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131 Californians make Forbes' billionaire list

131 Californians make Forbes' billionaire list

Bill Gates, with an eye-popping net worth of nearly $80 billion, has retained his title of the world’s richest person.

According to Forbes, which released its 2015 billionaires list Monday, there are now a record 1,826 billionaires worldwide, worth a combined $7.05 trillion. California is home to 131 of them.

That's significantly more than the combined net worth of $6.4 trillion that billionaires tallied in 2014. However, the average net worth fell $60 million this year to $3.86 billion, Forbes said.

Microsoft co-founder Gates saw his wealth climb $3.2 billion to $79.2...