Bill Gates is going to become the world’s first trillionaire

Bill Gates is well on his way to becoming the world’s first ever trillionaire.

According to a report from Oxfam, we could get our first trillionaire in the next 25 years thanks to the exponential growth of existing wealth.

By that time, the 61-year-old Microsoft founder will be the spritely young age of 86.

And ‘despite his commendable attempts to give [his money] away through his foundation’, Gates’s net worth increased by $25billion (£20billion) in the decade after he left the company. So in 2016, his net worth stood at $75billion (£60billion).

Ker-ching (Picture: Getty Images)

So, in order to estimate how much he’ll be worth in a few years, researchers applied the average rate of growth that the ultra-rich have been enjoying – 11% since 2009 – to Gates’s current level of wealth, which is more than $84billion (£67.2billion).

*Whistles appreciatively*

‘In such an environment, if you are already rich, you have to try hard not to keep getting a lot richer,’ the report says.

However, this isn’t necessarily a good thing – and despite Gates’s charitable deeds, it does highlight a growing problem of major wealth inequality.

epa05722320 A composite image made on 16 January 2017 from archive files shows the eight richest people of the world, (top row L-R) Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Spanish Inditex fashion founder Amancio Ortega, US investor Warren Buffett, Telmex CEO Carlos Slim; (bottom row L-R) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg. According to a report released by NGO Oxfam, these eight people own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people - about half of the world's population. EPA/DSK

According to Oxfam’s ‘An Economy for the 99%’, just eight of the world’s billionaires have as much money as the 3.6billion people who make up the poorest half of the globe’s population.

‘As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers,’ the report warns.

‘The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point.

‘Our economy must stop excessively rewarding those at the top and start working for all people.’

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