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By Rob Wile
July 18, 2017
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
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We’re halfway through the year, and thanks to surging markets, most of the world’s richest individuals are having quite an amazing 2017.

Of the 500 individuals on the Bloomberg’s billionaire index, 396 have seen net gains, as the NASDAQ has climbed more than 17% and the Dow and S&P are up nearly 10% year-to-date.

Some are seeing bigger gains than others. In particular, nine individuals have seen their net worth increase by more than $10 billion thus far in 2017. (Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, just missed the mark, increasing his net worth $9.72 billion so far this year. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, is up around $8.7 billion in 2017.)

Here are some highlights of the list of those gaining over $10 billion in the first half of 2017:

  • American billionaires edge out Chinese ones three to two.
  • Six different countries are represented.
  • The ages range from 33 to 81.
  • The average gain was approximately $14.2 billion.

And here’s the list of people already up more than $10 billion over the past half year.

9) Larry Ellison, 72, American, founder, Oracle, +$10.7 billion

8) Amancio Ortega, 81, Spanish, founder, Zara, +10.7 billion

7) Mukesh Ambani, 60, Indian, chairman, Reliance, +$10.9 billion

6) Bernard Arnault, 68, French, CEO, LVMH, +$12 billion

5) Carlos Slim, 77, Mexican, chairman, Telmex, América Móvil and Grupo Carso, +$14.4 billion

4) Hui Ka Yan, 58, Chinese, chairman, Evergrande, +$14.7 billion

3) Wang Wei, (age unknown), Chinese, chairman, SF Express, +$15 billion

2) Mark Zuckerberg, 33, American, CEO, Facebook, +$18.1 billion

1) Jeff Bezos, 53, American, CEO, Amazon, +$21 billion

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