Despite plunging oil prices and a weakened euro, the ranks of the world’s wealthiest defied global economic turmoil and expanded yet again. For our annual guide to the globe’s richest, we found a record 1,826 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion a year ago. The total includes 290 newcomers, 71 of whom hail from China. Youth are on the rise: Forty-six among the ranks are under the age of 40. One earthward note: The average net worth of list members came in at $3.86 billion, down $60 million from 2014. For ranks in net worth order, go to www.forbes.com/billionaires
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(This story appears in the 17 April, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)