Over the past five years, the Forbes magazine list of The World’s Billionaires has revealed — and continues to reveal — many interesting things about the wealthiest individuals around the globe:
HOW MANY BILLIONAIRES ARE THERE?
In 2011, there were 1,210 billionaires (people with a net worth of $1 billion or more).
In 2015, that number rose to 1,826.
In 2016, the list actually shrank a bit to 1,810.
The top ten billionaires in 2016 (in order of wealth) are:
Carlos Slim Helu
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
A few interesting notes:
Five of the top seven billionaires from the 2011 list are still in the top seven: Gates (#2 in 2011), Ortega (#7), Buffett (#3), Helu (#1) and Ellison (#5).
We also see that the top three from 2011 (Helu, Gates, Buffett) are still in the top four.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg rose from #52 in 2011 all the way to #6 today.
WHERE THEY COME FROM
It should be no surprise that the tech sector continues to lead the way in creating billionaires. Also of note:
In 2011, about 1 in 3 billionaires (413, or 34%) were from the United States.
Today, 540 billionaires are from the U.S. — or 29.8% of the list.
Today, eight of the top 10 billionaires on the list are from the United States.
China has the second most at 251, and Germany is third with 120.
The Asia-Pacific region has 590 total — making it the region with the most billionaires.