Today there are 1,826 billionaires in the world. During the past one-year 290 people joined this elite group despite pockets of economic turmoil. The United States still dominates the rankings. Also there has been a significant increase in the number of billionaires in China. According to Forbes’ 2015 rich list, a record net worth of $29.2 billion was needed to make the top 20.
Here are the top 20 richest people in the world as of 2015.
20) Sergey Brin (Net worth: 29.2 billion)
Sergey Brin is the co-founder of technology behemoth Google. He is also the company’s Director of Special Projects. The self-made billionaire runs Google X, the secretive division of Google that focuses on risky projects like smart contact lenses and airborne wind turbines.
19) Larry Page (Net worth: $29.7 billion)
This 41-year-old self-made billionaire is the CEO of Google, arguably the most influential company of the digital era. The company has 65 percent share in online search. Page oversaw a string of acquisitions in the year 2014. Under his leadership the company acquired Nest for $3.2 billion and Dropcam for $555 million.