It was a record year for the richest people on earth, as the number of billionaires jumped 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 last year, the first time ever that Forbes has pinned down more than 2,000 ten-figure-fortunes. Their total net worth rose by 18% to $7.67 trillion, also a record. The change in the number of billionaires — up 233 since the 2016 list — was the biggest in the 31 years that Forbes has been tracking billionaires globally. Gainers since last year’s list outnumbered losers by more than three to one. Three Greeks are among those super rich on Forbes 2017 Billionaires List.
Bill Gates is the number one richest for the fourth year in a row, and the richest person in the world for 18 out of the past 23 years. He has a fortune of $86 billion, up from $75 billion last year.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos had the best year of any person on the planet, adding $27.6 billion to his fortune; now worth $72.8 billion, he moved into the top three in the world for the first time, up from number five a year ago.
Warren Buffett had the second-best year, and the biggest gain since Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016. His $14.8 billion jump in 12 months was enough for him to grab back the number two spot from Amancio Ortega, founder of Spanish clothing chain Zara.
Among the World’s Billionaires are also three Greeks.
Nr 814 on the list: Philip Niarchos, 63, net worth $2.5 billion
He is shipowner and art collector. He is the oldest son of the late Stavros Niarchos, one of the world’s richest shipping magnates. He inherited the bulk of his father collection.
Nr 973 on the list: Aristotelis Mistakidis, 54, net worth $2.2 billion.
He is a metals trader who became a billionaire working for Glencore. He has joint Greek/British citizenship.
Nr 1098 on the list: Spyros Latsis, 71, net worth $2 billion.
He is a business magnate, shipowner, stakeholder of s EFG Bank European Financial Group and Hellenic Petroleum, controls Lamda Development.He is the son of the late tycoon Yiannis Latsis, who died in 2003.
The Forbes 2017 Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on February 17, 2017; we used stock prices and exchange rates from around the world to calculate net worths. Some fortunes have changed considerably since then.