Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the sixth richest person on earth, according to Forbes 30th Annual World’s Billionaires Issue released on Tuesday.
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Zuckerberg reportedly jumped into the top ten of Forbes Billionaires List for 2016 from No. 16 to No. 6 spot for the very first time. The young billionaire has a net worth of $44.6 billion and according to Forbes, he had one of the most fruitful financial years of his life in 2015. Despite economic problems faced by many entrepreneurs last year, Mark Zuckerberg was able to rake in $11.2 billion.
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The 31-year-old Zuckerberg is also the youngest of the top 10 billionaires by 21 years. The second-youngest is Jeff Bezos, the 52-year-old founder of Amazon. Bezos secured the number 5 spot with his net worth of $48.9 billion. Like Zuckerberg, this is also his first time to land in the top ten.
Microsoft owner Bill Gates remains the richest man as he maintained his number one ranking for the last three years, with a net worth of $75 billion. He is followed by Amancio Ortega of Zara with $68.2 billion, Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway on the third spot with $63.4 billion, and Carlos Slim, head of telecom company América Móvil, securing the fourth place on the top ten list with $53.2 billion.
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If Mark Zuckerberg continues to earn 11 billion in the coming years, he could edge out Gates soon.
Forbes included 1,810 of the world’s richest people this year and their total net worth is $6.84 trillion. It is revealed that the U.S has the most number of billionaires with 540 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 251. The U.S. also has the most women in the 2016 list with 65 female billionaires followed by Germany with 27.