According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census, the global billionaire population reached a record 2,325 people with 155 new billionaires being added in 2014 alone. With the combined wealth of the world’s billionaires increasing by 12% to U.S. $7.3 trillion, which is higher than the combined market value of all the companies on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the influence and financial clout of these individuals are hard to ignore.
In particular, billionaires from the tech industry have dominated headlines over the past few years, with many startups rewarding their founders with billions of dollars upon successful public listings. Here, we have compiled 4 charts created by data analyst Jody Sieradzki at Dadaviz to give you some eye opening insights on these tech titans based on the Forbes 100 Richest Tech Billionaires From Around the Globe List.
1. The Combined Wealth of the 100 Richest Billionaires in Tech are Greater Than That of Entire Countries.
2. The World’s Tech Billionaires Are Often From Traditional Tech Powerhouse Nations like the U.S., South Korea, and Germany, But the Number of Chinese Tech Billionaires are Increasing Rapidly.
3. Tech Companies with Multiple Billionaires are Largely American Silicon Valley-Based Companies, With Facebook Alone Minting 6 Billionaires.
4. Of the Tech Billionaires, Bill Gates Still Reigns Supreme, With His Wealth Far Exceeding No. 2 Larry Ellison of Oracle by Nearly $30 Billion.