Microsoft founder Bill Gates again has been named as the world's richest man in a year when other billionaires have felt the brunt of the global recession. On Wednesday Forbes magazine has brought out the news.
"The biggest news today is that we are here and there still are billionaires," added Monie Begley Forbes spokeswoman during a press conference.
The annual rich list has put Gates back on top with a net worth of forty billion dollars, though he has witnessed lose of 18 billion from his bank balance over the last twelve months.
Investor Warren Buffett became the second in the list with thirty seven billion dollars, in spite of losing twenty five billion dollars this year in the value of his Berkshire Hathaway shares.
Also losing twenty five billion dollars, Carlos Slim Mexican telecoms king still grabbed third position with thirty five billion dollars.
It is also reported that about sixty four percent of the billionaires are self-made and their average age is 63.7. Thus it is a slight rise resulting from the lower number of rich Russians and Chinese, whose average ages last year were 46 and 48.
The youngest billionaire prize of 2009 goes to twenty five year old Albert von Thurn und Taxis of Germany. He is enlisted of possessing 2.1 billion dollars.
The top concentrations of billionaires in the United States are in California, then New York and Texas.