Business magazine Forbes made the 2016 billionaires list public on Tuesday. The list of the world’s richest people has decreased in wealth as it reflects an altered global economic order. According to the magazine’s 30th annual billionaires guide, the billionaire count in the world went from 1,826 reported in 2015 to 1,810 billionaires, adding up the incredible wealth amount of $6.5 trillion.
The massive total from the sum of the richest people in the world saw a decrease of $570 billion in comparison with last year’s figures. Between the renowned billionaires including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zuckerberg was the biggest gainer in Forbes list as he moved up 10 spots since last year.
Gates, however, maintained the top spot on the list as the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $75 billion, Forbes said. Amazingly enough, the founder of Microsoft saw a decline of $4.2 billion on his net worth for 2016 and still managed to maintain the top position for the 17th time since 1994. Coming up in second place, Forbes listed Zara’s founder Amancio Ortega, positioning the head of the clothing giant as the richest man in Europe.
Business investor Warren Buffet and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway remained as the third most wealthy person according to the Forbes magazine list of the richest people on earth. Following Buffet as the countdown for famous billionaires continues, the fourth place belongs to Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecom magnate who moved down two spots on last year’s list. Slim was the biggest loser on the list as he sadly lost $27.1 billion over the past year, putting him in the fourth position.
Inspiring billionaires across the globe
As the year 2015 brought many difficult economic situations and unexpected turns of events, the list for the ongoing year experienced many position changes. On a worldwide range, it’s worth mentioning Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries. Ambani has retained his position in Forbes list of billionaires as India’s richest person.
Following Mukesh steps for success in his country, there are other 84 Indian billionaires in 2016 according to Forbes Magazine. Although Mukesh Ambani was ranked 36th on the list with a $20.6 billion net worth, he managed to maintain his position as the richest person in India for now.
In the 2016 Forbes list, a total of 190 women made the current ranking in comparison with last year’s figures which included seven more women to the list. Businesswoman and leader of cosmetics giant L’Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt leads the rank of billionaire women for the 2016 list, according to Forbes. Bettencourt was ranked 11th with an estimated $36.1 billion net worth, said the business magazine.
Source: The Guardian