The Richest People In The World

1 for the past four years. American gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who added $11.5 billion to his pile, makes it back into the top ten for the first time since 2007. Worth $25 billion, he moves up 20 spots.


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5. Our global wealth team found 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion a year ago. Amancio OrtegaNet Worth: $64 B Age: 77 Source of wealth: Retail

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Still not all countries-or tycoons-had good years. The company’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, joins the ranks for the first time, as does Facebook’s longtime vice president Jeff Rothschild. 4. Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega (best known for the Zara fashion chain) retains the No. But wealth is spreading to new places.

The year’s biggest dollar gainer was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune jumped $15.2 billion, to $28.5 billion, as shares of his social network soared. Christy Walton” width=”52″ height=”52″/>Net Worth: $36.7 B Age: 59 Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

10. Also, thanks to a $19 billion deal (including restricted stock) with Facebook, WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton join the ranks of Silicon Valley's wealthiest for the first time. We found billionaires for the first time in Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda. Warren BuffetNet Worth: $58.2 B Age: 83 Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Thanks to the tech boom, and strong stock market, the U.S. once again leads the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. Another first: A record net worth of $31 billion was needed to make the top 20, up from $23 billion last year.

3. Indonesia, whose currency tumbled 20% against the dollar, now has 8 fewer ten-figure fortunes. Altogether 100 people dropped out of the ranks, while another 16 passed away.

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Roughly two-thirds of the billionaires built their own fortunes, 13% inherited them and 21% have been adding on to fortunes they received. In total, there are 172 women on the list, more than ever before and up from 138 last year.

2. Also for the first time, an African, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, breaks into the top 25. Tech, and more specifically Facebook, helped propel numerous fortunes lately. Bill GatesNet Worth: $76 B Age: 58 Source of wealth: Microsoft

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. Sheldon Adelson” width=”52″ height=”52″/>Net Worth: $38 B Age: 80 Source of wealth: Casinos

9. Other notable newcomers include World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, fashion king Michael Kors and Denise Coates of UK online betting firm Bet365.

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6. David KochNet Worth: $40 B Age: 73 Source of wealth: Diversified

Forbes: The ranks of the world’s billionaires continue to scale new heights-and stretch to new corners of the world. Charles Koch” width=”52″ height=”52″/>Net Worth: $40 B Age: 78 Source of wealth: Diversified

Bill Gates is back on top after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming the title of world’s richest person from telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, who ranked No. Carlos Slim Helu family” width=”52″ height=”52″/>Net Worth: $72 B Age: 74 Source of wealth: Telecom


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