The World's Billionaires

The World's Billionaires
List of the world's billionaires, ranked in order of net worth
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The net worth of the world's billionaires increased from less than $1 trillion in 2000 to over $7 trillion in 2015.
Publication details
  • Whale Media Investments
  • Forbes family
First publishedMarch 1987[1]
Latest publicationApril 5, 2022
Current list details (2022)[2]
WealthiestElon Musk
Net worth (1st)Increase US$219 billion
Number of billionairesDecrease 2,668
Total list net worth valueDecrease US$12.7 trillion
New members to the listDecrease 236
Forbes: The World's Billionaires website

The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking by documented net worth of the wealthiest billionaires in the world, compiled and published in March annually by the American business magazine Forbes. The list was first published in March 1987.[1] The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated and is cited in United States dollars, based on their documented assets and accounting for debt and other factors. Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from these lists.[3] This ranking is an index of the wealthiest documented individuals, excluding any ranking of those with wealth that is not able to be completely ascertained.[4]

In 2018, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was ranked at the top for the first time and became the first centibillionaire included in the ranking,[5] surpassing Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had topped the list 18 of the previous 24 years. In 2022, after topping the list for four years, Bezos was surpassed by Elon Musk.[2]

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  4. ^ "Why Putin Isn't on 'Forbes' Billionaires List". Forbes. 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ Kroll, Luisa. "Forbes 2017 billionaires list: Meet the richest people on the planet". Forbes. Archived from the original on 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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