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Forbes' 2019 billionaires are worth a combined $8.7 trillion

Forbes lists 2,153 billionaires — worth a combined $8.7 trillion — on its 33rd annual World's Billionaires list, down from 2,208 ($9.1 trillion) in 2018, notching only the second decrease in the past decade.

By the numbers: 252 women were on this year’s billionaires list, down from 256 in 2018. Kylie Jenner, 21, made the list for the first time: "Jenner is the youngest billionaire in the world ... Jenner owns 100% of Kylie Cosmetics, the three-year-old beauty business that did an estimated $360 million in sales last year."

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China had the most billionaires in 2018

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Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma is the world’s 22nd richest person with $39 billion. Photo: Sun Qing/VCG via Getty Images

Beijing was the city with the most billionaires in 2018, at 103, followed by New York at 92 and Hong Kong with 69, according to wealth compiler Hurun Report, China's version of the Forbes rich list.

By the numbers: China had 658 billionaires; the U.S. had 584; the world had 2,470, per the AP. The bulk of the wealth last year poured in from the technology, media and telecom sectors. Despite China's overall strength in numbers, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — both Americans — held the top two spots in the list.

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