Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires Monday, and plenty of high earners with local connections made the list.
The top five of the rankings included two well-known Harvard dropouts: Microsoft founder Bill Gates finished as the richest man in the world this year, with a net worth of $86 billion, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg landed in the top five for the first time, coming in fifth with a net worth of $56 billion. Joining them in the top five were Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffet ($75.6 billion), Amazon head honcho Jeff Bezos ($72.8 billion), and Spanish business tycoon Amancio Ortega ($71.3 billion).
Elsewhere in the rankings, financial magnates with local origins and business leaders associated with Massachusetts-based companies were among the record 2,047 billionaires on this year’s list. Those with local ties included Medford native and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ($47.5 billion net worth, 10th place), Dorchester native and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ($30.4 billion, 20th), and Boston Latin School alum and former Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone ($5.4 billion, 288th).
In terms of Boston companies, Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson placed 75th with a net worth of $14.4 billion, outranking her father, former longtime Fidelity CEO Edward C. Johnson III ($7.8 billion, 173rd). Jim Davis, the CEO of the Boston-based New Balance, finished in a tie for 315th place with a net worth of $7.1 billion.
Coincidentally, Davis’s tie for 315th place was with another Boston-area businessman: Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft finished at the top of the rankings among Boston sports owners, beating Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ($4.3 billion, 402nd) and Red Sox owner (as well as owner and publisher of Boston Globe Media, the parent company of Boston.com) John Henry, who ranked 814th with a net worth of 2.5 billion.