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Clarification about Turkey and Russia[edit]

First of all, Turkey and Russia a transcontinental countries that have parts in Europe and Asia. Turkey and Russia are considered to be part of Political and Cultural Europe, for ones who are more willing to investigate may refer to Europe article in Wikipedia. Moreover, both Turkey and Russia are members of Council of Europe.

If you look at world's major media agencies' publications, from BBC to Forbes (which is the source of this analysis), Turkey and Russia are included in European sections.

So I find it very useless to discuss this fact and I'm moving Turkey and Russia back to Europe for the last time.

I've also updated the results with Forbes' latest 2008 data.

Worth keeping[edit]

I think this article is worth keeping.

Last I checked, most of Turkey was in Asia Forbes has released the updated list of billionaires, they are telling, India has got 69 billionaires.. please update the figures —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:23, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

The Netherlands has atleast one billionaire aswell, does the name Eric Laurant ring a bell?

So are all these numbers for dollar billionaries or for the home currency of each country? Pointysticks 13:57, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Misleading Title[edit]

Just browsing and came across this.

It's not a list of billionaires by nationality, it's a list of countries by the number of billionaires.Staples 10:07, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

I agree. The title of the article should be changed. DJDavis92 03:53, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, you're not wrong. It really needs to have the names and net worth of the individuals listed. Yay unto the Chicken 10:05, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Why is India listed in the Europe section?

About Figures[edit]

Could somebody cite any sources about these countries:

  • Kosovo (not a country)
  • Serbia
  • Albania
  • Nepal
  • Ethiopia
  • Philippines
  • New Zealand

Ajda 01:34, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Ethiopia's billionaire (I added Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian-born citizen of Saudi Arabia (so he might be on the list twice) named Mohammed Al Amoudi. — ዮም | (Yom) | TalkcontribsEthiopia 01:12, 24 December 2006 (UTC)


Is it in USD or pound or YTL or what? It says so in the "notes" but it's, well, the article's morst important infomation (change anything else and the articel is worth something, change this and it's nothing worth). It could even be (nonsens) in 100 different currecies (home currency). And add a note, that in amny coutries of the world anyone's property is something private. So almost all these numbers will be estimations (who knows, perhaps I owe 7 billions, but I've never told anyone). so long de:User:Thire, aka -- 23:06, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Merger of Articles[edit]

I do not think that the articles should be merged. I believe the topics are distinct.

Listing countries "by the number of billionaires"[edit]

The countries are listed alphabetically and not by the number of billionaires they have. I will try correct this error. --Incman|वार्ता 20:33, 9 March 2007 (UTC)


The two billionaires of Kosova are ethnic Albanians Bexhet Pacolli & the other person that i cant remember his name so their cant be consider as Serbian billionaires but Albanians —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gon4z (talkcontribs) 17:28, 23 March 2007 (UTC).

Yeah, but technically their are nationals of the republic of Serbia. --Incman|वार्ता 21:32, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
Ethnicity has nothing to do with this list, but which country are those people citizens of. If their official residence is in Kosovo than they are still citizens of Serbia and should be cited there. The note itself is already redundant since it is not done for any other country, but giving the unsure status of Kosovo, it is understandable. When it changes we can move this data on it's own. For now it would be like citing some of American billionaires next to England, Italy, China... or which ever ethnicity they are. So please change this only if they are citizens of Albania. Icemaja 14:09, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Their official residents is one is Italian citizen and a citizen of Kosova and the other is British and Kosova but Kosova is not Serbian territory it has not been since 1999 its neither a part of Serbia or part of Serbia or a independent country so we should just make a new state whish it should clearly states United Nations administration state of Kosova i think that would prove better to avoid confusion

First of all Kosovo is still part of Serbia, it is internationaly recognized as 'province of Serbia'. You should check the facts before you make claims like this. Just because someone wants to be independant doesn't mean they are. It is under the UN administration since 1999, but even UN says it is still officialy and geographicaly part of Serbia so why do you think you can make new state before UN does? These days the discusions of Kosovo status are being held, until that status is resolved please stop making any more changes like this. This is encyclopedia so only facts matter not somebody's oppinions and feelings!!! Icemaja 14:19, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Serbia has NO influence within Kosovo it has not had any since 1999 and even though it is consider by "SOME" as still a part of Serbia most of the world considers it as an UN administrated state "not country" but not a part of Serbia and that is the fact I mean just because you want it to remain under Serbia doesn’t make it so because its not, to be consider still a Serbian territory will it has to be run & controlled by Serbia what you saying is exactly the same to with Azerbaijan says that Nagorno-Karabakh is Azeri land and the whole world puts it under the Azerbaijan’s map but in reality its an independent land and a part of Armenia so no Kosova is no a part of Serbia and that is the fact saying it is whish full thinking by the Serbs for God sake Kosovo does not pay taxes to Serbia Kosova has a total detached economy from Serbia’s it ahs detached everything Serbia ahs nothing in Kosova, Kosova has its own Passports get real mate just because you want to add 2 more billionaires next to your countries name wont make it true because they are not Serbs or Serbians. And for those people to be consider as Serbian Billionaires they would have to give live in Serbia which they don’t they would have to be Serbian citizens which they are not and would have to give some sort of contribution to its government which they don’t, so they re not Serbian they would better be suited next to Albania than Serbia but for this reason I made the Kosova column to avoid confusion.Gon4z 19:06, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

It may only be nominal, but it IS part of Serbia. I am sure Kosovo will be independent, but until than you should stick to the facts! I don't have any wishful thinking about Kosovo, but clearly you do. Go to UN site and read how they clasify Kosovo. : "the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which has run the Albanian-majority Serbian province since 1999", "United Nations envoy’s proposal for granting independence in a phased process to the ethnic-Albanian majority Serbian province that has been run by the world body since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999." Tehese are not my words, and it seams that Kosovo is going toward it's independance, but until it does YOU CANNOT CHANGE FACTS JUST BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT THAT WAY! So as you see it is not considered by "SOME" as part of Serbia, but by the UN, and it is not "an UN administrated state" but "province of Serbia under the UN administration". For Kosovo status you can check these pages here on wiki too Kosovo_Status_Process, Constitutional_status_of_Kosovo and Kosovo. P.S. I really don't care how many billionaires Serbia has, but I do care that wikipedia stays true to FACTS. Icemaja 08:50, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

But where is their residence? In Italy and UK, or in Kosovo? If it's in Kosovo, it's still part of Serbia (at least nominally), isn't it?


On this list (The German U.S. Dollar Billionaires according to Forbes) you see 56 billionaires in germany .... i change this ... .


The article as it stands lists the world's billionaires as of February 2006. The 2007 list was published back in March: [1]. I suggest we process that list and update the numbers. Cows fly kites (Aecis) Rule/Contributions 18:04, 5 July 2007 (UTC)


why the fuck is turkey listed under Europe?

should be listed under Asia —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:53, August 26, 2007 (UTC)

oh and another thing concerning turkey: how come theyre listed as high as 3rd in the European ranking, but not listed at all in the world ranking? funny isnt it... --Asdfking123 11:13, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
Russia is in Europe. Why not? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kızıl Şaman (talkcontribs) 14:05, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Turkey is a Transcontinental country, but it is considered a European Country, Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the European Economic Community since 1963 and having joined the EU Customs Union in 1995. And Around 30 of the Turkish billionaires are located in Istanbul on the western side in East Thrace it is located entirely in Europe.

The Country is also part of all European sport associations, as Football and Basketball, and is currently in the bid for the UEFA Euro 2020

But don't feel bad, it is a common mistake to think that Turkey is part of the Middle East. Coloniasport (talk) 18:44, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Turkey should be listed in the Asian section[edit]

I have moved Turkey from the European to the Asian section.

The same answer to this

Turkey is a Transcontinental country, but it is considered a European Country, Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the European Economic Community since 1963 and having joined the EU Customs Union in 1995. And Around 30 of the Turkish billionaires are located in Istanbul on the western side in East Thrace it is located entirely in Europe.

The Country is also part of all European sport associations, as Football and Basketball, and is currently in the bid for the UEFA Euro 2020

But don't feel bad, it is a common mistake to think that Turkey is part of the Middle East. Coloniasport (talk) 18:44, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

A country can't negotiate itself to a another continent. Turkey's area and population are mostly in Asia, so it should be listed as Asian. Russia's population, however, is mainly in Europe (even though area is mostly in Asia). (talk) 01:54, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Why can't a country negotiate itself to another continent? Who made up that rule, and where is it written? It opens up a can of worms, but the logic of considering Europe to be a separate "continent" from Asia is extremely questionable anyway, because it makes the definition of continent much more complicated and less intuitive. If it weren't for "Europe" and "Asia", anyone (from any planet) could look at a physical globe and identify all of the continents on Earth. Why is India called a "subcontinent" and not a continent? India is diverse enough and populous enough to meet the same qualifications that supposedly make Europe a continent. What disqualifies India from continent status? GDP per capita? Why should that be a criterion? Australia is a continent with just one country, so number of countries has nothing to do with it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:56, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Numbers don't match[edit]

The number of billionaires in the US under the world section does not match the North America section. (talk) 20:58, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

371 is correct for USA ( GLGermann (talk) 13:15, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
someone fix it —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:28, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Additionally, the numbers don't match for MOST of the countries, such as Russia, Japan, Germany, etc. Someone with knowledge on the subject needs to make sure these numbers are correct and consistent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:27, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Wrong numbers[edit]

There's something wrong with the numbers in the "Europe" section. The total seems to be 240, instead of 260. Also, the table has two blocks with countries that have "4" billionaires. Finally, the number of Dutch billionaires seems to be - or has changed to - "5" and there's also a source available that's not mentioned. That's for your information, because I'm not going to change it, since the article contains too many errors. (Who knows what else is wrong...) -- (talk) 14:01, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

In addition, I found another mismatch and that is, China, which in the list of top ten nations is listed second by 64 billionaires, and the same China is listed first in Asia region by 79 billionaires. Either 64 or 79 is incorrect; but since I have no information, I didn't change anything. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Haghshenas m a (talkcontribs) 13:42, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

The Africa Section states: 1. Egypt; 1. South Africa; 3. Nigeria. It should instead state: 1. Egypt; 2. South Africa; 3. Nigeria. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:46, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Pakistan Rich List[edit]

I noticed some edits that Pakistan has 8 billionaires. This was sourced from here. I had it removed because;

  • 1. The source does not state the exact net worth of each individual. I have no idea where the author of the List of Pakistanis by net worth page got the figures from.
  • 2. There is no reference as to who the original author of the source is. The writer in the source stated that:

I received this list in an email from a friend - tried searching for the original author on Google, but had little luck. While searching though, I found it referenced at a few other places, including a cool blog called Financial Ave. In the blog too there's no mention on the original author. Such being the case this cannot be counted as a reliable source.

  • 3. The information from the sources were written in 2005. All the other information in this page is as new as 2007. How can information almost 2½ years old be used when such is supposed to be updated every year?
  • 4. It is clearly stated in the first line of the article that the lists of billionaires is compiled annually by the Forbes Magazine. I don't recall seeing a single Pakistani billionaire in the last Forbes Magazine.
  • 5. It should also be noted that the list excludes heads of states whose wealth is tied to their position. However Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, who were heads of state (former prime ministers) form part the list.

Anybody who has an argument may contribute their opinions here.  S3000  ☎ 15:19, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

If you google "richest people in pakistan"[1] there are countless forums with this information. Minus heads of state there seems to be 5 'stani billionaires. I know that a forum might not count as a reliable source but it could be important to note where these people got ther information from. Cheers Sansonic (talk) 19:30, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Internal Discrepancies[edit]

Canada has different numbers in the top 10 list and the North America list. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:20, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Hongkong ∈ China[edit]

The topic is "List of countries..."

In fact Hongkong is a city (SAR) of P.R.China. Then 42+24=66. Also HK and Mainland they have the closest economic tie & on some level can hardly be separated. (Otherjoke (talk) 04:48, 6 March 2008 (UTC))

Are the economy of Hong Kong and the economy of the rest of China integrated as much as among members of the European Union? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Teamter (talkcontribs) 01:00, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

What about this article? It seems like China now is the second country for number of millionaires according to China Daily. Is it a trustable source? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:13, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

March 2009- New list availiable[edit] Jesusmariajalisco (talk) 00:24, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

The list is updated with March 2009 Forbes. -- (talk) 05:40, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Updation required (November 2009)[edit]

Number of US billionaires = 391

Number of Chinese billionaires = 79

Number of Indian billionaires = 52

I am not making any changes as i was'nt able to find recent information on Russian and German billionaires without which the change in ranks cannot be implemented . (talk) 12:17, 19 November 2009 (UTC)


pakistan has 7 billionares instead of 1. As seen on

Please change the mistake

Some corrections[edit]

- You didn't count Monaco's billionaire in the european list.

- The right category is Category:Turkish billionaires.

I hope you have the time to correct it. Thanks

-- (talk) 00:04, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Fixed and added. Thanks. Elockid (Talk) 00:10, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from, 17 July 2010[edit]


|16|| Hungary|| align="center"|3|| (talk) 03:45, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. Salvio ( Let's talk 'bout it!) 17:35, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from, 17 July 2010[edit]

{{editsemiprotected}} Hungary has now got 3 offical billionaires so plz add to list (talk) 03:47, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Salvio ( Let's talk 'bout it!) 17:35, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

edit request
number of canadian Billionaries is 23 not 47. Please correct it soon.

Edit request from Supercomputtergeek, 28 October 2010[edit]


China has now 128 billionaires according to forbes :

So please change 64 to 128

Supercomputtergeek (talk) 15:46, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Done Thanks, Stickee (talk) 23:48, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from Supercomputtergeek, 29 October 2010[edit]


You forgot to update the Asia section !! thanks

Supercomputtergeek (talk) 09:43, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Done Thanks, Stickee (talk) 23:56, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

France should have at least 49 billionaires according to depending upon the strength of the euro. Either way it is far more than 12. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:18, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Number of Indian bilionaries is 69[edit]

the number of indian billionaires as in fores list is 69, please change it.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:33, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Edit request to change figures for Africa and Asia[edit]

The figures here are incorrect. From the Forbes List the number of billionaires should be changed to:

Africa 8 Egypt 4 South Africa 2 Nigeria


8 Saudi Arabia 4 UAE 3 Kuwait 6 Lebanon — Preceding unsigned comment added by Otherperson2011 (talkcontribs) 06:50, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Mexico is part of North America[edit]

Mexico should be moved to the North America section and the Latin America section should be renamed Central and South America. In terms of geography, North, Central, and South are the correct usage, whereas Latin is a cultural division irrelevant for the purposes of this article.

I agree Mexico should be included in North American and would take it a step further and include Central America as well. The intro to the article states that the divisions are by continent, and Latin America (as well as Central America) is NOT a continent. Also, the sectional lists need updating. Lime in the Coconut 17:22, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Aggregate worth[edit]

It would be good if an aggregate worth of the billionaires was added. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

This page need to be updated to March 2012[edit]

This page need to be updated to March 2012 because Forbes released a new list of this month — Preceding unsigned comment added by Akatsuki181 (talkcontribs) 12:25, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

different figures[edit]

There are different in the overall top 10 and in the regional lists. Only Brazil, Turkey and Hong Kong are the in both lists. The header tells The following is a list of known U.S. dollar billionaires in 2011 as of March 2011, listed by nationality, and grouped by continent. Other clearly is not from same time, but which? I have no clue. (talk) 21:26, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

According to the BBC there are 73 Billionaires in the UK[edit]

I think the 33 figure is just for London — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:17, 8 April 2012 (UTC)


According to the reference there are two billionaires in Monaco. (talk) 23:02, 22 April 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:03, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, Fixed and added. Thanks. B-watchmework (talk) 03:00, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 30 May 2012[edit]

Mexico is part of north America. (talk) 14:47, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done indeed it is Face-smile.svg Egg Centric 23:53, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

wrong numbers for Asia - They do not use the Forbes list[edit]

The list is way off China fell to 95 from 115 in 2011, far from the 271 on the list?

and other numbers also very wrong, reopen this article so we can get et right lets update this page here — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:04, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

As seen here in the list by country from Forbes Russia has overtaken China and Germany overtaken India from the 2012 list — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:19, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Its true the figures are wrong and the others are old info, open article.

Well my my, that is true, the figures are all wrong and outdated, this must be fixed. Coloniasport (talk) 18:42, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

That is true! reopen article. (talk) 21:59, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Number of Billionaires in China is 600[edit]

According to Business Insider, the number of billionaires from China is nearing 600. Half of the billionaires around the world are from China. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:28, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Inconsistent Data[edit]

The current revision simultaneously lists China as having both 95 and 271 billionaires. Attys (talk) 16:28, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

I have tagged this article, the data is highly dubious, at times not even the same line items are consistent Greenman (talk) 18:11, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

Outdated and unreliable sources[edit]

The list of billionaires by Continents are very outdated and do not follow the Forbes list which is the official list. here are the list for 2012 there are several different sources who are not reliable, we need to cleanup and update the list from forbes 2012. Lactasamir (talk) 17:52, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Note: You are (now) a member of the autoconfirmed group, so you can be bold and update the list yourself.  — daranzt ] 23:37, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Header says this article uses 2013 figures, which is only true for the European list. At least 2012 is marked as the year in all the other tables.
And, even the main top ten list has wrong percentages. Not a single one of them are right. Though it does not matter since it should be updated with new figures. (talk) 02:19, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Edit request 17.03.2013: Billionaires per 10M inhabitants[edit]

Canada: 25 billionairs / 33 m population = 7.6, not 1.08 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:50, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

alternate study[edit]

Another ref: Roller, Emma (March 4, 2013). "Which Country Has the Most Billionaires Per Capita?". Slate. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

EllenCT (talk) 07:57, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Unlock the topic for corrections[edit]

There are some mistakes. Both in 2012 and in 2013 Brazil ranked as having a higher number of billionaires than Britain, f.e. The way the data is presented is highly misleading. Grenzer22 (talk) 14:30, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

One can check it here: in 2013, there were 46 Brazilian billionaires ( The data is clearly wrong, and I guess the topic should be opened for the necessary fixing. Thanks in advance.Grenzer22 (talk) 12:24, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Inconsistency in the article[edit]

The numbers Billionaires by nation and in the specific countries are not the same i.e. china,russia... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:04, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 25 June 2013[edit]

There are eight(8) Pakistani billionaires as per the latest figures published on Wikipedia(25-6-2013) (talk) 23:04, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Could you please link to a source so that I can verify the (8) number? ~Adjwilley (talk) 23:30, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Closing due to lack of response from requester. --ElHef (Meep?) 18:40, 30 June 2013 (UTC)


There are around 17 USD billionaires in Norway, not 6 as stated. Here is a list: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joreberg (talkcontribs) 12:45, 11 July 2013 (UTC)


The topic is still outdated and with wrong information, and one cannot fix it, since the article is protected.Grenzer22 (talk) 13:25, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia[edit]

There are around 64 USD billionaires in the KSA, not 8 as stated. As a mater of fact, all the Middle East figures are off, Here is a list: ibnAnwar80 —Preceding undated comment added 16:00, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Turkey - Asia or Europe?[edit]

97% of Turkey is located in Asia yet it's listed under Europe and adds to the European figure. I doubt that all Turkish billionaires are on the European side, what are some other people's opinions on this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:43, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Number of billionaires per capita[edit]

Can we divide the number of billionaires by the population to see what country has the the most billionaires per capita? --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 18:30, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Update Number of billionaires in Singapore[edit]

On Channel News Asia today, the number of billionaires in Singapore has increased from 27 to 32. The number reflected on this list has to be updated. (9/17/2014) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ultrafrappe (talkcontribs) 12:34, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 October 2014[edit]

|| India||align="center"|100||Mukesh Ambani (talk) 07:13, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 08:28, 6 October 2014 (UTC)