The global envy barometer just shot through the roof. Forbes is out with their annual “Richest Person in the World” list and there are a few interesting bullet points:
- The number of billionaires has gone from 793 last year to 1,011 this year, almost to where it was [in] the record level of 2008.
- The overall net worth of these billionaires is $3.6 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion just a year ago — a 50 percent increase.
- The United States used to account for nearly half the names on the list, but now its share is just 40 percent — or 403 billionaires.
This last stat offers a glimpse of how fortunes are shifting from the US to new economic super powers such as China. In fact, number of China’s billionaires reached 234 — a number Forbes says exhibits the “remarkable changes taking place in the global economy.”
This Forbes video offers additional insights into how different countries are creating extreme wealth:
Here is the list of the top 24 richest beings on planet Earth: