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Welcome to The Countdown, the latest newsletter from Forbes designed to keep you up-to-date on our best, most interesting and important lists, rankings, indexes and scorecards. You'll also have an opportunity to look back at the latest lists and ahead at what's next for the coming week—plus exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories from the newsroom.

Every Sunday we'll send you the big stories, fun facts and helpful explainers associated with our lists as well as exclusive interviews with our editors and reporters and peeks into the 101-year-old Forbes vault. Did you know Bill Gates first appeared on our Forbes 400 list 32 years ago?

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Justin Conklin

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What's New: "There is a lot of criticism about billionaires around the world, about how they're not a part of the same economy or affected the same way," says Luisa Kroll, assistant managing editor covering wealth. "However, we see patterns when industries and currencies aren't doing well. More billionaire net worths are down than in any other year since we've been tracking wealth." Read: Billionaire Drop-Offs: Tough Year For Superrich As Hundreds Drop Out Of Ranks

From The Vault: Beginning under Malcolm Forbes, Forbes has been publishing a list of the world's billionaires since 1987. Our original richest ranking was topped by Yoshiaki Tsutsumi of Japan with a net worth of $20 billion.

Behind The Scenes: "Even though tech is big, we're still seeing new billionaires in more traditional sectors like real estate," says assistant managing editor of wealth Kerry A. Dolan. "Part of the fun is to see how the world is evolving. Money can be made these days using social media, and that lowers the barrier of entry, making anything possible."

Did You Know?: Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world. The L'Oréal heiress, who is also the chairwoman of her family's holding company, has a fortune of $49.3 billion.

The Countdown Of The Youngest Billionaires: John Collison, 28 ($2.1 billion), Gustav Magnar Witzoe, 24 ($3 billion), Katharina Andresen, 23 ($1.4 billion), Alexandra Andresen, 22 ($1.4 billion) and …

Passing The Baton: Until 2019, Stripe cofounder Collison, 28, held the title of "Youngest Self-Made Billionaire." Now that mantle belongs to Kylie Jenner, who, at 21, has created powerhouse cosmetic brand Kylie Cosmetics. "I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything," says Jenner. Read: At 21, Kylie Jenner Becomes The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever

Click Here For Full Coverage: The Billionaires 2019

Featured Essay: Just 56% of Americans say they have a positive image of capitalism, yet 87% love entrepreneurs. Chief Content Officer Randall Lane sat down with Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to discuss the future of capitalism. Read: Reimagining Capitalism: How The Greatest System Ever Conceived (And Its Billionaires) Need To Change


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