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By The Numbers

The numbers for May 17, 2013: Bill Gates is the richest man in the world (again)

Max Bernstein May 17, 2013
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$72.7 Billion

The net worth of Bill Gates, who is once again the richest man in the world after Microsoft’s stock price rose on Thursday. (LAT)

1,115

How many miles, on average, between a re-tweeter and the original tweet, says a set of visualizations. (Scientific American)

50 million

Venezuela’s government has promised to import this many rolls of toilet paper to help citizens do their business after a nation-wide shortage. (The Atlantic)

50%

The chance of winning this year’s Eurovision contest for Danish pop singer Emmelie de Forest, according to Microsoft’s PredictWise software. For the record, it guessed this year’s Oscar winners in 19 out of 24 categories. (Bloomberg)

$26

The price per share of Facebook stock, one year since Facebook’s IPO. The social media giant debuted at $38 a share. That said, sales are up 36 percent this year. (Time)

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