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There Are Over 2,000 Billionaires In The World For The First Time

For the very first time, there are now more than 2,000 people in the world who are worth at least $1 billion.

Publishing company Hurun Report releases its Global Rich List every year, according to the Independent, and the 2015 edition states there are currently 2,089 billionaires living in 67 countries.

The US is once again king of the rich, counting 537 billionaires including Bill Gates, the richest man alive with $85 billion.

Following close behind is Mexico's Carlos Slim with $83 billion and Warren Buffet, who has $76 billion.

New York City is the richest city on the planet, containing more billionaires than the entire United Kingdom.

For the first time, India moved ahead of Britain and Russia and claimed more billionaires.

Russia saw more people than any other country leave the list due to its economic collapse, which is said to be responsible for the demise of 60 percent of Russia's list holders.

While 95 people fell off the list entirely, this year's crop of billionaires gained 341 new members, a fifth of which are from China.

Technology led to the debut of several newcomers, such as Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who, at 24 and 26 years old, are the list's youngest members.

Also appearing on the list for the first time were the founders of Uber and AirBnB.

Mark Zuckerberg made his triumphant debut in the top 10 with an estimated worth of $44 billion.

The 30-year-old Facebook founder is additionally one of the list's 40 billionaires under 40.

This year's list included a new feature, which ranked each billionaire out of five based on how self-made he or she is.

Attaining a five out of five was Warren Buffett; he was able to move up from working at his grandfather's grocery store because of his own hard work.

Gates, Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, on the other hand, were given a four out of five because their parents helped out, paying for them to attend some of the country's best institutions.

Liliane Bettencourt is France's richest woman but was given a two since she is an heiress to the L'Oreal name.

A one was given to Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

She is valued at $18 billion but was determined to have little if any involvement in the tech company's growth.

Citations: There are now 2089 billionaires in the world (The Independent)