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Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji among world's 50 richest people

January 28, 2016 13:37 IST

The top 50 wealthiest people in the world have a combined fortune of $1.45 trillion.

Image: Mukesh Ambani with wife Nita. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar
 
 

Three Indians - Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji and Dilip Shanghvi - have made it to a global list of 50 wealthiest people that is topped by Bill Gates.

According to a new list by Wealth-X in collaboration with Business Insider, Mukesh Ambani was ranked at the 27th place on the list with a net worth of $24.8 billion.

Image: Azim Premji is ranked 43rd. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Azim Premji is ranked 43rd with with assets worth $16.5 billion.

Image: Dilip Shanghvi is the third Indian among the top 50. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Dilip Shanghvi is the third Indian among the top 50, ranked at 44th place with assets worth $16.4 billion respectively.

The list of top 50 wealthiest people in the world have a combined fortune of $1.45 trillion, nearly equal to the GDP of Australia, the report noted.

Image: Image: Bill Gates is the world’s richest man. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

The list was topped by Bill Gates who has a staggering wealth of $87.4 billion, followed by Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega Gaona and Warren Buffett in the second and third place with wealth of $ 66.8 billion and $ 60.7 billion respectively.

Amazon's Jeffrey Bezos with a net worth of $56.6 billion and US business tycoon David Koch with $47.4 billion made the top five richest people in the world.

Image: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos poses as he stands on a supply truck at the premises of a shopping mall in Bangalore. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

As per the list, the United States is home to 29 billionaires on the list, more than any other country.

While, only four billionaires from China and three from India made the top 50.

The youngest billionaire on the list is 31-year-old Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, ranked 8th with a net worth of $42.8 billion.

Image: Youngest billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Reuters
 
 

Only four female billionaires are on the list.

The oldest billionaire, 93-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is one of the four. She is ranked 17th, with a net worth of $29 billion.

Sector-wise, the technology space dominated the list with 12 billionaires — more than any other sector, including finance. 

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