121 Indians Made it to the Forbes Billionaires List; Jeff Bezos Beats Bill Gates For the First Time

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    Forbes magazine has released its annual "World's Billionaires List." According to the list, India has 121 billionaires, making it the third country with the largest number of billionaires in the world, after US and China.

    The USA has 585 billionaires while China has 373.

    Last year, India had 102 billionaires on the 2017 Forbes World's Richest Billionaires list.

    This year it has added 19 more billionaires. In a list of 2,208 billionaires, the top ten were:

    Top ten


     NameWealth in US$bn Source  of Wealth  Age  Country 
    1 Jeff Bezos       122 Amazon  54 USA
    2 Bill Gates        90 Microsoft  62 USA
    3 Warren Buffett        84 Berkshire Hathaway  87 USA
    4 Bernard Arnault       72 LVMH  68 France
    5 Mark Zuckerberg       71 Facebook  33 USA
    6 Amancio Ortega      70 Inditex  81 Spain
    7 Carlos Slim Helu   & family     67.1 Telecom  78 Mexico
    8 Charles Koch      60 Koch Industries 44 USA
    8 David Koch      60 Koch Industries 76 USA
    10 Larry Ellison     58.5 Oracle 73 USA

    Jeff Bezos beats Bill Gates for the first time to become world's richest man.

    Donald Trump made it to the 766 rank with his television and real estate wealth worth $3.1 billion.

    The Indians who made it to the top were:

    Mukesh Ambani

    Rank: 19
    Networth: $40.1 Billion

    With his petrochemicals, oil and gas business, Mukesh Ambani is leading the list of Indian billionaires. Last year, he ranked 33 with $23.2 billion. His brother Anil Ambani also made it to the list at the 887th position with $2.7 billion in wealth.

    Azim Premji

    Rank: 58
    Networth: $18.8 billion

    The chairman of Wipro Limited, Azim Premji is the second richest Indian on the list. He is also the fifth greatest philanthropist in the world according to Wikipedia, having donated $8 billion to education and healthcare.

    Lakshmi Mittal

    Rank: 62
    Networth: $18.5 billion

    Lakshmi Mittal is the chairman of the world's largest steelmaking company ArcelorMittal. Mittal Steel was merged with France's Arcelor in 2006.

    Shiv Nadar

    Rank: 98
    Networth: 14.8 billion

    Shiv Nadar is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 2008 for his contribution to the IT industry.

    Dilip Shanghvi

    Rank: 115
    Networth: $12.8 billion

    He is the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals with Pradeep Ghosh as his partner. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2016.

    Kumar Birla

    Rank: 127
    Networth: $11.8 billion

    Kumar Mangalam Birla is the chairman of one of India's largest conglomerate corporation Adithya Birla Group.

    Special Mentions:

    Richest Woman: Savitri Jindal

    Rank: 176
    Networth: $8.8 billion

    Savitri Jindal is the richest woman in India according to this list. She is the Chairperson Emiretus of Jindal Steel and Power Limited.

    She became the chairperson after her husband O.P. Jindal died in 2005.

    Youngest: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

    Rank: 1394
    Networth: $1.7 billion

    Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of mobile payments app Paytm now holds the title of the youngest billionaire in India at the age of 39.

    Oldest: Samprada Singh

    Rank: 1867
    Networth: 1.2 billion

    At 92, Samprada Singh is the oldest billionaire in India. He is the chairman and founder of Alkem Laboratories.

    Source: Forbes.com

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