Bloomberg Billionaires Index (archive)
A dynamic daily ranking of the world’s richest people based on changes in markets, the economy and their personal assets.
Explore view: filter billionaires by industry, nationality, gender, age or source of wealth. Sort them by rank, daily or yearly change in wealth.

Filtered view of Chinese billionaires sorted by rank.

Rank view graphs changes in net worth over time, by rank or dollar amount.

Plot view compares billionaires against various metrics.

Map view places individuals geographically, sized by net worth and other metrics.

Individual profiles display a breakdown of assets, a bio, notable possessions and links to news stories.
Demo video of features

Originally, this data was only available to Bloomberg Terminal subscribers

Early sketches

Imagining the available data as various slices of a cube

Abandoned sketch idea that compares billionaire’s net worth to their country's GDP.

Development of color palette, typography and use of illustrations.

Compiling location data of billionaires’ countries of residence.

Using Processing to plot these locations geographically.

Proof of concept: the raw output rendered by Processing (circle size represents individual's net worth)
Team
Lisa Strausfeld, head of Visual Data
Hilla Katki, design director
Christopher Cannon, senior designer
Jeremy Diamond, interaction designer/prototyper
Kenton Powell, designer
Christian Swinehart, developer
Lina Chen, illustrator

Selected Awards & Press
Fast Company (1) (2)
Wired
Business Insider
CNN
Flowing Data
N.Y. Times
Harvard Business Review
Information is Beautiful
Webbys
Best American Infographics
Raw Data: The Information Designer’s Sketchbook