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The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, compiled and published by the American business magazine Forbes in March. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from the list.

The list has been published each year in March since 1987.[1] Microsoft founder Bill Gates has topped the list 15 of the past 20 years, including the most recent 2014 edition. In 2014, there were 1,645 people on the list, including a record 172 women. Roughly two-thirds of the list were entirely self-made and only about 1 in 8 billionaires achieved their wealth through inheritance alone.


Each year, Forbes employs a team of more than fifty reporters from a variety of countries to track the activity of the world's wealthiest individuals.[2] Preliminary surveys are sent to those who may qualify for make the list. According to Forbes, they received three types of responses – some people try to inflate their wealth, others cooperate but leave out details, and some refuse to answer any questions.[3] Business deals are then scrutinized and estimates of valuable assets – land, homes, vehicles, artwork, etc. – are made. Interviews are conducted to vet the figures and get a better idea of an individual's holdings. Finally, positions in publicly traded stock are priced to market on a date roughly a month before publication. Privately held companies are priced by the prevailing price-to-revenues or price-to-earnings ratios. Known debt is subtracted from assets to get a final estimate of an individual's estimated worth in United States dollars. Since stock prices fluctuate rapidly, an individual's true wealth and ranking at the time of publication may vary from their situation when the list was compiled.[2]

Family fortunes dispersed over a large number of individuals are included only if those individuals' holdings are worth more than a billion dollars. However, when a living individual has dispersed his or her wealth to immediate family members, it is included under a single listing provided that individual is still living.[2] Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from the list.[4]

Current rankings

In additional to their yearly list, Forbes maintains a top 10 list that is updated daily based on market fluctuations. As of November 2, 2014, the world's 10 wealthiest individuals were as follows:[5]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1Gates, BillBill Gates$81.6 billion59United StatesMicrosoft
2Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim$81.2 billion74MexicoTelmex, Grupo Carso
3Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$68.7 billion84United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$59.7 billion78SpainInditex Group
5Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison$49.4 billion70United StatesOracle Corporation
6Koch, CharlesCharles Koch$42.7 billion79United StatesKoch Industries
7Koch, DavidDavid Koch$42.7 billion74United StatesKoch Industries
8Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family$38 billion59United StatesWal-Mart
9Walton, JimJim Walton$36.5 billion66United StatesWal-Mart
10Bloomberg, MichaelMichael Bloomberg$35.8 billion72United StatesBloomberg_L.P.

Annual listings


Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, added $9 billion to his fortune since 2013 and topped the 2014 billionaire list. He has topped the list 15 of the previous 20 years, but was last number one in 2009.[6] Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim came in second place after being number one the previous four years. Zara founder Amancio Ortega placed third for the second consecutive year. American investor Warren Buffett was in the top five for the 20th consecutive year, placing fourth.[7] America's Christy Walton was the highest ranking female, placing ninth overall.[1] Aliko Dangote of Nigeria became the first African ever to enter the top 25, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion.[4]

A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, representing combined wealth of $6.4 trillion.[7] Of those, a record 268 were newcomers, surpassing 2008's 226 newcomers.[1] One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list.[7] The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014.[1] Approximately 66% of the list was self-made, 13% achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21% through a mixture of the two.[4]

The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country.[7] The country also had the most newcomers with 50, and women with 54.[1] China had the second most billionaires with 152, while Russia was third with 111.[7] Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda were all represented on the list for the first time. Turkey saw the most people drop off the list, 19, due to high inflation in the country.[4]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseGates, BillBill Gates$76.0 billion Increase58United StatesMicrosoft
2 DecreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family$72.0 billion Decrease74MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
3 SteadyOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$64.0 billion Increase77SpainInditex Group
4 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$58.2 billion Increase83United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
5 SteadyEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$48.0 billion Increase69United StatesOracle Corporation
6 SteadyKoch, CharlesCharles Koch$40.0 billion Increase78United StatesKoch Industries
7 SteadyKoch, DavidDavid Koch$40.0 billion Increase73United StatesKoch Industries
8 IncreaseAdelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson$38.0 billion Increase80United StatesLas Vegas Sands
9 IncreaseWalton, ChristyChristy Walton & family$36.7 billion Increase58-59United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton$34.7 billion Increase65United StatesWal-Mart


Carlos Slim topped the 2013 billionaire list, marking his fourth consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates remained in second, while Amancio Ortega moved up to third. Oretega's gain of $19.5 billion was the largest of anyone on the list.[8] Warren Buffett failed to make the top three for the first time since 2000, placing fourth. Diesel founder Renzo Rosso was among the top newcomers, debuting with an estimate net worth of $3 billion.[9]

A global rise in asset prices, led Forbes editor Randall Lane to declare "It [was] a very good year to be a billionaire". However, it was not a good year to be Eike Batista who fell from seventh to 100th, suffering the largest net loss of anyone on the list.[8] Overall, net gainers outnumbered net losers by 4:1.[9]

A record total of 1,426 people made the 2013 list, representing $5.4 trillion of assets.[10] Of those, 442 billionaires hailed from the United States.[8] The Asian-Pacific region had 386 billionaires and Europe 366. The list also featured a record number of newcomers, 210, representing 42 different countries. Sixty people from the 2012 list fell below a billion dollar of assets in 2013 and eight others from the 2012 list died. The Asia-Pacific region had the most drop offs, with 29, followed by the United States with 16. The 2013 list featured 138 women, of which 50 came from the United States. A majority of the list (961 individuals, 67%) was entirely self-made; 184 (13%) inherited their wealth, and 281 (20%) achieved their fortune through a combination of inheritance and business acumen.[10]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family$73.0 billion Increase73MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$67.0 billion Increase57United StatesMicrosoft
3 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$57.0 billion Increase76SpainInditex Group
4 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$53.5 billion Increase82United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
5 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$43.0 billion Increase68United StatesOracle Corporation
6 IncreaseKoch, CharlesCharles Koch$34.0 billion Increase77United StatesKoch Industries
6 IncreaseKoch, DavidDavid Koch$34.0 billion Increase72United StatesKoch Industries
8 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$31.0 billion Increase84Hong Kong/CanadaCheung Kong Holdings
9 IncreaseBettencourt, LilianeLiliane Bettencourt & family$30.0 billion Increase90FranceL'Oréal
10 DecreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$29.0 billion Decrease63FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton


Carlos Slim topped the 2012 list, marking this third consecutive year at the top. Bill Gates placed second, but narrowed the gap from 2011 as Slim's fortune fell $5 billion while Gates' rose $5 billion. Warren Buffett remained in third place. Bernard Arnault of France was the top-ranking European on the list, placing fourth.[11] Ricardo Salinas Pliego was the greatest gainer in terms of dollars, adding $9.2 billion to his fortune and moving up to number 37 overall.[11] Making her debut on the list at age 27, Spanx founder Sara Blakely became the youngest self-made female billionaire ever.[12] Colombia's Alejandro Santo Domingo was the highest ranked newcomer, inheriting a $9.5 billion stake in Santo Domingo Group from his father.[11] India's Lakshmi Mittal was the largest loser as his fortune dropped from $31.1 billion to $20.7 billion as the price of steel maker ArcelorMittal fell sharply.[11] As a result, he failed to make the top 10 for the first time since 2004 and lost his title of richest Asian to Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing.[13]

A record total of 1,226 people made the 2012 list, representing 58 different countries. Of those, 126 were newcomers to the list and 104 were women. The United States had the greatest number of billionaires with 425. Russia had 96 people on the list, while China had 95.[11] Georgia, Morocco, and Peru were newly represented on the list. Falling stock prices in Asia contributed to 117 former billionaires falling from the list world-wide. Twelve others listed in 2011 died. Overall, net gainers (460) barely outnumbered net losers (441).[13]

To coincide with the release of the 2012 list, Forbes announced a new "Billionaire Real-Time Ticker" updating the wealth of the world's top fifty billionaires in real time.[11]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family$69.0 billion Decrease72MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$61.0 billion Increase56United StatesMicrosoft
3 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$44.0 billion Decrease81United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 SteadyArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$41.0 billion Increase63FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$37.5 billion Increase75SpainInditex Group
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$36.0 billion Increase67United StatesOracle Corporation
7 IncreaseBatista, EikeEike Batista$30.0 billion Increase55BrazilEBX Group
8 IncreaseStefan Persson$26.0 billion Increase64SwedenH&M
9 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$25.5 billion Increase83Hong Kong/CanadaCheung Kong Holdings
10 IncreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$25.4 billion Increase92GermanyAldi


Carlos Slim added $20.5 billion to his fortune, the most of anyone, and retained his number one ranking with a total fortune of $74 billion. Bill Gates remained in second place with $56 billion, while Warren Buffett was third with $50 billion. The top 10 had a combined wealth of $406 billion, up from $342 billion in 2010.[14] According to Forbes editor Kerry Dolan, "media and technology billionaires definitely benefited from a stronger stock market and a growing enthusiasm for all things social" since the 2010 list.[15] However, Nigerian commodity mogul Aliko Dangote was the greatest gainer on a percentage basis as his fortune increased 557% to $13.5 billion. Mark Zuckerberg was one of seven Facebook-related billionaires on the list, as he $9.5 billion to his fortune to move up to 52nd. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz was the youngest person on the list. Aged 26, eight days younger than Zuckerburg, he debuted at number 420 with an estimated fortune of $2.7 billion. Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was the largest loser as he saw his fortune plummet from $23 billion to $6 billion, dropping him from 11th to 162nd overall.[14]

A record 1,210 billionaires made the 2011 list, representing a combined wealth of $4.5 trillion, up from $3.6 trillion the previous year.[16] One third of the world's billionaires, 413, came from the United States. China had the second most billionaires with 115, while Russia was third with 101. Asia moved up to 332 billionaires, passing Europe as a region for the first time since the 1990s.[14] The 2011 list included 214 newcomers and the average net worth of those on it increased to $3.7 billion.[15]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family$74.0 billion Increase71MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$56.0 billion Increase55United StatesMicrosoft
3 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$50.0 billion Increase80United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$41.0 billion Increase62FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$39.5 billion Increase66United StatesOracle Corporation
6 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$31.1 billion Increase60IndiaArcelor Mittal
7 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$31.0 billion Increase74SpainInditex Group
8 SteadyBatista, EikeEike Batista$30.0 billion Increase53BrazilEBX Group
9 DecreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$27.0 billion Decrease57IndiaReliance Industries
10 IncreaseWalton, ChristyChristy Walton & family$26.5 billion Increase55United StatesWalmart


Carlos Slim narrowly eclipsed Bill Gates to top the billionaire list for the first time. Slim saw his estimated worth surge $18.5 billion to $53.5 billion as shares of America Movil rose 35%. Gates' estimated wealth rose $13 billion to $53 billion, placing him second. Warren Buffett was third with $47 billion.[17] Christy Walton was the highest ranking women, placing 12th overall, with an inherited fortune of $22.5 billion.[18] At age 25, Mark Zuckerberg was the world's youngest billionaire.[3] American Isaac Perlmutter was among the top newcomers with an estimated fortunate $4 billion acquired in his sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney.[17]

A total of 1,011 people made the 2010. The United States accounted for 403 billionaires, followed by China with 89 and Russia with 62.[18] It was the first time China, which includes Hong Kong, placed second.[17] A total of 55 countries were represented on the 2010 list, including Finland and Pakistan which claimed their first billionaires.[18] Eighty-nine women made the list, but only 14 of them were self-made.[18] The combined net worth of the list was $3.6 trillion, up 50% from 2009's $2.4 trillion, while the average net worth was $3.5 billion.[3]

The 2010 list featured 164 re-entries and 97 true newcomers.[3] Asia accounted for more than 100 of the new entrants. Overall, just 12% of the list lost wealth since 2009, and 30 people fell off the list. Thirteen others died.[17] Of the 89 women, 12 were newcomers in 2010. Steve Forbes said the growing number of billionaires was clear sign that the world's economy was recovering from 2009's global financial crisis.[3]

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family$53.5 billion Increase70MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 DecreaseGates, BillBill Gates$53.0 billion Increase54United StatesMicrosoft
3 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$47.0 billion Increase79United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 IncreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$29.0 billion Increase53IndiaReliance Industries
5 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$28.7 billion Increase60IndiaArcelor Mittal
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$28.0 billion Increase66United StatesOracle Corporation
7 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$27.5 billion Increase61FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8 IncreaseBatista, EikeEike Batista$27.0 billion Increase53BrazilEBX Group
9 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$25.0 billion Increase74SpainInditex Group
10 DecreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$23.5 billion Increase90GermanyAldi Süd

2009 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseGates, BillBill Gates$40.0 billion Decrease53United StatesMicrosoft
2 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$37.0 billion Decrease78United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 DecreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$35.0 billion Decrease69MexicoTelmex, América Móvil
4 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$22.5 billion Decrease64United StatesOracle Corporation
5 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$22.0 billion Decrease83SwedenIKEA
6 IncreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$21.5 billion Decrease89GermanyAldi Süd
7 DecreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$19.5 billion Decrease57IndiaReliance Industries
8 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$19.3 billion Decrease58IndiaArcelor Mittal
9 IncreaseAlbrecht, TheoTheo Albrecht$18.8 billion Decrease87GermanyAldi Nord, Trader Joe's
10 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$18.3 billion Decrease73SpainInditex Group

2008 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$62.0 billion Increase77United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
2 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$60.0 billion Increase68MexicoTelmex, América Móvil
3 DecreaseGates, BillBill Gates$58.0 billion Increase52United StatesMicrosoft
4 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$45.0 billion Increase57IndiaArcelor Mittal
5 IncreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$43.0 billion Increase50IndiaReliance Industries
6 IncreaseAmbani, AnilAnil Ambani$42.0 billion Increase48IndiaAnil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
7 DecreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$31.0 billion Decrease81SwedenIKEA
8 IncreasePal Singh, KushalKushal Pal Singh$30.0 billion Increase76IndiaDLF Group
9 IncreaseDeripaska, OlegOleg Deripaska$28.0 billion Increase40RussiaRusal
10 IncreaseAlbrecht, Karl Karl Albrecht$18.3 billion Increase88GermanyAldi Süd

2007 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$56.0 billion Increase51United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$52.0 billion Increase76United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$49.0 billion Increase67MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
4 IncreaseIngvar Kamprad$33.0 billion Increase80SwedenIKEA
5 SteadyMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$32.0 billion Increase56IndiaArcelor Mittal
6 IncreaseAdelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson$26.5 billion Increase73United StatesLas Vegas Sands
7 SteadyArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$26.0 billion Increase58FranceLVMH
8 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$24.0 billion Increase71SpainInditex Group
9 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$23.0 billion Increase78Hong Kong/CanadaCheung Kong Holdings, Hutchison Whampoa
10 DecreaseDavid Thomson$22.0 billion Increase49CanadaThomson Corporation

2006 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$52.0 billion Increase50United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$42.0 billion Decrease75United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$30.0 billion Increase66MexicoTelmex
4 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$28.0 billion Increase79SwedenIKEA
5 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$23.5 billion Decrease55IndiaMittal Steel Company
6 IncreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$22.0 billion Increase53United StatesMicrosoft
7 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$21.5 billion Increase57FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8 DecreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion Decrease49Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
9 IncreaseThomson, KennethKenneth Thomson$19.6 billion Increase82CanadaThe Thomson Corporation
10 IncreaseShing, Li KaLi Ka Shing$18.8 billion Increase77Hong Kong/CanadaCheung Kong Group, Hutchison Whampoa

2005 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$46.5 billion Decrease49United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$44.0 billion Increase74United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$25.0 billion Increase54IndiaMittal Steel Company
4 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$23.8 billion Increase65MexicoTelmex
5 DecreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$23.7 billion Increase49Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
6 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$23.0 billion Increase79SwedenIKEA
7 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$21.0 billion Steady52United StatesMicrosoft
8 DecreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$18.5 billion Decrease85GermanyAldi Süd
9 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$18.4 billion Decrease60United StatesOracle Corporation
10 SteadyWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton$18.3 billion Decrease61United StatesWalmart

2004 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$46.6 billion Increase48United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$42.9 billion Increase73United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$23.0 billion Increase84GermanyAldi Süd
4 IncreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$21.5 billion Increase47Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
5 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$21.0 billion Increase51United StatesMicrosoft
6 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$20.0 billion Increase55United StatesWal-Mart
7 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$20.0 billion Increase84United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$20.0 billion Increase56United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$20.0 billion Increase58United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$20.0 billion Increase60United StatesWal-Mart

2003 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$40.7 billion Decrease47United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$30.5 billion Decrease72United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyKarl and Theo Albrecht$25.6 billion Decrease83GermanyAldi Süd
4 SteadyAllen, PaulPaul Allen$20.1 billion Decrease50United StatesMicrosoft
5 IncreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$17.7 billion Decrease46Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$16.6 billion Decrease58United StatesOracle Corporation
7 DecreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease54United StatesWal-Mart
8 DecreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease83United StatesWal-Mart
9 DecreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease55United StatesWal-Mart
10 DecreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease57United StatesWal-Mart
10 DecreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease59United StatesWal-Mart

2002 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$52.8 billion Decrease46United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$35.0 billion Increase71United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseKarl and Theo Albrecht$26.8 billion Increase82GermanyAldi Süd
4 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$25.2 billion Decrease49United StatesMicrosoft
5 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$23.5 billion Decrease57United StatesOracle Corporation
6 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$20.8 billion Increase54United StatesWal-Mart
7 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$20.7 billion Increase56United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$20.5 billion Increase53United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$20.5 billion Increase58United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$20.4 billion Increase82United StatesWal-Mart

2001 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$58.7 billion Decrease45United StatesMicrosoft
2 IncreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$32.3 billion Increase70United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyAllen, PaulPaul Allen$30.4 billion Increase48United StatesMicrosoft
4 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$26.0 billion Decrease56United StatesOracle Corporation
5 SteadyKarl and Theo Albrecht$25.0 billion Increase81GermanyAldi
6 SteadyAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion Steady44Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
7 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$18.8 billion Increase53United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$18.7 billion Increase55United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$18.6 billion Increase57United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$18.5 billion Increase52United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$18.5 billion Increase81United StatesWal-Mart

2000 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1Gates, BillBill Gates$60.0 billion44United StatesMicrosoft
2Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison$47.0 billion 55United StatesOracle Corporation
3Allen, PaulPaul Allen$28.0 billion47United StatesMicrosoft
4Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$25.6 billion69United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
5Karl and Theo Albrecht$20.0 billion 80GermanyAldi Süd
6Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion43Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
7Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton$20.0 billion57United StatesWal-Mart
8Son, MasayoshiMasayoshi Son$19.4 billion43JapanSoftbank Capital, SoftBank Mobile
9Dell, MichaelMichael Dell$19.1 billion46United StatesDell
10Thomson, KennethKenneth Thomson$16.1 billion77CanadaThe Thomson Corporation


SteadyHas not changed from the previous ranking.
IncreaseHas increased from the previous ranking.
DecreaseHas decreased from the previous ranking.


The Internet bubble created the most paper wealth for some billionaires. However, once the dotcom bubble burst the new rich saw their fortunes disappear.[19] Billionaires' fortunes have been hit even harder by the global financial crisis. 2009 was the first time in five years that the world had a net loss in the number of billionaires.[20] The strong performance of the financial markets and global economic recovery have erased financial assets losses. Most of the richest people on the planet have seen their fortunes soar in the past few years.[21][22]

YearNumber of billionairesGroup's combined net worth
20141,645$6.4 trillion
20131,426$5.4 trillion
20121,226$4.6 trillion
20111,210$4.5 trillion
20101,011$3.6 trillion
2009793$2.4 trillion
20081,125$4.4 trillion
2007946$3.5 trillion
2006793$2.6 trillion
2005691$2.2 trillion
2004587$1.9 trillion
2003476$1.4 trillion
2002497$1.5 trillion
2001538$1.8 trillion
2000470$0.9 trillion$898 billion

Source: Forbes.[23][24]

See also


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