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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
The Bloomberg Rogue's Gallery Billionaire's Index
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It's a daily index of the world's 500 richest individuals, Bloomberg saying their net worth is "updated at the close of every trading day" on Wall Street.
The latest figures are as of December 28, nearly year end 2017. Collectively, the richest billionaires never had things better, becoming $1 trillion richer in 2017, fourfold last year's gain – a 23% increase in the past 12 months.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos gained most, his wealth increasing by $34.2 trillion to an obscene $100 billion.
Bill Gates (No. 2) and Warren Buffett (No. 3) ranked right behind him. Other well-known figures include Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (No. 5), Charles and David Koch (co-Nos. 13 and 14), three Walton family members (co-Nos. 14, 15, and 16), Rupert Murdoch (No. 89), Google's Eric Schmidt (No. 98), George Soros (way-underest
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