The world's top 20 wealthiest billionaires 2018

Life may or may not be lonely at the top, but the Forbes' billionaires list is getting more crowded, with 259 newcomers in 2018.

A record 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories saw their wealth increase by 18% last year to reach a total of $9.1 trillion.

We highlight the top 20 names, capped by the owner of the world's first 12 figure fortune.

20. Jack Ma

Net worth: $39 billion

Source: e-Commerce

Citizenship: China

 

19. Mukesh Ambani

Net worth: $40.1 billion

Source: Petrochemicals, oil & gas

Citizenship: India

 

18. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Net worth: $42.2 billion

Source: L'Oreal

Citizenship: France

17. Ma Huateng

Net worth: $45.3 billion

Source: Internet media

Citizenship: China

16. Alice Walton

Net worth: $46 billion

Source: Walmart

Citizenship: United States

15. S. Robson Walton

Net worth:  $46.2 billion

Source: Walmart

Citizenship: United States

 

14. Jim Walton

Net worth: $46.4 billion

Source: Walmart

Citizenship: United States

13. Sergey Brin

Net worth: $47.5 billion

Source: Google

Citizenship: United States

12. Larry Page

Net worth: $48.8 billion

Source: Google

Citizenship: United States

11. Michael Bloomberg

Net worth: $58.5 billion

Source: Software

Citizenship: United States

10. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $58.5 billion

Source: Software

Citizenship: United States

8= David Koch

Net worth: $60 billion

Source: Koch Industries

Citizenship: United States

8= Charles Koch

Net worth: $60 billion

Source: Koch Industries

Citizenship: United States

7. Carlos Slim Helu

Net worth: $67.1 billion

Source: Telecoms

Citizenship: Mexico

6. Amancio Ortega

Net worth: $70 billion

Source: Zara

Citizenship: Spain

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $71 billion

Source: Facebook

Citizenship: United States

4. Bernard Anault

Net worth: $72 billion

Source: LVMH

Citizenship: France

3. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $84 billion

Source: Berkshire Hathaway

Citizenship: United States

2. Bill Gates

Net worth: $90 billion

Source: Microsoft

Citizenship: United States

1. Jeff Bezos

Net worth: $112 billion

Source: Amazon

Citizenship: United States