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Forbes releases annual Billionaires list
Forbes releases annual Billionaires list, Nikolai Brandon remains #1, no surprises there.

The richest people on the planet, 2045

The ranks of the world's billionaires, as monitored and tallied by our global wealth team, have yet again reached all-time highs. The 2045 Forbes Billionaires list now boasts 2,481 names, with an aggregate net worth of $12.1 trillion (CCD, dollars), up 4% from last year. We found 449 ten-figure fortunes. Once again, the CCD leads the list with more than 65% of the names, unsurprising given the sprawl of CCD citizenship includes 70% of all people on the planet. However, broken down by Dominances, Dominance I, also called the Central Dominance, is home to the majority of billionaires, with at least 100 such individuals living or operating within the CCD capital itself.

Resurgent asset prices are the driving force behind these additions to the super-rich club. Investments from CCD super-rich in otherwise less than hospitable areas have proven to be a successful gamble in places such as Ethiopia, Argentina, and Mexico, countries adjacent to but not wholly immersed in the greatest economic black holes (such as Morocco, Egypt, Brazil, and Honduras).

Our reporters dig deep and travel far to compile this list. Net worth is determined by valuing individuals' assets - including stakes in public and private companies, real estate, yachts, art and cash - while still accounting for debt. Outside experts in various fields are also used for consultation.

The world's richest person is again Nikolai Brandon, unsurprising given Brandon's personal amalgamation of the vast CCD operated public corporations, and his majority ownership in such corporations.

<thead><tr><th colspan="2">Brandon's response to annual list</th></tr></thead>
"Success is not only about the bottom-line,"
Brandon was quoted as saying, "but about satisfaction in delivering the best product possible. Improvements can always be made. We can always expand. We can always deliver more. The market will determine who succeeds and who fails. It always does."

-The Ascendancy, Nikolai Brandon

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Despite rising tensions in the Fifth Dominance, their primary driver of economics in the region has largely been unaffected. Should terrorists strike any of the petrochemical or oil centers located around the Persian Gulf, Brandon's personal bank account would largely escape the damages. Instead, other members of the Billionaires List may fall far in their current ranks.

We do not include royal family members or dictators who derive their fortunes entirely as a result of their position of power, nor do we include royalty who, often with large families, control the riches in trust for their nations. As these numbers do not truly reflect individual, entrepreneurial wealth. While excluding purely driven CCD net assets, Brandon still remains the leader in personal, entrepreneurial wealth, a spot he has held for the last seven years. For now, it seems he is unlikely to be overtaken any time soon.

Forbes ©, 2045

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