Who’s the Richest Person on the Planet … and Which Former NBA Star Is Now a Billionaire? The New List Is Out From Forbes Magazine

Mar 3, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The new Forbes magazine list of the world’s billionaires is out, and among the headlines is the arrival on the list of former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

Jordan is one of a record 290 newcomers to the list this year, with 71 of those newcomers — almost 25% — coming from China. No. 2 in supplying newcomers to the list is the U.S. with 57 newcomers, followed by India with 28 and Germany with 23.

A familiar name tops the billionaires list, as Bill Gates retains the title of the richest person in the world — a title he has held for 16 of the past 21 years. Gates saw his fortune grow by $3.2 billion in the past year to an estimated total of $79.2 billion.

Ranking second is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, with U.S. investor Warren Buffett took reclaiming the No. 3 ranking and bumping Spain’s Amancio Ortega to the fourth spot. Buffett was the biggest gainer on the list, with his worth valued at $72.7 billion, up $14.5 billion from a year ago.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made the top 20 for the first time, moving up five positions to rank No. 16.


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