Participants gathering in the main hall of the congress center during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Billionaires attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland, expect to be richer when they return to the Alpine village next year. About a half-dozen of the wealthiest participants, including Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest person, and Irish telecommunications mogul Denis O'Brien, said stocks would rise, interest rates would remain low and they'd avoid investing in the virtual currency Bitcoin in 2014 . Dangote is one of at least 80 billionaires joining more than 2,500 business and political leaders in Davos this week, according to a list of attendees and promotional materials obtained by Bloomberg News.As billionaires bet on accelerating growth and rising asset prices, income inequality is emerging as a key theme for this week's annual meeting. A study released last week by the forum identified the income gap as the most probable menace to the global economy during the next decade. O'Brien has attended Davos for more than a decade and flew in last year on his Gulfstream 550 jet plane for the event's penultimate day.O'Brien said the biggest hurdle facing the global economy are politicians.
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