gateshawksForbes today released its annual rankings of the world’s richest, and there’s a familiar face back on top.

After a four-year hiatus, Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest with a net worth of $76 billion — up from $67 billion last year.

Gates ousted fellow multibillionaire Carlos Slim, who held the top spot for the past four years but saw his net worth fall to $72 billion in 2013. The Microsoft co-founder has been No. 1 on this list for 15 of the past 20 years. founder Jeff Bezos moved up one spot — to #18 — after seeing his fortune grow by $6.8 billion in 2013 to $32 billion. Other tech moguls to make the list include Oracle’s Larry Ellison (5th) and Google’s Larry Page (17th) and Sergey Brin (19th).

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, had the biggest growth ($15.2 billion) of any billionaire last year and pushed his net worth to $28.5 billion.

All in all, the 1,645 billionaires on the list combined for a total net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion last year. There were 172 women to make the list, up from 138 last year. The U.S. has the most billionaires, with 492, followed by China (152) and Russia (111).

Check out the full list and methodology here.

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  • gseattle

    Bill Gates is supposedly giving away his wealth, it is going up, not down.
    Meanwhile the little peons that live near MIcrosoft have to work harder to pay the taxes and tolls for Microsoft’s new 520 bridge.
    And did Bill Gates ever think to step up and help lighten that public burden for Microsoft’s shiny new bridge?

    • Bob Chapman

      The current SR-520 bridge over Lake Washington can come down easily in the next earthquake. I would say it is more than Microsoft’s new bridge.

      In other news, Bill Gates did advocate for establishing an income tax in Washington State that would have affected him, but not me. So, yes, Gates has offered to step up to lighten the tax load.

      In case you missed Gates advocating a state income tax:

  • vlaxmanan

    Bill Gates may be back on top of the billionaire lists but his personal net worth is still much less than the $90 billion peak value in 1999 (as reported in the Forbes list). So, I tried to analyze when Gates would exceed his all-time peak worth; see link given below. The analysis also reveals what I call a “work function” for Bill Gates, which can be related to the difficulty of wealth generation.

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