Gates went on to create a fortune estimated at £35 billion and devote his life to philanthropy; Allen, whose accusations of foul play this month earned him the sobriquet 'the bitter billionaire' in the U. press, appeared to vanish completely and has spent the past 20 years as a Gatsby-esque recluse.
Russia, which has struggled with currency and oil market turmoil and political tension, saw its collection of billionaires fall to 88 from 111, Forbes said. Mr Buffett's fortune grew .5bn from a year earlier, more than anyone's else, despite having donated .8bn to several charities last July.Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of Zara owner Inditex, was fourth at .5bn, while Oracle chairman Larry Ellison was fifth at .3bn.Forbes identified a record 1,826 billionaires, up from 1,645 last year, worth a combined .05 trillion. The publication said that entrepreneurship is thriving globally, as 1,191 members of the list are self-made billionaires, while just 230 inherited their wealth. Another 405 inherited at least a portion but are still working to increase their fortunes.