The rich are getting richer, and if you don’t believe us just check out Forbes.com’s new list of the world’s billionaires.
The number of people with 10- to 11-figure fortunes now stands at 2,043, which is 233 more than last year. There are a lot of familiar names on the list, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who ranks as the world’s wealthiest human with $86 billion in the bank. (That’s $9 billion more than Gates had last year.) Other names you might recognize include Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett ($75.6 billion) Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos ($72.8 billion), and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ($56 billion.)
More than a few of these fabulously rich folks have local ties, including Medford native and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose $47.5 billion in the bank is good enough for 10th on the list. Dorchester-bred casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ranks 20th, with $30.4 billion, and Fidelity’s Abigail Johnson is 75th, with a fortune of $14.4 billion. Boston Latin School alum and former Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone is No. 288 on the list with $5.4 billion, while Jim Davis, boss of the Boston-based sneaker company New Balance, is No. 315, with $5.1 billion. Owners of Boston sports teams also make the list: Pats poobah Robert Kraft is tied for 315th, with $5.1 billion, and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is No. 402, with a fortune estimated at $4.3 billion.
Lower on the list is Red Sox/Boston Globe owner John Henry, whose $2.5 billion is good enough for 814th; Seth Klarman of Baupost Group at No. 1,376 with $1.5 billion; car dealer Herb Chambers at No 1,567 with $1.3 billion; and Sunbeam TV’s Ed Ansin at No. 1,678 with $1.2 billion.