World’s richest get even richer

The world's wealthiest people spent the past year making even more money - though not all were as fortunate.

November 5, 2013 2 Comments
World’s richest get even richer

According to Bloomberg’s billionaires list (as of 4 November 2013), the world’s wealthiest people spent the past year making even more money – though not all were as fortunate.

The world’s top 100 richest people have added a collective US$200 billion to their net wealth over the past year – bringing their collective total to US$2.1 trillion.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg – the youngest billionaire on the list – managed to double his wealth in 2013, adding US$11.3 billion to his net worth, totalling US$23.6 billion.

However, tech industry icon, Bill Gates, who took the spot as the world’s richest man earlier in the year, retained his top position, adding US$13.5 billion to his already immense wealth, taking him to US$76.2 billion.

The year was less kind to the world’s second richest man – Mexican telecoms mogul Carlos Slim Helu – who saw his fortunes shrink by US$5.6 billion over the course of 2013. But don’t feel too sorry for him, because he remains the world’s second richest man, with a total net worth of US$69.6 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Other big gainers on Bloomberg’s list include Hong Kong’s Galaxy Entertainment Group founder Lui Che Woo, who added US$10.1 billion to total US$22.1 billion in total wealth, and famous investor, Warren Buffet, who saw his US$58.8 billion fortune padded with a US$11.3 billion gain in the year.

Top 10 gainers in the world

# Name Net Worth (US$bn)
Gain (US$bn)
1 Bill Gates 76.2 13.5
2 Ingvar Kamprad 51.6 12.0
3 Mark Zuckerberg 23.6 11.3
4 Warren Buffett 58.8 10.9
5 Sheldon Adelson 33.2 10.5
6 Lui Che Woo 22.1 10.1
7 Jeff Bezos 33.0 9.4
8 Larry Page 29.2 7.8
9 Sergey Brin 28.7 7.5
10 Amancio Ortega 64.5 7.0

Top 10 richest in the world

# Name Gain/Loss (US$bn)
Net Worth (US$bn)
1 Bill Gates 13.5 76.2
2 Carlons Slim Helu -5.6 69.6
3 Amancio Ortega 7.0 64.5
4 Warren Buffett 10.9 58.8
5 Ingvar Kamprad 12.0 51.6
6 Charles Koch 6.5 47.4
7 David Koch 6.5 47.4
8 Larry Ellison -0.4 38.9
9 Christy Walton 5.5 38.4
10 Jim Walton 5.1 36.6

Bloomberg’s billionaire’s list can be found here.

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  • Keegan Padayachee

    R781,812,000,000
    ROE – 10.26

    What would you do….

  • keylawk

    “The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise or at least to neglect, the persons of poor and mean condition, is the great and most universal cause of corruption of our moral sentiments.”

    –Adam Smith (author of “Wealth of Nations” 1776)

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