The World's Billionaires 2014

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The World's Billionaires 2014 edition was 28th annual ranking of The World's Billionaires by Forbes magazine. The list estimated the net worth of the world's richest people, excluding royalty and dictators, as of February 12, 2014. It was released online on March 3, 2014.

Annual list[edit]

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. Mexican tycoon 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.[1] Oracle founder Larry Ellison rounded out the top five. America's Christy Walton was the highest ranking female, placing ninth overall.[2] Aliko Dangote of Nigeria became the first African ever to crack the top 25, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion. 24-year-old Perenna Kei, daughter of Chinese real estate developer Ji Haipeng, was the youngest person on the list. At age 99, David Rockefeller was the oldest.[3]

Among the largest gainers from the previous year's list was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. A rapid rise in the price of Facebook stock saw his net worth soar from $13.3 billion in 2013 to $28.5 billion in 2014. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum saw his net worth rise from less than a billion to $6.8 billion. He debuted at #202 overall, while partner Brian Acton debuted at #551 with $3 billion.[2]

A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, represented combined wealth of $6.4 trillion.[1] Of those, a record 268 were newcomers, surpassing 2008's 226 newcomers.[2] The list included 42 female newcomers.[3] One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list.[1] The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014, up from 138 the previous year.[2] However, only 12 of them were completely self-made without the help of parents or spouses.[4] Overall, 66% of the list was self-made, 13% achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21% through a mixture of the two.[3] The combined wealth of the top 20 rose from $714.5 billion to $838.6 billion.[2]

The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country.[1] The country also had the most newcomers with 50, and women with 54.[2] China had the second most billionaires with 152, including 37 new names. Russia was third with 111.[1] Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda were all represented on the list for the first time.[3] Sixteen of the female billionaires came from Germany, the second most of any country.[2] Turkey saw the most people drop off the list, 19, due to high inflation in the country.[3]

Top 10[edit]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1 Increase Bill Gates $76.0 billion Increase 58  United States Microsoft
2 Decrease Carlos Slim & family $72.0 billion Decrease 74  Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
3 Steady Amancio Ortega $64.0 billion Increase 77  Spain Inditex
4 Steady Warren Buffett $58.2 billion Increase 83  United States Berkshire Hathaway
5 Steady Larry Ellison $48.0 billion Increase 70  United States Oracle Corporation
6 Steady Charles Koch $40.0 billion Increase 78  United States Koch Industries
6 Steady David Koch $40.0 billion Increase 73  United States Koch Industries
8 Increase Sheldon Adelson $38.0 billion Increase 80  United States Las Vegas Sands
9 Increase Christy Walton & family $36.7 billion Increase 58–59  United States Walmart
10 Increase Jim Walton $34.7 billion Increase 65  United States Walmart
Legend
Icon Description
Steady Has not changed from the previous year's list
Increase Has increased from the previous year's list
Decrease Has decreased from the previous year's list

Top 100:[5][edit]

No. Name Net Worth USD billion Age Nationality Source(s) of wealth
1 Bill Gates 76.00 58 United States Microsoft
2 Carlos Slim Helu & family 72.00 74 Mexico telecom
3 Amancio Ortega 64.00 77 Spain retail
4 Warren Buffett 58.20 83 United States Berkshire Hathaway
5 Larry Ellison 48.00 69 United States Oracle
6 Charles Koch 40.00 78 United States diversified
6 David Koch 40.00 73 United States diversified
8 Sheldon Adelson 38.00 80 United States casinos
9 Christy Walton & family 36.70 59 United States Wal-Mart
10 Jim Walton 34.70 66 United States Wal-Mart
11 Liliane Bettencourt & family 34.50 91 France L'Oreal
12 Stefan Persson 34.40 66 Sweden H&M
13 Alice Walton 34.30 64 United States Wal-Mart
14 S. Robson Walton 34.20 70 United States Wal-Mart
15 Bernard Arnault & family 33.50 64 France LVMH
16 Michael Bloomberg 33.00 72 United States Bloomberg LP
17 Larry Page 32.30 40 United States Google
18 Jeff Bezos 32.00 50 United States Amazon.com
19 Sergey Brin 31.80 40 United States Google
20 Li Ka-shing 31.00 85 Hong Kong diversified
21 Mark Zuckerberg 28.50 29 United States Facebook
22 Michele Ferrero & family 26.50 88 Italy chocolates
23 Karl Albrecht 25.00 94 Germany retail
23 Aliko Dangote 25.00 56 Nigeria cement, sugar, flour
25 Carl Icahn 24.50 78 United States investments
26 George Soros 23.00 83 United States hedge funds
27 David Thomson & family 22.60 56 Canada media
28 Lui Che Woo 22.00 84 Hong Kong casinos
29 Dieter Schwarz 21.10 74 Germany retail
30 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud 20.40 58 Saudi Arabia investments
31 Forrest Mars, Jr. 20.00 82 United States candy
31 Jacqueline Mars 20.00 74 United States candy
31 John Mars 20.00 77 United States candy
34 Jorge Paulo Lemann 19.70 74 Brazil beer
35 Lee Shau Kee 19.60 86 Hong Kong diversified
36 Theo Albrecht, Jr. & family 19.30 63 Germany Aldi, Trader Joe's
36 Steve Ballmer 19.30 57 United States Microsoft
38 Leonardo Del Vecchio 19.20 78 Italy eyeglasses
39 Len Blavatnik 18.70 56 United States diversified
40 Mukesh Ambani 18.60 56 India petrochemicals, oil & gas
40 Alisher Usmanov 18.60 60 Russia steel, telecom, investments
42 Phil Knight 18.40 76 United States Nike
42 Michael Otto & family 18.40 70 Germany retail, real estate
42 Masayoshi Son 18.40 56 Japan internet, telecom
45 Tadashi Yanai & family 17.90 65 Japan retail
46 Gina Rinehart 17.70 60 Australia mining
47 Mikhail Fridman 17.60 49 Russia oil, banking, telecom
48 Michael Dell 17.50 49 United States Dell
49 Susanne Klatten 17.40 51 Germany BMW, pharmaceuticals
50 Abigail Johnson 17.30 52 United States money management
51 Viktor Vekselberg 17.20 56 Russia metals, energy
52 Lakshmi Mittal 16.70 63 India steel
53 Vladimir Lisin 16.60 57 Russia steel, transport
54 Cheng Yu-tung 16.20 88 Hong Kong diversified
55 Joseph Safra 16.00 75 Brazil banking
56 Paul Allen 15.90 61 United States Microsoft, investments
57 Leonid Mikhelson 15.60 58 Russia gas, chemicals
58 Anne Cox Chambers 15.50 94 United States media
58 Iris Fontbona & family 15.50 71 Chile mining
58 Francois Pinault & family 15.50 77 France retail
61 Mohammed Al Amoudi 15.30 67 Saudi Arabia oil, diversified
61 Azim Premji 15.30 68 India software
61 Gennady Timchenko 15.30 61 Russia oil & gas
64 Wang Jianlin 15.10 59 China real estate
65 Charles Ergen 15.00 61 United States Dish Network
66 Stefan Quandt 14.90 47 Germany BMW
67 German Larrea Mota Velasco & family 14.70 60 Mexico mining
68 Harold Hamm 14.60 68 United States oil & gas
69 Donald Bren 14.40 81 United States real estate
69 Ray Dalio 14.40 64 United States hedge funds
71 Georg Schaeffler 14.30 49 Germany ball bearings
72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento 14.20 81 Colombia banking
73 Serge Dassault & family 14.00 88 France aviation
73 Ronald Perelman 14.00 71 United States leveraged buyouts
73 Laurene Powell Jobs & family 14.00 50 United States Apple, Disney
76 Vagit Alekperov 13.60 63 Russia Lukoil
76 John Fredriksen 13.60 69 Cyprus shipping
78 Rupert Murdoch & family 13.50 82 United States media
78 John Paulson 13.50 58 United States hedge funds
80 Ma Huateng 13.40 42 China internet media
81 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family 13.00 62 United Kingdom real estate
82 Pallonji Mistry 12.80 84 Ireland construction
82 Johanna Quandt 12.80 87 Germany BMW
82 Dilip Shanghvi 12.80 58 India pharmaceuticals
82 Jack Taylor & family 12.80 91 United States Enterprise Rent-A-Car
86 Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family 12.60 n/a Hong Kong real estate
86 Vladimir Potanin 12.60 53 Russia metals
88 Rinat Akhmetov 12.50 47 Ukraine steel, coal
88 James Simons 12.50 75 United States hedge funds
90 Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family 12.40 82 Mexico mining
91 Robin Li 12.10 45 China internet search
92 Ernesto Bertarelli & family 12.00 48 Switzerland biotech, investments
92 Hans Rausing 12.00 87 Sweden packaging
94 Zong Qinghou 11.60 68 China beverages
95 Robert Kuok 11.50 90 Malaysia diversified
95 David & Simon Reuben 11.50 71 United Kingdom investments, real estate
97 Dhanin Chearavanont & family 11.40 74 Thailand food
97 Andrey Melnichenko 11.40 41 Russia coal, fertilizers
97 Henry Sy & family 11.40 89 Philippines diversified
100 German Khan 11.30 52 Russia oil, banking, telecom
100 Ananda Krishnan 11.30 75 Malaysia telecom

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Elizabeth Barber (March 4, 2014). "Forbes' richest people: number of billionaires up significantly". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Barbara Kollmeyer (March 4, 2014). "Bill Gates back on top, WhatsApp founders and more women in Forbes' billionaire rankings". Market Watch. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Leada Gore (March 4, 2014). "Youngest, oldest and one who can body slam you: More on Forbes list of the ultra-rich". AL.com. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Forbes Rich List: Judy Faulkner Profile". Retrieved 2014-09-20.
  5. ^ The World's Billionaires. Forbes.com. March 3, 2014

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