The collective worth of all the men and women on the Forbes list is US$7.67 trillion, up from US$6.48 trillion in 2016.
Amancio Ortega: Ortega co-founded the hugely successful high street Spanish retail chain Zara, and now boasts a net worth of $74 billion.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos, now owner and publisher of the Washington Post newspaper, had the best year of any person on the planet. "Rinehart took her late father's bankrupted estate and rebuilt it into something much larger", says Forbes.
The magazine's newest ranking, released Monday, estimated that Trump's net worth has fallen from $4.5 billion last year to $3.5 billion today, dropping him 220 spots on the magazine's list of billionaires, from No. 336 last year to No. 544. Peterffly also topped the Florida billionaires' list in 2016. He is followed by Lakshmi Mittal (No. 56; $16.4 bn); Azim Premji (No. 72; $14.9 bn); Dilip Shanghvi (No. 84; $13.7 bn) and Shiv Nadar (No. 102; $12.3 bn), to round off the top five Indian entries in the list.
The personal fortune of US President Donald Trump has significantly nosedived over the a year ago.
Two New Zealanders have once again made it on to a list of the world's richest people. The US was second with 25.
Other notable newcomers to the list include: Australian Manny Stul, whose toy company created the popular Shopkins collectibles; American Yvon Chouinard, the founder of outdoor gear maker Patagonia; and Juan Francisco Beckmann Vidal of Mexico, who is chairman of tequila maker Jose Cuervo.
1,371 members were self-made billionaires.
The sole American self-made woman newcomer is Thai Lee, who was born in Thailand but moved to the United States as a child and now runs tech reseller SHI, reportedly the nation's largest woman-owned business by sales.
The magazine put his net worth at $3.5 billion, down $1 billion from the rankings it issued a year ago.
This year was a record year for the world's super-wealthy, with a record of 2043 billionaires on the 30th anniversary of Forbes' guide to the world's richest people.