, in countries that use theshort scalenumber naming system, is a person with anet worthof at leastone billion(1,000,000,000, i.e. a thousand million) units of a givencurrency, usually major currencies such as theUnited States dollar, theeuroor thepound sterling. Additionally, a) has been deemed applicable to a billionaire worth one hundred billion dollars (100,000,000,000), a mark first achieved in 2017 byAmazonfounderJeff Bezos, with a net worth of $112 billion in a report issued in early 2018.producesa global list of known U.S. dollar billionairesevery year and updates an Internet version of this list in real time.The Americanbecame the worlds first confirmed U.S. dollar billionaire in 1916, and still holds the title ofhistorys wealthiest individual.

As of 2018, there are over 2,200 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, with a combined wealth of overUS$9.1trillion,5up fromUS$7.67trillionin 2017.67According to a 2017Oxfamreport, thetop eight richest billionairesown as much combined wealth as half the human race.89

According to theForbesreport released in March 2017, there are currently 2,043 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, from 66 countries, with a combined net worth of $7.67 trillion, which is more than the combinedGDPof 152 countries.7The majority of billionaires are male, as fewer than 11% (197 of 1,826) on the 2015 list werefemale billionaires.10In 2015, there were tenLGBT billionaires. The United States has the largest number of billionaires of any country, with 536 as of 2015,10whileChinaIndiaandRussiaare home to 213, 90 and 88 billionaires respectively.1112As of 2015, only 46 billionaires were under the age of 40,10while the list of American-only billionaires, as of 2010, had an average age of 66.13In 2019 there is now a record 607 billionaires in the U.S. That includes 14 of the worlds 20 richest.Jeff Bezosis again number 1 in the world, followed byBill Gatesat number 2.14

Billionaires who own the same wealth as half the world

The number of billionaires that, with assets combined, would own as much money as half the world population, and what transport they would fit on, between years 2010 to 2016

According to a 2016Oxfamreport, the wealth of the poorest 95% dropped by 38% between 2010 and 2015, despite an increase in theglobal populationof 400 million.15In the same period, the wealth of the richest 62 people betweenthe Worlds Billionairesincreased by $500bn (350bn) to $1.76tn. This number has fallen dramatically from 388 as recently as 2010. More recently, in 2017 an Oxfam report noted that just eight billionaires own as much combined wealth as half the human race.89

The table below lists numerous statistics relating to billionaires, including the total number of known billionaires and the net worth of the worlds wealthiest individual for each year since 2008. Data for each year is from the annualForbeslist of billionaires, with currency figures given in U.S. dollars.

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List of countries by the number of billionaires

List of universities by number of billionaire alumni

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Number of billionaires worldwide surged to 2,754 in 2017.

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Mullany, Gerry (16 January 2017).Worlds 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global Population.

Behind the Numbers in Forbes Billionaires List.

Inside The 2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts And Figures.

A Record 90 Indians On Forbes Billionaires List 2015.

Rappeport, Alan (9 March 2011).Brics becoming billionaire factory.

Billionaires-The Richest People In The World(March 5, 2019)

62 people own same as half world OxfamOxfam.

Indian Billionaires 2014: Big Winners, Big Losers.

Worlds Billionaires 2011: A Record Year In Numbers, Money And Impact.

Ritholtz, Barry(26 December 2016).Map of World Billionaires by Country and by Origin of Wealth. The Big Picture.

Largest financial services companies by revenue

Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor

List of Presidents of the United States by net worth

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