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Forbes World's Billionaires List

Bernard Arnault & family

Chairman and CEO

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 1
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Elon Musk

CEO

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 2
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Jeff Bezos

Chairman and Founder

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 3
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Mark Zuckerberg

Cofounder

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 4
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Larry Ellison

CTO and Founder

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 5
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Warren Buffett

CEO

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 6
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Bill Gates

Cochair

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 7
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Steve Ballmer

Owner

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 8
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Mukesh Ambani

Chairman and managing director

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 9
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Larry Page

Cofounder and board member

Published: 04/02/2024
Ranking: 10
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The World's Billionaires is an annual ranking by documented net worth of the wealthiest billionaires in the world, compiled and published in March annually by the American business magazine Forbes. The list was first published in March 1987. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated and is cited in United States dollars, based on their documented assets and accounting for debt and other factors. Royalty and dictators whose wealth comes from their positions are excluded from these lists. This ranking is an index of the wealthiest documented individuals, excluding any ranking of those with wealth that is not able to be completely ascertained.

Methodology

Each year, Forbes employs a team of over 50 reporters from a variety of countries to track the activity of the world's wealthiest individuals and sometimes groups or families – who share wealth. Preliminary surveys are sent to those who may qualify for the list. According to Forbes, they received three types of responses – some people try to inflate their wealth, others cooperate but leave out details, and some refuse to answer any questions. Business deals are then scrutinized and estimates of valuable assets – land, homes, vehicles, artwork, etc. – are made. Interviews are conducted to vet the figures and improve the estimate of an individual's holdings. Finally, positions in a publicly traded stock are priced to market on a date roughly a month before publication. Privately held companies are priced by the prevailing price-to-sales or price-to-earnings ratios. Known debt is subtracted from assets to get a final estimate of an individual's estimated worth in United States dollars. Since stock prices fluctuate rapidly, an individual's true wealth and ranking at the time of publication may vary from their situation when the list was compiled.

When a living individual has dispersed his or her wealth to immediate family members it is included under a single listing (as a single "family fortune") provided that individual (the grantor) is still living. However, if a deceased Billionaire’s fortune has been dispersed, it will not appear as a single listing, and each recipient will only appear if his or her own total net worth is over a $Billion (his or her net worth will not be combined with family members') Royal families and dictators that have their wealth contingent on a position are always excluded from these lists.

Annual rankings

The rankings are published annually in March, so the net worths listed are snapshots taken at that time. These lists only show the top 10 wealthiest billionaires for each year.

In 51 U.S. states are published

4403 Companies
1006 Counties
2183 Cities

The 5 newest Companies

Nelson Gary w CPA

Torrance, CA 90503

Vizzini & Marcucci Accountants

1235 Chambers St, Trenton, NJ 08610

Saddle River Capital Management

71 Mountainview Terrace, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

Advanced Business Associates

811 Washington St STE 6, Pembroke, MA 02359

Gannett David M

1 Wall St #6, Burlington, MA 01803

Other Companies

Harvey & Associates

1003 W Center Ave, Springdale, Arkansas 72764

Steve Brown, CPA

123 N Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458

Accu-Comp Accounting Services

115 W Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625

Cox June CPA

5470 Kietzke Ln #210, Reno, Nevada 89511

Francisco J. Villegas, CPA, PA.

100 Almeria Ave #200, Coral Gables, FL 33134