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Thursday, 2 October 2014

The World's Billionaires in 2014

The World's Billionaires in 2014

The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, compiled and published by the American business magazine Forbes in March. 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 the list.

The list has been published each year in March since 1987. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has topped the list 15 of the past 20 years, including the most recent 2014 edition. In 2014, there were 1,645 people on the list, including a record 172 women. Roughly two-thirds of the list were entirely self-made and only about 1 in 8 billionaires achieved their wealth through inheritance alone.

RankNameNet WorthAgeSourceCountry of Citizenship
1Carlos Slim Helu & family$81.1 B74TelecomMexico
2Bill Gates $533.3 M58MicrosoftUnited States
3Warren Buffett$67 B84Berkshire HathawayUnited States
4Amancio Ortega$58.1 B78RetailSpain
5Larry Ellison$47.6 B70OracleUnited States
6Charles Koch$42.5 B78diversifiedUnited States
6David Koch$42.5 B74diversifiedUnited States
8Christy Walton & family$38 B59Wal-MartUnited States
9Jim Walton$144.2 M66Wal-MartUnited States
10Liliane Bettencourt & family$35.1 B91L'OrealFrance

(Note this count down has been taken from forbes)


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