5. United States
Name: Bill Gates
Net worth: £51.4bn
Hourly wage of average worker: £17.27
Number of years to earn billionaire’s fortune: 1,552,082
The world’s richest man, Bill Gates famously made his money after co-founding Microsoft, and is one of the world’s most generous philanthropists.
Thanks to the USA’s high average hourly wage, it would take 1.5 million years to match the fortune of the world’s wealthiest individual. The entire population of Phoenix, Arizona, would have to work for a year to earn the same amount.