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These 8 super-rich men hold half the world's wealth

The Week logo The Week 16/01/2017 Jessica Hullinger

If you need a startling statistic to put into perspective the growing gap between the world's rich and the world's poor, consider this: Just eight people hold half the world's wealth.

That's the take-home message from a new report from anti-poverty organization Oxfam, which found that the money amassed by these super-wealthy individuals equals that of the world's 3.6 billion poorest people.

The eight richest people, all men, are listed below, in order of net worth:

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, $75 billion

Amancio Ortega Gaona, Spanish founder of the fashion company Inditex, $67 billion

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, $60.8 billion

Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican telecommunications magnate, $50 billion

Bill Gates listens during a meeting in NYC© Ramin Talaie/Getty Images Bill Gates listens during a meeting in NYC

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, $45.2 billion

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, $44.6 billion

Lawrence Ellison, founder of Oracle, $43.6 billion

Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg L.P., $40 billion

World and business leaders are meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland, and Oxfam released the report in an attempt to urge these leaders to do more about the growing income gap. "It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day," said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International.

"Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy."

In 2015, a similar report found 62 people held as much wealth as the bottom half.

The most wealthy individuals ever: Step aside Carlos Slim and Warren Buffett. When it comes to the 20 richest people in history, these massively wealthy tycoons don't even get a look-in. From 19th-century American industrialists to the African king who once owned half the world's gold, here are the most moneyed people of all time, as guesstimated by leading economists and historians and adjusted for inflation. The 20 richest people of all time

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