After years of jockeying for the top spot, Bernard Arnault leads the World’s Billionaires list—the first time a French citizen has made it to No 1. Americans have topped the ranks most often (24 years), followed by citizens of Japan (eight times) and Mexico (four)
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Falling stocks, wounded unicorns and rising interest rates translated into a tough year for the world’s wealthiest. Globally, we counted 2,640 ten-figure fortunes, down from 2,668 last year. Altogether, the planet’s billionaires are now worth $12.2 trillion, down from $12.7 trillion in March 2022.
Last year’s No 1, Elon Musk, suffered a largely self-inflicted wound when he bought Twitter in a $44 billion deal last October, a misadventure compounded by plummeting shares in Tesla. Musk is worth some $180 billion today, down from $219 billion last year. His fall makes way for a new richest person in the world: Luxury goods titan Bernard Arnault of France, worth $211 billion.
There are 150 newcomers to this year’s ranking, including fashion designer Tom Ford and golf great Tiger Woods. Women are still dramatically underrepresented, at just 13 percent of the list, up from 12 percent a year ago. The US once again has more billionaires than any other country, with 736, followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macau) with 562. To calculate net worths, we used stock prices and exchange rates from March 10, 2023.
Top 10 Richest People In The World
|Rank||Name||Country||Net Worth ($)|
|1||Bernard Arnault & family||France||$211 B|
|2||Elon Musk||United States||$180 B|
|3||Jeff Bezos||United States||$114 B|
|4||Larry Ellison||United States||$107 B|
|5||Warren Buffett||United States||$106 B|
|6||Bill Gates||United States||$104 B|
|7||Michael Bloomberg||United States||$94.5 B|
|8||Carlos Slim Helu & family||Mexico||$93 B|
|9||Mukesh Ambani||India||$83.4 B|
|10||Steve Ballmer||United States||$80.7 B|
For the full list of billionaires and our methodology, please see forbes.com/billionaires
(This story appears in the 05 May, 2023 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)