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Gates tops rich list for 16th time

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 3, 2015
Gates tops rich list for 16th time

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

RANKINGNAMEBUSINESSNET WORTH ($ billion)NET WORTH (R billion)NATIONALITY
1.Bill GatesMicrosoft79.2928.3American
2.Carlos SlimTelmex77.1903.7Mexican
3.Warren BuffetBerkshire Hathaway72.2846.3American
4.Amancio OrtegaZara64.5756.0Spanish
5.Larry EllisonOracle54.3636.5American
6.Charles Kochdiversified42.9502.8American
7.David Kochdiversified42.9502.8American
8.Christy WaltonWal-Mart41.7488.8American
9.Jim WaltonWal-Mart40.6475.9American
10.Liliane BettencourtL'Oreal40.1470.0French
11.Alice WaltonWal-Mart39.4461.8American
12.Robson WaltonWal-Mart39.1458.3American
13.Bernard ArnaultLVMH37.2436.0French
14.Michael BloombergBloomberg LP35.5416.1American 
15.Jeff BezosAmazon.com34.8407.9American 
16.Mark ZuckerbergFacebook33.4391.5American 
17.Li Ka-shingdiversified33.3390.3Hong Kong
18.Sheldon AdelsonSands Casino Group 31.4368.0American 
19.Larry PageGoogle29.7348.1American
20.Sergey BrinGoogle29.2342.2American

 

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