Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Forbes Wealthy

Microsoft founder Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of the world's richest people, in a year when the number of billionaires rose 13% to 2,043.
According to the magazine's annual rich list, Mr Gates' fortune rose to $86bn, from $75bn, followed by investor Warren Buffett, up $14.8bn to $75.6bn. Others in the top 10 included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who moved up to number three with the biggest gain of any person on the planet, a $27.6bn rise in his fortune of $72.8bn. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was number five and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was number seven.
There were 183 tech billionaires on the Forbes list, with a combined $1tn in wealth.
The global population of billionaires, now put at a record 2,043, marks the biggest annual increase in the 31 years since the magazine began compiling the list. The number of US billionaires on the list was 565, which Forbes attributed to the recent stock market surge. China was second with 319 billionaires, and Germany was third with 114.
Forbes' top ten:
  • Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder): $86bn
  • Warren Buffett (US investor): $75.6bn
  • Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder): $72.8bn
  • Amancio Ortega (Inditex founder): $71.3bn
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder): $56bn
  • Carlos Slim (Mexican magnate): $54.5bn
  • Larry Ellison (Oracle co-founder): $52.2bn
  • Charles Koch (US businessman): $48.3bn
  • David Koch (US businessman): $48.3bn
  • Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg founder): $47.5bn


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