Forbes today released their world’s richest billionaires list and Bill Gates is back to the top of the list. He now owns a net worth of $76 billion up $9 billion from the year ago, thanks to rising Microsoft share value. Bill Gates now owns $78 billion after giving away over $28 billion in his lifetime through his foundation.
Helped by a bounce in shares of Microsoft, Bill Gates returns to the top of our annual Billionaires list this year after a four year hiatus. He is worth $9 billion more than a year ago, and has now been the world’s richest person for 15 out of the past 20 years. The Microsoft cofounder, who stepped down as chairman this year, has agreed to spend more time helping the software company’s product managers work on innovations. Meanwhile, Gates, who has given away more than $28 billion in his lifetime, remains focused on his foundation’s efforts to eradicate polio and getting fellow billionaires more involved with philanthropy.