Despite the drop in the price of oil and a weakened euro, the richest people in the world challenged the economic instability and increased their fortunes once more. For our annual guide number 29 of the wealthiest characters of the planet, found a turnover record of 1,826 billionaires with a total net worth of 7.05 trillion dollars, against 6.4 trillion in 2014. The total includes 290 newcomers, 71 of which come from China. Young people are on the rise: there are 46 under 40 years of age, another brand that breaks this year. There is, however, a figure that has fallen: the average net worth of the list members was 3,860 million dollars, 60 million less than last year.
Bill Gates once again to be the richest person on the planet, a title that has maintained for 16 of the past 21 years. His fortune grew 3,200 million dollars since last year to reach the 79,200 million. Despite his donation of 1,500 billion dollars in shares of Microsoft to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in November 2014. The Mexican Carlos Slim comes again into the number 2 while the revered American Investor Warren Buffett is ranked number 3 and Amancio Ortega from Spain on number 4.
Even the output in history’s largest IPO was enough to defeat the Oracle of Omaha this year. Buffett was the biggest winner in the list, his fortune grew 14,500 million dollars to 72,700 billion dollars due to the increase of the price of the shares of Berkshire Hathaway. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, climbed 5 positions until the number 16, it’s first among the 20 richest world. Jack Ma and other three Chinese are some of the biggest winners and appear among the 50 richest in our ranking. Zuckerberg is also the leader of a revolution of youth that has trained 46 billionaires under the age of 40. The youngest billionaire on the planet is Evan Spiegel, 24, co-founder of Snapchat ephemeral messaging app. California, driven by the technology companies of Silicon Valley, has generated 23 new billionaires, including cofounders of über, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and its first employee Ryan Graves.
Elizabeth Holmes, who heads the blood Theranos analysis firm, debuts in the global list as the woman made itself younger, at age 31. That State now has 131 individuals with net assets of 10 figures, more than any other country Besides China and the United States. The biggest loser of the year in dollar terms is Aliko Dangote from Nigeria, whose Fortune fell to 14,700 million dollars, from the 25,000 million dollars of last year, driven by a weaker Nigeria’s currency and the contraction of demand for cement, its greatest asset. Still retains the title of richest man of an African country.
Russia has been the biggest loser in terms of number of billionaires, which now has 88 billionaires instead of 111. This year 138 people left the list, including the designer Michael Kors, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and many Russians. Guatemala has a billionaire for the first time, and Iceland returns to the ranks after a five year absence: Thor Bjorgolfsson, the only billionaire in the history of the island. There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spirit is growing globally: 1,191 Members of the billionaires in the list are people who have made themselves, while only 230 inherited their wealth. Another 405 inherited at least one part, but still are working to increase their fortunes.
Forbes estimates’ show a picture of the wealth to February 13, 2015, when they blocked the stock prices and types of change around the world. If a stock market was not open on that day, they used the price of the shares of the previous day.