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Billionaire’s Paradise: The World’s Wealthiest People in 2015

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Billionaire's Paradise: The World's Wealthiest People in 2015

Billionaire’s Paradise: The World’s Wealthiest People in 2015

The landscape of global billionaires is changing for the better.

In this year’s list of the super wealthy, more women (up 15% to 197) have made the list than last year’s. In addition, some very young tech founders have cracked the list including personnel from Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat. There are now 46 billionaires on the list under the age of 40.

Also important is that the majority of billionaires on this list are self-made. Of 1,826 billionaires, over 65% of them (1,191) were self-made, while only 12.6% (230) inherited all of their wealth directly.

The top of the list itself remains very familiar. Bill Gates, despite stepping down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000, still has the largest fortune with $79.2 billion. He has topped the rankings for 16 of the last 21 years.

Carlos Slim and Warren Buffett round out the top three, with fortunes of $77.1B and $72.7B respectively.

Original graphic from: All Finance Tax

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Top 10 Countries Most in Debt to the IMF

Argentina tops the ranking, with a debt equivalent to 5.3% of the country’s GDP.

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Bar chart showing the 10 countries most in debt to the IMF.

Top 10 Countries Most in Debt to the IMF

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Established in 1944, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supports countries’ economic growth by providing financial aid and guidance on policies to enhance stability, productivity, and job opportunities.

Countries seek loans from the IMF to address economic crises, stabilize their currencies, implement structural reforms, and alleviate balance of payments difficulties.

In this graphic, we visualize the 10 countries most indebted to the fund.

Methodology

We compiled this ranking using the International Monetary Fund’s data on Total IMF Credit Outstanding. We selected the latest debt data for each country, accurate as of April 29, 2024.

Argentina Tops the Rank

Argentina’s debt to the IMF is equivalent to 5.3% of the country’s GDP. In total, the country owns more than $32 billion.

CountryIMF Credit Outstanding ($B)GDP ($B, 2024)IMF Debt as % of GDP
🇦🇷 Argentina32604.35.3
🇪🇬 Egypt11347.63.1
🇺🇦 Ukraine9188.94.7
🇵🇰 Pakistan7374.71.8
🇪🇨 Ecuador6121.64.9
🇨🇴 Colombia3386.10.8
🇦🇴 Angola392.13.2
🇰🇪 Kenya3104.02.8
🇬🇭 Ghana275.22.6
🇨🇮 Ivory Coast286.92.3

A G20 member and major grain exporter, the country’s history of debt trouble dates back to the late 1890s when it defaulted after contracting debts to modernize the capital, Buenos Aires. It has already been bailed out over 20 times in the last six decades by the IMF.

Five of the 10 most indebted countries are in Africa, while three are in South America.

The only European country on our list, Ukraine has relied on international support amidst the conflict with Russia. It is estimated that Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country caused the loss of a third of the country’s economy. The country owes $9 billion to the IMF.

In total, almost 100 countries owe money to the IMF, and the grand total of all of these debts is $111 billion. The above countries (top 10) account for about 69% of these debts.

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