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Hot Topics 3/27/14

March 26th, 2014

 

 

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Forbes’ 2014 Billionaire List has been released, and includes 1,645 billionaires from around the world, creating a net worth of $6.4 trillion – one trillion more than last year.  Included on the list is Bill Gates, ranked the world’s richest person; 172 women on the list, more than ever before; and the United States reclaims the spot of the home of the most billionaires with 492 people on the list.

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The Walt Disney Company said on Monday that it is buying Maker Studios, a YouTube channel operator, for $500 million. Disney hopes to reach younger audiences through YouTube, where Maker Studios has a strong presence with channels like Epic Rap Battles of History. Maker Studios has 55,000 channels on YouTube, 380 million subscribers and 5.5 million views per month.

 

– Information compiled by Katii Sheffield