Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Forbes List 2019

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon,
increased his total worth over 2018 levels
by the value of global trade in wildlife. ($19 billion)

He increases the gap between himself
and second placed Bill Gates, even though Bill’s fortune swelled
by the cost of a week of US government shutdown. ($6.5 billion)

Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth shrank
By the value of the Canadian youth sports industry,
due to Facebook privacy scandals. ($8.7 billion)

Sadly, there are 145 fewer billionaires this year.
994 of the 2,153 of them are worth less, on average,
by the takings of Finding Dory to date. ($100 million)

If all the billionaires pulled together
(if there was enough collective interest)
they could fund total global healthcare spending. ($8.7 trillion)

Louisa Kroll at Forbes said ‘Even with strong headwinds,
resourceful and relentless entrepreneurs
find new ways to get rich’.

© Simon Williams

Kylie Jenner becomes world's youngest billionaire

(figures from Forbes List 2019, as reported on BBC news site)

Simon Williams edits the large format magazine The Broadsheet, was co-producer of the PLAY anthology last year ( and writes poems on many different subjects. He has eight published books – you can find more details at