Billionaire's Club Welcomes New Members

The Forbes rich list is bigger—and even wealthier—than ever
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2007 10:27 AM CST
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(Newser) – The rich are getting richer, younger, and more geographically diverse, Forbes reports, with the number of billionaires up a whopping 19 percent, and their total worth up 35 percent to $3.5 trillion. Not only have billionaires been galloping away from the pack, they've been doing it earlier, bringing the average age down two years to 60.

And the field is shifting globally, with Russia, India and China gaining on more established economies. Out of the 946 billionaires, 83 were female. And Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin are making so much money so fast, says Forbes, that they are on pace to outrun the list's perennial number one billionaire, Bill Gates.