The group’s total combined net worth grew by 2 percent to $4.6 trillion, almost the size of Russia and Germany’s GDP combined. The average worth of a listed billionaire is $3.7 billion.
Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim retained his status as the world’s richest person for the third year in a row, topping the list with a net worth of $69 billion.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took second spot with $61 billion while Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett ranked third with $44 billion.
This year’s list also includes 104 women, among them Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton, the world’s richest woman and overall eleventh ranked with $25.3 billion.
In China, the richest billionaire is 43 year-old Robin Li, chairman and founder of search engine Baidu, with $10.2 billion, or ranked 86th. Baidu currently dominates 78 percent of China’s search engine market, a market that Google has repeatedly failed to penetrate.
Li Ka-Shing, of Hong Kong, however remains the richest person in Asia, with an estimated wealth of $25.5 billion.
According to Forbes, the United States has the most number of billionaires, or 425 to be exact. Russia, who comes in second, trails with a mere 96 billionaires. China takes the third spot with 95 billionaires.
Interestingly, the Russian capital Moscow is home to 78 billionaires, more than any other city in the world.