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From gay marriage to the debate over restrictive state laws, LGBT issues are at the forefront of current events. Outside politics, though, the gay community has also made a huge impact on the business world. Several extremely rich businessmen, businesswomen, and entrepreneurs are members of the LGBT community. Some of these billionaires who are gay or lesbians inherited their fortunes, while other LGBT billionaires are self-made successes.

Among other gay billionaires on this list, you'll find entertainment moguls including David Geffen. The co-founder of DreamWorks Animation is worth an estimated $6.6 billion. He also founded Asylum Records and Geffen Records, and has worked with such artists as The Eagles, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, and more.

Fashion icons Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are also featured on this list. Dolce & Gabbana launched its first line in 1982 and has gone on to dress such A-list celebrities as Madonna and Whitney Houston. Dolce and Gabbana were partners in life and business for many years, but after being romantically involved for over 20 years, the couple called it quits in 2005. Although they are no longer in a relationship, they remain partners in business to this day.

What other entrepreneurs are public members of the LGBT community? Read on to find out.

David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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David Geffen, the co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is worth an estimated $6.6 billion. He also founded Asylum Records and Geffen Records, and has worked with artists including The Eagles, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, and more.

Geffen is currently single, but he dated Jeremy Lingvall from 2006-2012.

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Giorgio Armani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Fashion icon Giorgio Armani is worth an estimated $6.3 billion. He started his career as a buyer and window dresser for an Italian department store before launching his own line in the mid-1970s.

Although he has publicly stated that he is bisexual, Armani is very private regarding his personal life. He was known to be involved with architect Sergio Galeotti for many years.

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Peter Thiel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel is worth approximately $2.7 billion. He also invested in Facebook and Airbnb.

When asked for his opinion on why more CEOs aren't openly gay, Thiel said, "A lot of these businesses are global in reach, and when you have customers all over the world, it becomes a question of ‘Will they hold that (being gay) against you?''"
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Jon Stryker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Jon Stryker, of the medical equipment and software company Stryker Corp, is worth $2.2 billion. Among other causes, he uses his vast fortune to support LGBT issues.
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Stein Erik Hagen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Stein Erik Hagen, of the investment company Canica AS, is worth approximately $2.2 billion. He officially came out as gay in 2015.
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Domenico Dolce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Domenico Dolce, one half of the duo behind Dolce & Gabbana, is worth $1.61 billion. Dolce & Gabbana launched its first line in 1982, and the now-iconic line went on to dress such A-list celebrities as Madonna and Whitney Houston.

Dolce and Gabbana were partners in life and business for many years, but after being romantically involved for over two decades, the couple called it quits in 2005. Although they are no longer in a relationship, they remain partners in business to this day.

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Stefano Gabbana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Dolce & Gabbana co-founder Stefano Gabbana is worth $1.42 billion. His namesake clothing line, known for its big, bold prints and unabashed sensuality, is popular all over the world.

Though Gabbana and Dolce called it quits romantically in 2005, their business relationship is still strong to this day.

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Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Openly Gay Billionaires Who Are Winning At Life
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Fashion designer and Project Runway personality Michael Kors has a net worth of $1 billion. He first launched his eponymous brand in 1981, and now his men's and women's clothes are sold all over the world.

Kors has been in a relationship with Lance LePere since 1990 and the couple was married in 2011.

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