In addition to changes in oil prices, weakening of euro, and similar factors, the ranking of the world’s billionaires was not at all influenced by economic turbulence…
For 29th time in a row, Forbes magazine presented the richest people of the world, and they found 1,826 billionaires, which have an estimated joint wealth of 7.05 billion dollars. In this set, 290 rookies appeared, and 71 people came from China. The number of young billionaires is definitely on the rise – a record 46 richest people in the world are under 40 years old.
Bill Gates is once again the richest person in the world, a title he had held for 16 of the past 21 years. His fortune increased by 3.2 billion compared to the previous year, despite donating $ 1.5 billion to his charity foundation.
Carlos Slim once again reached the second place, while Warren Buffett, the distinguished American investor is in third place. Amancio Ortega is number four this time. Buffett is certainly the biggest winner of this list, because his wealth has increased by as much as 14.5 billion for the year over year!
The founder of the Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg got the 16th place and this is the first time that he is among the 20 richest people of the world. Also, he is a leader in the revolution of young billionaires.
The youngest person to be found among the richest people of the world is Evan Spiegel, who is 24 years old and who co-founded application Snapchat.
23 new rich from this list come from California, specifically Silicon Valley, including the founders of Uber, Travis Kalanika and Garrett Camp, as well as their first employee Ryan Graves. Elizabeth Holmes, who is the youngest billionaire the world and leads medical research company, Theranos, once again appeared on this list. California now has 131 billionaires, which is more than in any other country, in addition to China.
The biggest “loser” of this year is Aliko Dangote from Nigeria, whose wealth decreased to 14.7 billion dollars, after the weakening of the Nigerian currency and reduced demand for cement, which is the basis of his operations. He is still the richest man in Africa. A country that has definitely lost this “war” is Russia, as compared to 111 last year, now has 88 billionaires.
138 people, who were on the list of 2014, are no longer on it. There we can count in designer Michael Kors, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Mark Vadon and many Russians. On the other hand, Guatemala has received its first billionaire and Iceland returned to the list after a five-year absence. Thor Bjorgolfsson is now the only billionaire in the history of Iceland.
There is no doubt that private businesses are flourishing around the world. 1,191 people from this list have become rich with their effort and work, while only 230 people inherited their wealth. 405 inherited part of wealth, but they magnify their efforts.