Billionaire

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A billionaire, in countries that use the short scale number naming system, is a person with a net worth of at least one billion (1,000,000,000) units of a given currency, usually major currencies such as the United States dollar, the euro, or the pound sterling. Forbes magazine updates a complete global list of known U.S. dollar billionaires every year.[1]

Current U.S. billionaires[edit]

According to the Forbes report released in March 2013, there are currently 1,426 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide from 66 countries, boasting a combined net worth of $5.4 trillion, which is more than the combined GDP of 152 countries.[2][3] The United States has the largest number of billionaires of any country, with 442 as of 2013, while China and Russia are home to 122 and 110 billionaires respectively.[4][5] Among U.S. billionaires, the average age is 66 years.[6]

Statistics[edit]

The table below lists numerous statistics relating to billionaires, including the net worth of the world's wealthiest individual for each year since 2008. Data for each year is from the annual Forbes list of billionaires, with currency figures given in U.S. dollars.

YearTotal number of billionairesCombined wealth of known billionairesNumber of U.S. billionairesNumber of Russian billionairesNumber of Chinese billionairesWealthiest individualWealthiest individual's net worth
2013[3]1,426$5.4 trillion442110122Bill Gates[7]$72.7 billion
2012[8]1,226$4.6 trillion4259695Carlos Slim$73 billion
2011[9]1,210$4.5 trillion413101115Carlos Slim$74 billion
2010[10]1,011$3.6 trillion404 (est.)6289Carlos Slim$53.5 billion
2009[11]793$2.4 trillion3593228Bill Gates$40 billion
2008[12]1,125$4.4 trillion470 (est.)87Warren Buffett$62 billion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Matthew; Kroll, Luisa (10 March 2010). "Bill Gates No Longer World's Richest Man". Forbes. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "How do Billionaires Spend Their Money?". 
  3. ^ a b "Billionaires". Forbes. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Chinese billionaires". Forbes. March 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Russian billionaires". Forbes. March 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Rappeport, Alan (9 March 2011). "Brics becoming billionaire factory". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bill Gates is the world's richest man for first time since 2007 with a personal fortune of $72.7 BILLION". Daily Mail. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Billionaires". Forbes. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  9. ^ "World's Billionaires 2011: A Record Year In Numbers, Money And Impact". Forbes. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Bill Gates No Longer World's Richest Man". Forbes. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2012
  11. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  12. ^ "World's Billionaires". Forbes. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2012.