Forbes’s 2015 billionaires list: Bill Gates retains title as world’s richest person

Microsoft Co-founder, Bill Gates retained the title of the world’s richest person in the Forbes 2015 billionaire list. Mr. Gates has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years, with a net worth of $79 billion and Mexico’s telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu is at second place.

As per the Forbes’ 29th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires 2015

Total number of billionaires in the world: 1826 with combined net worth of $$7.05 trillion.

The US leads the list of billionaires in the world with 536 billionaires, followed by China (213), Germany (103), India (90) and Russia (88).

  • Top 5 billionaires: Bill Gates ($79 billion), Mr. Carlos Slim Helu ($77.1 billion), Mr. Warren Buffett ($72.7 billion), Mr. Amancio Ortega ($64.5 billion) and Mr. Larry Ellison ($54.3 billion).
  • Highest ranked women on the list: Christy Walton (8), with a net worth of $41.7 billion.
  • World’s youngest billionaire: Evan Spiegel (1250) founder of Snapchat from United States.
  • From Internet field: com Inc’s founder Jeff Bezos (15), Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg (16), and Google Inc founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin ranked 19th and 20th.
  • Business Tycoon, Mr. Mukesh Amabani: India’s richest person for the 8th year in a row. Mr. Ambani is ranked 29th globally with net worth of $21 billion.
  • It should be noted that India has 90 billionaires in this edition of list.

About Forbes’s list of billionaires

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


Sania-Soares win US Open mixed doubles title 2014

Sania-SoaresSania Mirza won US Open mixed doubles title with her new partner Bruno Soares (Brazil). The pair defeated the combination of Abigail Spears (US) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 in an exciting mixed doubles final.

This was was Sania Mirza’s 5th mixed doubles final match at the Grand Slam level. This was her career’s 3rd Grand Slam title having won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, both with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Sania had also reached the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open this year but ended runners-up with partner Horea Tecau (Romania).


World Food Prize 2014 to India-born scientist Sanjaya Rajaram

Sanjaya Rajaram, an India-born plant scientist, has been chosen for the World Food Prize 2014 for scientific research that led to a stupendous increase in world wheat production.

However, farm activists in the country criticised the prize as mere a public relations stunt by big agri-food companies who fund it.

Sanjaya Rajaram, a citizen of Mexico, took over Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug as head of the wheat breeding program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, where he worked for 33 years. The World Food Prize acknowledges his contribution to the breeding technologies which have made significant impact in providing more nutritious food around the world and assuaging world hunger.

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center 

Commonly called by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo) is a non-profit research and training institution dedicated to both the development of improved varieties of wheat and maize, and introducing better agricultural practices to farmers, thus bettering their livelihoods.

CIMMYT is one of the 15 non-profit, research and training institutions affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).