Wealth-X Reveals: The Biggest Gainers And Losers Of 2014

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As 2014 comes to a close, Wealth-X today reveals this year’s biggest financial gainers and losers.


The biggest gainer of 2014 was Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma, the former English teacher-turned billionaire entrepreneur. Ma’s fortune swelled by US$18.5 billion this year to US$29.2 billion, representing an increase of 173%, largely due to Alibaba’s blockbuster IPO in September and the subsequent strong performance of the company’s stock.


Legendary investor Warren Buffett came in second place on the Wealth-X list of this year’s top gainers. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman raked in US$13.5 billion in 2014, a 23% increase from last year, to push his fortune to US$72.6 billion. The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, saw his net worth grow by US$10.5 billion in 2014 to reach US$83.1 billion, earning him third place on the Wealth-X ranking of this year’s biggest gainers.


The individual who lost the most money this year is Russian energy tycoon Leonid Mikhelson. The biggest shareholder of natural gas producer Novatek lost US$7 billion, or 41% of his wealth, in 2014, due to the plummeting Russian currency, weak oil prices and economic sanctions imposed by the West over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Mikhelson’s fortune now stands at US$10 billion.


Below are the biggest gainers and losers of 2014:


Rank Name Net Worth In Dec 2013(US$ billion) Net Worth InDec 2014(US$ billion) Gain/Loss(US$ billion) Gain/Loss(%)
1 Jack Ma 10.7 29.2 18.5 173%
2 Warren Buffett 59.1 72.6 13.5 23%
3 Bill Gates 72.6 83.1 10.5 14%
4 Mark Zuckerberg 24.7 33.1 8.4 34%
5 Patrick Drahi 7.8 12.9 5.1 65%



Rank Name Net Worth In Dec 2013(US$ billion) Net Worth InDec 2014(US$ billion) Gain/Loss(US$ billion) Gain/Loss(%)
1 Leonid Mikhelson 17 10 -7 -41%
2 Masayoshi Son 19.1 13.2 -5.9 -31%
3 Lui Chee Woo 19.6 14.1 -5.5 -28%
4 Jeff Bezos 34.4 28.9 -5.5 -16%
5 Sheldon Adelson 35.3 30.1 -5.2 -15%





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