Wealth-X Reveals: The World’s 50 Wealthiest People

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The top 50 wealthiest people in the world have a combined fortune of US$1.45 trillion, nearly equal to the GDP of Australia, according to a new list by Wealth-X in collaboration with Business Insider. The United States is home to 29 billionaires on the list, more than any other country. Only four billionaires from China made the top 50.

Here are other insights:

  • 46 male billionaires versus 4 female billionaires are on the list.
  • 12 billionaires from the technology sector are on the list — more than any other sector, including finance.
  • The youngest billionaire on the list is 31-year-old Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, ranked 8th with a net worth of US$42.8 billion.
  • The oldest billionaire, 93-year-old L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is also one of four women in the list. She is ranked 17th, with a net worth of US$29 billion.

Below are the first 5 names on the list, including the billionaires’ country of citizenship, current primary company and the industry in which they made their fortune:

Rank Name Age Country Net Worth* Primary Company Industry
1 Bill Gates 60 US 87.4 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology
2 Amancio Ortega Gaona 79 Spain 66.8 Inditex Retail
3 Warren Buffett 85 US 60.7 Berkshire Hathaway Diversified Investments
4 Jeffrey Bezos 52 US 56.6 Amazon Technology
5 David Koch 75 US 47.4 Koch Industries Diversified Investments

* in US$ billions

 For the full list, go here.

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