Jeff Bezos, the founder of e-commerce giant Amazon, continues to remain the world’s richest person, according to the Forbes World’s Billionaire list that was released on Tuesday. Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani leads the 106 billionaires from India on the list. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dropped three spots and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg rose by two. Only two women – L’Oreal Heiress Francoise Bettencourt and Alice Walton, chairman of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – could make it to the Faorbes’ top 20 list.
For this year’s list, Forbes said “capitalism is taking some lumps” as for only the second year in a decade, both the number of billionaires and their total wealth shrank, “proving that even the wealthiest are not immune to economic forces and weak stock markets”.
Among the regions, Asia-Pacific was the hardest hit, with 60 fewer 10-figure fortunes. That dip was led by China, which has 49 fewer billionaires than a year ago, Forbes said adding that Europe, the Middle East and Africa also lost ground. The Americas, driven by a resurgent Brazil, and the US are the only two regions that have more billionaires than they did a year ago.
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Jeff Bezos and family
Jeff Bezos continues to hold the post of world’s richest person. The Amazon founder’s riches swelled by $19 billion in one year and is now worth $131 billion, Forbes said. In January, he and his wife, MacKenzie, announced they will divorce after 25 years of marriage. As per Washington law, MacKenzie could get up to half of Jeff’s assets, making her the richest woman on earth.