This year alone saw more than 100 new ones, many self-made. (Some just married into the Wal-Mart family.)
The world added 155 billionaires last year. There are now 2,325 billionaires around the globe, according to a new census conducted by investment banking company UBS and Wealth-X, an intelligence firm that tracks the world’s wealthiest.
And we’re No. 1! The United States has the most billionaires in the world at 571, with New York City containing the most billionaire residents at 103. Still, the census says eight out of the top 20 “billionaire cities” are now located in Asia. In fact, Los Angeles is the only other U.S. city on the list, coming in at No. 13.
Other billionaire facts…
- These 2,325 billionaires have a combined net worth of $7.3 trillion — enough to buy just over half of all the private property in the United States, which stands at $14.488 trillion.
- Some billionaires are richer than others. Forbes, who just today released their list of the Top 400 American billionaires, says 113 U.S. billionaires didn’t even make cut. The poorest guy on the list, Alan Auerbach, is currently worth $1.36 billion.
- What’s the easiest way to become a billionaire? Some inherited their assets, and some got lucky on the stock market, but by far the easiest way to to become a billionaire is by doing it yourself. Forbes says that 276 members on the list are self-made billionaires. They include Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who grew up sleeping on a floor of a Boston tenement, and Jan Koum, a Ukrainian immigrant who swept floors as a teenager and then invented WhatsApp in 2009 — and sold it to Facebook for $19 billion.
- You may shop at Wal-Mart to save a few bucks, but you can marry into the Wal-Mart family to make billions. Four out of the Top 10 U.S. billionaires are Waltons, related either by blood or marriage to Sam Walton of Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart fame. The Waltons in the top 10 (Christy, Jim, Alice, and S. Robson) are collectively worth $144.1 billion.