Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2000/09/22/forbes_doesnt_release_breakdown/

Forbes doesn't release breakdown of the world's poorest men

But would you be interested to know Bill Gates is still the richest?

By Kieren McCarthy

Posted in Business, 22nd September 2000 16:59 GMT

About every two months, some exposure-hungry company releases a list of the richest people in the world. This grew so boring (because Bill Gates was always number one) that one firm even produced the "richest men under 40" - or something like that - just to oust Bill and get some more column inches.

Well, we secretly hoped everyone had given up on this tedious notion, but no. Forbes has produced - guess what - a list of the richest Americans (not even international this time).

The list basically emphasises the rich are getting richer. This is our homage to the lame list idea:

The world's top three poorest men



Incidentally, the world's poorest man who has never had any interest in capitalism is Oonabaji Kipkembunja of Ethopia. Oonabaji sold his family into slavery into order to set up a lettuce factory. However, when he bought a goat for companionship, it devoured his crop of three lettuces on 23 March this year, late at night. Mr Kipkembunja was then forced into devouring the goat. His possessions now stretch to two strips of goat meat and a shiny stone shaped like a carrot (although he doesn't know that, having never seen a carrot).

If you really must know who's got the wonga: