Meet The Top Tech Billionaires Of 2017

The extensive Forbes list features 2,043 billionaires with an average net worth of $3.5 billion.

Forbes said it estimates Trump's net worth has fallen by $200 million since the November election that saw him claim the White House.

Last year, Trump ranked at No. 324 with $4.5 billion.

But none cracks the top 50 in Forbes' 31st billionaires list: 2,043 people with an average net worth of $3.75 billion.

The Trump administration asked for a 28.5 per cent cut in global programmes, including the State Department and the US Agency for worldwide Development, for the year that begins Oct 1. versus fiscal 2016, the last year Congress enacted full-year spending legislation. The total number of women on the list is 227 - up from 202 in 2016.

The overall list boasts 233 more billionaires than in 2016, the biggest increase since Forbes started keeping track 31 years ago.

There are more tech billionaires than ever before, and together they are worth a record high: The 183 billionaires from tech -23 more than a year ago - have a combined $1 trillion net worth, data from FORBES 2017 World's Billionaires List shows.

President Donald Trump fell several spots n the rankings to No. 544 with assets of $3.5 billion from his television and real estate holdings. It was followed by 319 in China, 114 in Germany and 101 in India.

Donald Trump may have won the top political job in the United States, taking the presidency in a hard-fought struggle against Hillary Clinton, but the people at Forbes magazine say Trump's financial status hasn't fared as well.

Facebook's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, took the fifth spot with a net worth of $56 billion.

Bill Gates remains on top of the elite list with a fortune worth USD86 billion.

"We list individuals rather than multigenerational families who share large fortunes, though we include wealth belonging to a billionaire's spouse and children if that person is the founder of the fortune", the magazine says.

Overall, there were 227 women billionaires, the majority of whom inherited their wealth.

New Zealand's second richest man, worth US$2.7 billion, is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

  • Larry Hoffman