Forbes 2019 Billionaires Rich List Announced

The modern world has no better method for determining who the best people in the world are than the Forbes Rich List. The unveiling of the 2019 edition of the list has produced its usual reassuring assessment of those who are currently winning at the great game of life – as measured in net worth, the only objective measure – but there are sad notes too.

Forbes reveals that the world now contains only 2,153 billionaires, 55 fewer than last year. As if this were not distressing enough, it’s also reported that those billionaires who remain have suffered a collective $400 billion drop in their wealth. Fully 994 billionaires are poorer than they were a year ago, and if that doesn’t make your heart bleed then you are simply made of stone.

Let’s not get weighed down in doom and gloom, however. Though 247 billionaires dropped off the list, 195 new ones joined, and we should welcome joyfully the likes of Spotify’s Daniel Ek and of course Kylie Jenner – at 21 the world’s youngest self-made billionaire as long as you accept a very particular definition of “self-made”.

As to the upper reaches of the Rich List, it’s no surprise to see Amazon emperor Jeff Bezos at the top, followed by Bill Gates. At number three comes investor Warren Buffett, then fashion brand supremo Bernard Arnault, Mexican mobile phone king Carlos Slim, Spanish retail titan Amancio Ortega, tech tycoon Larry Ellison, Facebook wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg, financial whiz Michael Bloomberg and, rounding out the top ten, Google co-founder Larry Page. A list that confirms not only the virtue of wealth, but the general superiority of Americans.

See the Top 10 below:

  1. Jeff Bezos, $131bn
  2. Bill Gates, $96.5bn
  3. Warren Buffet, $82.5bn
  4. Bernard Arnault, $76bn
  5. Carlos Slim Helu, $64bn
  6. Amancio Ortega, $62.7bn
  7. Larry Ellison, $58bn
  8. Mark Zuckerberg, $62.3bn
  9. Michael Bloomberg, $55.5bn
  10. Larry Page, $50.8bn