The list of billionaires 2009 published by Forbs, show that financial crisis is taking its toll on the world’s richest people. And however total number of billionaires is 793 (1,125 in 2008), net worth – $2.4tn ($4.4tn in 2008), women – 72 (99 in 2008), average age – 63.7 (61 in 2008).
The world richest man is Bill Gates, second place was taken by Warren Buffet (US), Carlos Slim Helu & family follow Mr. Buffet closely, next is Lawrence Ellison and finally Ingvar Camprad (Swedish) completes the list of 5 top most reach people in the world.
US citizens now lay claim to 10 of the top 20 spots – up from four last year – while the US is also the country with the most billionaires. The Russian capital itself has slipped to third place, with 27 members on the list, while London has edged into second place with 28 billionaires.