Forbes released the annual richest people in the world list, with more billionaires recorded than ever before. As depressing as it may be seeing the vast amounts of money these people have, we have some interesting stats on the list like how many are self-made, how many are simply spending it, and how many are growing their wealth even more.
First up here’s the Top 10 Forbes Billionaires List 2014:
- Bill Gates $76 B (Microsoft)
- Carlos Slim Helu & family$72 B (America Movil)
- Amancio Ortega $64 B (Retail, and mostly the brand Zara)
- Warren Buffett $58.2 B (CEO, Berkshire Hathaway)
- Larry Ellison $48 B (CEO and Founder, Oracle )
- Charles Koch$40 B (CEO, Koch Industries)
- David Koch $40 B (Executive Vice President, Koch Industries)
- Sheldon Adelson $38 B (Chairman and CEO, Las Vegas Sands)
- Christy Walton & family $36.7 B (Co-Chair, Children’s Scholarship Fund)
- Jim Walton$34.7 B (Chairman and CEO, Arvest Bank Group, Inc.)
Interesting facts about the riches in the world:
- Roughly two-thirds of the billionaires built their own fortunes, 13% inherited them and 21% have been adding on to fortunes they received.
- The year’s biggest dollar gainer was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune jumped $15.2 billion, to $28.5 billion
- WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton join the ranks of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest for the first time. They are 4 of 26 newcomers whose fortunes come from technology, 10 of whom are American, including Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and Workday cofounder Aneel Bhusri.
- U.S. once again leads the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. But wealth is spreading to new places. We found billionaires for the first time in Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda
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