Forbes 2016 World's Billionaires: Meet The Richest People On The Planet
By Kerry A. Dolan and Luisa Kroll March 1, 2016
Volatile stock markets, cratering oil prices and a stronger dollar
led to a dynamic reshuffling of wealth around the globe and a drop in
ten-figure fortunes for the first time since 2009. For our 30th annual
guide to the world’s richest, we found 1,810 billionaires, down from a
record 1,826 a year ago. Their aggregate net worth was $6.48 trillion,
$570 billion less than last year. It was also the first time since 2010
that the average net worth of a billionaire dropped – it is now $3.6
billion, $300 million less than last year.
Behind these figures is a story of huge upheaval, as 221 people fell
off the list, while 198 newcomers joined the ranks; another 29 people
from 2015 died while 29 who’d previously fallen off climbed back on. Of
those who were billionaires both years, 892 are poorer while 501 added
to their fortunes.
Only 2 people in the top 20 managed to hold onto their ranks. Bill Gates
remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of $75
billion, despite being $4.2 billion poorer than a year ago. He has been
No. 1 one for 3 years in a row and topped the list 17 out of 22 years.