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Bill Gates, Bezos, Jack Ma lead Forbes 100 Richest In Tech

Bill Gates: still the richest man in the world

Forbes’ newly released 2016 list of 100 Richest In Tech shows that 75 percent of the titans on the list are from the United States and China, with 51 and 24 tech founders and investors respectively.

The combined worth of the list is estimated at 892 billion U.S. dollars, representing a six-percent growth on a year-on-year basis.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates continues to be the richest billionaire in tech, as well as the richest person in the world, with a fortune estimated at 78 billion dollars.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is listed as the second with 66.2 billion dollars, followed by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who climbed from fourth to third place with 54 billion dollars.

Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, retains his title as Asia’s richest tech billionaire with 25.8 billion dollars.

With Ma Huateng, the founder and CEO of the internet media company Tencent, the two Chinese tycoons are the only two non-American citizens among the top 10 on the list.

There are altogether 24 tech entrepreneurs from China, including 19 from China’s mainland, three from Hong Kong and two from Taiwan.