Day: March 7, 2018

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Tops The World’s Richest Multi-billionaires

Capitalism’s global conquest continues as entrepreneurs around the globe mint fortunes in everything from cryptocurrencies to telecom to bridal dresses. Forbes has pinned down a record 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories including the first ever from Hungary and Zimbabwe. This elite group is worth $9.1 trillion, up 18% since last year. Their average net worth is a record $4.1 billion

Americans lead the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 373.

The Top 10 Billionaires

  • #1 Jeff Bezos – CEO Amazon
    #2 Bill Gates – CEO, Microsoft
    #3 Warren Buffett – 
    #4 Bernard Arnault & family
    #5 Mark Zuckerberg – CEO Facebook
    #6 Amancio Ortega – CEO Zara
    #7 Carlos Slim Helu & family
    #8 Charles Koch – Koch Industries
    #8 David Koch – Koch Industries
    #10 Larry Ellison –

Centi-billionaire Jeff Bezos secures the list’s top spot for the first time, becoming the only person to appear in the Forbes ranks with a 12-figure fortune.

Bezos’s fortune leapt more than $39 billion, the list’s biggest one-year gain ever. He moves ahead of Bill Gates, who is now number 2. It is the biggest gap between no. 1 and 2 since 2001.

Bernard Arnault, with a fortune of $72 billion, reclaims the title of richest European for the first time since 2012.

There are 259 newcomers including the first ever cryptocurrency billionaires; two Canadians whose toy company is behind Hatchimals and PAW Patrol; two Americans who founded online retailer Wayfair; and a 35-year-old heiress who runs In-N-Out Burger. Even in such a strong year, 121 dropped out due to falling fortunes or political headwinds, including all 10 Saudi Arabians.

Click here for more on Forbes methodology, credits and acknowledgments.

 

#11 Michael Bloomberg $50 B 76 Bloomberg LP United States
#12 Larry Page $48.8 B 44 Google United States
#13 Sergey Brin $47.5 B 44 Google United States
#14 Jim Walton $46.4 B 69 Walmart United States
#15 S. Robson Walton $46.2 B 73 Walmart United States
#16 Alice Walton $46 B 68 Walmart United States
#17 Ma Huateng $45.3 B 46 internet media China
#18 Francoise Bettencourt Meyers $42.2 B 64 L’Oreal France
#19 Mukesh Ambani $40.1 B 60 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
#20 Jack Ma $39 B 53 e-commerce China
#21 Sheldon Adelson $38.5 B 84 casinos United States
#22 Steve Ballmer $38.4 B 61 Microsoft United States
#23 Li Ka-shing $34.9 B 89 diversified Hong Kong
#24 Hui Ka Yan $30.3 B 59 real estate China
#24 Lee Shau Kee $30.3 B 90 real estate Hong Kong
#26 Wang Jianlin $30 B 63 real estate China
#27 Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. $29.8 B 66 supermarkets Germany
#28 Phil Knight $29.6 B 80 Nike United States
#29 Jorge Paulo Lemann $27.4 B 78 beer Brazil
#30 Francois Pinault $27 B 81 luxury goods France
#31 Georg Schaeffler $25.3 B 53 auto parts Germany
#32 Susanne Klatten $25 B 55 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
#32 David Thomson $25 B 60 media Canada
#34 Jacqueline Mars $23.6 B 78 candy, pet food United States
#34 John Mars $23.6 B 82 candy, pet food United States
#36 Joseph Safra $23.5 B 79 banking Brazil
#37 Giovanni Ferrero $23 B 53 Nutella, chocolates Italy
#37 Dietrich Mateschitz $23 B 73 Red Bull Austria
#39 Michael Dell $22.7 B 53 Dell computers United States
#39 Masayoshi Son $22.7 B 60 internet, telecom Japan
#41 Serge Dassault $22.6 B 92 diversified France
#42 Stefan Quandt $22 B 51 BMW Germany
#43 Yang Huiyan $21.9 B 36 real estate China
#44 Paul Allen $21.7 B 65 Microsoft, investments United States
#45 Leonardo Del Vecchio $21.2 B 82 eyeglasses Italy
#46 Dieter Schwarz $20.9 B 78 retail Germany
#47 Thomas Peterffy $20.3 B 73 discount brokerage United States
#48 Theo Albrecht, Jr. $20.2 B 67 Aldi, Trader Joe’s Germany
#48 Len Blavatnik $20.2 B 60 diversified United States
#50 He Xiangjian $20.1 B 75 home appliances China
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