Bill Gates has, according to Forbes, regained the title of Richest Person in the World following an upsurge in the value of Microsoft stock.
Bill Gates: once again the richest man in the world.
Although Bill Gates has held the top spot for 15 of the past 20 years, the last four years had seen Mexico's Carlos Slim take the crown from the former Microsoft CEO. Thanks to a marked increase in the value of Microsoft stock over the last year, though, Gate's fortune has risen to new heights, with Forbes estimating his net worth as being $76 billion. In comparison Slim is now worth $72 billion.
Gates has risen to the top again despite his Microsoft stock taking up less than a third of his fortune, with Forbes pointing out that Steve Ballmer may soon have more stock than Gates, making him the company's biggest shareholder.
The news may also come as a surprise to some as Gates has long since pledged to give away most of his wealth through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. However, despite already giving away over $28 billion the philanthropy seems to have made only a small dent in his fortune.
The full list of the top ten richest people in the world is shown below:
1. Bill Gates - $76 billion
2. Carlos Slim - $72 billion
3. Amancio Ortega - $64 billion
4. Warren Buffett - $58 billion
5. Larry Ellison - $48 billion
6. Charles Koch and David Koch - £40 billion
8. Sheldon Adelson - $38 billion
9. Christy Walton and family - $36.7 billion
10. Jim Walton - $34.7 billion