Overview

Researchers have compiled a multi-decade database of the super-rich. Building off the Forbes World's Billionaires lists from 1996-2014, scholars at Peterson Institute for International Economics have added a couple dozen more variables about each billionaire - including whether they were self-made or inherited their wealth. (Roughly half of European billionaires and one-third of U.S. billionaires got a significant financial boost from family, the authors estimate.)

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Key Descriptions

Key List of... Comment Example Value
founded int (Integer number) The year that the company was founded. 1975
company.name str (Text) The name of the company. "Microsoft"
relationship str (Text) The billionaires relationship to the company. "founder"
sector str (Text) The sector of the business, or what segment of the economy they fit into. " Software"
company.type str (Text) The type of business for this company. "new"
age int (Integer number) The current age of the billionaire. Ages that are represented as -1 stand for ages that were not available in the data that was collected. 40
gender str (Text) A string representing their gender. "male"
citizenship str (Text) The name of the country that this billionaire has citizenship with. "United States"
country code str (Text) the 3-letter country code of the country where this billionaire has citizenship. "USA"
gdp float (Decimal number) The "Gross Domestic Product" of the country where the billionaire has citizenship. This is one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period; you can think of it as the size of the economy. 8.1e+12
region str (Text) The region of the world where this billionaire lives. "North America"
name str (Text) The name of the billionaire. "Bill Gates"
rank int (Integer number) The rank of this billionaire compared to the rest of the billionaires reported on. A lower rank means they make more money. 1
category str (Text) A category representing where their money came from. "New Sectors"
from emerging int (Integer number) Whether the money came from emerging markets. True
industry str (Text) The specific industry this billionaire profitted from. "Technology-Computer"
inherited str (Text) The way that this money was inherited (or not inherited). Inheritance can come from a spouse, the father, or from multiple generations within a family (either 3, 4, or 5+). "not inherited"
was founder int (Integer number) Whether the billionaire was the founder of their company. True
was political int (Integer number) Whether the money came from politics. False
wealth.type str (Text) The type of billionaire that they are. "founder non-finance"
worth in billions float (Decimal number) The number of billion of dollars that this billionaire is worth. 18.5
year int (Integer number) The year that data about this billionaire was collected. 1996


Key List of... Comment Example Value
citizenship str (Text) The name of the country that this billionaire has citizenship with. "United States"
year str (Text) The year that data about this billionaire was collected. "1996"