The co-founder of Microsoft software publisher Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world, according to the US magazine Forbes published Monday, confirming the irresistible rise of Internet giants.
William Henry Gates III (61) is ranked fourth in the series for the fourth consecutive year and the 18th in the last 22 years, with an estimated personal fortune of $ 86 billion.
The one who embarked on the Microsoft adventure at age 19, dropping out of his second-year studies at Harvard, only holds about 2.5% of the company’s capital he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975.
In addition to the young internet fortunes, the only one to have somewhat upset the hierarchy is the Frenchman Bernard Arnault, CEO and founder of the luxury group LVMH, which passes from 14th to 11th place.
Its wealth increased by 22% in one year, to 41.5 billion dollars. He is now ahead of compatriot Liliane Bettencourt, heiress of the L’Oreal cosmetics empire, with 39.5 billion dollars.
The dolphin in the ranking is also a close friend of Bill Gates, the American investor Warren Buffett, who follows him at a good distance with a heritage estimated at 75.6 billion dollars.
The financial guru who made a fortune at the head of the Berkshire Hathaway holding took the place of Spaniard Amancio Ortega, founder of the textile company Inditex and the main brand of the group, Zara.
The 80-year-old businessman dropped back to fourth place, with a personal fortune estimated at $ 71.3 billion, immediately behind the CEO and founder of Amazon’s Internet giant Jeff Bezos.
The 53-year-old shaved-headed, sharp-eyed leader holds about 17 percent of the group’s capital, which continues to diversify successfully and now weighs more than $ 400 billion in capitalization.
Boosted by the euphoria of the New York Stock Exchange as well as a very sustained growth, Amazon saw the course of its action leap, increasing Jeff Bezos personal fortune by 61% in just one year, to reach 72.8 billions of dollars.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Mark Zuckerberg, who is now 32 years old, now leads a $ 56 billion portfolio, placing him in fifth place.
Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and co-founders of another internet giant Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (43 years old both) are the only top 20 in the ranking to be under the age of sixty.
But there is much younger. The co-founder and president of the payment company Stripe, John Collison (26), is the youngest billionaire who has not inherited his fortune, with $ 1.1 billion.
Evan Spiegel, co-founder and general manager of the social network Snapchat, has just been introduced on the stock market. At 26, the young man now weighs 4 billion dollars.
Among the billionaires of the old economy, US President Donald Trump, whose fortune is estimated at $ 3.5 billion, appears in 544th position.
The businessman has often challenged Forbes’ assessment of its assets, believing it did not reflect the value of the Trump brand.
In 2017, the number of billionaires jumped 13% in one year, and now reaches 2,043, a record. Their wealth has advanced more than their number (+ 18%) and represents 7.670 billion dollars.
The United States remains the country with the most billionaires in dollars, with 565, ahead of China (319 plus 67 in Hong Kong), Germany (114) and India (101).