Bill Gates is once again the richest man on the planet, according to the recently unveiled for 2017. The Microsoft owner tops a total of 2043 billionaires (a rise from last year's 1810), with an estimated fortune of $86 billion. Warren Buffet, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Zara's Amancio Ortega, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg complete the top five. The richest woman on the male-dominated list is L'Oréal's Liliane Bettencourt, who appears 14th.

The addition of 200 members to the ridiculously rich people club showcases a increasingly huge gap between the world's richest and poorest, as well as a defective distribution of wealth; however, and in spite of the list being dominated by the US, the inclusion of billionaires from countries facing unbearably high levels of poverty further illustrates the lack of regulated balance between outrageous luxury and basic needs.

Interestingly enough, Forbes' Billionaires list drops only a few days after UN's World Happiness report was published; a comparative analysis of the two documents provides for a valuable insight into our current status as a global civilisation and society.