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Forbes’ 32nd Annual World’s Billionaires Issue

Forbes’ 32nd Annual World’s Billionaires Issue

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  • A record 2,208 billionaires made Forbes’ 32nd annual ranking of the world’s billionaires, as featured in the March 31, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine."The superrich continue to get richer, widening the gap between them and everyone else," said Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan, Assistant Managing Editors of Wealth, at Forbes Media. To view the list, visit www.forbes.com/billionaires.
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Centi-billionaire Jeff Bezos seizes the top spot for the first time. Bezos has a fortune of $112 billion, up $39.2 billion from 2017, the biggest one-year gain ever. Bill Gates, who has been the richest person in the world for 18 of the past 24 years, drops to No. 2 on the Forbes billionaires list. Gates has a fortune of $90 billion, up from $86 billion last year. This is the biggest gap (in dollars) between the top 2 spots since 2001. Warren Buffett, worth $84 billion, falls to the No. 3 spot. His net worth increased from $75.6 billion in 2017. Bernard Arnault, with a fortune of $72 billion, ascends 7 spots in the ranks to No. 4.  Thanks to his $30.5 billion gain in the past year, Arnault is the richest person in Europe for the first time since 2012. Rounding out the top five is Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, worth $71 billion.  Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega (best known for the Zara fashion chain) in at No. 6, drops out of the top 5 for the first time since 2011. Ortega’s net worth is $70 billion, a $1.3 billion decrease from 2017.

  • 2,208 billionaires (up from 2,043 in 2017) made the list, with an average net worth of $4.1 billion, a record high.
  • The total combined net worth of this year’s billionaires was $9.1 trillion, up from $7.7 trillion last year.
  • 1,490 members are self-made billionaires, up from 1,371 in 2017.

The Top 20 billionaires have a combined net worth of a record $1.2 trillion, up from $968.8 billion in 2017. Their aggregate wealth represents 13% of all 2,208 billionaires. The minimum net worth to make the cut into the Top 20 is now a record $39 billion, up from $30.4 billion in 2017.

Forbes 2018 Top 20 Billionaires
Rank Name Final Worth
($bil)
Up/Down
from 2017
Citizenship Origin of Wealth
1 Jeff Bezos $112 Up United States Amazon.com
2 Bill Gates 90 Up United States Microsoft
3 Warren Buffett 84 Up United States Berkshire Hathaway
4 Bernard Arnault & family 72 Up France LVMH
5 Mark Zuckerberg 71 Up United States Facebook
6 Amancio Ortega 70 Down Spain Zara
7 Carlos Slim Helu & family 67.1 Up Mexico telecom
8 Charles Koch 60 Up United States Koch Industries
8 David Koch 60 Up United States Koch Industries
10 Larry Ellison 58.5 Up United States software
11 Michael Bloomberg 50 Up United States Bloomberg LP
12 Larry Page 48.8 Up United States Google
13 Sergey Brin 47.5 Up United States Google
14 Jim Walton 46.4 Up United States Wal-Mart
15 S. Robson Walton 46.2 Up United States Wal-Mart
16 Alice Walton 46 Up United States Wal-Mart
17 Ma Huateng 45.3 Up China internet media
18 Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family 42.2 New France L’Oréal
19 Mukesh Ambani 40.1 Up India petrochemicals, oil & gas
20 Jack Ma 39 Up China e-commerce

President Trump, worth $3.1 billion, ranks No. 766, falling from No. 544 in 2017. Trump’s fortune has fallen $400 million since the 2017 Billionaires list, due partially fallings values of Midtown Manhattan real estate and declining revenues at several Trump golf properties. (Trump’s net worth remains the same as it did when Forbes valued him in October 2017, for the 2017 Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.)

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