List of world’s five richest billionaires no longer features a single European

French luxury magnate Bernard Arnault late last week slipped by two places to 7th spot in ranking of world’s wealthiest

Josie Cox
Business Editor
Monday 12 March 2018 10:18 GMT
The five richest billionaires in the world

A list of the world’s five richest billionaires no longer features a single European.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, last week French luxury magnate Bernard Arnault slipped by two places to seventh spot, meaning the top five wealthiest are now four Americans and one Mexican.

In sixth place is Armancio Ortega, the Spanish tycoon best known for cofounding Inditex, which is the parent company of brands such as Zara and Massimo Dutti. He now has a net worth of around $65.9bn (£47.5bn), putting him just ahead of Mr Arnault’s $65.8bn.

The Frenchman is best known for being the chief executive officer of luxury goods company LVMH.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos continues to dominate the ranking by far, with an estimated wealth of just over $131bn. In the early 1990s, Mr Bezos founded what later became the e-commerce behemoth. Shares in Amazon surged more than 50 per cent during 2017 alone, bolstered by a series of product and service launches, helping Mr Bezos grow his wealth by an estimated $34.7bn last year.

In October, Mr Bezos leapfrogged Bill Gates to take the top spot in the Bloomberg ranking. The Microsoft cofounder, who has been a steady fixture at the top of the list for years, is still in second place with a net worth just short of $93bn.

Veteran financier Warren Buffett is in third place at $91.4bn, followed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with $75.6bn.

The only non-American in the top five is Carlos Slim, with a net wealth of just under $67bn. Mr Slim controls a host of Mexican companies across sectors including telecoms, industrial, healthcare, transport, real estate, media, energy and financial services.

According to Bloomberg, Americans now make up 40 per cent of the Billionaire’s Index by wealth, followed by Asia at a quarter and Europe at 21 per cent. Seven of the 10 richest people on the planet are Americans.

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