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A billionaire, in countries that use the short scale number naming system, is a person with a net worth of at least one billion (1,000,000,000, i.e. a thousand million) units of a given currency, usually major currencies such as the United States dollar, the euro or the pound sterling. Additionally a centibillionaire (or centi-billionaire) is commonly used to reference a billionaire worth one hundred billion dollars (100,000,000,000).[1][2] The American business magazine Forbes
Forbes
produces a complete global list of known U.S. dollar billionaires every year and updates an Internet version of this list in real time.[3] The American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller became the world's first confirmed U.S. dollar billionaire in 1916.[4] As of 2017, there are over 2,000 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, with a combined wealth of over US$7.7 trillion.[5] According to a 2017 Oxfam
Oxfam
report, the top eight richest billionaires own as much combined wealth as "half the human race".[6][7] Many current billionaires are extremely successful businesspeople, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, and Meg Whitman. They created their wealth through the ownership and control of major corporations. Some billionaires have inherited their wealth through family owned corporations such as Mars, Walton, Rockefeller, and Koch.

Contents

1 Current U.S. dollar billionaires 2 Billionaires
Billionaires
who own the same wealth as half the world 3 Statistics 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading

Current U.S. dollar billionaires[edit] See also: The World's Billionaires According to the Forbes
Forbes
report released in March 2017, there are currently 2,043 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, from 66 countries, with a combined net worth of $7.67 trillion, which is more than the combined GDP of 152 countries.[5] The majority of billionaires are male, as fewer than 11% (197 of 1,826) on the 2015 list were female billionaires.[8] In 2015, there were ten LGBT billionaires. The United States has the largest number of billionaires of any country, with 536 as of 2015,[8] while China, India
India
and Russia
Russia
are home to 213, 90 and 88 billionaires respectively.[9][10] As of 2015, only 46 billionaires were under the age of 40,[8] while the list of American-only billionaires, as of 2010, had an average age of 66.[11] Billionaires
Billionaires
who own the same wealth as half the world[edit]

Number of billionaires who together own the same wealth as half the world population and what transport they would fit on between years 2010 to 2016[12]

According to a 2016 Oxfam
Oxfam
report, the wealth of the poorest 50% dropped by 41% between 2010 and 2015, despite an increase in the global population of 400 million.[12] In the same period, the wealth of the richest 62 people between the World's Billionaires
Billionaires
increased by $500bn (£350bn) to $1.76tn. This number has fallen dramatically from 388 as recently as 2010. More recently, in 2017 an Oxfam
Oxfam
report noted that just eight billionaires own as much combined wealth as "half the human race".[6][7] Statistics[edit] The table below lists numerous statistics relating to billionaires, including the total number of known billionaires and the net worth of the world's wealthiest individual for each year since 2008. Data for each year is from the annual Forbes
Forbes
list of billionaires, with currency figures given in U.S. dollars.

Year Total number of billionaires Combined wealth of known billionaires Number of U.S. billionaires Number of Chinese billionaires Number of Russian billionaires Number of Indian billionaires World's wealthiest individual Wealthiest individual's net worth

2017[5] 2,043 $7.71 trillion 565 319

101 Jeff Bezos $99.6 billion

2016 1,810 $6.48 trillion 540 251 75

Bill Gates $75 billion

2015[9] 1,826 $7.05 trillion 536 213 88 90[10] Bill Gates $79.2 billion

2014[13] 1,645 $6.4 trillion 492 152 111 56[14] Bill Gates $78 billion

2013[15] 1,426 $5.4 trillion 442 122 110 – Carlos Slim $73 billion

2012[16] 1,226 $4.6 trillion 425 95 96 – Carlos Slim $73 billion

2011[17] 1,210 $4.5 trillion 413 115 101 – Carlos Slim $74 billion

2010[18] 1,011 $3.6 trillion 404 (est.) 89 62 – Carlos Slim $53.5 billion

2009[19] 793 $2.4 trillion 359 28 32 – Bill Gates $40 billion

2008[20] 1,125 $4.4 trillion 470 (est.) – 87 – Warren Buffett $62 billion

See also[edit]

Foundation Forbes
Forbes
400 (Americans only) Bloomberg Billionaires Index world-encompassing List of countries by the number of billionaires List of universities by number of billionaire alumni List of wealthiest families Black Billionaires List of wealthiest historical figures Millionaire

References[edit]

^ Communications, Forbes
Forbes
Corporate. "Forbes' 32nd Annual World's Billionaires
Billionaires
Issue". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-07.  ^ " Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
Is Worth $112 Billion, Overtaking Bill Gates
Bill Gates
as the Richest Man in the World". Maxim. Retrieved 2018-04-07.  ^ Miller, Matthew; Kroll, Luisa (10 March 2010). " Bill Gates
Bill Gates
No Longer World's Richest Man". Forbes. Retrieved 7 June 2010.  ^ O'Donnell, Carl (11 July 2014). "The Rockefellers: The Legacy Of History's Richest Man". Forbes. Retrieved 7 January 2014.  ^ a b c Kroll, Luisa; Dolan, Kerry A. " Forbes
Forbes
2017 billionaires list: Meet the richest people on the planet". Forbes. Retrieved 12 March 2018.  ^ a b Ratcliff, Anna (16 January 2017). "Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world". Oxfam. Retrieved 16 January 2017.  ^ a b Mullany, Gerry (16 January 2017). "World's 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global Population". New York Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.  ^ a b c "Behind the Numbers in Forbes' Billionaires
Billionaires
List". U.S. News & World Report. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2018.  ^ a b "Inside The 2015 Forbes
Forbes
Billionaires
Billionaires
List: Facts And Figures". Forbes. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.  ^ a b "A Record 90 Indians On Forbes
Forbes
Billionaires
Billionaires
List 2015". Forbes. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.  ^ Rappeport, Alan (9 March 2011). "Brics becoming billionaire factory". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011.  ^ a b "62 people own same as half world – Oxfam". Oxfam.  ^ "Billionaires". Forbes. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  ^ "Indian Billionaires
Billionaires
2014: Big Winners, Big Losers". Forbes. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015.  ^ "Inside The 2013 Billionaires
Billionaires
List". Forbes. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2014.  ^ " Forbes
Forbes
World's Billionaires
Billionaires
2012". Forbes. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2014.  ^ "World's Billionaires
Billionaires
2011: A Record Year In Numbers, Money And Impact". Forbes. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2012.  ^ " Bill Gates
Bill Gates
No Longer World's Richest Man". Forbes. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2012.  ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2012.  ^ "World's Billionaires". Forbes. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Ritholtz, Barry (26 December 2016). "Map of World Billionaires
Billionaires
by Country and by Origin of Wealth". The Big Picture.

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