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Check out who made Forbes Magazine’s 2015 Guide to the World’s Billionaires

Bill Gates, #1 on Forbes Billionaire ListForbes Magazine has released its 2015 guide to the world’s billionaires. Check out this video from Forbes: “Billionaires 2015, the richest people on the planet.”
According to the new report, the number of billionaires around the globe expanded to a record 1,826, with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion, up from last year’s $6.4 trillion. The list includes 290 new faces, including Michael Jordan. Americans still dominate the rankings and there’s a record number of billionaires under the age of 40; 46 to be exact. The average net worth of list members came in at $3.86 billion, which is down $60 million compared to the 2014 guide.
I am not at all surprised that Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet. He’s held that prestigious title for 16 of the past 21 years. His fortune grew $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion. Gates is one of seven of the world’s 15 richest self-made billionaires who earned their wealth through a technology business. Among the technology billionaires, Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma more than doubled his net worth to $22.7 billion thanks to his giant retailer’s 2014 IPO. That makes him the richest man in China. Ma is one of four Chinese billionaires that made the biggest gains on the list.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made it to the top 20 for the first time, moving up 5 spots to number 16. The youngest billionaire on the planet is Evan Spiegel, 24, co-founder of photo-messaging app Snapchat.
There are 23 new billionaires from Silicon Valley tech companies in California, including cofounders of Uber, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and their first employee Ryan Graves. The list shows that entrepreneurship is thriving globally with 1,191 self-made billionaires.
Check out this Forbes slideshow showcasing the billionaire newbies. Did you make the Forbes Magazine 2015 guide to the world’s billionaires? If so, congratulations! If you are looking to buy or sell a luxury home in any of the upscale communities of Santa Barbara, please give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal(at)montecito-estate(dotted)com.

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