Forbes released its annual list of billionaires, with familiar faces like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and the infamous Koch brothers all near the top. But who was #1? How about the top woman? Here are ten stunning facts about the world's billionaires:
1. You probably haven't heard of half of the top 10
You know Bill Gates (#2), Warren Buffett (#4), and odds are you've heard of Larry Ellison (#5) and Charles and David Koch (tied for #6). But how about Li Ka-shing (#8), Liliane Bettencourt (#9) or Bernard Arnault (#10)? How about the third richest man in the world, Amancio Ortega, cofounder of the Inditex fashion group? Or Carlos Slim Helu, a.k.a. Mr. Slim, the richest man in the world?
2. There are 12 women in the top 100
I don't know if that's a lot or a little. It shows a tremendous gender imbalance in favor of men, but in the context of history, it's impressive. The number is two more than the 10 women who hit the top 100 in 2011.
3. Of those 12 women, only 3 are not directly linked to family wealth.
A number of the world's richest are listed with "and family" next to their names (including the world's richest, Mr. Slim). Other women are listed next to their husbands, consecutively on the list, including Mars candy king and queen Forrest and Jacqueline Mars (tied for 36th with $17 billion a piece). If we only include women without such a family link, that knocks us down to 4, though it also takes out a lot of the men as well.
4. The Walton family, owners of Walmart, have six on the list and 4 in the top 20.
Billionaires 11-20 are almost half Waltons. They occupy spots 11, 14, 16 and 17, ranging from $26.1-28.2 billion. Together, the Waltons are richer than anyone in the world.
5. The two youngest billionaires are 28...and they cofounded Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg (#66 with $13.3 billion) and Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz (#353, $3.8 billion) are the two youngest billionaires on the list. A third facebook executive, Sean Parker is on the list at 33 years old and a cool $2 billion.
6. There are 202 more billionaires than there were in 2011.
In 2011, there were 1,140 billionaires. At Forbes' latest count, we've got 1,342. The rich are indeed getting richer.
7. One third of all billionaires are over 70.
It takes time to accumulate all those dollar bills. 432 of all billionaires are at least septugenarian. That's 32%. Some guy named David Rockefeller Sr. is the oldest, at 97.