The Forbes billionaires list features a number of wealthy locals

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft looks on before Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. –Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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 John Henry, who ranked 814th with a net worth of 2.5 billion.