Amazon chief Jeff Bezos tops Forbes world's rich list

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Donald Trump has crashed 222 places on the Forbes annual World's Billionaires list, after his fortune fell by $US400 million ($511 million) since he became US President previous year.

Men lie women lie but Forbes doesn't...and according to their annual listing of billionaires Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has done it again in the world of the richest. "Bezos's fortune leapt more than US$39 billion, the list's biggest one-year gain ever".

The world's billionaires are worth $9.1 trillion, up 18 percent since a year ago, according to Forbes.

Bezos' fortune shot up to $112 billion, Forbes said, after a 59% rise in Amazon shares over the past 12 months that put him way ahead of the $90 billion listed for Gates.

According to Forbes, India is home to 119 billionaires, 18 more than past year.

Floridas richest billionaire was still Thomas Peterffy at No. 47 ($20.3 billion).

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The list is published in Forbes's latest edition under the headline "The super-rich continue to get richer, widening the gap between them and everyone else".

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder and boss, is fifth on $71bn. With a fortune of United States dollars 25 billion, she was ranked 32nd in the list with a fortune of USD 25 billion. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos' net worth has climbed $15 billion since Forbes performed its calculations. There are plenty of billionaires in the world, but we're looking at the top 10 with the most net worth.

"There are 72 self-made (women), which is just really exciting because that's always been a huge lag", Kroll said.

Americans lead the way with 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 373.

Forbes just released its updated list of the world's billionaires and the roster could double as an episode of Phoebe Robinson's podcast Sooo Many White Guys. "Their average net worth is a record $4.1 billion".

The number two spot for Canada and 154 overall was occupied by Taiwan-born Joseph Tsai, worth US$9.7 billion.

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