Bill Gates tops the list

Posted March 21, 2017

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, landed in the top five.

Jeff Bezos: The CEO and founder of e-commerce giant Amazon, Bezos' current net worth is $73.8 billion.

Read the full story on GeekWire. That's 13% more of them total in the world than previous year, Forbes found. That's the first time the figure has cracked 2,000.

Trump slipped 220 spots on the list to 544 with an estimated $3.5 billion (roughly Rs. 22,889 crores), a decline of $1 billion from past year.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jr., made Forbes magazine's 2017 edition of its "billionaires list", ranking at No. 814 with a net worth of $2.5 billion.

The increase, 233, is the biggest the magazine has recorded in its 31 years of compiling the list and is responsible for the combined wealth of the world's billionaires spiking 18 percent to $7.67 trillion, another record for Forbes. From titan investors to the reigning royalty of the tech world, the usual suspects tend to top the list and consistently make the cut year after year, from Bill Gates to Warren Buffett.

Donald Trump's fortune has fallen by an estimated US$200 million ($283.5m) since he took office, according to Forbes magazine, plunging him more than 200 rungs down the worldwide wealth rankings.

USA president, Donald Trump dropped down the list 200 spots to 544th as his fortune nosedived to $3.5bn from $3.7bn the previous year.

The youngest member of the list is John Collison, the 26-year-old founder of Internet payment startup Stripe, who boasts a net worth of $1.1 billion.

Other notable newcomers to the list include: Australian Manny Stul, whose toy company created the popular Shopkins collectibles; American Yvon Chouinard, the founder of outdoor gear maker Patagonia; and Juan Francisco Beckmann Vidal of Mexico, who is chairman of tequila maker Jose Cuervo.

But while the United States continues to be the country with the single greatest number of billionaires - 565 of them - China is catching up with 319.