Robert Frank
CNBC
September 10, 2013

Being a billionaire isn’t so special anymore.

A new study from Wealth-X and UBS finds that the global population of billionaires has surged past 2,000. Their combined wealth totals $6.5 trillion—more than the combined gross domestic product of France and Germany.

Previous estimates placed the world’s billionaire population at between 1,200 and 1,600.

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