Davos 2016: 62 individuals who held the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity in 2015
The wealth of these 62 individuals, alone has risen by 44% since 2010Reuters

A report on the gap between the world's super-rich and the poorest was released by anti-poverty charity, Oxfam on the eve of Davos 2016. The annual event sees a gathering of the wealthy and powerful from around the world.

According to the report, in 2015, just 62 individuals had wealth, equalling to that of 3.6 billion people, who form the poorer half of the entire world.

Below is the 2015 Forbes list of the world's top billionaires:

Rank Name Net Worth Source Country of Citizenship
1 Bill Gates $79.2bn Microsoft United States
2 Carlos Slim Helu $77.1bn telecom Mexico
3 Warren Buffett $72.7bn Berkshire Hathaway United States
4 Amancio Ortega $64.5bn Zara Spain
5 Larry Ellison $54.3bn Oracle United States
6 Charles Koch $42.9bn diversified United States
6 David Koch $42.9bn diversified United States
8 Christy Walton $41.7bn Wal-Mart United States
9 Jim Walton $40.6bn Wal-Mart United States
10 Liliane Bettencourt $40.1bn L'Oreal France
11 Alice Walton $39.4bn Wal-Mart United States
12 S. Robson Walton $39.1bn Wal-Mart United States
13 Bernard Arnault $37.2bn LVMH France
14 Michael Bloomberg $35.5bn Bloomberg LP United States
15 Jeff Bezos $34.8bn Amazon.com United States
16 Mark Zuckerberg $33.4bn Facebook United States
17 Li Ka-shing $33.3bn diversified Hong Kong
18 Sheldon Adelson $31.4bn casinos United States
19 Larry Page $29.7bn Google United States
20 Sergey Brin $29.2bn Google United States
21 Georg Schaeffler $26.9bn ball bearings Germany
22 Forrest Mars, Jr. $26.6bn candy United States
22 Jacqueline Mars $26.6bn candy United States
22 John Mars $26.6bn candy United States
25 David Thomson $25.5bn media Canada
26 Jorge Paulo Lemann $25bn beer Brazil
27 Lee Shau Kee $24.8bn real estate Hong Kong
28 Stefan Persson $24.5bn H&M Sweden
29 George Soros $24.2bn hedge funds United States
29 Wang Jianlin $24.2bn real estate China
31 Carl Icahn $23.5bn investments United States
32 Maria Franca Fissolo $23.4bn Nutella, chocolates Italy
33 Jack Ma $22.7bn e-commerce China
34 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $22.6bn investments Saudi Arabia
35 Steve Ballmer $21.5bn Microsoft United States
35 Phil Knight $21.5bn Nike United States
37 Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. $21.3bn supermarkets Germany
38 Li Hejun $21.1bn solar power equipment China
39 Mukesh Ambani $21bn petrochemicals, oil & gas India
40 Leonardo Del Vecchio $20.4bn eyeglasses Italy
41 Len Blavatnik $20.2bn diversified United States
41 Tadashi Yanai $20.2bn retail Japan
43 Charles Ergen $20.1bn Dish Network United States
44 Dilip Shanghvi $20bn pharmaceuticals India
45 Laurene Powell Jobs $19.5bn Apple, Disney United States
46 Dieter Schwarz $19.4bn retail Germany
47 Michael Dell $19.2bn Dell United States
48 Azim Premji $19.1bn software India
49 Theo Albrecht, Jr. $19bn Aldi, Trader Joe's Germany
50 Michael Otto $18.1bn retail, real estate Germany
51 Paul Allen $17.5bn Microsoft, investments United States
52 Joseph Safra $17.3bn banking Brazil
53 Anne Cox Chambers $17bn media United States
54 Susanne Klatten $16.8bn BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
55 Pallonji Mistry $16.3bn construction Ireland
56 Ma Huateng $16.1bn internet media China
57 Patrick Drahi $16bn Telecom France
58 Thomas & Raymond Kwok $15.9bn real estate Hong Kong
59 Stefan Quandt $15.6bn BMW Germany
60 Ray Dalio $15.4bn hedge funds United States
60 Vladimir Potanin $15.4bn metals Russia
62 Serge Dassault $15.3bn aviation France

The number is down from the 388 individuals in 2010, indicating that the wealth of these 62 individuals, alone has risen by 44% over the same five-year period, marking an increase of more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76tn (£1.24tn,€1.61tn). According to the report the wealth of the bottom half of the global population fell by just over $1tn in the same period, marking a 41% decline.

Oxfam said that it calculated the wealth of the richest 62 by using data from Forbes' billionaires list published in March 2015.

The release of the report coincides with Davos 2016, the event which marks the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that will see numerous business leaders and stalwarts from the political, civil, media and religious world including Leonardo DiCaprio and David Cameron converge at the Swiss ski resort.

The theme of this year's meet is: The Fourth Industrial Revolution. While discussions would focus on the impact of robots and artificial intelligence in the real world, the spotlight for the 2,500 participants will remain on global financial markets and whether or not the recent slowdown would provide more evidence of potential trouble in future.