The Man Who Owns the World
IN THE 30 YEARS we’ve been compiling our definitive list of the world’s richest, only five men ( yes, they’ve all been men) have claimed the top spot. Seventeen times that man was named Bill Gates. Though even he isn’t as rich as he was at the peak of the dot-com bubble, when his inflation-adjusted net worth hit a staggering $128 billion. In the four years prior to that, his nominal net worth soared from $13 billion to $90 billion—more than it is even now, nearly two decades later.