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Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half'

The world's eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam. The charity said its figures, which critics have queried, came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was "far greater than feared". Oxfam's report coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.


The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's richest people updated daily. In calculating net worth, Bloomberg News strives to provide the most transparent calculations available. Each Bloomberg Billionaires profile contains a detailed analysis of how that person's fortune has been tallied.

May flies into new Chinese security row

Theresa May has been urged to call in the security services to vet a £5bn business deal that could see China take control of one of the world’s largest computer hosting networks, headquartered in Britain. The former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is among senior politicians and experts who raised concerns this weekend about the security risks posed by the sale of the data centres to the Chinese by Britain’s richest brothers.

Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry, which is one of the worlds richest data collections on 11,000 twins. We appeared together on BBC Breakfast and I contributed to his Biomedical Forum lecture and have been on the Twin Register for well over a decade.