It’s official: Bill Gates is, once again, the richest man in the world this year! With his wealth estimated at $86 million, the Microsoft co-founder is in a league totally of his own. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has dropped a whopping 200+ spots on the list, raking in, comparatively, a meager $3.5 billion.
How long until Donald Trump, 70, blasts Forbes‘ Billionaires list as “fake”? The president landed at No. 544 on the list, slipping 220 spots from 2016, which the mag attributes to a massive decline in NYC’s real estate market. “40 percent of Donald Trump’s fortune is tied up in Trump tower and eight buildings within one mile of it,” Forbes explained. “Lately, the neighborhood has been struggling, relatively speaking.” Still, his wealth is estimated at $3.5 billion, which, you know, isn’t too shabby.
Compared to the guy at the top of the list, Bill Gates, though, it’s chump change — he is estimated at $86 billion, and finds himself in the No. 1 spot for the fourth year in a row. More than $10 billion behind him, in second place, is Warren Buffett, who’s worth approximately $75.6 billion. Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, and Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, are No. 3 and 5, respectively.
The United States has the most billionaires on the list (565), with China and Germany following, boasting 319 and 114 billionaires, respectively. The overall list boasts 233 more billionaires than in 2016, the biggest increase since Forbes started keeping track 31 years ago.
Here’s the top 20: Bill Gates ($86 billion), Warren Buffett ($75.6 billion), Jeff Bezos ($72.8 billion), Amancio Ortega ($71.3 billion), Mark Zuckerberg ($56 billion), Carlos Slim Helu ($54.5 billion), Larry Ellison ($52.2 billion), Charles Koch ($48.3 billion), David Koch ($48.3 billion), Michael Bloomberg ($47.5 billion), Bernard Arnault ($41.5 billion), Larry Page ($40.7 billion), Sergey Brin ($39.8 billion), Liliane Bettencourt ($39.5 billion), S. Robson Walton ($34.1 billion), Jim Walton ($34 billion), Alice Walton ($33.8 billion), Wang Jianlin ($31.3 billion), Li Ka-shing ($31.2 billion) and Sheldon Adelson ($30.4 billion).
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised Trump plummeted down so low on the list? What do you think of Bill Gates being No. 1 again?