Billionaires break 'world record'; this is how much money they earned

Oct 26, 2018, 19:19 PM IST
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Billionaires made more money in 2017 than in any year in recorded history and the richest people on Earth increased their wealth by a fifth to $8.9 trillion, according to a report by Swiss bank UBS.

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UBS Billionaires 2018 Report

UBS Billionaires 2018 Report

The past 30 years have seen far greater wealth creation than the Gilded Age, said the UBS Billionaires 2018 report. (Reuters)

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Birth of 21st Century Multi-generational Families

Birth of 21st Century Multi-generational Families

"That period bred generations of families in the US and Europe who went on to influence business, banking, politics, philanthropy and the arts for more than 100 years. With wealth set to pass from entrepreneurs to their heirs in the coming years, the 21st century multi-generational families are being created." (Reuters)

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2,158 Billionaires in the World

2,158 Billionaires in the World

According to the report, the world's 2,158 billionaires grew their combined wealth by $1.4 trillion last year, more than the GDP of Spain or Australia, as booming stock markets helped the already very wealthy to achieve the "greatest absolute growth ever", the Guardian reported. (Reuters)

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40 New Billionaires

40 New Billionaires

More than 40 of the 179 new billionaires created last year inherited their wealth, and given the number of billionaires over 70 the report's authors expect a further $3.4 trillion to be handed down over the next 20 years. (Reuters)

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44 Heirs Inherited Billion Dollars

44 Heirs Inherited Billion Dollars

"Over the past five years, the sum passed by deceased billionaires to beneficiaries has grown by an average of 17 per cent each year, to reach $117 bn in 2017. In that year alone, 44 heirs inherited more than a billion dollars each. (Reuters)

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701 Billionaires are Septuagenarians

701 Billionaires are Septuagenarians

"There are 701 billionaires over the age of 70, whose wealth will transition to heirs and philanthropy over the next 20 years, given the statistical probability of average life expectancy."  (Reuters)

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30 Richest own Over $1 trillion

30 Richest own Over $1 trillion

The 30 richest septuagenarians or older have a combined net worth of more than $1 trillion.  (Reuters)

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Jeff Bezos: World's richest

Jeff Bezos: World's richest

The world's richest person is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has an estimated net worth of $146 bn, more than any one person in history. (Reuters)

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