The 2018 Forbes Billionaires list is finally out and billionaire Jeff Bezos secures the list’s top spot for the first time, becoming the only person to appear in the Forbes ranks with a 12-figure fortune. Bezos’s fortune leaped more than $39 billion, nailing his worth at $112B, the list’s biggest one-year gain ever. He moves ahead of Bill Gates, who is now number 2 with a worth of $90B. It is the biggest gap between no. 1 and 2 since 2001. Bernard Arnault, with a fortune of $72 billion, reclaims the title of richest European for the first time since 2012.
The total worth of the billionaires is $9.1 trillion. Forbes identified a record 2,208 billionaires around the world in 2018, up from 2,043 last year.
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