What do millionaires look like? What are the common traits of highly successful people?

Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett weren’t born with a silver spoon but each have their unique traits that predict success. 

These famous self-made Millionaires and Billionaires have qualities required for success in life to be come super wealthy. A level of wealth where it seems almost super human!

In fact, you can learn these characteristics that lead to success and create massive wealth.

So…what is the traits of the super wealthy? What is the key to success in life?

Let’s Explore!

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25 Traits of Success By 25 Most Successful Multi-millionaires


Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. Elon founded and co-founded many companies such as SpaceX, Tesla, Inc. Neuralink, The Boring Company, OpenAI and PayPal.

Focus in his goals and Elon have achieve many success that overtake many others in the field. Many have described him as the real life Tony Stark of the Iron Man Series by Marvels Inc.

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Elon is one of The World’s Most Powerful people and having a net worth of over $55 billion  he is also one of the richest people in the world according to Forbes. 


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was the queen of daytime television. With a whooping $3 billion net worth and even with her super human success, she is humble and grateful to the people around her.

Her personality have brought her many fans and imparting her beautiful values with words such as being thankful for what you have.

Oprah Winfrey

A gratitude of contentment bring forward some famous quotes such as:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”


Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of the eCommerce Giant, Amazon.com which is the household name that almost every American knows. His success is made by his willingness to fail and pick himself up.

A brave and courageous entrepreneur which build one of the world’s most innovative companies and recently his personnel net worth is the highest in the world, higher than Bill Gates who is current the 2nd riches according to Forbes Richest 100. Jeff Bezos is currently the first person in the world that have build the first Trillion Dollar Company.

Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon.com

Jeff Bezos once said and we Quote:

“I cannot overstate how important incremental innovation is. But for the big innovation, you have to be willing to fail.”


Larry Page

Google is the most amazing company in the world and the largest search engine that most people in the World uses to search anything in the web. If you love Google, Larry Page is the man you have to thank for.

Not knowing what direction he should go, with pure intuition Larry Page created Google, the world’s biggest search engine. Just with his gut feeling, he knows he want to create something that will benefits others, something that will provide value.

Google CEO Larry Page

Google is currently ranking as the top search engine which made Larry Page a billionaire who has a net worth of over $28 billion, according to Forbes Richest 100.


Jan Koum

Ever wonder who is the creator of WhatsApp? Who have changed the history of SMS? Jan Koum is the creator of the famous application software that millions of users used everyday. 

Jan Koum is a self-made billionaire with a net worth of over $7 billion. Like some of the other billionaires ahead of him, he dropped out of colleague to start his entrepreneurship dreams by creating the now famous WhatsApp which was later sold to Facebook.

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Though many Billionaire and multimillionaire dropout from school but it does not mean dropping out of school makes you rich. These entrepreneurs drop out from school with a a very special traits of thoughts and is backed with massive amount of actions. 

A Dream without actions will always be a Dream.


Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the highest paid motivational speaker and personnel finance educator in the world. His book Money: Master the Game is a true life changer.

His dedication to helping people discover their true purpose and leverage their unique gifts to achieve massive success have changed many lives.

Tony Robbins

His story of rags to riches and the spirit of giving have inspired many others to success and fame together with an humble attitude to serve.

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Sheldon Adelson

Who heard of Las Vegas? Who is the king of the casino? Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation is one of the biggest corporation is the world.

Sheldon Adelson, was listed by Forbes as one of the 100 Richest person in United States with a fortune of over $30 billion.

What is less well know is that, Sheldon Adelson started his business career at the young age of 12, a time when most people are playing soccer or chasing after the newest celebrity. 

Sheldon Adelson

And by the age of 30s he had built and lost his fortune twice. Despite being disheartened and give up, he pursue his goals and open Sands Macao in China, Sands in Singapore and have his personnel wealth multiplied many folds into one of the most influential person in the world.


Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin together Larry Page co-founded the world’s most valuable company; Google.

Starting their company in 1995 with a vision of building the best search technology in the world, they innovated on the technology and by the late 1990’s Google is marketed as one of the best search engine.

By continuous innovating and improving on the user-experience Google now dominated the Search Engine Market.

Some other well know apps and websites such as YouTube and Play Store are also part of Google’s Success.

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Amazingly the founders of Google wasn’t after the money when they co-founded Google, he simply wants the world to have the best search technology. And that lead to Google’s success.

Sergey Brin is currently having a net worth of $29 billion as reported by Forbes.


Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn is one of the legendary billionaire investor you don’t want to mess with.

Early in his life, he have exhibited his competitive nature and always believe to take fate in his own hands. Success is created by people who create their own future.

Defying all odds and living in of the the less privilege areas Carl Icahn change the precepts of only the rich can achieve great thing, it is those who take fate in their own hands that can achieve great things.

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Carl Icahn Ignoring the naysayers and beating the all odds helped him to create a super human net worth of over $25 billion according to Forbes.


Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is one of the most charismatic person which make him one of the richest person in the world with a net worth of over $2 billion.

Well known in the Shark Tank series Mark Cuban is a investor and an entrepreneur who knows the importance of winning hearts and minds. If you want to build an empire, you need to first get the right people to work with you.

Mark Cuban

Quote by Cuban during one of his interview make a lasting impression:

“People hate dealing with people who are jerks, it’s always easier to be nice than to be a jerk. Don’t be a jerk.”


Charlie Munger

Charlie Thomas Munger is an investor, a businessman and a philanthropist have a net worth of over $1 Billion dollar. Although he is not as well known as Warren Buffet the legend of the investing world.

Charlie Munger is the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an irreplaceable partner of Warren Buffet.

Warren Buffet once said, there are 2 person that he own his success to:

  1. Mentor and professor Benjamin Graham
  2. Business partner and best friend Charlie Munger
Charlie Munger

Part of Charlie Munger success is his core values and the way that he live his life.

The core ideology that has served him throughout life is 

“safest way to try and get what you want is to try and deserve what you want.”

And to achieve that he reads a lot everyday.

Tao of Charlie Munger is a treasured book with wisdom of a successful 90 years old legendary investor. The book I always kept with me, with 100’s of Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth advice is my favorite bedtime read.

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the Koch brothers

Charles and David Koch who are more commonly known as the Koch Brothers have a combined net worth of over $89 billion.

They funded non-profit organizations such as Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Koch Cultural Trust.

The Koch organizations collectively have a stated goal of “advancing liberty and freedom” through the support of various causes which “further social progress and sustainable prosperity.”

Some either love them or hate them, but the Koch family has made many strategic moves that have help them to build the American’s 2nd largest company.

Foundation of their success is their strategic in hiring.

Charles and David Koch

Charles Koch once said during an interview:

“A lot of companies want to hire the smartest person, the most talented person. But, the worst thing we can do, as we found, is hire a very talented person with poor values. If we are going to hire somebody with poor values, we want somebody who’s not very smart, because he or she will do less damage.”


George Soros

George Soros is an investor and philanthropist. Having donated more than $32 billion to his philanthropic agency, Open Society Foundations he is currently having a net worth of $8 billion.

With curiosity as his traits he have discovered many ways and exploring different philosophy in his business as well as his investment career.

George Soros

For the man who is also known as the “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England”.

He is always exploring any flaws in his theories and always learning and exploring other ideas. This kind of curiosity is what made him successful and put him in the spot of Forbes Top 100.


Phil Knight

Phil Knight is the co-founder of the world famous sports brand; Nike.

With an initial investment of just $1,000, selling his shoe to local runners from the back of a station wagon, he bring the famous brand to life. Step-by-step he grew his company NIKE into a worldwide leader of the sports equipment today

Phil Knight

Starting with a niche product and pure determination, he have grown his net worth to over $34 billion according to Forbes Top 100.


Michael Dell

Michael Dell found his riches during the early 1990’s computer and later the dreadful dot-com boom.

Building his business from his university his dorm room, he started selling the Dell computer and eventually dropped out of colleague to start the Dell Computer Corporation.

His confident to make things work made him one of the most successful CEO and in 1992, he is one of the youngest CEO ever to be in the Fortune 500 company.

Michael Dell

During of the of the interviews he said:

“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”


Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of the social media giant Facebook. Created from his dorm room during his colleague years designed for the few university schools where people can share and make friends. He have build it to the now social media giant where billions of users are using it everyday.

Zuckerberg have build a superior product and to his success was his relentless and early development of Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook continues to grow and taking up the market shares of the social media space. Mark Zuckerberg is now having a net worth of over $55 billion as reported by Forbes Top 100 Richest.

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Attention to detail

Steve Anthony Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is an American businessman and investor who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft after Bill Gates step down from the CEO position.

During his time in Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was described as “a master of precision questioning to analyze and get to the root issues of any problem whether it is business or technology related.”

His exceptional traits of attention to details together with critical thinking and problem solving abilities have guide Microsoft in many critical decisions and build one of the greatest software companies in the world.

Steve Ballmer

Steven Anthony Ballmer is currently having a personal wealth of about $42 billion according to Forbes Top 100 Richest List.


Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is a businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation. One of the largest software company in the world.

His inquisitive nature allows him to explore many business opportunities and have made him a net worth of over $63 billion according to Forbes Top 100 Richest.

Larry Ellison

During one of the interview he said:

“The most important aspect of my personality, as far as determining my success goes, has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life.”


Michael Bloomberg

Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. Being fired from his full-time job at the age of 39 in 1982, a time where financial information are very limited to the ‘common folks’.

Bloomberg started his own company with the idea of making financial information available to the common folks on their electronic devices. 4 decades ago, electronic devices such as PC are not common and many will not be able to effort it, but he did what he believe and he have succeed.

He is now having of a net worth of over $55 billion according to Forbes Top 100 Richest. His company Bloomberg is current one of the largest financial information site in the world.

Michael Bloomberg

His philosophy can be summarized into this one sentence during his interview:

“Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.”


Donald Trump

Donald John Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.

Love him or hate him, he is one of the most successful billionaires who have become the president of United States. With a net worth of over $3 billion, he is one of the richest person in the world.

Donald Trump

Billionaires like Donald Trump find success with their passion to drive forward. 

“Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing, nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”


Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet, “The Oracle of Omaha”, business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Warren Buffet is the legend of the investing world that though millions on how to invest and the mindset of how to truly become the rich yet humble. In 2009, he gave 83% of his total net worth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is equivalent to over $30 billion.

A hero and a fatherly figure to many he is considered one of the most successful investors in the world.

With his investing philosophy taught by Benjamin Graham and devised with Charlie Munger his business partner and vice president of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren have a total net worth of over $82 billion according to Forbes Top 100 Richest.

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Buffet once said during his interview on his take on investing:

“It’s pretty easy to get well-to-do slowly. But it’s not easy to get rich quick.”

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Charlie Ergen

Charlie Ergen is the co-founder and Chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar Communications Corporation. The pioneer in the current common satellite broadcasting.

Aiming for the future of media broadcasting he and his wife started selling satellite dishes at the back of a truck.

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Charlie Ergen is currently reported to have an net worth of over $13 billion according to Forbes Top 100.


Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an businessman, investor, author and philanthropist. Starting his first venture at the age of 16 with the Virgin Records, the founder of the the Virgin Group is a man who is fearless in the face of uncertainty. 

According to Forbes Richard Branson have a net worth of over $5 billion.

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Richard Branson believes you have to go out of the comfort zone to achieve greatness.

 “You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”


Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and the author of the Best Seller book Zero To One. He is a co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund.

With his dare to innovate, he together with Elon Musk and a few other, they created PayPal, the world wide solution to secure payment.

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Peter Thiel is now having a net worth of over $2.5 billion according to Forbes. and Top 10 of the Forbes Midas List.


Bill Gates

Bill Gates the founder of Microsoft is a business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian.

Bill Gates together with his wife Melinda are known for their devotion to making use of their fortune in giving and improving the lives of others especially for those living in the poorest country.

With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation they have donated tens of billions of dollars, yet Gates feels that contributions by many others are more meaningful than his.

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During one of his interview with Reddit:

“I’m not giving up food, or vacation, or a trip to the movies, I essentially sacrifice nothing that I want, and there are people who are out in the field and they are giving more.”

Humble and having a heart of giving are some of the few qualities that make him so successful.

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Traits To Success

25 Success Traits List:

  1. Grateful
  2. Courageous
  3. Intuitive
  4. Creative
  5. Dedication
  6. Tenacious
  7. Innovative
  8. Competitive
  9. Charming
  10. Benevolent
  11. Strategic
  12. Curious
  13. Determined
  14. Confident
  15. Persistent
  16. Attention To Details
  17. Inquisitive
  18. Bravery
  19. Passionate
  20. Patient
  21. Visionary
  22. Fearless
  23. Adventures
  24. Focus
  25. Humble

Just reading about the traits to success will not make you successful, you will have to follow through and act. Remember your road to success is in your hands.

Here are some resources what will help in guiding you to your success.

What guides me in my journey are some of the many books I read for the past years. There also many words of wisdom said by those who have achieve what we want to achieve and to learn from them is the shortcut to our goals.

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