Bill Gates' former assistant, Steve Ballmer, is just a few spots away from his former boss on the list of the world's richest people.
Ballmer met Bill Gates at Harvard University before he dropped out to start Microsoft.
Ballmer joined Microsoft as the 24th employee in 1980 after getting degrees in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Ballmer is the only non-founder of a major business empire among the world's top ten richest people.
Starting as the president's assistant, his role was that of a business manager, and he steadily grew in rank over the years.
Ballmer eventually became the president and then succeeded Gates as Microsoft's CEO. He stepped down in 2014 when he also bought the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ballmer is richer than investment mogul Warren Buffett and Meta's Mark Zuckerberg.
Steve Ballmer is currently just one spot behind his former boss Bill Gates on the list of the world's richest people, and his net worth is at $117 billion!