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Forbes list of billionaires is based on an yearly measurement of wealth and assets which is published by Forbes magazine. The latest list was released in March 2014.


Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, added $9 billion to his fortune since 2013 and topped the 2014 billionaire list. He has topped the list 15 of the previous 20 years, but was last number one in 2009. Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim came in second place after being number one the previous four years. Zara founder Amancio Ortega placed third for the second consecutive year. American investor Warren Buffett was in the top five for the 20th consecutive year, placing fourth. America's Christy Walton was the highest ranking female, placing ninth overall. Aliko Dangote of Nigeria became the first African ever to enter the top 25, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion.

A total of 1,645 people made the 2014 billionaire list, representing combined wealth of $6.4 trillion. Of those, a record 268 were newcomers, surpassing 2008's 226 newcomers. One hundred people listed in 2013 failed to make the list. The number of women on the list rose to a record 172 in 2014. Approximately 66% of the list was self-made, 13% achieved their wealth through inheritance alone, and 21% through a mixture of the two.

The United States had 492 billionaires on the list, the most of any country. The country also had the most newcomers with 50, and women with 54. China had the second most billionaires with 152, while Russia was third with 111. Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda were all represented on the list for the first time. Turkey saw the most people drop off the list, 19, due to high inflation in the country.

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 Increase Gates, BillBill Gates $76.0 billion Increase 58 United States Microsoft
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 Decrease Slim, CarlosCarlos Slim & family $72.0 billion Decrease 74 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 Steady Ortega, AmancioAmancio Ortega $64.0 billion Increase 77 Spain Inditex Group
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 Steady Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett $58.2 billion Increase 83 United States Berkshire Hathaway
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 Steady Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison $48.0 billion Increase 69 United States Oracle Corporation
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 Steady Koch, CharlesCharles Koch $40.0 billion Increase 78 United States Koch Industries
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 Steady Koch, DavidDavid Koch $40.0 billion Increase 73 United States Koch Industries
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 Increase Adelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson $38.0 billion Increase 80 United States Las Vegas Sands
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 Increase Walton, ChristyChristy Walton & family $36.7 billion Increase 58-59 United States Wal-Mart
&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 Increase Walton, JimJim Walton $34.7 billion Increase 65 United States Wal-Mart

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