Forbes List Reminds Us Billionaires Are Suffering Too Billionaires! They're just like us! Well, they still have better Summer homes, private planes, and much bigger blocks of gold, but Forbes reports the richest people in the world have gotten poorer along with the rest of us over the last year. Bill Gates lost $18 billion this year but won back his title as the world's richest man and is estimated to be worth $40 billion. SavvySugar has the details!