- 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|13||Sergey Brin||47.5||Up||United States|
|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|
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.)