Bill Gates Is Once Again the Richest Person in the World

US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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A fresh list of the wealthiest people in the world is out, and is it any surprise who claimed the number one spot? Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and one of the richest people in human history, once again comes out on top, with a net worth of $87.4 billion.

Bill Gates$87.4 billion
Amancio Ortega$66.8 Billion
Warren Buffett$60.7 Billion
Jeff Bezos$56.6 Billion
David Koch$47.4 Billion
Charles Koch$46.8 Billion
Larry Ellison$45.3 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg$42.8 Billion
Michael Bloomberg$42.1 Billion
Ingvar Kamprad$39.3 Billion

Wealth-X, a wealth-tracking website, provided Business Insider with its newest figures on the assets of the ultra-rich. Wealth-X collects information on more than 110,000 ultra-high-net-worth people, according to BI, tracking each person’s assets and adjusting “to account for currency-exchange rates, local taxes, savings rates, investment performance, and other factors.”

Gates crushes the second place finisher, Spain’s Amancio Ortega, by more than $20 billion. Ortega, founding chairman of clothing retailer Inditex, is pegged at a net worth of $66.8 billion (though forgive us for not feeling more sympathetic).

Other notable placements on the list? Potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg ranks as the ninth wealthiest person on earth, with a net worth north of $42 billion. Fellow political billionaire Donald Trump doesn’t make the list (sorry, Donald). Alice Walton, Walmart heiress, is the wealthiest woman, ranking #15 overall with a net worth of $33.2 billion.

L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt is the next woman on the list, sitting just below Walton at #17 with a net worth of $29 billion. The only other woman to crack the top 50 is Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, tied at 47th with $14.4 billion to her name.

The 10 Richest People in the World


To make the list, you’d have to have a net worth of at least $14.3 billion. Better luck next year. And don’t miss MONEY’s ranking of the richest people of all time (Gates barely makes the list).

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