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

Jan 27, 2016, 10:00 ET from Wealth-X

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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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