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World's 10 richest people as 2017 comes to a close

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It’s been a good year for the super-rich. In fact, a ranking of the world’s 500 wealthiest humans showed this week that the planet’s richest people increased their overall wealth by a staggering $1 trillion in 2017, largely helped by a surge in global stocks. As we approach the end of the year, here’s a look at the top 10 in Bloomberg’s widely watched Billionaires Index – as of 28 December. All are men, most are American and the majority have the tech sector to thank for their riches. 1. Jeff Bezos (total net worth $100bn) He hardly needs an introduction. Bezos founded Amazon in the early 1990s and has since grown the e-retail company into a veritable online behemoth. Shares in the group surged more than 50 per cent during 2017, bolstered by a series of product and service launches, helping Bezos grow his wealth by an estimated $34.7bn. In October he leapfrogged Bill Gates to take the top spot in the Bloomberg ranking. 2. Bill Gates (total net worth $91.6bn) The Microsoft co-founder ha…