Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 World's Billionaires: Who is Richer than Bill Gates?

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth and nab the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the World's Billionaires. Slim’s fortune has gained $18.5 billion in 12 months. Shares of America Movil, of which Slim owns a $23 billion stake, were up 35% in a year. That puts him ahead of Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, who had held the title of world’s richest 14 of the past 15 years.
 
 

Here is the 2010 Forbes ranking of the top 20 richest people in the world:
  1. Carlos Slim (Mexico) - $53.5 billion, telecommunications
  2. Bill Gates (USA) - $53 billion, Microsoft
  3. Warren Buffett (USA) - $47 billion, Berkshire Hathaway
  4. Mukesh Ambani (India) - $29 billion, petrochemicals, oil and gas
  5. Lakshmi Mittal (India) - $28.7 billion, steel
  6. Larry Ellison (USA) - $28 billion, Oracle
  7. Bernard Arnault (France) - $27.5 billion, LVMH
  8. Eike Batista (Brazil) - $27 billion, mining, oil
  9. Amancio Ortega (Spain) - $25 billion, retail
  10. Karl Albrecht (Germany) - $23.5 billion, supermarkets
  11. Ingvar Kamprad & family (Sweden) - $23 billion, Ikea
  12. Christy Walton & family (USA) - $22.5 billion, Walmart
  13. Stefan Persson (Sweden) - $22.4 billion, Hennes & Mauritz
  14. Li Ka-shing (Hong Kong) - $21 billion, diversified
  15. Jim Walton (USA) - $20.7 billion, Walmart
  16. Alice Walton (USA) - $20.6 billion, Walmart
  17. Liliane Bettencourt (France) - $20 billion, L'Oreal
  18. S. Robson Walton (USA) - $19.8 billion, Walmart
  19. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud (Saudi Arabia) - $19.4 billion, investments
  20. David Thomson & family (Canada) - $19 billion, news and information
For the full Forbes ranking of the 2010 world's billionaires, visit  http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010_The-Worlds-Billionaires_Rank.html

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