Billionaires - the biggest winner and loser, the oldest and youngest

Bloomberg Markets Magazine December 2014 Cover (Billionaires)

Who's who in the billionaire stakes ?

Bloomberg Markets magazine's annual ranking of the world's top 100 richest people reveals that the collective fortune of the top 100 billionaires rose by $43 billion to a total of $2.2 trillion in 2014.

The billionaires ranking - a featured story in the December issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine – sees Bill Gates remain at the top spot ahead of Carlos Slim as last year and Warren Buffett move up one spot to third changing rank with Amancio Ortega. Tech industry billionaires in the top 100 added $52.9 billion to their fortunes, more than billionaires in any other industry. On the other hand especially the nine listed Russian billionaires suffered a combined loss of $11 billion due to U.S. and European sanctions.

Highlights of this year’s ranking include:

This year’s biggest winner is by far Jack Ma (rank #24) whose net worth increased by $22.3 billion (619.7%!) since December 2013, climbing to $25.9 billion

This year’s biggest loser (in % change YTD) is Hong Kong’s Lui Che Woo (Galaxy Entertainment Group) whose net worth is down -25.1% at $14.3 billion, placing him at rank #78

This year’s biggest loser in USD YTD is Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA, rank 7) who has lost $10.1 billion since last December, mainly due to assets being moved over to his son.

Top family fortunes: the Waltons (4 family members within the top 100), the Mars family (3), the Kochs (2) and the Quandts (2)

North America remains home to the most billionaires (42), followed by Russia (9), India (6), China (5), and Germany (5). The UK is only home to 1 (Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, rank #82)

The oldest billionaire is Anne Cox Chambers, 94 (rank #92) (followed by Liliane Bettencourt, 91 rank #18); the youngest is Mark Zuckerberg, 30 (rank #13). Average age of the world’s 100 richest people: 67 years

Number of men: 89; number of women: 11 (remains unchanged from last year)

The top ten 

TOP 10NameAgeNet Worth, in billions USDYTD Change, in billions USD/percentageCitizenshipSource of Wealth (Industry)
1 Bill Gates 58 85.3 6.7 / 8.5 U.S. Microsoft (Technology)
2 Carlos Slim 74 81.2 7.4 / 10.0 Mexico America Movil (Telecoms)
3 Warren Buffett 84 68 7.2 / 11.8 U.S. Berkshire Hathaway (Finance)
4 Amancio Ortega 78 59.3 -7.1 / -10.7 Spain Inditex (Retail)
5 Charles Koch 78 52.4 2.2 / 4.3 U.S. Koch Industries (Diversified)
- David Koch 74 52.4 2.2 / 4.3 U.S. Koch Industries (Diversified)
7 Ingvar Kamprad 88 43.3 -10.1 / -19.0 Sweden IKEA (Retail)
8 Larry Ellison 70 42.6 -1.1 / -2.4 U.S. Oracle (Technology)
9 Christy Walton 59 38.7 -0.20 / -0.5 U.S. Wal-Mart (Retail)
10 Jim Walton 66 37 -0.36 / -1.0 U.S. Wal-Mart (Retail)

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a dynamic daily ranking of the world’s richest people based on changes in markets, the economy and their personal assets. You can view the dynamic ranking here.

Source: Bloomberg Markets magazine

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