaped from a poverty-stricken childhood and is now the only African-American female billionaire in the States. She is one of the most beloved media personalities of the 21st century and is a huge cultural influence. Oprah now owns and operates her own television station called OWN.