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The World's Billionaires

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The net worth of the world's billionaires increased from less than $1 trillion in 2000 to over $7 trillion in 2015
The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest billionaires compiled and published every March by the American business magazine Forbes. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from these lists.[1] The list has been published annually in March since 1987.[2]
In 2017, there was a record of 2,043 people on the list, which is the first time over 2,000 people were listed, that included 195 newcomers that include 76 from China and 25 from the U.S.; there were 56 people under 40 and it had a record of 227 women.[3]The average net worth of the list came in at US$3.75 billion, down US$110 million from 2015. Added together, the total net worth for 2017's billionaires was US$7.67 trillion, up from US$7.1 trillion in 2015.[4][5] As of 2017, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has topped the list 18 of the past 23 years.[4]
According to a 2017 Oxfam report, the top eight billionaires own as much combined wealth as "half the human race".[6][7]


Each year, Forbes employs a team of more than fifty reporters from a variety of countries to track the activity of the world's wealthiest individuals.[8] Preliminary surveys are sent to those who may qualify for the list. According to Forbes, they received three types of responses – some people try to inflate their wealth, others cooperate but leave out details, and some refuse to answer any questions.[9] Business deals are then scrutinized and estimates of valuable assets – land, homes, vehicles, artwork, etc. – are made. Interviews are conducted to vet the figures and get a better idea of an individual's holdings. Finally, positions in a publicly traded stock are priced to market on a date roughly a month before publication. Privately held companies are priced by the prevailing price-to-sales or price-to-earnings ratios. Known debt is subtracted from assets to get a final estimate of an individual's estimated worth in United States dollars. Since stock prices fluctuate rapidly, an individual's true wealth and ranking at the time of publication may vary from their situation when the list was compiled.[8]
Family fortunes dispersed over a large number of individuals are included only if those individuals' holdings are worth more than a billion dollars. However, when a living individual has dispersed his or her wealth to immediate family members, it is included under a single listing provided that individual is still living.[8] Royalty and dictators are always excluded from the lists.

Annual rankings

Rankings are published annually in March, so the information listed are snapshot rankings of wealth at that time.


On the 30th anniversary of in Forbes' list of the world's billionaires, for the fourth year in a row, Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world.[4] The number of billionaires increased 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 in 2016; this is the biggest change in over 30 years of tracking billionaires globally.[4] This is the first time after 12 years that Carlos Slim was not within the top five. The U.S. continues to have the most billionaires in the world, with a record of 565. China has 319 (this does not include Hong Kongwith 67 and Macau with 1), Germany has 114 and India has the fourth most with 101; India has reached over 100 billionaires for its first time.
No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeNationalitySource(s) of wealth
SteadyBill Gates$86.0 billion Increase61 United StatesMicrosoft
IncreaseWarren Buffett$75.6 billion Increase86 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
IncreaseJeff Bezos$72.8 billion Increase53 United
DecreaseAmancio Ortega$71.3 billion Increase80 SpainInditexZara
IncreaseMark Zuckerberg$56.0 billion Increase32 United StatesFacebook
DecreaseCarlos Slim$54.5 billion Increase77 MexicoAmérica MóvilGrupo Carso
SteadyLarry Ellison$52.2 billion Increase72 United StatesOracle Corporation
IncreaseCharles Koch$48.3 billion Increase81 United StatesKoch Industries
IncreaseDavid Koch$48.3 billion Increase76 United StatesKoch Industries
10 DecreaseMichael Bloomberg$47.5 billion Increase75 United StatesBloomberg L.P.


For the third year in a row, Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes's 2016 list of the world's billionaires.[10] This is the 17th time that the founder of Microsoft has claimed the top spot. Amancio Ortega rose from last year's position of number four to second.[11] Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway came in third for the second consecutive time,[12] while Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim slipped down from last year's second position to fourth. Jeff Bezos of Amazon,[13] Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook[14] and Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg L.P.,[15] appear for the first time on the Forbes top 10 billionaires list, coming at fifth, sixth and eighth position, respectively. Zuckerberg became the youngest top 10 billionaire this year at the age of 31. Larry EllisonCharles Koch and David Koch also slipped down from their last year's positions, with Ellison dropping to seventh from fifth and the Kochs falling to ninth position from sixth, respectively.
No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeNationalitySource(s) of wealth
SteadyBill Gates$75.0 billion Decrease60 United StatesMicrosoft
IncreaseAmancio Ortega$67.0 billion Increase79 SpainInditex
SteadyWarren Buffett$60.8 billion Decrease85 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
DecreaseCarlos Slim$50.0 billion Decrease76 MexicoAmérica MóvilGrupo Carso
IncreaseJeff Bezos$45.2 billion Increase52 United
IncreaseMark Zuckerberg$44.6 billion Increase31 United StatesFacebook
DecreaseLarry Ellison$43.6 billion Decrease71 United StatesOracle Corporation
IncreaseMichael Bloomberg$40.0 billion Increase74 United StatesBloomberg L.P.
DecreaseCharles Koch$39.6 billion Decrease80 United StatesKoch Industries
DecreaseDavid Koch$39.6 billion Decrease75 United StatesKoch Industries