The CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, remains number one when it comes to being the world’s wealthiest Jew, according to the latest Forbes magazine’s annual world billionaires list for 2014, where he placed fifth among billionaires worldwide but was the first listing for Jewish billionaires.
And Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook not only ranked number 21 in the listing but was also listed as the “biggest dollar gainer” on the list, with his fortune jumping $15.2 billion, to $28.5 billion.
Ellison, whose net worth is listed by Forbes as $48 billion, along with the Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who was ranked number 8 with a net worth of $38 billion, were the only Jews to place in the top 10 on the list, which was released last week.
Eighteen Israelis, which is an increase from the 17 who made the list last year, were among the 1,645 billionaires, a number that is 219 more than in 2013, according to Reuters.
Among the 268 newcomers to the list — such as Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Jan Koum of WhatsApp (which Facebook recently puchased) and sisters Aerin and Jane Lauder, heirs to the Estee Lauder cosmetics firm and daughters of World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder — are Jewish.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates made it to the top of the list this year with a fortune listed at $76 billion.
And former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg placed 16th on the list with a net worth of $33 billion, built mainly through his namesake media company.
A record 1,645 billionaires with a total net worth of $6.4 trillion made Forbes' list, up from 1,426 last year, Reuters reported.
Just over 10 percent were female, with 172 women, which is an increase over last year’s 138 women making the list.