Bill Gates, the founder and chairman of Microsoft Corp, was crowned the world’s richest person in 2013, with a net worth of US$78.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Gates, who reclaimed the title of world’s richest person in May 2013, from Mexican investor Carlos Slim, was the year’s biggest gainer, upping his wealth by $15.8 billion to $78.5 billion, as shares of Microsoft climbed 40%.
Collectively, the billionaires on Bloomberg’s list added US$524 billion to their combined wealth of US$3.7 trillion at the market close on 31 December.
The technology industry saw the biggest gains, adding 28% during the year. Of the 300 people who appeared on the final ranking of 2013, only 70 registered a net loss for the 12-month period, Bloomberg said.
South Africa born Elon Musk had the biggest percentage gain by a self-made billionaire, up 233% in 2013. Musk ranks at 161, with a fortune of $7.9 billion.
Two South Africans feature on the list, namely Johann Rupert, who controls the world’s largest jewellery maker, Richemont. Rupert is at 154th on the list with a fortune of $8.4 billion, while diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer is at number 172, with a fortune amounting to $7.5 billion.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a ranking of the world’s 300 richest people according to their estimated net worth, and is updated daily.
Bloomberg’s top 10 billionaires:
|Rank||Name||Position||Country||Est. Net Worth
|1||Bill Gates||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||USA||$78.2 billion|
|2||Carlos Slim||America Movil||Mexico||$72 billion|
|3||Amancio Ortega||Inditex||Spain||$65.3 billion|
|4||Warren Buffett||Berkshire Hathaway||USA||$60.3 billion|
|5||Ingvar Kamprad||IKEA||Sweden||$52.8 billion|
|6||Charles Koch||Koch Industries, Inc.||USA||$50 billion|
|7||David Koch||Koch Industries, Inc.||USA||$50 billion|
|8||Larry Ellison||Oracle||USA||$43.3 billion|
|9||Christy Walton||Wal-Mart||USA||$39.1 billion|
|10||Sheldon Adelson||Las Vegas Sands||USA||$37.5 billion|