Bill Gates is again the richest person on earth, with a net worth of $87 billion

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Some things never change: Bill Gates is still the richest person in the world. Hes been among the wealthiest since Microsoft went public in 1986, and he only got richer as the company’ssoftware became the de facto standard on computers around the world. Gates is one of 29 Americans and 12 tech moguls to make the cut for the 50 richest people in the world.

Some things never change: Bill Gates is still the richest person in the world. Hes been among the wealthiest since Microsoft went public in 1986, and he only got richer as the company’ssoftware became the de facto standard on computers around the world.

Gates’ net worth today sits at $87.4 billion, according to newWealth-X data onthe world’s 50 richest people.That makes Gatesmore than$20 billion richer thanrunner-upAmancio Ortega, the man behindSpanish fashion behemoth Zara.

Despitea pledge to donate half of his wealth hispersonal lifetime giving already exceeds $27 billion and makes him the most generous person on earth Gates isstill earning money faster than he can give it away.

“I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes,” he said in a 2013 Telegrapharticle. “Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. Its utility is entirely in building an organization and getting the resources out to the poorest in the world.”

Sincestepping downas CEO of Microsoft in 2000,Gates has shiftedhis focus to global philanthropy. He and his wife Melinda run one of the most powerful charitable organizations in the world, controllingan endowment of more than $40 billion.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation regularly donates millions to causes inagricultural development, emergency relief, urban poverty, global health, and education.Thefoundationmade itslargest singledonationever in 2014 a$50 milliongiftto fight the spread Ebola in West Africa.

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