Talk:The World's Billionaires

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richest man[edit]

Richest man redirects here. If I want to know the current richest man, it would be Bill Gates, but the article doesnt tell me that. It says Carlos Slim. The Carlos Slim's page itself says "From 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world,[3] but that position has been regained by Bill Gates"-Shahab (talk) 05:54, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Looks like the redirect is misleading as this article is clearly about the Forbes' proprietary list of billionaires. Enivid (talk) 09:34, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Bill Gates is the richest man, I don't really know why this article says otherwise. If anything, they should clarify that Carlos Slim AND FAMILY would be in first place. Bill Gates is the SINGLE richest man. If you added his wife's net worth as well as the rest of his family's, it'd be higher of course. This whole thing is misleading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.76.113.4 (talk) 17:18, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

I just fixed the link the the page "Richest man". Regarding your comments here, according to Forbes, Carlos Slim is currently the richest person in world, so there's nothing misleading here. see this. The Bloomberg source says otherwise, that's why all the confusion. I'll add this source too. Yambaram (talk) 18:04, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
Forbes concur's with Bloomberg; simply click through to Slim's profile in the link you gave. "Carlos Slim Helu holds the title of the world's second richest man (net worth $69 billion), having lost the world's richest spot to Bill Gates in May.". That's the problem with annual lists; if there are obvious and large shifts in wealth, as occured here shortly after Forbes' March list, it makes it awkward for a year, and more rapidly generated lists will mis-align.Kuru (talk) 19:35, 9 November 2013 (UTC)\
Thanks Kuru, sorry I was misled by Forbes. I saw you reverted me on Gates and Slim's articles, I'll be more cautious next time I edit biographies, especially of living persons. Maybe I should send an email to Forbes and ask them to change, or "refresh" their billionaires list and peoples' pages, after all I had a subscription with them for a year... Earlier I put up the page Richest man for deletion, do you think you it should stay and direct to this article or was my decision just? Lastly, I don't think this article's name should be "Forbes list of billionaires". There's also a Bloomberg list of billionaires. I don't know if it was done before, but I propose that this article's name be changed to "List of billionaires", while letting both Forbes and Bloomberg be cited. Regards, Yambaram (talk) 20:23, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 January 2014[edit]

  1. 1 richest is Bill Gates

198.99.28.94 (talk) 22:21, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Not done: please make your request in a "change X to Y" format. Technical 13 (talk) 05:35, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Apurva Jain ( 16year old) - The richest person in this world. !!![edit]

This page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_list_of_billionaires says that the richest person in the world is a 16 year old called Apurva Jain. I wont really mind that if that is true, but it does not look so. Could you please check and confirm. Refer Sections: Current rankings/ Annual listing 2014,2013,2012. 1 Apurva Jain $78.0 billion Increase 16 India Jain Technology

The above error is seen on other sections also without even a reference link for Apurva Jain or the Jain Technologies. Vickypedian (talk) 10:34, 10 June 2014 (UTC)Vickypedian

That is the kind of edit we call vandalism. Its something that comes along with allowing anybody to edit wikipedia. We just have to watch articles and fix the vandalism, in order to keep open to the positive contributions such edits can bring. I have reverted it.Trackinfo (talk) 11:15, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

"And Family[edit]

I am absolutely positive that this will be taken down within moments, but nothing misleading, eh? If you are going to include "and family" in this page, then you need to include the world's actual wealthiest families, these include the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the Tudors, the Vanderbilts, the Duponts, the Bushes. I am absolutely abhorred by this page. Yes, it's true, none of the families I just mentioned report the net earnings that the people on your list do, because they are above that; they are not required to and furthermore their wealth is not represented in fiat currency, however, "FAMILY" is a truly relative term and can mean anything and by that definition you could call anyone "and family" the richest person in the world. If this site claims to have any true journalistic integrity, you will do one of two things... take down the "and family" entries, or do your homework and tell the truth. When I search "wealthiest families" on Wikipedia I get a bunch of nonsense results that also represent net worth. Go ahead. Delete my entry now and continue to suppress the truth. If I made a wealthiest families page you would take it down claiming I didn't have the proper resources, I'm not providing statistics based on net earnings (which I just pointed out is the problem), and whatever you could possibly do to discredit it as you have done with other pages of mine. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Soco79 (talkcontribs) 22:49, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Furthermore, it doesn't get you off the hook by saying "we're just reporting what Forbes says." This is your internal article and you are using Forbes and your ONLY source, as if Forbes magazine is the end all be all of economics and wealth. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Soco79 (talkcontribs) 22:59, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

I'm afraid we are just reporting what Forbes says. This isn't actually an article about the world's richest people (we couldn't create such a list without engaging in original research), it's an article about Forbes' list. I fully understand that this may not be obvious at first glance, but that's the fact of the matter. DoctorKubla (talk) 07:27, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
I appreciate your reply, and your candidness, and I know my entry was heavy handed and perhaps a little to emotional, and although I do understand it would be a large undertaking to write such an article that disseminates the truth regarding true wealth and power and all sorts of problems arise such as what is conjectured and speculated; what sources are considered reliable and what ones could fall under conspiracy, but I couldn't just not comment on this. I would undertake an article myself, I have personal essays that do as much, but I'm afraid it would just be challenged and taken down. Thank you again for your honest comments, though. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Soco79 (talkcontribs) 16:05, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Credibility issues

Since it was recently revealed that at least 2 National Leaders had many billions in wealth, and weren't on the list lends one to think that Forbes is either incompetent or deliberately omitted both Mubarak and Khaddafi from the list. In either case, the credibility of Forbes should fall into question.

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Qaddafi-Was-Worth-More-Than-siliconalley-1450562746.html


http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Experts-Say-Mubarak-Familys-Net-Worth-is-Billions-115489594.html

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gizziiusa (talk • contribs) 03:52, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

UPDATE: Forbes specifically mentions in its annual billionaire list that it is specific to "self-made" billionaires, therefore the previous remarks and references mentioned are retracted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gizziiusa (talkcontribs) 07:15, 10 July 2014 (UTC)