Forbes have released their annual list of the richest people in the world and Microsoft founder Bill Gates remains top, with a net worth of $86bn.
The world’s number of billionaires have swelled by 13% from 1,810 in 2016 to 2,043 in 2017 – the largest increase in billionaires since Forbes started collecting date three decades ago, the magazine reported.
The total net worth of just these over 2,000 individuals is a staggering $7.67 trillion.
The top of the list saw little change, although some people have moved places. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moved back into the top three, finishing the year third with a net worth of $72.8bn. Warren Buffet snatched second spot from Spanish clothing line owner Amancio Ortega. Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg ended up at fifth place on the list.
Below are the top ten richest people on planet earth, as compiled by Forbes.
1 Bill Gates
2 Warren Buffet
3 Jeff Bezos
4 Amancio Ortega
5 Mark Zuckerberg
6 Carlos Slim Helu and family
7 Larry Ellison
8 Charles Koch
8 David Koch
10 Michael Bloomberg
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