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2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires

No, not Bill Gates—he still reigns at top of the 'Forbes' list with $75B

(Newser) - Forbes' annual compilation of the wealthiest people on Earth is out, and the list welcomes a couple of flush newcomers to the richest of the rich. Bill Gates retains his top spot with $75 billion to his name, while for the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cracks the... More »

NYC Dethroned as 'Billionaire Capital'

Beijing now has more billionaires than NYC

(Newser) - New York City was once home to the most billionaires anywhere, but Beijing has overtaken it as the Billionaire Capital of the World, the AP reports. There were 95 billionaires in NYC compared to 100 in the Chinese capital as of Jan. 15, according to Hurun , a Shanghai firm that... More »

Answer to a Whole Nation's Poverty? Its Richest Person

Top billionaire could end poverty in 3 countries, make inroads in others

(Newser) - As the world's richest and most powerful people leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was growing discussion about the impact the world's wealthiest could have, single-handedly, on the poverty rates of entire nations. One analyst at the Brookings Institution crunched some numbers and found that,... More »

Richest Americans Have Own 'Private Tax System'

NYT investigation: Think of it as the 'income defense industry'

(Newser) - Much has been written about the growing gap between the rich and poor, but an investigative piece by the New York Times provides insight into one key element of the debate: how the very rich avoid taxes. The idea that billionaires pay lawyers to look for loopholes may seem obvious... More »

Billionaire Has Wild Solution to Migrant Crisis

Naguib Sawiris thinks plan to buy an island is 'feasible'

(Newser) - The world received a rude awakening this week regarding Europe's migrant crisis; now an Egyptian billionaire hopes to help out in a big way: He wants to buy an island to be filled with hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees. "Greece or Italy sell me an island,... More »

Here Are the 5 Richest Millennials

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the one who has the most to smile about

(Newser) - Members of Generation "Y Do We Always Get a Bad Rap?" (aka millennials) take great umbrage at being labeled unmotivated slackers, and Wealth-X's list of the 20 richest people under the age of 35 may help put that stereotype to rest. MarketWatch points out some of them share... More »

Warhol Bidding Is Behind 2014's $16B in Art Sales

Collectors paid more than $650M for Andy Warhol works alone

(Newser) - As it stands, the estimated $16 billion in art sales in 2014 is the second-highest in history, close on the heels of the $16.3 billion record set in 2011. And a sizable chunk is attributed to fierce competition among billionaires for works by Andy Warhol, 1,295 of which... More »

World's Richest Add $500K Per Minute

That's collectively speaking, but still pretty impressive

(Newser) - The global charity Oxfam has a new report pointing out that the number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the financial crisis. Specifically, the billionaires' club has grown from 793 in March 2009 to 1,645 in March 2014, reports CNBC . Oxfam says the rising numbers are another... More »

1 in 25 New Yorkers Is a Millionaire

And city tops world for billionaire residents, study says

(Newser) - If you were to chuck everybody who wasn't a millionaire out of New York City, the city would still have a higher population than New Orleans, according to a new study. Researchers at Spear's magazine say 4.63% of the city's population have assets of $1 million... More »

America's Richest Got $800M Richer Last Year

And more facts and figures from the Forbes 400 list that will make you sad

(Newser) - Forbes has dropped its annual Forbes 400 list, full of names and numbers to make you feel even worse about the state of your bank balance. Some highlights:
  • With a net worth of $72 billion, Bill Gates is once again the richest person in America, now holding the top spot
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The Schools Most Likely to Produce Rich People

US dominates the list

(Newser) - Most of the world's richest people have something in common: They went to school in the US. Wealth-X has compiled a report on which universities worldwide boast the most "ultra high net worth" alumni—defined here as those with $30 million or more—and US universities dominate the... More »

More Billionaires Agree to Give Away Half Their Wealth

But where's the money going?

(Newser) - Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have convinced 11 more billionaires to give away half of their wealth. The richies, including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, will bring the total number of families participating in the "Giving Pledge" to 92. The campaign, launched two years ago, aims to convince the wealthy... More »

Zuckerberg No Longer Among Tech's 10 Richest

Facebook's plunging shares cost him $423M yesterday

(Newser) - Facebook's sinking stock shares have cost Mark Zuckerberg some bragging rights among his tech peers. As unfathomable as it might seem to ordinary folks, Zuckerberg's worth dropped by $423 million yesterday, reports Bloomberg . His fortune is now figured to be $10.2 billion, about $400 million less than... More »

Sinking Stock Pushes Zuck Off Billionaires Index

As of yesterday, he was no longer one of world's 40 richest

(Newser) - As of yesterday, Priscilla Chan was no longer married to one of the world's 40 richest people. Bloomberg reports that Facebook's much ballyhooed drop below the $30-a-share mark yesterday caused Mark Zuckerberg to drop from the list. With the stock closing at $28.84, his fortune decreased from... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up US Citizenship

Eduardo Saverin aims to save on taxes

(Newser) - One of the billionaire co-founders of Facebook has renounced his US citizenship in a bid to slash his tax bill ahead of the gigantic IPO. Eduardo Saverin, 30, owns about 4% of the social network—a chunk that could be worth as much as $3.84 billion, reports Bloomberg . “... More »

Meet Youngest Female Self-Made Billionaire

Spanx founder Sara Blakely cracks Forbes list

(Newser) - The likes of Carlos Slim and Warren Buffett are getting their due attention with the release of latest Forbes list , but Sara Blakely is getting her share as well. The 41-year-old Florida native is on the cover, in fact, after earning the distinction of being the youngest self-made female billionaire,... More »

Billionaires' Tax Tricks Hide Huge Gains

Millions go unreported thanks to 'unrealized appreciation'

(Newser) - If President Obama wants a "Buffett Rule" to keep billionaires paying their fair share of taxes, he’ll have to look at the "800-pound gorilla" in the room, tax experts say. That gorilla, explains one expert, is "unrealized appreciation"—cash that America’s wealthiest take in... More »

8 (Out of 400) Billionaires Say Yes to Higher Taxes

Most just ignored the question from Salon

(Newser) - Salon sent queries to every single billionaire on the Forbes 400 asking whether they would be willing to pay more taxes. The results: Eight said yes (including Buffett), one said no (Charles Koch), and a few offered qualified answers somewhere in between. The other 390 or so—including Oprah,... More »

Chinese Billionaires Double in Two Years

Nation now has 271, up from 130 in 2009

(Newser) - The US is still the land of the most billionaires, but China is gaining fast. It counts 271 dollar billionaires, up from 130 in only two years, reports the Telegraph . The leader of the pack is construction magnate Liang Wengen, whose worth is pegged at $11 billion. The US has... More »

Bill Gates Even Gave Away Richest-Guy Title

'Forbes' list wouldn't be a contest if he hadn't discovered philanthropy

(Newser) - Forbes will unveil its 2011 billionaires list tomorrow, and Bill Gates will certainly make an appearance, reports Reuters . But it turns out the longtime richest guy in the world fell to No. 2 last year not because of Microsoft's waning fortunes, but because he literally gave away the title. "... More »

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