Forbes, an American magazine, comes out with a list of the world’s richest people every year. The richest person in the world once again is Bill Gates (image), an American who co-founded the software company Microsoft and runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates has held the title the last three years as well. Not only that, he has held the top spot for 18 of the past 23 years. He is worth US$86 billion. Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, holds the second place with US$75 billion. The CEO of Amazon (Jeff Bezos, image below) holds the 3rd spot.
There were 1,810 billionaires (in US dollars) in the world last year. This year, the number has gone up to 2,043. The total net worth of all the billionaires is US$7.67 trillion. The United States has the largest number with 565, followed by China, Germany, and India. You can view the complete list of the billionaires here.
Image Credits: https://www.gatesnotes.com for Gates’ image, https://twitter.com/jeffbezos for Bezos’ image
Sources: forbes.com, http://www.gatesfoundation.org