Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday.
The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in November. In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion.
Forbes said a record 290 newcomers joined the billionaires list in the last year. Nearly 25 percent of this year’s first-time billionaires hail from China, which produced a world-leading 71 newcomers. The United States came in second, with 57, followed by India with 28 and Germany with 23.
Meanwhile Mukesh Ambani has retained his position as the richest Indian for the eighth year in a row with a networth of $ 21 billion, while moving up one place on the global rich list. Among the 90 Indians on the Forbes Rich List 2015, Ambani (39th globally) is closely followed by pharmaceuticals business tycoon Dilip Shanghvi (44th rank with networth of $ 20 billion) and Azim Premji (48th with $ 19.1 billion). reuters