Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

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Forbes Releases List Of 2015 Billionaires

NEW YORK (AP) -- The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years.

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

Next is investor Warren Buffett, who moved up one slot this year with a net worth of $72.7 billion. In fourth place was Amancio Ortega, the Spanish co-founder of clothing retail chain Zara, with a net worth of $64.5 billion. Rounding out the top five was Larry Ellison, founder of technology company Oracle Corp., with $54.3 billion.

Forbes said there were 1,826 billionaires on its list this year, up from 1,645 in 2014. Added together, they were worth a combined $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion last year.

Most of those on the list were men. But there were 197 women, up from 172 a year ago. The highest-ranking woman was Christy Walton, the widow of John Walton, a son of the founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has a net worth of $41.7 billion, according to Forbes.

The world's youngest billionaire was 24-year-old Evan Spiegel, the CEO and co-founder of mobile messaging company Snapchat, with a net worth of $1.5 billion. Snapchat's other co-founder, 25-year-old Bobby Murphy, had the same net worth as Spiegel. Other tech billionaire newcomers were two co-founders of taxi-ordering app Uber and one of its executives. Three co-founders of Airbnb, the vacation-home rental website, also made the list.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan joined the list for the first time this year, thanks to his ownership in basketball team Charlotte Hornets and payouts form his Nike brand. Jordan had a net worth of $1 billion, the magazine said.

This is the 29th year that Forbes has released its billionaires list. The magazine said it calculated each person's wealth based on stock prices and exchange rates on Feb. 13, 2015.



See who sits atop Forbes' Billionaires List in 2015:

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Top 20 Billionaires in 2015 - Forbes list -- ordered #20 to 1
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Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

20. Sergey Brin

Net Worth: $29.2B
Source of wealth: Google

Photo Credit: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

19. Larry Page

Net Worth: $29.7B
Source of wealth: Google

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images

18. Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth: $31.4B
Source of wealth: Casinos

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller, Getty Images

17. Li Ka-shing

Net Worth: $33.3B
Source of wealth: Diversified

Photo Credit: Philippe Lopez, AFP/Getty Images

16. Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $33.4B
Source of wealth: Facebook

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

15. Jeff Bezos

Net Worth: $34.8B
Source of wealth: Amazon.com

Photo Credit: David Ryder, Getty Images

14. Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth: $35.5B
Source of wealth: Bloomberg LP

Photo Credit: Michael Kovac, Getty Images

13. Bernard Arnault & family

Net Worth: $37.2B
Source of wealth: LVMH

Photo Credit: Eric Piermont, AFP/Getty Images

12. S. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $39.1B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Photo Credit: Beth Hall, Bloomberg via Getty Images

11. Alice Walton

Net Worth: $39.4B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Photo Credit: April L. Brown, AP Photo

10. Liliane Bettencourt & family

Net Worth: $40.1B
Source of wealth: L’Oreal

Photo Credit: Thibault Camus, AP Photo

9. Jim Walton

Net Worth: $40.6B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Photo Credit: Aaron Skinner, Bloomberg via Getty Images

8. Christy Walton & family

Net Worth: $41.7B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

6. David Koch

Net Worth: $42.9B
Source of wealth: Diversified

Photo Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP File Photo

6. Charles Koch

Net Worth: $42.9B
Source of wealth: Diversified

Photo Credit: Bo Rader, MCT via Getty Images

5. Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $54.3B
Source of wealth: Oracle

Photo Credit: Kimberly White, Getty Images

4. Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $64.5B
Source of wealth: Zara

Photo Credit: Xurxo Lobato, Getty Images

3. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $72.7B
Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Photo Credit: Leon Halip, Getty Images

2. Carlos Slim Helu

Net Worth: $77.1B
Source of wealth: Telecom

Photo Credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Louise Blouin Foundation

1. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $79.2B
Source of wealth: Microsoft

Photo Credit: Michael Gottschalk,  Getty Images

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