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The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking by net worth of the world's wealthiest billionaires compiled and published in March annually by the American business magazine Forbes. The list was first published in March 1987.[1] 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.[3]

The World's Billionaires
List of the world's billionaires, ranked in order of net worth
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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
Publication details
Publisher
  • Whale Media Investments
  • Forbes family
Publication Forbes
First published March 1987[1]
Latest publication March 23, 2017
Current list details (2017)[2]
Wealthiest Bill Gates
Net worth (1st) Increase US$86 billion
Number of billionaires Increase 2,043
Total list net worth value Increase US$7.67 trillion
Average net worth Decrease US$3.75 billion
Number of women Increase 227
Number of people aged 40 years or less Increase 56
New members to the list Increase 195
Forbes: The World's Billionaires website

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 included 76 from China and 25 from the U.S.; there were 56 people under 40 and it had a record of 227 women.[4] 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.[2][5] As of 2017, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has topped the list 18 of the past 23 years.[2]

According to a 2017 Oxfam report, the top eight billionaires own as much combined wealth as "half the human race".[6][7]

Contents

Methodology

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 net worth listed are snapshots taken at that time. These lists show the top 10 wealthiest billionaires.

2017

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.[2] 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.[2] 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 Kong with 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. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $86.0 billion   61   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $75.6 billion   86   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Bezos, JeffJeff Bezos $72.8 billion   53   United States Amazon.com
4   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $71.3 billion   80   Spain Inditex, Zara
5   Zuckerberg, MarkMark Zuckerberg $56.0 billion   32   United States Facebook
6   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $54.5 billion   77   Mexico América Móvil, Grupo Carso
7   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $52.2 billion   72   United States Oracle Corporation
8   Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $48.3 billion   81   United States Koch Industries
8   Koch, DavidDavid Koch $48.3 billion   76   United States Koch Industries
10   Bloomberg, MichaelMichael Bloomberg $47.5 billion   75   United States Bloomberg L.P.

2016

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 Ellison, Charles 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. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $75.0 billion   60   United States Microsoft
2   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $67.0 billion   79   Spain Inditex
3   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $60.8 billion   85   United States Berkshire Hathaway
4   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $50.0 billion   76   Mexico América Móvil, Grupo Carso
5   Bezos, JeffJeff Bezos $45.2 billion   52   United States Amazon.com
6   Zuckerberg, MarkMark Zuckerberg $44.6 billion   31   United States Facebook
7   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $43.6 billion   71   United States Oracle Corporation
8   Bloomberg, MichaelMichael Bloomberg $40.0 billion   74   United States Bloomberg L.P.
9   Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $39.6 billion   80   United States Koch Industries
9   Koch, DavidDavid Koch $39.6 billion   75   United States Koch Industries

2015

In the 29th annual Forbes list of global billionaires, a record 1,826 billionaires were named with an aggregated net worth of $7.1 trillion compared to $6.4 trillion last year. 46 of the billionaires in this list are under the age of 40. A record number of 290 people joined the list for the first time, of whom 25 percent hail from China, which produced a world-leading 71 newcomers. The United States came in second, with 57, followed by India, with 28, and Germany, with 23.[16] The United States has the largest number of billionaires with 526. Russia went down to 88 from 111 in 2014. Russia was placed behind China, Germany and India by the number of billionaires. Self-made billionaires made up the largest number of people on the list with 1,191 positions (over 65 percent) while just 230 (under 13 percent) have wealth through inheritance. The number of billionaires who inherited a portion but are still working to increase their fortunes is 405.[17]

Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes's annual list of the world's billionaires. This was the 16th time that the founder of Microsoft claimed the top spot. Carlos Slim came in second for the second consecutive time. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway was placed third, while Amancio Ortega of Spain, slipped down a position from last year to number four. Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle rounded off the top five. Christy Walton was the highest ranking female at number eight. America's Evan Spiegel, co-founder of photo messaging app Snapchat became the youngest billionaire this year at the age of 24. At age 99, David Rockefeller maintained his position as the oldest billionaire to be included in the list.[18] Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, rose to number 16 with $33.4 billion. Iceland had a billionaire Thor Bjorgolfsson in the list after a gap of five years. Guatemala had a billionaire, Mario Lopez Estrada, for the first time in its history.[19]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $79.2 billion   59   United States Microsoft
2   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $77.1 billion   75   Mexico América Móvil, Telmex, Grupo Carso
3   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $72.7 billion   84   United States Berkshire Hathaway
4   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $64.5 billion   78   Spain Inditex
5   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $54.3 billion   70   United States Oracle Corporation
6   Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $42.9 billion   79   United States Koch Industries
6   Koch, DavidDavid Koch $42.9 billion   74   United States Koch Industries
8   Walton, ChristyChristy Walton $41.7 billion   60   United States Walmart
9   Walton, JimJim Walton $40.6 billion   66   United States Walmart
10   Bettencourt, LilianeLiliane Bettencourt $40.1 billion   92   France L'Oreal

2014

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, added $9 billion to his fortune since 2013 and topped the Forbes 2014 billionaire list. He has topped the list 15 of the previous 20 years, but his last number one ranking in 2009.[20] Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim came in second place after being number one the previous four years. Zara founder Amancio Ortega placed third for the second consecutive year. American investor Warren Buffett was in the top five for the 20th consecutive year, placing fourth.[21] America's Christy Walton was the highest ranking female, placing ninth overall.[1] Aliko Dangote of Nigeria became the first African ever to enter the top 25, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion.[3]

A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, representing combined wealth of $6.4 trillion.[21] Of those, a record 268 were newcomers, surpassing 2008's 226 newcomers.[1] One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list.[21] The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014.[1] Approximately 66 percent of the list was self-made, 13 percent achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21 percent through a mixture of the two.[3]

The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country.[21] The country also had the most newcomers with 50, and women with 54.[1] China had the second most billionaires with 152, while Russia was third with 111.[21] Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda were all represented on the list for the first time. Turkey saw the most people drop off the list, 19, due to a period of high inflation in the country.[3]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $76.0 billion   58   United States Microsoft
2   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $72.0 billion   74   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
3   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $64.0 billion   77   Spain Inditex
4   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $58.2 billion   83   United States Berkshire Hathaway
5   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $48.0 billion   70   United States Oracle Corporation
6   Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $40.0 billion   78   United States Koch Industries
6   Koch, DavidDavid Koch $40.0 billion   73   United States Koch Industries
8   Adelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson $38.0 billion   80   United States Las Vegas Sands
9   Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $36.7 billion   58–59   United States Walmart
10   Walton, JimJim Walton $34.7 billion   65   United States Walmart

2013

Carlos Slim topped the 2013 billionaire list, marking his fourth consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates remained in second, while Amancio Ortega moved up to third. Oretega's gain of $19.5 billion was the largest of anyone on the list.[22] Warren Buffett failed to make the top three for the first time since 2000, placing fourth. Diesel founder Renzo Rosso was among the top newcomers, debuting with an estimate net worth of $3 billion.[23]

A global rise in asset prices, led Forbes editor Randall Lane to declare "It [was] a very good year to be a billionaire". However, it was not a good year to be Eike Batista who fell from seventh to 100th, suffering the largest net loss of anyone on the list.[22] Overall, net gainers outnumbered net losers by 4:1.[23]

A record total of 1,426 people made the 2013 list, representing $5.4 trillion of assets.[24] Of those, 442 billionaires hailed from the United States.[22] The Asian-Pacific region had 386 billionaires and Europe 366. The list also featured a record number of newcomers, 210, representing 42 different countries. Sixty people from the 2012 list fell below a billion dollar of assets in 2013 and eight others from the 2012 list died. The Asia-Pacific region had the most drop offs, with 29, followed by the United States with 16. The 2013 list featured 138 women, of which 50 came from the United States. A majority of the list (961 individuals, 67 percent) was entirely self-made; 184 (13 percent) inherited their wealth, and 281 (20 percent) achieved their fortune through a combination of inheritance and business acumen.[24]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $73.0 billion   73   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2   Gates, BillBill Gates $67.0 billion   57   United States Microsoft
3   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $57.0 billion   76   Spain Inditex Group
4   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $53.5 billion   82   United States Berkshire Hathaway
5   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $43.0 billion   68   United States Oracle Corporation
6   Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $34.0 billion   77   United States Koch Industries
6   Koch, DavidDavid Koch $34.0 billion   72   United States Koch Industries
8   Ka-shing, LiLi Ka-shing $31.0 billion   84   Hong Kong
  Canada
Cheung Kong Holdings
9   Bettencourt, LilianeLiliane Bettencourt & family $30.0 billion   90   France L'Oréal
10   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $29.0 billion   63   France LVMH

2012

Carlos Slim topped the 2012 list, marking this third consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates placed second, but narrowed the gap from 2011 as Slim's fortune fell $5 billion while Gates' rose $5 billion. Warren Buffett remained in third place. Bernard Arnault of France was the top-ranking European on the list, placing fourth.[25] Ricardo Salinas Pliego was the greatest gainer in terms of dollars, adding $9.2 billion to his fortune and moving up to number 37 overall.[25] Making her debut on the list at age 27, Spanx founder Sara Blakely became the youngest self-made female billionaire ever.[26] Colombia's Alejandro Santo Domingo was the highest ranked newcomer, inheriting a $9.5 billion stake in Santo Domingo Group from his father.[25] India's Lakshmi Mittal was the largest loser as his fortune dropped from $31.1 billion to $20.7 billion as the price of steel maker ArcelorMittal fell sharply.[25] As a result, he failed to make the top 10 for the first time since 2004 and lost his title of richest Asian to Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing.[27]

A record total of 1,226 people made the 2012 list, representing 58 different countries. Of those, 126 were newcomers to the list and 104 were women. The United States had the greatest number of billionaires with 425. Russia had 96 people on the list, while China had 95.[25] Georgia, Morocco, and Peru were newly represented on the list. Falling stock prices in Asia contributed to 117 former billionaires falling from the list worldwide. Twelve others listed in 2011 died. Overall, net gainers (460) barely outnumbered net losers (441).[27]

To coincide with the release of the 2012 list, Forbes announced a new "Billionaire Real-Time Ticker" updating the wealth of the world's top fifty billionaires in real time.[25]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $69.0 billion   72   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2   Gates, BillBill Gates $61.0 billion   56   United States Microsoft
3   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $44.0 billion   81   United States Berkshire Hathaway
4   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $41.0 billion   63   France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $37.5 billion   75   Spain Inditex Group
6   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $36.0 billion   67   United States Oracle Corporation
7   Batista, EikeEike Batista $30.0 billion   55   Brazil EBX Group
8   Stefan Persson $26.0 billion   64   Sweden H&M
9   Ka-shing, LiLi Ka-shing $25.5 billion   83   Hong Kong
  Canada
Cheung Kong Holdings
10   Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $25.4 billion   92   Germany Aldi

2011

In the 25th annual Forbes list of global billionaires, Carlos Slim added $20.5 billion to his fortune, the most of anyone, and retained his number one ranking with a total fortune of $74 billion. Bill Gates remained in second place with $56 billion, while Warren Buffett was third with $50 billion. The top 10 had a combined wealth of $406 billion, up from $342 billion in 2010.[28] According to Forbes editor Kerry Dolan, "media and technology billionaires definitely benefited from a stronger stock market and a growing enthusiasm for all things social" since the 2010 list.[29] However, Nigerian commodity mogul Aliko Dangote was the greatest gainer on a percentage basis as his fortune increased 557 percent to $13.5 billion. Mark Zuckerberg was one of seven Facebook-related billionaires on the list, as he $9.5 billion to his fortune to move up to 52nd. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz was the youngest person on the list. Aged 26, eight days younger than Zuckerberg, he debuted at number 420 with an estimated fortune of $2.7 billion. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was the largest loser as he saw his fortune plummet from $23 billion to $6 billion, dropping him from 11th to 162nd overall.[28]

A record 1,210 billionaires made the 2011 list, representing a combined wealth of $4.5 trillion, up from $3.6 trillion the previous year.[30] One third of the world's billionaires, 413, came from the United States. China had the second most billionaires with 115, while Russia was third with 101. Asia moved up to 332 billionaires, passing Europe as a region for the first time since the 1990s.[28] The 2011 list included 214 newcomers and the average net worth of those on it increased to $3.7 billion.[29]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $74.0 billion   71   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2   Gates, BillBill Gates $56.0 billion   55   United States Microsoft
3   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $50.0 billion   80   United States Berkshire Hathaway
4   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $41.0 billion   62   France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $39.5 billion   66   United States Oracle Corporation
6   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $31.1 billion   60   India Arcelor Mittal
7   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $31.0 billion   74   Spain Inditex Group
8   Batista, EikeEike Batista $30.0 billion   53   Brazil EBX Group
9   Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $27.0 billion   57   India Reliance Industries
10   Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $26.5 billion   55   United States Walmart

2010

Carlos Slim narrowly eclipsed Bill Gates to top the billionaire list for the first time. Slim saw his estimated worth surge $18.5 billion to $53.5 billion as shares of America Movil rose 35 percent. Gates' estimated wealth rose $13 billion to $53 billion, placing him second. Warren Buffett was third with $47 billion.[31] Christy Walton was the highest ranking woman, placing 12th overall, with an inherited fortune of $22.5 billion.[32] At age 25, Mark Zuckerberg continued to be the world's youngest self-made billionaire.[9] American Isaac Perlmutter was among the top newcomers with an estimated fortunate $4 billion acquired in his sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney.[31]

A total of 1,011 people made the 2010. The United States accounted for 403 billionaires, followed by China with 89 and Russia with 62.[32] It was the first time China, while including Hong Kong, placed second.[31] A total of 55 countries were represented on the 2010 list, including Finland and Pakistan which claimed their first billionaires.[32] Eighty-nine women made the list, but only 14 of them were self-made.[32] The combined net worth of the list was $3.6 trillion, up 50 percent from 2009's $2.4 trillion, while the average net worth was $3.5 billion.[9]

The 2010 list featured 164 re-entries and 97 true newcomers.[9] Asia accounted for more than 100 of the new entrants. Overall, just 12 percent of the list lost wealth since 2009, and 30 people fell off the list. Thirteen others died.[31] Of the 89 women, 12 were newcomers in 2010. Steve Forbes said the growing number of billionaires was clear sign that the world's economy was recovering from 2009's global financial crisis.[9]

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates announce The Giving Pledge that is a promise to give the majority of wealth to philanthropy. As of 2017, 157 people have signed the pledge, most of them billionaires.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $53.5 billion   70   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2   Gates, BillBill Gates $53.0 billion   54   United States Microsoft
3   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $47.0 billion   79   United States Berkshire Hathaway
4   Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $29.0 billion   53   India Reliance Industries
5   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $28.7 billion   60   India Arcelor Mittal
6   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $28.0 billion   66   United States Oracle Corporation
7   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $27.5 billion   61   France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8   Batista, EikeEike Batista $27.0 billion   53   Brazil EBX Group
9   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $25.0 billion   74   Spain Inditex Group
10   Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $23.5 billion   90   Germany Aldi Süd

2009

In the wake of the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, the world's billionaires lose $2 trillion in net worth and the list becomes 30% smaller than the previous year's list.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $40.0 billion   53   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $37.0 billion   78   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $35.0 billion   69   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil
4   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $22.5 billion   64   United States Oracle Corporation
5   Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad $22.0 billion   83   Sweden IKEA
6   Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $21.5 billion   89   Germany Aldi Süd
7   Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $19.5 billion   57   India Reliance Industries
8   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $19.3 billion   58   India Arcelor Mittal
9   Albrecht, TheoTheo Albrecht $18.8 billion   87   Germany Aldi Nord, Trader Joe's
10   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $18.3 billion   73   Spain Inditex Group

2008

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, four years after starting the company, joins the list at 23 to become the youngest self-made billionaire.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $62.0 billion   77   United States Berkshire Hathaway
2   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $60.0 billion   68   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil
3   Gates, BillBill Gates $58.0 billion   52   United States Microsoft
4   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $45.0 billion   57   India Arcelor Mittal
5   Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $43.0 billion   50   India Reliance Industries
6   Ambani, AnilAnil Ambani $42.0 billion   48   India Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
7   Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad $31.0 billion   81   Sweden IKEA
8   Pal Singh, KushalKushal Pal Singh $30.0 billion   76   India DLF Group
9   Deripaska, OlegOleg Deripaska $28.0 billion   40   Russia Rusal
10   Albrecht, Karl Karl Albrecht $27.0 billion   88   Germany Aldi Süd

2007

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $56.0 billion   51   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $52.0 billion   76   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $49.0 billion   67   Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
4   Ingvar Kamprad $33.0 billion   80   Sweden IKEA
5   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $32.0 billion   56   India Arcelor Mittal
6   Adelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson $26.5 billion   73   United States Las Vegas Sands
7   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $26.0 billion   58   France LVMH
8   Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $24.0 billion   71   Spain Inditex Group
9   Ka-shing, LiLi Ka-shing $23.0 billion   78   Hong Kong
  Canada
Cheung Kong Holdings, Hutchison Whampoa
10   David Thomson $22.0 billion   49   Canada Thomson Corporation

2006

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $52.0 billion   50   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $42.0 billion   75   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $30.0 billion   66   Mexico Telmex
4   Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad $28.0 billion   79   Sweden IKEA
5   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $23.5 billion   55   India Mittal Steel Company
6   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $22.0 billion   53   United States Microsoft
7   Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $21.5 billion   57   France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8   Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $20.0 billion   49   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
9   Thomson, KennethKenneth Thomson $19.6 billion   82   Canada The Thomson Corporation
10   Shing, Li KaLi Ka Shing $18.8 billion   77   Hong Kong
  Canada
Cheung Kong Group, Hutchison Whampoa

2005

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $46.5 billion   49   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $44.0 billion   74   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $25.0 billion   54   India Mittal Steel Company
4   Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $23.8 billion   65   Mexico Telmex
5   Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $23.7 billion   49   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
6   Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad $23.0 billion   79   Sweden IKEA
7   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $21.0 billion   52   United States Microsoft
8   Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $18.5 billion   85   Germany Aldi Süd
9   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $18.4 billion   60   United States Oracle Corporation
10   Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton $18.3 billion   61   United States Walmart

2004

The founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, become billionaires at age 30.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $46.6 billion   48   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $42.9 billion   73   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $23.0 billion   84   Germany Aldi Süd
4   Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $21.5 billion   47   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
5   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $21.0 billion   51   United States Microsoft
6   Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $20.0 billion   55   United States Wal-Mart
7   Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $20.0 billion   84   United States Wal-Mart
8   Walton, JimJim Walton* $20.0 billion   56   United States Wal-Mart
9   Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $20.0 billion   58   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $20.0 billion   60   United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart.

2003

Oprah Winfrey becomes the first female African American billionaire.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $40.7 billion   47   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $30.5 billion   72   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Karl and Theo Albrecht $25.6 billion   83   Germany Aldi Süd
4   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $20.1 billion   50   United States Microsoft
5   Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $17.7 billion   46   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
6   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $16.6 billion   58   United States Oracle Corporation
7   Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $16.5 billion   54   United States Wal-Mart
8   Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $16.5 billion   83   United States Wal-Mart
9   Walton, JimJim Walton* $16.5 billion   55   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $16.5 billion   57   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $16.5 billion   59   United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart.

2002

As a result of the market crash caused by the Dot-com bubble, 83 billionaires drop off the list from the previous year.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $52.8 billion   46   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $35.0 billion   71   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Karl and Theo Albrecht $26.8 billion   82   Germany Aldi Süd
4   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $25.2 billion   49   United States Microsoft
5   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $23.5 billion   57   United States Oracle Corporation
6   Walton, JimJim Walton* $20.8 billion   54   United States Wal-Mart
7   Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $20.7 billion   56   United States Wal-Mart
8   Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $20.5 billion   53   United States Wal-Mart
9   Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $20.5 billion   58   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $20.4 billion   82   United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart.

2001

In 2001, BET founder Robert L. Johnson became the first ever African-American billionaire.[33]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1   Gates, BillBill Gates $58.7 billion   45   United States Microsoft
2   Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $32.3 billion   70   United States Berkshire Hathaway
3   Allen, PaulPaul Allen $30.4 billion   48   United States Microsoft
4   Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $26.0 billion   56   United States Oracle Corporation
5   Karl and Theo Albrecht $25.0 billion   81   Germany Aldi
6   Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $20.0 billion   44   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
7   Walton, JimJim Walton* $18.8 billion   53   United States Wal-Mart
8   Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $18.7 billion   55   United States Wal-Mart
9   Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $18.6 billion   57   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $18.5 billion   52   United States Wal-Mart
10   Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $18.5 billion   81   United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart. Had he been alive in 2001, Sam Walton would have been the world's wealthiest person.

2000

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1 Gates, BillBill Gates $60.0 billion 44   United States Microsoft
2 Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $47.0 billion  55   United States Oracle Corporation
3 Allen, PaulPaul Allen $28.0 billion 47   United States Microsoft
4 Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $25.6 billion 69   United States Berkshire Hathaway
5 Karl and Theo Albrecht $20.0 billion  80   Germany Aldi Süd
6 Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $20.0 billion 43   Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
7 Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton $20.0 billion 57   United States Wal-Mart
8 Son, MasayoshiMasayoshi Son $19.4 billion 43   Japan Softbank Capital, SoftBank Mobile
9 Dell, MichaelMichael Dell $19.1 billion 46   United States Dell
10 Thomson, KennethKenneth Thomson $16.1 billion 77   Canada The Thomson Corporation

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Statistics

The Dot-com bubble created the most paper wealth for some billionaires. However, once the dotcom bubble burst the new rich saw their fortunes disappear.[34] Billionaires' fortunes were hit even harder by the global financial crisis; 2009 was the first time in five years that the world had a net loss in the number of billionaires.[35] The strong performance of the financial markets and global economic recovery have erased financial assets losses. Most of the richest people in the world have seen their fortunes soar in the early 2010s.[36][37]

Number and combined net worth of billionaires by year[38]
Year Number of billionaires Group's combined net worth
2017 2,043 $7.67 trillion
2016 1,810 $6.5 trillion
2015[5] 1,826 $7.1 trillion
2014[39] 1,645 $6.4 trillion
2013[40] 1,426 $5.4 trillion
2012 1,226 $4.6 trillion
2011 1,210 $4.5 trillion
2010 1,011 $3.6 trillion
2009 793 $2.4 trillion
2008 1,125 $4.4 trillion
2007 946 $3.5 trillion
2006 793 $2.6 trillion
2005 691 $2.2 trillion
2004 587 $1.9 trillion
2003 476 $1.4 trillion
2002 497 $1.5 trillion
2001 538 $1.8 trillion
2000 470 $0.9 trillion$898 billion

Source: Forbes.[5][39][38][40]

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