Microsoft Co-founder, Mr. Bill Gates regained the title of the world’s richest person in the Forbes 2014 billionaire list. Mr. Gates has topped the list for 15 of the last 20 years, with a net worth of $76 billion and Mexico’s telecommunications mogul Mr. Carlos Slim Helu is at second place.
As per the Forbes’ 28th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires 2014
The US leads the list of billionaires in the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China (152) and Russia (111). The list has new billionaires from Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda.
Total number of billionaires in the world: 1,645 with combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.
Top 5 billionaires: Mr. Bill Gates, Mr. Carlos Slim Helu, Mr. Amancio Ortega, Mr. Warren Buffett, and Mr. Larry Ellison (Oracle Corp chief).
- Highest ranked women on the list: Christy Walton (9), with a net worth of $36.7 billion and Liliane Bettencourt (11) has worth $34.5 billion.
- World’s youngest billionaire: Ms. Perenna Kei from Hong Kong.
- WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton join the ranks of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest for the first time.
- From Internet field: Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg (21), Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos (18) and Google Inc founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin ranked 17th and 19th.
- Business Tycoon, Mr. Mukesh Amabani: India’s richest person for the 7th year in a row. Mr. Ambani is ranked 40th globally with net worth of $18.6 billion.
- India has 56 billionaires in all with a collective net worth of $191.5 billion.
Note: The Forbes list of billionaires is an annual ranking of the world’s wealthiest people, compiled and published by the American business magazine Forbes. The list only represents each person’s valuation on a single day, due to daily fluctuations among exchange rates and stock valuations.
For the first time, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched its Zero Discrimination Day on March 1 in Beijing, China, to support those who are infected by HIV/AIDS.
About Zero Discrimination Day 2014
Motto: To call the people everywhere to promote equal rights for AIDS victims and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
- Transformative Symbol: Butterfly.
- Vision: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
- An initiative of UNAIDS advocate and Nobel laureate Ms. Daw Aung Suu Kyi.
- Offers an unprecedented opportunity for raising awareness; for speaking up to support people who have been discriminated against; for promoting diversity; and for becoming champions of tolerance, compassion and peace.
- Discrimination against HIV/AIDS victims is a serious barrier preventing the provision of equal services.
Note: Discrimination is not only a violation of human rights, it is illegal, immoral, hurtful and dehumanizing. Discrimination can happen anywhere: at work, at school, at home, at the health facility and in the community. Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals or groups of people, it hurts everyone.
The Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar unveiled the world’s longest free Wi-Fi zone at the e-Bihar summit in Patna. The free Wi-Fi zone stretched nearly 20 km between the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at the eastern end of the Ashok Rajpath and Danapur at the western end of the state capital, Patna.
- This new free Wi-Fi zone beats the current world’s longest zone of 3.5 km in China.
In a bid to make Patna crime-free, Mr. Kumar also inaugurated the ‘city surveillance and dial 100’ project, wherein 100s’ of CCTV cameras would be installed all over the city for better safety and security.
- A state data centre has also been opened for storing of the ‘data’ collected by these cameras.
- This project will enable CCTVs to capture vehicle numbers and person’s identity instantly, which would be shared all over the network to nab any criminal. Every vehicle entering or exiting the city would be monitored this way.
Positive Outcome of Free Wi-Fi zone: Still, internet connectivity in India is poor and Wi-Fi hubs are rare. Also, free WiFi zones are next to negligible in the country. Such a step has put not just India on the global map but even made Bihar an example to follow for other states.
In the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, Chinese tennis ace Li Na ranked World No.2 following her second Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open 2014.
Top five players in the WTA Singles rankings:
- Serena Williams (United States).
- Li Na (China)
- Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
- Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
- Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Top three players in the WTA doubles ranking:
- Peng Shuai (China)
- Hsieh Su-Wei (Chinese Taipei)
- Vesnina Elena (Russia)
Two-time Grand Slam champion, Li Na became the first Asian to be the second ranked player in the world and her compatriot Peng Shuai became the first Chinese player to ascent to top world spot in doubles after winning the Qatar Open with partner Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei.