In Pictures: The 40 Wealthiest Billionaires in the World

Here are the world's 40 wealthiest billionaires, according to the Forbes World Billionaires list. Reuters
1. Jeff Bezos,, $122.9 billion.Jason Redmond/AFP

There was a 10 percent rise in the number of billionaires around the world to 1,542, according to the UBS/PwC Billionaires 2017 report. And for the first time ever, the number of Asian billionaires has overtaken those in the United States.

The total wealth held by the world’s billionaires rose by 17 percent in 2016 to $6 trillion.

The growth means that the world’s richest people now control the highest concentration of wealth since the period known as the Gilded Age in the United States, where business families built vast empires in the late 19th century, the Guardian reported.

Here are the 40 wealthiest billionaires in the world. 

2. Bill Gates, Microsoft, $91.3 billion.John Lamparski/Getty Images
3. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $86.2 billion.Steve Pope/Getty Images
4. Bernard Arnault, LVMH, $74.4 billion.Georges Gobet/AFP
5. Amancio Ortega, Zara, $72.3 billion.Miguel Riopa/AFP
6. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, $71.7 billion.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
7. Carlos Slim Helu, various, $70.6 billion.Yuri Cortez/AFP
Billionaire Charles Koch, who didn’t support Donald Trump in the 2016 election, feels the tariffs will erase the progress he feels the tax cuts made. Koch, whose company Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in the U.S. wrote that tariffs will hurt the U.S. economy and called the move “short-term thinking.”Damian Dovarganes/AP
8-tie. David Koch, Koch Industries, $61.2 billion.Carlo Allegri/Reuters
10. Larry Ellison, Oracle, $60.3 billion.Kimberly White/Getty Images
11. Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, $52.3 billion.Lukas Schulze/Getty Images
12. Larry Page, Google, $51.6 billion.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
13. Sergey Brin, Google, $50.2 billion.Jung Yeon-Je/AFP