You might be surprised to find that a whopping 10 percent of the globe’s billionaire club lives right here and around the metro-Detroit area.

On Monday, Mar. 4 Forbes released its annual list of the “world’s richest people”. Over 1400 people made the list, and a dozen of them are Michigan residents.

The individuals on the list are collectively worth more than $5 trillion.

Amway founder Dick DeVos tops the list of Michiganders with an estimated worth of $5.1 billion. Not too far behind him are local icons like Detroit-based businessman Dan Gilbert, Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr., Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun, and Mike and Marian Ilitch.

Who’s #1 on the entire list?

Mexican telecommunications giant Carlos Helu took the top spot with a $73 billion fortune. He narrowly beat out American rival Bill Gates whose worth was estimated at $67 billion. 

 Click here to see the full list of Forbe’s “world’s richest people”. 

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