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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has seen his fortune shrink by $8.7 billion (£6.6bn) over the past year, according to the latest Forbes rich list.

As the company faced criticism over its handling of users' private data and fake news, Facebook's shares fell by as much as a third at one point, having a direct impact on Zuckerberg's wealth.

Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos remains the world's richest person with a fortune of $131bn, which grew by $19bn in 2018. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had long topped the list, maintained second place with a net worth of $95bn.

Overall, the combined fortune of those on the list fell from $9.1 trillion to $8.7tn.

Forbes also said there are fewer billionaires than 12 months ago, with the average fortune falling from $4.1bn to $4bn. Nearly 1,000 of the 2,153 billionaires also saw their worth shrink, Forbes said.

The US is home to the most billionaires with 607, followed by China on 324. The UK has 52 billionaires, with Ineos founder James Ratcliffe topping the individual list with $12.1bn. However, the Hinduja brothers have a combined worth of $16.9bn.

Just 252 of the billionaires on the list are women, with China's Wu Yajun the richest at $9.4bn.