Gates tops rich list for 16th time

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 3, 2015

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has once again been named as the world’s richest man with his net worth standing at $79.2-blillion (R928.3-billion). According to the latest figures by Forbes magazine, Gates’ fortune grew by an estimated $3.2-billion (R37.5-bllion), which sees him topping the rich list for the 16th time over the last 21 years.

The latest figures also shows an increase in the number of billionaires with the addition of 290 newcomers pushing the total up to 1 826 for a combined amount of $7.05-trillion (R826.6-trillion), a jump from last year’s $6.4-trillion (R750.2-trillion).

Among the new entrants were former basketball star turned owner and shoe tycoon, Michael Jordan at 1 741st and with $1-billion (R117.2-billion), as well as SnapChat creators Even Spiegel (24) and Bobby Murphy (25), who are also the youngest on the list with a fortune of $1.5-billion (R175.8-billion) each.

Rated 67th, with a fortune of $14.7-billion (R172.3-billion), Nigerian cement and sugar tycoon, Aliko Dangote, keeps his position as Africa’s richest person with the best placed South African being the Rupert family at 179th with a combined net worth of $7.4-billion (R86.7-billion).

 

FORBES TOP 20 RICH LIST FOR 2015

RANKING NAME BUSINESS NET WORTH ($ billion) NET WORTH (R billion) NATIONALITY
1. Bill Gates Microsoft 79.2 928.3 American
2. Carlos Slim Telmex 77.1 903.7 Mexican
3. Warren Buffet Berkshire Hathaway 72.2 846.3 American
4. Amancio Ortega Zara 64.5 756.0 Spanish
5. Larry Ellison Oracle 54.3 636.5 American
6. Charles Koch diversified 42.9 502.8 American
7. David Koch diversified 42.9 502.8 American
8. Christy Walton Wal-Mart 41.7 488.8 American
9. Jim Walton Wal-Mart 40.6 475.9 American
10. Liliane Bettencourt L'Oreal 40.1 470.0 French
11. Alice Walton Wal-Mart 39.4 461.8 American
12. Robson Walton Wal-Mart 39.1 458.3 American
13. Bernard Arnault LVMH 37.2 436.0 French
14. Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg LP 35.5 416.1 American 
15. Jeff Bezos Amazon.com 34.8 407.9 American 
16. Mark Zuckerberg Facebook 33.4 391.5 American 
17. Li Ka-shing diversified 33.3 390.3 Hong Kong
18. Sheldon Adelson Sands Casino Group  31.4 368.0 American 
19. Larry Page Google 29.7 348.1 American
20. Sergey Brin Google 29.2 342.2 American

 

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