Forbes Outs World's Billionaires List: 1,810 Individuals, $6.48 Trillion Net Worth
Forbes has released its World's Billionaire's List for this year, with the total net worth of the 1,810 individuals appearing on the list at a whopping $6.48 trillion.
The list saw 221 individuals drop out due to their net worth plunging below the $1 billion threshold, but there were also 198 newcomers. The total net worth of the people on the list, however, was lower compared to $7.05 trillion last year.
The list covers individuals coming from every corner of the world, with their wealth coming from various industries.
The Richest Person In The World
With a net worth of $75 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the richest person in the world for the third year in a row. While his net worth dipped from the $79.2 billion posted last year, Gates remained on top of the annual list, which he has been included in for 17 of the previous 22 years.
Following Gates in the list are Amancio Ortega, with a net worth of $67 billion amassed from his fashion chain Zara; investor and business magnate Warren Buffett, with a net worth of $60.8 billion; Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $50 billion from telecommunications and; and Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of $45.2 billion.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg climbed to the sixth spot, with a net worth of $44.6 billion. Co-founders of the social network, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin, are also on the list, with net worth of $8.9 billion and $6.2 billion, respectively. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, meanwhile posted a net worth of $1.2 billion.
Jan Koum and Brian Acton, co-founders of the WhatsApp messaging service that was acquired by Facebook, also make the list with net worth of $8.6 billion and $4.4 billion, respectively.
Six out of the top 15 richest people in the world gained their wealth through the tech industry. Joining Gates, Bezos and Zuckerberg are Oracle founder Larry Ellison, with a net worth of $43.6 billion, and Google co-founders Larry Page, with a net worth of $35.2 billion, and Sergey Brin, with a net worth of $34.4 billion.
Other notable tech billionaires are Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, with a net worth of $20.5 billion; Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with a net worth of $16.7 billion; and Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, with a net worth of $2.1 billion at just 25 years old.
Top 500 Richest People
While all the world's 1,810 billionaires have a total net worth of $6.48 trillion, that value is concentrated in the top 500 richest people in the world, whose collective total is $4.16 trillion. Of the top 500 richest people in the world, 183 are from the United States, 149 are from Europe, 119 are from the Asia-Pacific region, 32 are from the rest of the Americas and 17 are from the Middle East and Africa.
New York City Still Billionaire Capital
Previous reports claimed that Beijing in China has overtaken New York City as the city with the most number of billionaires. However, that seems not to be the case, as New York City is the home of 79 billionaires compared to 51 billionaires in Beijing.
The city with the second most number of billionaires is Hong Kong, followed by Moscow and then Beijing. Rounding out the top five is London.