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2014 YEAR IN REVIEW

The Billionaires Who Made (and Lost) Most in 2014

Here's some news that should cheer up Jack Ma from his funk. Of all the billionaires in the world, he had the biggest jump in his fortune this year.

In a volatile year for the world's rich, the Alibaba founder saw his fortune surge to $29.2 billion from just over $10 billion, according to Wealth-X. That 173 percent increase made him the biggest financial gainer of the year for billionaires, Wealth-X said.

Warren Buffett came in second place, with a gain of $13.5 billion in 2014, a 23 percent increase from last year, to push his fortune to US$72.6 billion. Bill Gates saw his net worth grow by US$10.5 billion in 2014 to reach US$83.1 billion.

The biggest loser, according to Wealth-X, was Russian energy tycoon Leonid Mikhelson, whose fortune shrank to $10 billion from $17 billion.

Gainers

  • Rank #1 - Jack Ma
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $10.7 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $29.2 billion
  • Gain: $18.5 billion, +173 percent
  • Rank #2 - Warren Buffett
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $59.1 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $72.6 billion
  • Gain: $13.5 billion, +23 percent
  • Rank #3 - Bill Gates
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $72.6 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $83.1 billion
  • Gain: $10.5 billion, +14 percent
  • Rank #4 - Mark Zuckerberg
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $24.7 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $33.1 billion
  • Gain: $8.4 billion, +34 percent
  • Rank #5 - Patrick Drahi
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $7.8 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $12.9 billion
  • Gain: $5.1 billion, +65 percent

Losers

  • Rank #1 - Leonid Mikhelson
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $17 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $10 billion
  • Loss: $7 billion, -41 percent
  • Rank #2 - Masayoshi Son
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $19.1 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $13.2 billion
  • Loss: $5.9 billion, -31 percent
  • Rank #3 - Lui Chee Woo
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $19.6 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $14.1 billion
  • Loss: $5.5 billion, -28 percent
  • Rank #4 - Jeff Bezos
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $34.4 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $28.9 billion
  • Loss: $5.5 billion, -16 percent
  • Rank #5 - Sheldon Adelson
  • Net Worth in Dec 2013: $35.3 billion
  • Net Worth in Dec 2014: $30.1 billion
  • Loss: $5.2 billion, -15 percent
Wealth gap is biggest ever recorded