The just-published 27th annual Forbes 400 list, a ranking of the wealthiest people in the world, does not disappoint.
Buffett, Gates, Carlos Slim, the Ikea guy, Page and Brin, Ellison, Bloomberg, the Koch’s…all your faves are here again this year although the order of the top 25 has seen quite a bit of jostling and adjustment.
One minor quibble I have with this year’s list is that, according to Forbes:
The Forbes 400 is a snapshot of estimated wealth on Aug. 29, 2008, the day we locked in prices of publicly traded stocks. Given how unsettled the stock market is, some of those on our list will become significantly richer or poorer within weeks–even days–of publication.
I don’t know how the publishing biz works with this type of thing, but I assume they need alot of time between locking in share prices and putting the list out. That said, the world was literally turned upside down and it basically started in September of ’08, pretty much right after Forbes is saying it “locked in prices of publicly traded stocks”. For this reason, I think you really have to look at this list as a historical document, not an up-to-date representation of where these people truly are right now.
Now, of course, the destruction of wealth in Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway shares over the last 6 months was probably not severe enough to drop him from the 2 slot because the guy under him by $2 billion, Carlos Slim, probably got his head handed to him also. That said, could any large shareholder of AIG really make the list had Forbes frozen share prices anytime after, say, October?
All in all, the Forbes list is always a fun read, I’d be interested to hear if they plan to do an update sometime in ’09, if only because we’ve seen so much upheaval over the last 6 months in pretty much every asset class you could think of.
Here’s your top 25 billionaires:
|Rank||Name||Citizenship||Age||Net Worth ($bil)||Residence|
|1||William Gates III||United States||53||40.0||United States|
|2||Warren Buffett||United States||78||37.0||United States|
|3||Carlos Slim Helu & family||Mexico||69||35.0||Mexico|
|4||Lawrence Ellison||United States||64||22.5||United States|
|5||Ingvar Kamprad & family||Sweden||83||22.0||Switzerland|
|8||Lakshmi Mittal||India||58||19.3||United Kingdom|
|11||Jim Walton||United States||61||17.8||United States|
|12||Alice Walton||United States||59||17.6||United States|
|12||Christy Walton & family||United States||54||17.6||United States|
|12||S Robson Walton||United States||65||17.6||United States|
|16||Li Ka-shing||Hong Kong||80||16.2||Hong Kong|
|17||Michael Bloomberg||United States||67||16.0||United States|
|19||Charles Koch||United States||73||14.0||United States|
|19||David Koch||United States||68||14.0||United States|
|22||Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud||Saudi Arabia||54||13.3||Saudi Arabia|
|23||Michael Otto & family||Germany||65||13.2||Germany|
|24||David Thomson & family||Canada||51||13.0||Canada|
|25||Michael Dell||United States||44||12.3||United States|
For the complete article, click here: The Forbes 400 2009
For the complete list of the top 400, click here: The List