Bill Gates, 60, has been named the world’s richest man yet again on the annual Forbes ranking of the wold’s wealthiest people. The Microsoft co-founder/Philatropist, has topped the list for the 17th time in the past 22 years – remained number one, though his net worth shrank by $4.2bn to $75bn.
Amancio Ortega, 69, the world’s wealthiest realtor, ranked No. 2 with $67 billion, followed by Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helu and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in the top five.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s rise further up the rankings (from number 16 to number 6) of the world’s mega-rich comes at the age of just 31 after his net worth rose by $11.2bn to $44.6bn.
There were 1,810 billionaires on the latest Forbes list, down from 1,826 in 2015, with an average net worth of $3.58bn, also lower than the year before. Their total net worth was $6.48tn, down from $7.05tn.
US presidential contender Donald Trump was ranked at 324, with his fortune climbing by $400m to $4.5bn. Michael Bloomberg, the former three-term mayor and presidential hopeful, with an estimated net worth at $40 bn.
The number of women on the list fell to 190 from 197.
But Norwegian sisters Alexandra and Katharina Andresen, aged 19 and 20, were among the notable newcomers as the world’s youngest billionaires with a $1.2bn fortune.