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:

RankNameNet WorthSourceCountry of Citizenship
1Bill Gates$79.2bnMicrosoftUnited States
2Carlos Slim Helu$77.1bntelecomMexico
3Warren Buffett$72.7bnBerkshire HathawayUnited States
4Amancio Ortega$64.5bnZaraSpain
5Larry Ellison$54.3bnOracleUnited States
6Charles Koch$42.9bndiversifiedUnited States
6David Koch$42.9bndiversifiedUnited States
8Christy Walton$41.7bnWal-MartUnited States
9Jim Walton$40.6bnWal-MartUnited States
10Liliane Bettencourt$40.1bnL'OrealFrance
11Alice Walton$39.4bnWal-MartUnited States
12S. Robson Walton$39.1bnWal-MartUnited States
13Bernard Arnault$37.2bnLVMHFrance
14Michael Bloomberg$35.5bnBloomberg LPUnited States
15Jeff Bezos$34.8bnAmazon.comUnited States
16Mark Zuckerberg$33.4bnFacebookUnited States
17Li Ka-shing$33.3bndiversifiedHong Kong
18Sheldon Adelson$31.4bncasinosUnited States
19Larry Page$29.7bnGoogleUnited States
20Sergey Brin$29.2bnGoogleUnited States
21Georg Schaeffler$26.9bnball bearingsGermany
22Forrest Mars, Jr.$26.6bncandyUnited States
22Jacqueline Mars$26.6bncandyUnited States
22John Mars$26.6bncandyUnited States
25David Thomson$25.5bnmediaCanada
26Jorge Paulo Lemann$25bnbeerBrazil
27Lee Shau Kee$24.8bnreal estateHong Kong
28Stefan Persson$24.5bnH&MSweden
29George Soros$24.2bnhedge fundsUnited States
29Wang Jianlin$24.2bnreal estateChina
31Carl Icahn$23.5bninvestmentsUnited States
32Maria Franca Fissolo$23.4bnNutella, chocolatesItaly
33Jack Ma$22.7bne-commerceChina
34Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud$22.6bninvestmentsSaudi Arabia
35Steve Ballmer$21.5bnMicrosoftUnited States
35Phil Knight$21.5bnNikeUnited States
37Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.$21.3bnsupermarketsGermany
38Li Hejun$21.1bnsolar power equipmentChina
39Mukesh Ambani$21bnpetrochemicals, oil & gasIndia
40Leonardo Del Vecchio$20.4bneyeglassesItaly
41Len Blavatnik$20.2bndiversifiedUnited States
41Tadashi Yanai$20.2bnretailJapan
43Charles Ergen$20.1bnDish NetworkUnited States
44Dilip Shanghvi$20bnpharmaceuticalsIndia
45Laurene Powell Jobs$19.5bnApple, DisneyUnited States
46Dieter Schwarz$19.4bnretailGermany
47Michael Dell$19.2bnDellUnited States
48Azim Premji$19.1bnsoftwareIndia
49Theo Albrecht, Jr.$19bnAldi, Trader Joe'sGermany
50Michael Otto$18.1bnretail, real estateGermany
51Paul Allen$17.5bnMicrosoft, investmentsUnited States
52Joseph Safra$17.3bnbankingBrazil
53Anne Cox Chambers$17bnmediaUnited States
54Susanne Klatten$16.8bnBMW, pharmaceuticalsGermany
55Pallonji Mistry$16.3bnconstructionIreland
56Ma Huateng$16.1bninternet mediaChina
57Patrick Drahi$16bnTelecomFrance
58Thomas & Raymond Kwok$15.9bnreal estateHong Kong
59Stefan Quandt$15.6bnBMWGermany
60Ray Dalio$15.4bnhedge fundsUnited States
60Vladimir Potanin$15.4bnmetalsRussia
62Serge Dassault$15.3bnaviationFrance

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.