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Bill Gates continues to be the world's richest

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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American business magazine Forbes listed the world’s richest in 2015. Bill Gates has retained his title as the world’s richest person. The fortune of the Microsoft co-founder grew $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, according to Forbes' list of 2015's richest people. Gates has held the title for 16 of the past 21 years.

There is now a record 1,826 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion. The figure topped 2014's record-breaking $6.4 trillion sum by $650 billion. The list included 290 newcomers, 71 of whom are from China.

Following Bill Gates, Mexican entrepreneur Carlos Slim Helu ($77.1 billion), American investor Warren Buffett ($72.7 billion), Spanish fashion mogul Amancio Ortega ($64.5 billion) and Oracle Corporation founder Lanai Larry Ellison ($54.3 billion) form the top 5 richest in the world.

At $33.4 billion, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg moved up 5 spots to number 16, his first time ranking among the world’s 20 richest.

The most renowned newcomer in the list is basketball legend Michael Jordan, with a net worth of $1 billion. His wealth comes mostly from his Nike subsidiary -- Brand Jordan -- and his stake in the NBA team Charlotte Hornets.

Source: AA

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