List of billionaires includes a few locals

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York.

Christophe Ena/AP

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York.

The rich are getting richer, and if you don’t believe us just check out’s new list of the world’s billionaires.

The number of people with 10- to 11-figure fortunes now stands at 2,043, which is 233 more than last year. There are a lot of familiar names on the list, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who ranks as the world’s wealthiest human with $86 billion in the bank. (That’s $9 billion more than Gates had last year.) Other names you might recognize include Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett ($75.6 billion)’s Jeff Bezos ($72.8 billion), and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ($56 billion.)


More than a few of these fabulously rich folks have local ties, including Medford native and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose $47.5 billion in the bank is good enough for 10th on the list. Dorchester-bred casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ranks 20th, with $30.4 billion, and Fidelity’s Abigail Johnson is 75th, with a fortune of $14.4 billion. Boston Latin School alum and former Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone is No. 288 on the list with $5.4 billion, while Jim Davis, boss of the Boston-based sneaker company New Balance, is No. 315, with $5.1 billion. Owners of Boston sports teams also make the list: Pats poobah Robert Kraft is tied for 315th, with $5.1 billion, and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is No. 402, with a fortune estimated at $4.3 billion.

Lower on the list is Red Sox/Boston Globe owner John Henry, whose $2.5 billion is good enough for 814th; Seth Klarman of Baupost Group at No. 1,376 with $1.5 billion; car dealer Herb Chambers at No 1,567 with $1.3 billion; and Sunbeam TV’s Ed Ansin at No. 1,678 with $1.2 billion.

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