Inspiring Journeys of the World’s Richest People

From overcoming adversity to revolutionizing industries, the world’s richest people have taken unique and inspiring paths to success. In this article, we explore the journeys of some of these influential figures, delving into their backgrounds, accomplishments, and philanthropic efforts.


Kumar Mangalam Birla: Expanding a Business Empire

Indian industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, took on the responsibility of managing his family’s business empire at the young age of 28 following the unexpected passing of his father. Under Birla’s leadership, the Aditya Birla Group expanded its presence globally and diversified into new sectors, becoming the third-largest business group in India. Birla played a crucial role in transforming the Indian telecommunications industry by launching Idea Cellular, one of the leading telecom companies in the country. In addition to his business accomplishments, Birla is known for his philanthropic contributions to society, establishing the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, which has implemented several programs for the upliftment of rural communities in India. In 2023, Birla ranks at ninth position on Forbes’ list of richest Indians and is the 124th richest person in the world, according to his real-time net worth.

April Nemeth: Inspired Living Through Art

Designer and founder of Little Korboose, April Nemeth, has built a successful business based on her ethos of “inspired living through art.” April takes on everything with intention, from ethical and sustainable sourcing to designs that promote connection. Influenced and inspired by her family, including her artist grandfather, April was taught the value of experience, curiosity, compassion, and community. Her parents prioritized education, art, and self-expression, shaping her approach to life. April recently hosted an open house event where she showcased her work and gifted her ceramics, believing in connecting people through shared, creative experiences. Her approach to life is to pursue what calls to you and follow that spark.

Astrology: Guiding the Financial Decisions of the Wealthy

Believe it or not, astrology is still used by some for financial decision-making. Planetary positions and birth charts are used to predict financial futures, with certain zodiac signs, such as Libra, considered lucky for wealth and prosperity. Vedic astrology uses specific houses and planet positions to determine financial opportunities. A survey found that many millennials and Gen Z look at their financial horoscopes before investing. Libra is the most common zodiac sign among billionaires, known for being judicious investors and for their generosity. Alice Walton, a billionaire and Walmart heiress, is a Libra and passionate about art and wellness. Ralph Lauren, also a billionaire, is a Libra and known for his fashion empire.

Forbes Australia: Capturing the Spirit of Entrepreneurial Capitalism

Forbes Australia has seen a 264% month-on-month increase in page views on since its launch, now boasting 35 employees across editorial, sales, marketing, and operations. The publication focuses on owning the entrepreneurial innovation space rather than comparing itself to competitors. Its content is not always about billionaires and C-suites, but about the same drive behind entrepreneurial capitalism. Forbes Australia’s Richest 50 List is more than just a compilation of the country’s richest people; it’s also a snapshot of leading industries and economic power. Editor-in-chief Sarah O’Carroll, previously at Yahoo Finance, was tasked with relaunching the brand in Australia and has played a significant role in its success.