July 11, 2014


Since ‘87, Forbes magazine has published the annual billionaires’ list.  The list highlights the ultra-rich individuals who exert a powerful influence on the world economy that has become interconnected and more accessible.

This viz shows the global billionaires from 1987 to 2014 and includes some interesting trends:

1)  Japan started out as a leader in 1987 and is now far behind.  It seems like the country has lost its mojo in term of mega-wealth creation. 

2)  BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, & South Africa) increasingly contribute many new billionaires to the list since 2000’s.

3)  The United States, with the largest economy in the world, has long dominated the billionaires’ list and still represents the land of opportunities.  As Forbes magazine puts it, “We needn’t love our billionaires, but we should be grateful we live in a society that keeps creating new ones.”

 ** This viz was originally designed as a motion chart, but since Tableau Public doesn’t support motion chart, the viz was modified so that in order to see a ‘motion’ chart, you have to manually increase the year.  Sorry for the not-so-ideal user experience.


Full of envy?  That’s OK because envy is easier to bear than poverty.

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