The truth behind the numbers… When these numbers means money… Lots of money… The truth is only one: forget Dan Bilzerian, Isildur, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Helmuth, Phil Ivey or all the all other professional poker players.
The real most rich people who play poker are:
1. Bill Gates
William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company. Gates was included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014— excluding a few years after the Financial crisis of 2007–08. Between 2009 and 2014 his wealth doubled from US$40 billion to more than US$82B. Between 2013 and 2014 his wealth increased by US$15 billion. Gates is currently the richest man in the world .
The world’s richest man also is a passionate poker player. Although not shown much this side of him today, it is well known that during his time at university was a great player with an impressive, aggressive and fearless style, similar with that one who has made him succeed in his entire life.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest share holder of Berkshire Hathaway, and consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest in 2015. In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world’s most influential people. Its assets reached those 44 trillion, of which a few million was made in private high stakes games organized at home.
3. Richard Branson
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label. According to Forbes, Branson has an estimated net worth of US $4.9 billion. Branson is not only a fan of poker, but he also created an online poker room – Virgin Poker. Virgin Poker has closed after the Virgin Games brand was sold to Gamesys.
4. David Einhorn
David Einhorn is the founder and president of Greenlight Capital, a “long-short value-oriented hedge fund.” He started Greenlight Capital in 1996 with $900,000. Greenlight has generated about a 20% annualized return for investors. Einhorn is also the Chairman of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd, a Cayman Islands-based reinsurance company and is a major shareholder. He has a fortune of 1.2 billion and an annual salary of 80 million. In addition, he is a familiar figure in the world of poker, as it accumulates more than $ 5 million in prize money live. At the same event in which Laliberté was 5th (see below), Einhorn finished in 3rd place.
5. Guy Laliberte
Guy Laliberté is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, poker player, space tourist, co-founder and the current CEO of Cirque du Soleil. With an estimated net worth of US$2.6 billion, Laliberté was ranked by Forbes as the 11th wealthiest Canadian and 459th in the world. Guy Laliberte has been seen in few major live tournaments. Without going any further, in the WSOP 2012 ended in 5th position in the Big One for One Drop, taking 1.8 million dollars.