Forbes unveils 31st annual list of world's richest billionaires

Meet Pennsylvania's 12 Billionaires In 2017

Meet Pennsylvania's 12 Billionaires In 2017

Forbes said on Monday that the number of billionaires had jumped 13 per cent to 2,043 from 1,810 a year ago.

The richest person with a tech fortune - who's also the richest person in the world-is Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.

Others in the top 10 included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at number three, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg at number five and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison at number seven.

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"Booming stock markets, higher commodities prices, and plain old-fashioned entrepreneurship helped make this a record year in terms of wealth creation around the globe", Luisa Kroll and Kerry Dolan, Assistant Managing Editors of Wealth at Forbes Media said in a statement, unveiling Forbes' 31 annual list.

Southeast Asia was home to the most billionaires at 720, Forbes said.

The traditional bronze place went to Amazon's Jeff Bezo, who accumulated an additional $27.6bn to his fortune since a year ago when he was ranked as the fifth richest person in the world.

Billionaire's across the globe saw their net worth jump by 18% to $7.7trn (£6.2trn) over the previous year, according to Forbes 2017 billionaires list.

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Sy and his family had a net worth of $12.7 billion and ranked 94th worldwide.

The U.S. had the most billionaires with a number of 565, and China came the second with 319 billionaires.

Forbes' attributed his fall to the state of the Manhattan real estate market in which Mr Trump has invested a disproportionate amount of his fortune. The English edition of his autobiography, Making it Big, was published past year.

The richest woman, makeup magnate Liliane Bettencourt, ranked 14th with a worth of almost $40 billion.

Trump was ranked at No. 544, with a net worth of around US$3.5 billion ($5b). "Profits are down at Trump Tower, and the overall neighborhood surrounding has been struggling over the a year ago".

Chaudhari, who made his debut in the Forbes billionaire list in 2013, saw his fortune increase by US$ 210 million a year ago.

Graeme Hart, 61, is the world's 133rd richest billionaire and New Zealand's richest person.

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