Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tencent's Ma Huatang Make Forbes' Annual Richest List

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, with Bill Gates yet again topping the list at a whopping net worth of $79.2 billion.

Due to the now-inextricable relationship between technology and music, more billionaires than ever can be said to be involved, tangentially or directly, in the worldwide music industry. Tencent founder Ma Huateng oversees a company that has recently struck partnerships with Sony Music and Warner Music. Others serve as the algorithmic gatekeepers, like Facebook (a company with names peppered throughout the list, in a nearly chronological order of those who stayed and those who moved on from the social giant). Some are quickly becoming important on the world stage, like Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that is gaining marketshare in its home country. Others are vaguely or directly dynastic, like radio giant Cox and audio giant Dolby. And some are just curious, like the founders of WhatsApp, which was purchased for $19 billion last year by Zuckerberg's Facebook and which has likely seen more than a few (million) links to music sent across its digital texting service. (For the nerds: George Lucas' industry is simply listed as Star Wars.)

Below, the "most" music-related appearances in the top 600 spots on the list.

1 Bill Gates (Microsoft)
15 Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
16 Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
19 Larry Page (Google)
20 Sergey Brin (Google)
33 Jack Ma (Alibaba)
35 Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)
41 Len Blavatnik (WMG)
51 Paul Allen (Microsoft)
53 Anne Cox Chambers (Cox)
56 Ma Huateng (Tencent)
62 Robin Li (Baidu)
77 Rupert Murdoch (News Corp.)
87 Lei Jun (Xiaomi)
137 Eric Schmidt (Google)
142 Samuel Newhouse, Jr. (Advance Publications/Conde Nast)
156 Jim Kennedy (Cox)
156 Blair Parry Okeden (Cox)
170 Dustin Moskovitz (Facebook)
195 David Geffen (Dreamworks)
208 Jan Koum (WhatsApp)
225 Sumner Redstone (Viacom)
254 Lorette Robinson (Rogers Communications)
265 Ann Walton Korenke (Wal-Mart)
292 David Frederick Barclay (Barclays)
309 George Lucas (Star Wars)
330 Richard Branson (Virgin)
330 Eduardo Saverin (Facebook)
341 Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)
512 Bran Acton (WhatsApp)
512 David Filo (Yahoo)
557 Dagmar Dolby & family (Dolby)


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