While America has a disproportionately large share of billionaires — a list dominated by tech heavyweights such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates — it by no means has a monopoly on the ultra wealthy. We scoured Forbes to find the richest person in 40 countries, including plenty of ridiculously rich people you’ve probably never heard of. For comparison’s sake, we also included data from global investment bank Credit Suisse on the average citizen’s wealth in each of those nations (Spoiler alert: The disparities range from shocking to even more shocking) but unless otherwise noted, residence status and net worth totals are from the May 8 listings of the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, which updates constantly when markets are open. If you like a horse race, follow along and watch these fortunes ebb and flow.
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