This year, 29 rich people got 5 points, the same number as last year. The number of people scoring 3 and 4 points is higher than a year ago, reflecting two things: some of the richest people have become more generous; Forbes has more information to use this year. Some people who were reluctant to provide donation information last year shared their information this year. As a result, 40 people scored higher scores this year.
However, Forbes acknowledged that its findings were not accurate, and some members of the 400 Rich List said they chose to donate anonymously for religious or privacy reasons.