The ranks of the world’s billionaires, as monitored and tallied by our global wealth team, have yet again reached all-time highs. The 2013 Forbes Billionaires list now boasts 1,426 names, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion. We found 210 new 10-figure fortunes. The number of women jumped, too, to 138, up from 104 a year ago. Once again, the US leads the list with 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).
The driving force behind all this new wealth is resurgent asset prices. It’s reflected in the direction of most billionaires’ fortunes. While last year almost as many fortunes fell as rose, this year gainers outnumbered losers by 4-to-1. Many new names made the list thanks to free-spending consumers, especially in Asia.To name a few: Diesel jeans mogul Renzo Rosso at $3 billion, retailer Bruce Nordstrom at $1.2 billion and designer Tory Burch at $1 billion. Carlos Slim is once again the world’s richest person, followed by Bill Gates. Amancio Ortega of Spanish retailer Zara moves up to No. 3 for the first time, ahead of Warren Buffett.
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(This story appears in the 05 April, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
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