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March 26th, 2014




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.


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