2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Michael Jordan, Uber and Snapchat Owners Are New Members -Politics OK

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    Bill Gates Tops Forbes’ Billionaire List Again
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    NEW YORK—The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

    Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years.

    In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

    Next is investor Warren Buffett, who moved up one slot this year with a net worth of $72.7 billion. In fourth place was Amancio Ortega, the Spanish co-founder of clothing retail chain Zara, with a net worth of $64.5 billion. Rounding out the top five was Larry Ellison, founder of technology company Oracle Corp., with $54.3 billion.

    Forbes said there were 1,826 billionaires on its list this year, up from 1,645 in 2014. Added together, they were worth a combined $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion last year.

    Most of those on the list were men. But there were 197 women, up from 172 a year ago. The highest-ranking woman was Christy Walton, the widow of John Walton, a son of the founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has a net worth of $41.7 billion, according to Forbes.

    The world’s youngest billionaire was 24-year-old Evan Spiegel, the CEO and co-founder of mobile messaging company Snapchat, with a net worth of $1.5 billion. Snapchat’s other co-founder, 25-year-old Bobby Murphy, had the same net worth as Spiegel. Other tech billionaire newcomers were two co-founders of taxi-ordering app Uber and one of its executives. Three co-founders of Airbnb, the vacation-home rental website, also made the list.

    Basketball legend Michael Jordan joined the list for the first time this year, thanks to his ownership in basketball team the Charlotte Hornets and payouts form his Nike brand. Jordan had a net worth of $1 billion, the magazine said.

    This is the 29th year that Forbes has released its billionaires list. The magazine said it calculated each person’s wealth based on stock prices and exchange rates on Feb. 13, 2015.

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    Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have joined Forbes’s annual list of the world’s billionaires.

    Jordan’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion, thanks to his well-timed investment in the Charlotte Hornets.

    Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, with a net worth of $1.6 billion, and the Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, worth $1.3 billion, also made the list.

    The net worth of NBA franchise values increased this past year after the sale of Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

    The 52-year-old Jordan, a Hall of Fame player who won six NBA championships with the Bulls, reached billionaire status last June, according to the magazine. This is his first year on Forbes’s annual list, which typically is released in March.

    Here’s a list of the Top 10:
    1. Bill Gates

    Net worth: $79.2 billion

    Source of wealth: Technology company Microsoft Corp.

    Nationality: American

    2. Carlos Slim Helu

    Net worth: $77.1 billion

    Source of wealth: Telecommunications

    Nationality: Mexican

    3. Warren Buffett

    Net worth: $72.7 billion

    Source of wealth: Investment holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

    Nationality: American

    4. Amancio Ortega

    Net worth: $64.5 billion

    Source of wealth: Retail chain Zara

    Nationality: Spanish

    5. Larry Ellison

    Net worth: $54.3 billion

    Source of wealth: Technology company Oracle Corp.

    Nationality: American

    6. Charles Koch (tie)

    Net worth: $42.9 billion

    Source of wealth: Conglomerate Koch Industries.

    Nationality: American

    6. David Koch (tie)

    Net worth: $42.9 billion

    Source of wealth: Conglomerate Koch Industries.

    Nationality: American

    8. Christy Walton

    Net worth: $41.7 billion

    Source of wealth: Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Nationality: American

    9. Jim Walton

    Net worth: $40.6 billion

    Source of wealth: Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Nationality: American

    10. Liliane Bettencourt

    Net worth: $40.1 billion

    Source of wealth: Cosmetics company L’Oreal

    Nationality: French

    Source: Forbes
     
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    Rescued Owl VIP Extreme Gold

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    I keep hearing about Uber. It's hard to believe that something so simple is making that kind of money.
     
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    Jordan reaching the $1 billion mark is even more impressive when you realize he previously had to give his ex-wife $168 million in what was one of the most expensive divorces in history.
     
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    Exactly, probably an idea they came up with at a bar over a beer now it's worth $41 billion:



    Ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday a new round of funding valued it at $41 billion, a bet by some of the world’s top investors the firm can sustain a breakneck global expansion pace despite fierce challenges from regulators and taxi companies.

    The San Francisco-based company collected $1.2 billion that enables it to expand its workforce, lure new drivers, test a delivery service and subsidize prices in some of the 250 cities around the world where it operates. The closely held company has raised eight times as much as its closest ride-sharing rival, Lyft Inc.

    The funding is a vote of confidence in Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and chief executive whose brash personality has courted controversy. A recent privacy scandal stirred by one of Mr. Kalanick’s deputies appeared not to faze investors focused on Uber’s business prospects.
     
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    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    That L'Oréal bitch is worth 40 billion?!

    Well make up up-keep for Beefus I guess it adds up after a while. :coffee:
     
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