This year is being touted as the one of recovery, but for the world’s richest people 2012 proved quite a good year.
In fact, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the 100 wealthiest individuals globally, the world’s richest got even richer last year – boosted by huge rises in global stock markets.
Overall, they added $241 billion (€183 billion) to their collective net worth, to a total of $1.9 trillion at the market close on 31 December.
Retail and telecommunications were behind big surges in wealth, with the likes of Amancio Ortega, the man behind Spanish family business Inditex, seeing his fortune increase by $22.2 billion to $57.5 billion.
Just 16 of the wealthiest 100 individuals saw their fortune fall last year, with big losers including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Brazilian Eike Batista, according to Bloomberg.