13 stats you need to know about the Forbes 2018 Billionaire List
- 2,153 billionaires,
- 55 fewer than a year ago.
- 994, or 46%, are poorer (relatively speaking) than they were last year.
- Total wealth $8.7 trillion, down $400 billion from 2018.
- 11% of last year’s list members, or 247 people, dropped out of the ranks, the most since 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.
- 195 new billionaires joine the ranks
- Asia-Pacific was hardest hit, with 60 fewer 10-figure fortunes. That dip was led by China, which has 49 fewer billionaires than a year ago.
- Europe, the Middle East and Africa also lost ground. The Americas, driven by a resurgent Brazil, and the U.S. are the only two regions that have more billionaires than they did a year ago.
- There are 607 billionaires in the U.S. That includes 14 of the world’s 20 richest.
- Jeff Bezos is again number 1 in the world, followed by Bill Gates at number 2.
- The richest newcomer is Colin Huang, the founder of Chinese discount web retailer Pinduoduo, which went public in the U.S. in July.
- Other notable new entrants include Spotify’s Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon; Juul Labs’ James Monsees and Adam Bowen, Kind Bar’s Daniel Lubetzky and cosmetics wunderkind Kylie Jenner, who is the world’s youngest billionaire at age 21.
- 7 of the top 20 billionaires have come from technology – Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Snapchat, Stripe, Tencent –