Bill Gates regains Top Spot as the World’s Richest Person with $76 billion
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is back on the top spot of the world’s richest list with his total net worth estimated at $76bn this year
According to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires, Mr Gates’ total net worth was estimated at $76bn (£45.5bn) this year 2014, up from $67bn in 2013.
Last year, Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim was at the number one spot but the rise of Bill Gates’ wealth knocked off the Mexican into the second place with $72bn.
To be in the top 20 ranking of the richest people in the world, you will have to now be worth $31 billion – which rose from $23 billion as of last year, Eyes and Voice learned.
“The year’s biggest dollar gainer was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune jumped $15.2 billion, to $28.5 billion, as shares of his social network soared.
“The company’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, joins the ranks for the first time, as does Facebook’s longtime vice president Jeff Rothschild.
“Also, thanks to a $19 billion deal (including restricted stock) with Facebook, WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton join the ranks of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest for the first time.
“They are 4 of 26 newcomers whose fortunes come from technology, 10 of whom are American, including Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and Workday cofounder Aneel Bhusri.” – Forbes.
According to Forbes, right now in the world, there is a record of 1,645 billionaires. And the US continues to dominate the list.
The US accounts for the most billionaires in the world, with 492, Eyes and Voice learned.
“By region, Europe boasted the most billionaires outside the US, with 468 in total, closely followed by Asia, which had 444 billionaires.
“The list suggested that wealth was spreading, with four new countries featuring for the first time – Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda.
“Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, became the first African to be listed in the top 25, with a net worth of $25bn.
“Landlord Gerald Grosvenor and family were the richest British family to make the list, with a net worth estimated at $13bn.
“Known formally as the 6th Duke of Westminster, he owns 190 acres in Belgravia, an area adjacent to Buckingham Palace and one of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods.” – According to the BBC.
Forbes list of world’s richest people
|SOURCE: FORBES and BBC NEWS|
|Bill Gates||$76bn||Microsoft, software|
|Carlos Slim||$72bn||America Movil, telecoms|
|Amancio Ortega||$64bn||Zara, fashion|
|Warren Buffet||$58.2bn||Berkshire Hathaway, investment|
|Larry Ellison||$48bn||Oracle, software|
|Charles Koch/David Koch||$40bn/$40bn||Koch Industries, various|
|Sheldon Adelson||$38bn||Las Vegas Sands, casinos|
|Christy Walton||$36.7bn||Wal-Mart, retail|
|Jim Walton||$34.7bn||Wal-Mart, retail|
#1 Bill Gates$76 B
#2 Carlos Slim Helu & family$72 B
#3 Amancio Ortega$64 B
#4 Warren Buffett$58.2 B
#5 Larry Ellison$48 B
#6 Charles Koch$40 B
#6 David Koch$40 B
#8 Sheldon Adelson$38 B
#9 Christy Walton & family$36.7 B
#10 Jim Walton$34.7 B
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