Gender Equality and Billionnaires
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The world's richest are also a lot poorer. Their collective net worth is $2.4 trillion, down $2 trillion from a year ago. Their average net worth fell 23% to $3 billion. The last time the average was that low was in 2003.
Demography of Wealth
Twelve months ago Moscow overtook New York as the billionaire capital of the world, with 74 tycoons to New York's 71. Today there are 27 in Moscow and 55 in New York.
After slipping in recent years, the United States is regaining its dominance as a repository of wealth. Americans account for 44% of the money and 45% of the list's slots, up seven and three percentage points from last year, respectively. Still, it has 110 fewer billionaires than a year ago.
Women in the Top 100 Billionnaires
There are 9 women in the top 100. This number excludes women who may be included under a family listing. The wealthiest women in the top twenty is Alice Walton (12) and Christy Walton (13), whose family owns the US supermarket chain, Walmart. Other women in the top 150 include Liliane Bettencourt (21); Abigail Johnson (35); Susanne Klatten (36); Birgit Rausing (39); Ann Cox Chambers (43); Jacqueline Mars (=43); Iris Fondbana (76); Cristina (with her husband Philip) Green (105); Antonia Johnson (=105); and Johanna Quandt (131).
- Forbes, Forbes, 3.11.2009