This week, we at Forbes released one of our flagship features: the list of the world's billionaires. There are 2,668 people on this year's ranking (our 36th annual edition), and they are worth a collective $12.7 trillion—$400 billion less than in 2021.
As is unfortunately usual for these types of lists, there are few women among these billionaires. Just 327, in fact, down one from 328 last year. Though if you're looking for a silver lining here, these 327 women (including those who share their fortune with their spouse, child or sibling) are worth a collective $1.56 trillion, up from $1.53 trillion last year.
While the richest woman in the world is the same person it was in 2021 (and for more on her, keep reading this note), I'm most excited by some of the new names to this year's list: Rihanna, whose beauty empire makes her Barbados' first billionaire; Melanie Perkins, the 34-year-old cofounder of design startup Canva; and Melinda French Gates, who is being listed as a billionaire in her own right following her divorce from Bill Gates in mid 2021.
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