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Forbes: The World’s Top 10 Billionaires

The World’s Top 10 Billionaires

A quarter century ago, Forbes published its first annual list of the World’s Billionaires - at that time, there were 140. This year, the list broke records for the most number of billionaires (1,226) and combined net worth, at $4.6 trillion, up from $4.5 trillion. Behind those numbers is a more complicated story of rapid change among the world’s wealthiest. Innovation, strong consumer brands and a rebounding U.S. stock market helped produce 128 newcomers and brought 17 former members back into the ranks, while falling stock markets, particularly in China and Russia, were the main culprit for knocking 117 billionaires off the list. Another 12 members from the 2011 list passed away, including buyout titan Teddy Forstmann and Apple’s Steve Jobs, whose wife Laurene Powell Jobs takes his spot. Overall, 460 billionaires got richer, 441 got poorer and another 180 held steady.

Who are the top 10 billionaires in the world? Read on to find out.

Note on Methodology:
More than 50 reporters in 16 countries worked on compiling the esteemed list this year, valuing individuals' public holdings, private companies, real estate, yachts, art and cash. Net worths were locked in using stock prices and exchange rates from Feb. 14.

(AP Photos/Elaine Thompson, Seth Wenig)

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