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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley Signs With Banner Music

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(Picture Caption) From Left to Right: James Robert Webb, Camilla Kleindienst, Jerry Salley and Daniel Kleindienst (Courtesy of Bev Moser)

Nashville, Tennessee -- Banner Music is proud to announce the addition of award-winning singer/songwriter Jerry Salley to their creative family.
"We are thrilled to have veteran songwriter Jerry Salley on staff at Banner Music. His career accomplishments speak to his hard work and dedication to this industry and we look forward to his continued success as part of our company," said co-owner Camilla Kleindienst.

Salley, who co-wrote "Outlaw State of Mind" on Chris Stapleton's recent Grammy-winning country album, Traveller, has penned over 400 cuts in country, bluegrass and gospel genres. His extensive talent has garnered him recordings by multiple artists such as Sir Elton John ("Where We Both Say Goodbye"—a duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt), Reba McEntire ("I'm Gonna Take That Mountain" and "Close To Crazy"), and includes the 1990 Dove Award's Inspirational Song of the Year, "His Strength is Perfect", co-written with and recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and now found in Church Hymnals.

"I am happy to join the creative minds here [at Banner Music] whose heart and family atmosphere mirror the passion of their work," said Salley. 

Salley, SESAC's Country Songwriter of the Year in 2003, was also nominated in 2014 by The International Bluegrass Music Association for Songwriter of the Year.  His winning streak continued this year with his three tracks on the SteelDriver's Grammy Award winning Best Bluegrass Album,The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
In October of 2015, Salley released the bluegrass/gospel project Gospel From My Grassroots that includes guest vocals from Steven Curtis Chapman to Salley's daughter, Maggie, with contributing harmonies.

To learn more about Jerry Salley you can go to www.jerrysalley.com or his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/jerry.salley.7 .
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Travis Greene is headed to a city near you, to appear on Rickey Smiley Morning Show on 3/21

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GRAMMY NOMINATED GOSPEL ARTIST TRAVIS GREENE VISITS A CITY NEAR YOU  

New Single “Made A Way” at Gospel Radio Now
 
Greene to Appear on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Monday, March 21
 
NEW YORK, NY – March 18, 2016 –Singer, writer, producer and Grammy nominated artist, Travis Greene is actively sharing his ministry nationwide and promoting his second single, “Made A Way” from his first major label debut, THE HILL on RCA Inspiration.  Lead single, “Intentional” quickly garnered attention with music lovers and became the gospel anthem of 2015 and a standing favorite in 2016.   “Intentional” is currently #5 on the Mediabase Gospel Radio Chart and previously spent 10 weeks at #1. 
 
The beloved newcomer penned “Made A Away” while his wife was in premature labor and doctors were recommending terminating the pregnancy as the best option.  Today, Greene’s son is alive and well.   Tune-in to The Rickey Smiley Morning show to hear Travis Greene’s full testimony and live performance on Monday, March 21st.
 
Be sure to catch Travis Greene in a city near you!
 
TRAVIS GREENE’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

March 18th, 2016 @ 7:30pm


Jonathan Nelson Release Concert


Empowerment Temple


4217 Primrose Ave.


Baltimore, MD   21215





March 19th, 2016 @3pm


Stir Up The Gift High School Competition


Benedict College


1600 Harden St.


Columbia, SC   29204





March 21st, 2016


The Rickey Smiley Show @9:45am





March 23rd, 2016 @ 7pm


Fellowship Baptist Church
Pastor Charles Jenkins


4543 S Princeton Ave


Chicago, IL   60609





March 25th, 2016 @7pm


Deeper Fellowship Night of Worship
Pastor William McDowell


170 Support Ln   #900


Orlando, FL  32809


March 27th, 2016 @ 8am, 10:30am and 12:30pm


Higher Dimensions Church
Pastor Terrance Johnson


9800 Club Creek Dr


Houston, TX   77036


April 1st @ 7:30pm , April 2nd @ 12pm, 4pm & 7:30pm  and April 3rd @5pm


Evangel Cathedral Resurrection Celebration
Pastor Don Meares


13901 Central Ave


Upper Marlboro, MD  20774





April  8th, 2016 @7pm


The Cathedral of The Holy Spirit
Bishop Kenneth Moales


752 Union Ave. 


Bridgeport CT  06607





April 9th, 2016 @7pm


Capital University Spring Concert Night of Worship


1 College Ave.


Columbus, OH  43209
  
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TUNE IN ALERT (VIDEO): New to OWN, 'For Peete's Sake' premieres on 3/19

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Tune in TOMORROW at 9PM ET/PT as the Peete family joins OWN's popular Saturday night lineup and shows how they lovingly work to balance busy careers with their hectic and always hilarious family life.
 ABOUT "FOR PEETE'S SAKE" - Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete were two of the brightest stars in their fields in the 80's and 90's. Holly lit up the small screen from an early age with starring roles in "21 Jump Street" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," and her husband and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete dominated the league for 16 years. Now the duo are giving viewers an intimate look at their hectic and often-times comical lives as they attempt to balance raising their four kids, running a charity (the HollyRod Foundation) and spending time with Holly's über-manager mother Dolores who is still wheeling and dealing even as she approaches 80 years young.  In a household where constant activity and change are the norm, the series celebrates the chaotic, yet loving dynamic of life in this magnetic American family.
Photo Caption: (L to R) Robinson Peete, RJ Peete, Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Roman Peete, Ryan Peete and Dolores Robinson
Photo by Kwaku Alston and Courtesy of OWN
In its premiere season, the Peetes fully display their knack for getting the most out of life no matter what curveballs might be thrown their way. Holly and Rodney are loving parents to their 17-year-old son RJ who has autism and was told he would never speak. Today, not only can't he stop talking, but he enjoys advocating for special needs children.  Meanwhile his twin sister Ryan is trying to decide whether to go to college or jumpstart a career in music.  Thirteen-year-old son Robinson caught the athletic gene from his father and would love to follow in his footsteps, but all the latest concussion studies have Holly wishing for a less dangerous choice.  Rodney is beginning to feel the aches and pains in retirement, prompting Holly to have him visit a doctor to get tested after so many years playing football. And as a self-proclaimed "black-tress" of a certain age, Holly has struggled in recent years to find acting roles suitable for her and is ready to branch out and develop a lifestyle brand of her own.  
Whether they're setting up for their next big fundraiser, coaching their kids into lives of their own, or just trying to keep that special spark alive in their marriage, there's never a dull moment with the Peetes.
"For Peete's Sake" is produced for OWN by Tremendous! Entertainment. Executive producers are Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers and Andy Meyer from Tremendous! Entertainment as well as John Ferriter, Kyell Thomas, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete. 

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FIRST LOOK; OWN'S Mega church drama 'Greenleaf'

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OWN UNVEILS FIRST LOOK AT NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES 'GREENLEAF' IN ADVANCE OF JUNE PREMIERE
 
Family Megachurch Drama From Lionsgate TV Featuring Oprah Winfrey's Return to Acting on Television Debuts with Two-Night Premiere on June 21 and 22
 
Created by Emmy-nominated Writer/Producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under," "Brothers and Sisters"), the Series Stars Merle Dandridge and Emmy-winning Actors Lynn Whitfield and Keith David
 
Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf
Images Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

KENDRICK LAMAR PRAISED AND BEYONCE PROTESTED? WHITES CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

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By Mona Austin

Fairness and equality for all means Whites can't tell Blacks how to express their pride or hurt.



Black History Month 2016 was uncomfortable for me.  On all fronts the "celebration" of Blackness was challenged. The racist fear and rejection of Blackness was on display all month long.   From actress Stacy Dash saying the month was not necessary to #oscarssowhite dissing Black talent  to Beyonce being demonized in the media for embracing Black pride, crushing Black progress for sport was a disconcerting norm.  Of all of the narratives that gave pause to the need for a racism awakening, it was the responses to the performances of Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce that caught my attention the most.

How is it possible that both Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar artistically took a political  stand for social justice for Blacks on national television and Lamar's work was praised and Beyonce's was protested?


Beyonce's Superbowl 50 performance in homage to the Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary, the follow-up to her "Formation," video was shrouded in controversy, the subject of international uproar. Protests were organized, leaders in international governments sought the investigation of the artist and the#boycottbeyonce hashtag was generated.

Paying tribute to the Black Nationalist group and #blacklivesmatter was deemed racist by some police unions and Whites in media. A Tennessee cop went so far as to  accuse the Platinum-selling singer of inciting cop shootings. Beyonce and a crew of women wore Black Panther inspired outfits and raised their fists in the air in solidarity, symbolizing Black power. That was enough to make police feel threatened.




In Lamar's presentation he walked around in chains  with flames spurting in the background rapping about modern day slavery. From the White House to his peers, the LA-based rapper's performance  was lauded.  It was a fierce statement about the need to release the shackles off  Black existence.

I expected similar backlash from Lamar's Grammy night performance.  In fact, I waited for it.  Three days passed.  *crickets*

Words like "defiant' were used to describe Beyonce's performance while one writer used the word "transcendent" to describe Lamar's.

Both artists' performances were political statements.  Both challenged systematic racism, but Lamar's message was more palatable to the masses than the other.  Check the imagery. Somehow White America is more comfortable seeing Blacks chained, expressing the need for fairness and equality than an unbound Black woman fully standing in her liberation.


In order to close the chasm of  cross racial understanding, it is important that Black art is not a distraction for Whites and  they must grasp the heart of the pain and oppression Blacks seek to obliterate.  In the case of Lamar and Beyonce, while their performances were conceptually different, both  were unapologetically Black, aiming for the same respect and acceptance of their race and culture.        
To love one method and loath the other is at the heart of the systematic ideology of White dominance -- which essentially boils down to Whites expressing preference, approval or authority over how Blacks choose to combat oppression.  We can't begin to have meaningful conversation about racial reconciliation if the oppressor (racist Whites)  set the parameters of the discussion for the oppressed (Blacks/other).






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Janice Gaines Springs Into Spring with Continued Appearances, Performances and Two New Radio Singles

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(Nashville, TN) - Breakthrough Motown Gospel star, Janice Gaines continues promotion of her Billboard Top 10 debut album, 'Greatest Life Ever,' with a number of high-profile performances and TV appearances. Additionally, two new singles- "All This For Me" and "Please Take My Love"- are now heating up at radio.

Gaines heads south to be one of the few gospel artists to be featured at this year's 30th Annual SXSW music festival. She is set to perform on The Kingdom Experience gospel showcase this Wednesday, March 16 at the Promise Land Church in Austin, TX. The event features other rising Gospel and Christian artists.  

Janice Gaines will then headline her own live show at the famed Music City venue, 12th & Porter, in her hometown of Nashville, TN on Monday, March 21. Located in the heart of downtown, the full band show will be Gaines' first major performance of the year. 

On the television front, Gaines' first nationally televised performance of her breakout hit "Wait On You," will air on Sunday, March 27 on BET for Bobby Jones Gospel's Farewell Season. The show airs nationally on BET at 9:00 am EST.

Janice Gaines started 2016 with a bang, performing at the BET Celebration of Gospel Prayer Breakfast and being tapped to host the Celebration of Gospel Red Carpet for Glade® and BET Networks. The next stop was Las Vegas, for the 31st Annual Stellar Awards, where Gaines was a featured presenter on the Stellar Awards Pre-Show, performed at the ASCAP Morning Glory Breakfast and hosted another red carpet, this time for the Stellar Awards live web stream.

To find more information and details on Janice's upcoming appearances, visit http://www.janicegaines.com/
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"CHONDA PIERCE PRESENTS: STAND-UP FOR FAMILIES" SET TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON THE DIGITAL STREAMING NETWORK ON APRIL 5, MAY 3 & JUNE 7

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“The Queen Of Clean” Welcomes Fellow Comedians To The Line-Up:
Bone Hampton, Brad Stine, PJ Walsh, Nazareth, Joby Saad, Michael Joiner, Taylor Mason, Anthony Griffith, Sandi Joy, Kay Dodd, Lisa Mills, Chinnitta Morris, Cleto Rodriguez, Michael Jr., Rik Roberts
Los Angeles, Calif. (March 16, 2016) – Cinedigm’s (NASDAQ: CIDM) Dove Channel is confirmed to exclusively premiere the three-part original series, “Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families,” on April 5, May 3 and June 7.

The one-hour long episodes feature "The Queen of Clean’s" trademark combination of fierce wit and southern charm in all three of the family-friendly episodes.  Adding to the clean fun, some of her closest friends and all-star comedians will also take the stage. The lineup will include the talents of Bone Hampton, Brad Stine, PJ Walsh, Nazareth, Joby Saad, Michael Joiner, Taylor Mason, Anthony Griffith, Sandi Joy, Kay Dodd, Lisa Mills, Chinnitta Morris, Cleto Rodriguez, Michael Jr., and Rik Roberts.
Taped in Nashville, Tenn.,"Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families" is designed for families to safely enjoy together without worrying about offensive language or subject matter.  Like all content on the Dove Channel, the series will carry The Dove Foundation’s Seal of Approval.

“The taping was such a blast!” shares Pierce. “Not a dry eye in the place from all the jokes! It was great to see the vision come to life and witness the joy it brought to the live audience. My hope is to bring families together through laughter, and I believe this series is the key.”

The special was Executive Produced by Pierce, her manager, Andrew Tenenbaum of Creative Management and Productions, along with Bill Sondheim and Yolanda Macias of Cinedigm and Stephen Yake served as Director, whose credits include the stand-up special, “Chonda Pierce: I’m Kind of a Big Deal.”

"Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families" is the first of a new original programming initiative launched by the network. Dove Channel is planning to green-light several series, both scripted and non-scripted, to premiere on the channel over the next year.

Dove Channel can be viewed across a broad spectrum of connected devices including Roku® Players and Roku TV™ models, Android and Mac iOS, Samsung Smart TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices.


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Musical Director Damien Sneed Joined Six-Time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Recording Artist BeBe Winans and Friends with the Award-Winning Young People’s Chorus of New York® and The New York City Pops Orchestra

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BeBe Winans and Damon Sneed

Winans Special Guests Included
Hezekiah Walker and Dorinda Clark Cole
at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

(New York, NY – March 17, 2015) – Musical Director Damien Sneed joined six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist BeBe Winans and Friends with the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York® and The New York City Pops Orchestra.  Winans special guests included multiple GRAMMY®Award-winning recording artists Hezekiah Walker and Dorinda Clark Cole at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Under Sneed’s musical direction, the band also featured some of New York City’s top musicians including Stanley Brown (organ/keyboards), Chelton Grey (bass), and Isaiah Johnson (drums), along with the acclaimed New York City Pops Orchestra. Winans performed “Born for This” and “Black Lives Matters.” Clark Cole performed “Write My Name” “Livin’ It” and Walker performed “Every Praise” and “I Need You to Survive.”

“I love performing at all the venues at Jazz at Lincoln Center—especially the Frederick P. Rose Hall.  The acoustics in that hall is amazing,” says Sneed. “I enjoyed working with my friends BeBe, and Dorinda, as well as Bishop Hezekiah Walker, who I have worked with for many years in the Gospel music industry. It was a joy performing under the baton of Maestro Francisco Nunez, along with the 400 children in the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Hopefully, it won’t be the last. It was a great concert.” 
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

IN THEATERS TODAY: Miracles from heaven starring Jennifer Garner

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In theaters Wednesday, March 16,
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah. Directed by Patricia Riggen. Screenplay by Randy Brown based on the book by Christy Beam. Produced by Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.  When Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. As Christy searches she befriends Angela (Queen Latifah), who helps bring everyday joy and hope back to the Beam family. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family’s faith restored and their community inspired.
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Forbes announces 2016 richest in the world

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Donald Trump is a rich, rich man.  In fact, he's  filthy rich, but Forbes Magazine may have inadvertently revealed the billionaire businessman is not worth as much as he claims.  Trump has repeatedly stated his wealth is at 10 billion.  However, in the  2016 issue of the world's richest, Trump is no wealthier than film maker George Lucas. 

With Bill Gates at #1, Koch brothers and Mark Zuckerberg make the Top 10 richest billionaires
George Lucas and Donald Trump tie at #324; Oprah's back on the list at 3 billion

NEW YORK  – Bill Gates (No. 1) was once again on top as the world’s richest person on FORBES’ 30th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires in the Mar. 21, 2016 issue of Forbes magazine; the technology guru has topped the list for 17 of the last 22 years, with a current net worth of $75 billion, down from $79.2 billion in 2015. Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega (No. 2) (best known for the Zara fashion chain), up two spots, increased his net worth $2.5 billion for a total of $67 billion. Warren Buffett (No. 3)remained in the third spot, despite having his net worth drop $11.9 billion to $60.8 billion. Telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu (No. 4)dropped two spots, and his net worth decreased to $50 billion from $77.1 billion last year. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (No. 5) moved up to the fifth from the fifteenth spot last year; his net worth increased to $45.2 billion.
Forbes’ Assistant Managing Editor of Wealth, Luisa Kroll, said “the 2016 billionaire ranks show a dynamic reshuffling of wealth around the globe. For the first time since 2009, we found fewer billionaires. But the story behind that headline is a more complicated one of massive upheaval, as 221 people fell off the list while 198 joined the ranks. There were big changes in the top 20 with Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg debuting among the 10 richest for the first time and the first person from mainland China, Wang Jianlin, moving into the top 20. There were also big swings among countries, with China continuing to make gains but other BRICs like Russia and Brazil losing big time.”
  • 1,810 billionaires (down from 1,826 in 2015) made the list, with an average net worth of $3.58 billion (down $280 million from $3.86 billion in 2015).
  • Added together, the total net worth for this year’s billionaires was $6.48 trillion, down from $7.05 trillion last year.
  • 1,186 members, or roughly two-thirds of the list, were self-made billionaires. 228 inherited their wealth; another 396 inherited at least a portion but are still growing it.
  • There was a scramble at the top of the list this year. Only 2 in last year’s top 20 held onto their ranks: Bill Gates (No. 1) and Warren Buffett (No. 3). Jeff Bezos (No. 5) and Mark Zuckerberg (No. 6) move into the top 10 for the first time. Wang Jianlin (No. 18) from China, with $28.7 billion, and Jorge Paulo Lemann (No. 19) from Brazil, with $27.8 billion, made it into the top 20 for the first time. Sheldon Adelson (No. 22) fell out of the top 20.
  • The volatility in global markets had a significant effect on this year’s list.
  • Gainers/Losers
    • The biggest gainer on the 2016 list is Mark Zuckerburg (No. 6), whose fortune is up $11.2 billion for a total net worth of $44.6 billion. He is the sixth richest in the world.
    • The biggest loser was Carlos Slim Helú (No. 4), whose fortune dropped from $77.1 billion in 2015 to $50 billion this year.
    Women
    • The total number of women on the list is 190, down from 197 in 2015. Thirty-three women are self-made billionaires; the richest is Hong Kong newcomer Zhou Qunfei, whose Lens Technology went public in 2015.
    • The U.S. boasts the most women billionaires on the 2016 list, with 65, followed by Germany with 27, and China with 13. Seven couples on the list share fortunes.
    • Christy Walton (No. 258) is no longer the richest woman, as a result of a split family fortune. The richest woman on the list is now Liliane Bettencourt (No. 11) of France.
    • Christy Walton’s (No. 258) net worth dropped by $36.5 billion to $5.2 billion due to new information obtained detailing how her fortune is split between her and her son, Lukas (No. 99) (worth $10.4 billion);Forbes calls this “a split fortune.”
    Newcomers/Drop-Offs
    • This year 198 billionaires were new to the list, down from the high of 290 newcomers in 2015.
    • China had the most newcomers, adding 70 to the list. Thirty-three newcomers were from the U.S., 8 from India and 28 from Germany.
    • Notable newcomers included the world’s youngest billionaires,Alexandra Andresen, 19, and her sister Katharina Andresen, 20 (both No. 1476) from Norway.
    • Newcomers to the list include: U.K. theater producer Cameron Mackintosh (No. 1476); Pinterest cofounders Evan Sharp (No. 1695) and Ben Silbermann (No. 1121); WeWork cofounders Adam Neumann (No. 1198) and Miguel McKelvey (No. 1694); Flipkart cofounders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (No. 1476) of India; and Cheng Wei (No. 1694), cofounder of ride-hailing firm Didi Kuaidi, a Chinese competitor to Uber.
    • The industry with the most newcomers is manufacturing with 39 billionaires, followed by real estate and technology with 21 apiece.
    • California has 131 billionaires, including 9 newcomers.
    • China had the greatest number of drop-offs at 42.
    • Sixty-six billionaires are under 40 this year.
    • Notably missing from this year’s list was U.S. fashion designer Tory Burch, as the value of luxury fashion brands dropped.
    • Another notable drop-off was Jim Koch, as the stock of his Boston Beer Co., owner of Sam Adams, fell.
    • Michael Pearson dropped off the list as Valeant Pharmaceutical was hit by a string of scandals.
    • Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea founder, once the fourth richest in the world, dropped off the list. He shifted his fortune to his three sons, all of whom now appear in the ranks.
    • Altogether, 221 people dropped out of the rankings, while 29 passed away.
    By Country
    • The U.S. led with the greatest number of billionaires, with 540, followed by China with 251, Germany with 120, India with 84 and Russia with 77. California has 131 billionaires, including 9 newcomers, and more than any country besides the U.S. and China.
    • Regionally, Asia-Pacific boasted the most billionaires, with 590 billionaires, followed by the United States with 540 and Europe with 489.
    • There are billionaires from 67 countries and territories this year, compared to 70 last year. This year there are no billionaires from Guatemala, Kuwait, Lithuania, St Kitts and Nevis and Uganda.
    • Wealth is stretching to new corners of the world, with one new country, Qatar, represented on the list.
    Top 20
    The Top 20 billionaires have a combined net worth of $826.5 billion, down from $899 billion in 2015.
    RANKNAMENET WORTHUP/DOWN FROM 2015ORIGIN OF WEALTHCOUNTRY (by citizenship)
    1Bill Gates$75 bilDownMicrosoftU.S.
    2Amancio Ortega$67 bilUpRetailSpain
    3Warren Buffett$60.8 bilDownBerkshire HathawayU.S.
    4Carlos Slim Helú & family$50 bilDownTelecomMexico
    5Jeff Bezos$45.2 bilUpAmazon.comU.S.
    6Mark Zuckerberg$44.6 bilUpFacebookU.S.
    7Larry Ellison$43.6 bilDownOracleU.S.
    8Michael Bloomberg$40 bilUpBloomberg LPU.S.
    9Charles Koch$39.6 bilDownDiversifiedU.S.
    9David Koch$39.6 bilDownDiversifiedU.S.
    11Liliane Bettencourt$36.1 bilDownL’OréalFrance
    12Larry Page$35.2 bilUpGoogleU.S.
    13Sergey Brin$34.4 bilUpGoogleU.S.
    14Bernard Arnault$34 bilDownLVMHFrance
    15Jim Walton$33.6 bilDownWal-MartU.S.
    16Alice Walton$32.3 bilDownWal-MartU.S.
    17S. Robson Walton$31.9 bilDownWal-MartU.S.
    18Wang Jianlin$28.7 bilUpReal EstateChina
    19Jorge Paulo Lemann$27.8 bilUpFood & BeverageBrazil
    20Li Ka-shing$27.1 bilDownDiversifiedHong Kong
    Methodology
    The FORBES Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on Feb 12, 2016, when stock prices and exchange rates were locked in from around the world. It lists individuals rather than multigenerational families who share large fortunes. In some cases siblings and couples are listed together if the ownership breakdown among them isn’t clear; however, they still must be worth on average a minimum of $1 billion apiece to make the cut.

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