Forbes 2016 billionaires list contains some surprising and very unexpected information about some of the world’s richest people. Who would have expected that China has 251 billionaires, only second to the 540 billionaires found in the United States? Karl Marx, regarded by many as the father of Communism, is quite likely turning in his grave.
Forbes 2016 billionaires list includes all of the world’s 2016 billionaires, and according to a March 1 The Guardian report, that list has shrunk from 1,826 billionaires in 2015 to merely 1,810 billionaires in 2016. “It is the first time in seven years that the number of billionaires has decreased, and is the first drop in the wealth of the top 20 since 2012.”
The complete list of the 2016 billionaires can be seen on Forbes’ website and can be searched by name, income source, country or — in real time.
Since scrolling up and down Forbes’ list of 2016 billionaires takes some time, below is the list of the top 20 billionaires in the world, their ages, their source of income, and their country:
1. Bill Gates: $75 billion; Age: 60; Income: Microsoft; Country: United States
2. Amancio Ortega: $67 billion Age: 79 Income: Zara Country: Spain
3. Warren Buffett: $60.8 billion; Age: 85; Income: Berkshire Hathaway; Country: United States
4. Carlos Slim Helu: $50 billion; Age: 76; Income: telecom; Country: Mexico
5. Jeff Bezos: $45.2 billion; Age 52; Income: Amazon.com; Country: United States
6. Mark Zuckerberg: $44.6 billion; Age: 31; Income: Facebook; Country: United States
7. Larry Ellison: $43.6 billion; Age: 71; Income: Oracle; Country: United States
8. Michael Bloomberg: $40 billion; Age: 74; Income: Bloomberg LP; Country: United States
9. Charles Koch: $39.6 billion; Age: 80; Income: diversified; Country: United States
10. David Koch: $39.6 billion; Age: 75; Income: diversified; Country: United States
11. Liliane Bettencourt: $36.1 billion; Age: 93; Income: L’Oreal; Country: France
12. Larry Page: $35.2 billion; Age: 42; Income: Google; Country: United States
13. Sergey Brin: $34.4 billion; Age: 42; Income: Google; Country: United States
14. Bernard Arnault: $34 billion; Age: 66; Income: LVMH; Country: France
15. Jim Walton: $33.6 billion; Age: 67; Income: Wal-Mart; Country: United States
16. Alice Walton: $32.3 billion; Age: 66; Income: Wal-Mart; Country: United States
17. S. Robson Walton: $31.9 billion; Age: 71; Income: Wal-Mart; Country: United States
18. Wang Jianlin: $28.7 billion; Age: 61; Income: Real Estate; Country: China
19. Jorge Paulo Lemann: $27.8 billion; Age 76; Income: Beer; Country: Brazil
20. Li Ka-shing: $27.1 billion; Age: 87; Income: diversified; Country: Hong Kong
In case you are wondering where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ranks on the list of 1,810 billionaires – he is number 324 with an estimated wealth of 4.5 billion. Actually, make that number 344 as of the latest update.
One of the shocking pieces of information provided by Forbes in regard to the list of billionaires is the real-time feature on its website. While the number of billions might not change by clicking on “Real-Time” — the red or green number indicating a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars within the time it takes to refresh a page is breath-taking.
As of Tuesday night, Bill Gates shows a loss of $236 million while Warren Buffet made 1.3 billion within just a few hours. While Buffets’ place as number three on Forbes’ list didn’t change, his income (in comparison to what was stated above) is now at 63.4 billion.
In addition to the shocking fact how billionaires lose or gain hundreds of millions or even billions within just a few hours, it is a surprise that globally, China is in second place with 251 billionaires after 540 billionaires in the United States. Place three goes surprisingly to Germany with 120 billionaires, then India with 84 billionaires, and Russia with 77 billionaires.
In regard to gender, it is surprising that out of the 1,810 billionaires, only 190 are women. In 2015, the list contained 197 women. Does being a billionaire involve the kind of lifestyle that most women would choose not to live?
According to The Guardian, “across all billionaires, 1,186 are self-made, 228 inherited their wealth and 396 inherited a portion, but are growing it. Just 33 of the 190 female billionaires are self-made.”
The Forbes 2016 billionaires list is quite apparently changing on a daily basis and being a billionaire does not appear to be for the faint-hearted: “Spare a thought for the billionaires of the world: the combined wealth of the 20 richest people on the planet has fallen by more than $70bn (£50bn) following a slump on global financial markets. The latest annual ranking of billionaires by Forbes shows that falling share prices, a dramatic drop in the price of oil and volatile currency markets have shaken the global elite.”