According to Forbes, the world's richest person in 2014 is Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft. Gates is one of the world's 1,645 billionaires, who have a combined total wealth of $6.4 trillion.
The $6.4 trillion wealth of the world's billionaires is the highest in history, rising above 2013's aggregate net wealth of $5.4 trillion. Bill Gates has been the world's richest person for 15 of the last 20 years, including 2014, often exchanging the top spot with Mexican telecommunications industry billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. Gate's net worth alone is $82.1 billion in November of 2014, a rise of $9 billion from the year before.