Forbes, the unofficial temperature-taker of the world’s fiscal upper echelons, released today its annual list of the world’s richest people and, separately, a list of the 400 richest Americans.
Bill Gates, worth about $76 billion, is the richest man in the world, according to this year’s list. If that sounds familiar, it should, because Mr. Gates has topped that list for the past two decades, but for a four-year loss to telecom mogul Carlos Slim, according to Forbes. Mr. Slim is second this year, valued at $72 billion.
Spain’s Amancio Ortego, of the Zara fashion outlet , came in at third at $64 billion – just as he did last year. Warren Buffett, who has placed in the Top 5 for the past 20 years, is the fourth wealthiest person in the world and the second richest American, at about $58 billion.
Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Charles and David Koch, gambling giant Sheldon Anderson, and Christy and Jim Walton, each valued at more than $34 billion, rounded out the Top 10 on the world list.
A total of 1,645 billionaires, with an average net worth of $4.7 billion, made Forbes’ list of world’s richest, now in its 32nd year. That’s up from 1,426 in 2013. Meanwhile, 100 ex-billionaires were dropped from the world list from last year, and 34 Americans dropped out of the US Top 400, according to Forbes.
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