Forbes list tracks billionaires' stocks
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange following its reopening, October 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
Once upon a time, you had to wait for the annual Forbes list to find which very rich people are the very richest. Now, you can check in every five minutes.
In the spring of 2012, Forbes launched Real-Time Billionaires, which tracks the value of top stocks owned by the world's 50 richest people and it updates its data every five minutes. That way, you can watch people who have more money than you can imagine gain and lose millions in a matter of minutes.
"We are now tracking the biggest gains and losses for the public holdings of a select group of high-profile billionaires. The value of the billionaires' top public holdings, up to three maximum and each worth at least $700 million, are updated on a 15-minute delay every five minutes from the time the New York Stock Exchange opens at 9:30 until trading ends at 4 p.m.," Forbes explains.