What do Elon Musk, Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They’re all really, really rich. And, as of Saturday night, they have all hosted “Saturday Night Live” as Musk took on hosting duties May 8. And they are definitely some of the richest former hosts. But do you know their actual net worths?
Amazon began as a small startup run out of Jeff Bezos’ Seattle garage in 1994 and has grown into an e-commerce giant worth over $1.5 trillion. Bezos remains the company’s CEO and holds a 10.6% stake, Forbes reported.
Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft — then called Micro-Soft — with his childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975. He left his daily job at the software company that made him rich in 2008 to focus on charitable pursuits through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the years, he has sold or given away much of his stake in Microsoft — and with his recent divorce announcement, it seems likely his net worth will go down, but he’ll still be very wealthy.
President Joe Biden began his political career as a member of his local county council and went onto become one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He became the 47th vice president under President Barack Obama and was elected in November to become the 46th president of the United States. But despite his long political career, Biden has made most of his money outside of politics.
Oprah Winfrey has turned her earnings and success from her long-running talk show into a veritable media empire. She has her own cable channel, a stake in Weight Watchers and a multiyear deal with Apple to create content for its streaming channel. In 2020, Forbes named her the ninth-richest self-made woman in America.
Former President Donald Trump is the first billionaire president in United States history, Forbes reported. The bulk of his fortune comes from his New York City real estate holdings, but he also brings in money through licensing deals, golf courses and a winery.
The CEO of rocket producer SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, Elon Musk is changing the way the world moves. He wears many hats, including inventor, executive and futurist — roles that have paid him well.
As the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has become the third-richest American and the seventh-richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Zuckerberg started his social media platform in 2004 for his fellow Harvard students, but it’s since grown into a go-to communications tool for people around the world.