Scoop: Zuckerberg moves on up Forbes’ 2016 billionaires list

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest gainer in Forbes’ 2016 billionaires list of the world’s richest people, moving up 10 spots from last year to earn the title of world’s sixth richest person.

Forbes estimated the San Francisco tech exec and social media leader’s net worth at $44.6 billion (up from $33.4 billion on the 2016 list), USA Today reports.

The new list of 1,810 billionaires, with aggregate net worth of $6.48 trillion, again is topped by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, with an estimated $75 billion net worth. (He’s No. 1 on the list for the 17th time in 22 years.)

Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega, of the Zara fashion chain, takes second place (net worth estimated at $67 billion).

Investor and nice guy Warren Buffet keeps third place ($60.8 billion), while Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helú ranks fourth ($50 billion).

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos (estimated worth $45.2 billion) moves to fifth from the 15th spot last year.

Rounding out the 2016 top 10 are Larry Ellison ($43.6 billion), chairman of software giant Oracle; Michael Bloomberg ($40 billion), former New York City mayor and business information firm founder; and brothers Charles and David Koch ($39.6 billion), who lead multinational corporation Koch Industries.

France’s Liliane Bettencourt, businesswoman, heiress and grand dame of cosmetics giant L’Oréal takes 11th, with an estimated $31.1 billion net worth.

Norwegian heiresses Alexandra Andresen, 19, and her sister, Katharina Andresen, 20, are the world’s youngest billionaires (estimated fortune: $1.2 billion).

The U.S. led the list with 540 billionaires, followed by China with 251, Germany with 120, India with 84 and Russia with 77.

HULK HOGAN BACK IN ACTION

It may not be the trial of the century, but so far Hulk Hogan’s match against Gawker has a few entertaining moments.

On Tuesday, with his $100 million civil trial set to get underway, Hulk Hogan issued a threat reminiscent of his days as a professional wrestler.

“Watcha Gonna Do Gawker?” he said on Twitter. He was less animated once jury selection began in St. Petersburg, Fla, CNN reports.

After years of wrangling, the legal fight is unfolding in a courtroom between Hogan and the news and gossip website Gawker over a sex tape the celebrity made with the wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, according to the Associated Press.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media, the company’s founder, and a former editor for publishing a portion of his sex tape in 2012.

The video was recorded in 2006. Hogan says his privacy was violated, but Gawker says the publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan talked openly about his sex life before, on Howard Stern’s radio show.

Hogan is seeking $100 million from Gawker for posting the video of him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Clem, Hogan’s one-time friend.

Hogan, dressed in black, spent most of his time leafing through a deposition booklet on Tuesday. Seated about 15 feet away were two defendants: Gawker founder Nick Denton and the site’s former editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio, who posted the sex tape excerpts in 2012.

A collective groan arose when Judge Pamela Campbell said the trial may last about three weeks.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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— Wire reports

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