The World's Billionaires

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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.[1] 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.

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.[2] Preliminary surveys are sent to those who may qualify for make 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.[3] 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 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-revenues 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.[2]

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.[2] Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from the list.[4]

Current rankings

In additional to their yearly list, Forbes maintains a top 10 list that is updated daily based on market fluctuations. As of July 29, 2014, the world's 10 wealthiest individuals were as follows:[5]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $82.2 billion 74 Mexico Telmex, Grupo Carso
2 Gates, BillBill Gates $80.6 billion 58 United States Microsoft
3 Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $64.2 billion 83 United States Berkshire Hathaway
4 Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $60.7 billion 78 Spain Inditex Group
5 Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $49.3 billion 69 United States Oracle Corporation
6 Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $40.2 billion 78 United States Koch Industries
7 Koch, DavidDavid Koch $40.2 billion 74 United States Koch Industries
8 Bettencourt, LilianeLiliane Bettencourt & family $37 billion 91 France L'Oreal
9 Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $37 billion 59 United States Wal-Mart
10 Walton, JimJim Walton $34.4 billion 66 United States Wal-Mart

Annual listings

2014

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, added $9 billion to his fortune since 2013 and topped the 2014 billionaire list. He has topped the list 15 of the previous 20 years, but was last number one in 2009.[6] 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.[7] 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.[4]

A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, representing combined wealth of $6.4 trillion.[7] Of those, a record 268 were newcomers, surpassing 2008's 226 newcomers.[1] One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list.[7] The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014.[1] Approximately 66% of the list was self-made, 13% achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21% through a mixture of the two.[4]

The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country.[7] 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.[7] 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 high inflation in the country.[4]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Increase Gates, BillBill Gates $76.0 billion Increase 58 United States Microsoft
2 Decrease Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $72.0 billion Decrease 74 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
3 Steady Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $64.0 billion Increase 77 Spain Inditex Group
4 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $58.2 billion Increase 83 United States Berkshire Hathaway
5 Steady Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $48.0 billion Increase 69 United States Oracle Corporation
6 Steady Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $40.0 billion Increase 78 United States Koch Industries
7 Steady Koch, DavidDavid Koch $40.0 billion Increase 73 United States Koch Industries
8 Increase Adelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson $38.0 billion Increase 80 United States Las Vegas Sands
9 Increase Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $36.7 billion Increase 58-59 United States Wal-Mart
10 Increase Walton, JimJim Walton $34.7 billion Increase 65 United States Wal-Mart

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[8] Overall, net gainers outnumbered net losers by 4:1.[9]

A record total of 1,426 people made the 2013 list, representing $5.4 trillion of assets.[10] Of those, 442 billionaires hailed from the United States.[8] 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%) was entirely self-made; 184 (13%) inherited their wealth, and 281 (20%) achieved their fortune through a combination of inheritance and business acumen.[10]

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

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.[11] 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.[11] Making her debut on the list at age 27, Spanx founder Sara Blakely became the youngest self-made female billionaire ever.[12] Colombia's Alejandro Santo Domingo was the highest ranked newcomer, inheriting a $9.5 billion stake in Santo Domingo Group from his father.[11] 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.[11] 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.[13]

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.[11] Georgia, Morocco, and Peru were newly represented on the list. Falling stock prices in Asia contributed to 117 former billionaires falling from the list world-wide. Twelve others listed in 2011 died. Overall, net gainers (460) barely outnumbered net losers (441).[13]

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.[11]

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

2011

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.[14] 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.[15] However, Nigerian commodity mogul Aliko Dangote was the greatest gainer on a percentage basis as his fortune increased 557% 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 Zuckerburg, 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.[14]

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.[16] 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.[14] The 2011 list included 214 newcomers and the average net worth of those on it increased to $3.7 billion.[15]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $74.0 billion Increase 71 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 Steady Gates, BillBill Gates $56.0 billion Increase 55 United States Microsoft
3 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $50.0 billion Increase 80 United States Berkshire Hathaway
4 Increase Arnault, BernardBernard Arnault $41.0 billion Increase 62 France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5 Increase Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $39.5 billion Increase 66 United States Oracle Corporation
6 Decrease Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $31.1 billion Increase 60 India Arcelor Mittal
7 Increase Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $31.0 billion Increase 74 Spain Inditex Group
8 Steady Batista, EikeEike Batista $30.0 billion Increase 53 Brazil EBX Group
9 Decrease Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $27.0 billion Decrease 57 India Reliance Industries
10 Increase Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $26.5 billion Increase 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%. Gates' estimated wealth rose $13 billion to $53 billion, placing him second. Warren Buffett was third with $47 billion.[17] Christy Walton was the highest ranking women, placing 12th overall, with an inherited fortune of $22.5 billion.[18] At age 25, Mark Zuckerberg was the world's youngest billionaire.[3] American Isaac Perlmutter was among the top newcomers with an estimated fortunate $4 billion acquired in his sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney.[17]

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.[18] It was the first time China, which includes Hong Kong, placed second.[17] A total of 55 countries were represented on the 2010 list, including Finland and Pakistan which claimed their first billionaires.[18] Eighty-nine women made the list, but only 14 of them were self-made.[18] The combined net worth of the list was $3.6 trillion, up 50% from 2009's $2.4 trillion, while the average net worth was $3.5 billion.[3]

The 2010 list featured 164 re-entries and 97 true newcomers.[3] Asia accounted for more than 100 of the new entrants. Overall, just 12% of the list lost wealth since 2009, and 30 people fell off the list. Thirteen others died.[17] 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.[3]

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

2009 Top 10

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

2008 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Increase Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $62.0 billion Increase 77 United States Berkshire Hathaway
2 Increase Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim $60.0 billion Increase 68 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil
3 Decrease Gates, BillBill Gates $58.0 billion Increase 52 United States Microsoft
4 Increase Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal $45.0 billion Increase 57 India Arcelor Mittal
5 Increase Ambani, MukeshMukesh Ambani $43.0 billion Increase 50 India Reliance Industries
6 Increase Ambani, AnilAnil Ambani $42.0 billion Increase 48 India Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
7 Decrease Kamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad $31.0 billion Decrease 81 Sweden IKEA
8 Increase Pal Singh, KushalKushal Pal Singh $30.0 billion Increase 76 India DLF Group
9 Increase Deripaska, OlegOleg Deripaska $28.0 billion Increase 40 Russia Rusal
10 Increase Albrecht, Karl Karl Albrecht $18.3 billion Increase 88 Germany Aldi Süd

2007 Top 10

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

2006 Top 10

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

2005 Top 10

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

2004 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Gates, BillBill Gates $46.6 billion Increase 48 United States Microsoft
2 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $42.9 billion Increase 73 United States Berkshire Hathaway
3 Steady Albrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht $23.0 billion Increase 84 Germany Aldi Süd
4 Increase Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $21.5 billion Increase 47 Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
5 Decrease Allen, PaulPaul Allen $21.0 billion Increase 51 United States Microsoft
6 Increase Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $20.0 billion Increase 55 United States Wal-Mart
7 Increase Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $20.0 billion Increase 84 United States Wal-Mart
8 Increase Walton, JimJim Walton* $20.0 billion Increase 56 United States Wal-Mart
9 Increase Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $20.0 billion Increase 58 United States Wal-Mart
10 Increase Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $20.0 billion Increase 60 United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart. Had he been alive in 2004, Sam Walton would have been the world's wealthiest person.

2003 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Gates, BillBill Gates $40.7 billion Decrease 47 United States Microsoft
2 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $30.5 billion Decrease 72 United States Berkshire Hathaway
3 Steady Karl and Theo Albrecht $25.6 billion Decrease 83 Germany Aldi Süd
4 Steady Allen, PaulPaul Allen $20.1 billion Decrease 50 United States Microsoft
5 Increase Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $17.7 billion Decrease 46 Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
6 Decrease Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $16.6 billion Decrease 58 United States Oracle Corporation
7 Decrease Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $16.5 billion Decrease 54 United States Wal-Mart
8 Decrease Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $16.5 billion Decrease 83 United States Wal-Mart
9 Decrease Walton, JimJim Walton* $16.5 billion Decrease 55 United States Wal-Mart
10 Decrease Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $16.5 billion Decrease 57 United States Wal-Mart
10 Decrease Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $16.5 billion Decrease 59 United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart. Had he been alive in 2004, Sam Walton would have been the world's wealthiest person.

2002 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Gates, BillBill Gates $52.8 billion Decrease 46 United States Microsoft
2 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $35.0 billion Increase 71 United States Berkshire Hathaway
3 Increase Karl and Theo Albrecht $26.8 billion Increase 82 Germany Aldi Süd
4 Decrease Allen, PaulPaul Allen $25.2 billion Decrease 49 United States Microsoft
5 Decrease Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $23.5 billion Decrease 57 United States Oracle Corporation
6 Increase Walton, JimJim Walton* $20.8 billion Increase 54 United States Wal-Mart
7 Increase Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $20.7 billion Increase 56 United States Wal-Mart
8 Increase Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $20.5 billion Increase 53 United States Wal-Mart
9 Increase Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $20.5 billion Increase 58 United States Wal-Mart
10 Increase Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $20.4 billion Increase 82 United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart. Had he been alive in 2004, Sam Walton would have been the world's wealthiest person.

2001 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Gates, BillBill Gates $58.7 billion Decrease 45 United States Microsoft
2 Increase Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $32.3 billion Increase 70 United States Berkshire Hathaway
3 Steady Allen, PaulPaul Allen $30.4 billion Increase 48 United States Microsoft
4 Decrease Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $26.0 billion Decrease 56 United States Oracle Corporation
5 Steady Karl and Theo Albrecht $25.0 billion Increase 81 Germany Aldi
6 Steady Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed $20.0 billion Steady 44 Saudi Arabia Kingdom Holding Company
7 Increase Walton, JimJim Walton* $18.8 billion Increase 53 United States Wal-Mart
8 Increase Walton, JohnJohn Walton* $18.7 billion Increase 55 United States Wal-Mart
9 Increase Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton* $18.6 billion Increase 57 United States Wal-Mart
10 Increase Walton, AliceAlice Walton* $18.5 billion Increase 52 United States Wal-Mart
10 Increase Walton, HelenHelen Walton* $18.5 billion Increase 81 United States Wal-Mart
  • Each hold an essentially equal share in Wal-Mart. Had he been alive in 2004, Sam Walton would have been the world's wealthiest person.

2000 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship 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

Legend

Icon Description
Steady Has not changed from the previous ranking.
Increase Has increased from the previous ranking.
Decrease Has decreased from the previous ranking.

Statistics

The Internet bubble created the most paper wealth for some billionaires. However, once the dotcom bubble burst the new rich saw their fortunes disappear.[19] Billionaires' fortunes have been 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.[20] The strong performance of the financial markets and global economic recovery have erased financial assets losses. Most of the richest people on the planet have seen their fortunes soar in the past few years.[21][22]

Year Number of billionaires Group's combined net worth
2014 1,645 $6.4 trillion
2013 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.[23][24]

See also

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