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Carlos Slim Tops Forbes Billionaire List

  • Carlos Slim Helu (left), age 73. Net worth: $73 billion
  • Bill Gates, age 57. Net worth: $67 billion
  • Amancio Ortega, age 76. Net worth: $57 billion
  • Warren Buffett, age 83. Net worth: $53.5 billion
  • Larry Ellison, age 68. Net worth: $43 billion
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According to the newly released Forbes Magazine list of the world’s billionaires, there are now 1,426 billionaires in the world, with a combined net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion last year.

The United States is home to the most billionaires with 442, but the Asia-Pacific region is catching up with 386, according to Forbes. Europe has 366 billionaires, while Latin America has 129 and the Middle East and Africa have 103.

The top two spots on the list are the same as last year, with Mexican telecoms mogul Carlos Slim ranked number one and Microsoft’s Bill Gates in the second spot. Slim unseated Gates from the top spot in 2010. U.S. investor Warren Buffett fell from the top three for the first time since 2000, replaced by Spain’s Amancio Ortega.

Forbes has been publishing the billionaires list for 27 years.

Here are the top 10, their nationality, estimated net worth and business:

Carlos Slim
Mexico
$73 billion
Telecoms

Bill Gates
United States
$67 billion
Microsoft

Amancio Ortega
Spain
$57 billion
Fashion executive, Zara

Warren Buffett
United States
$53.5 billion
Investor, Berkshire Hathaway

Larry Ellison
United States
$43 billion
Oracle

Charles Koch
United States
$34 billion
diversified

David Koch
United States
$34 billion
diversified

Li Ka-shing
Hong Kong
$31 billion
diversified

Liliane Bettencourt and family
France
$30 billion
L’Oreal

Bernard Arnault and family
France
$29 billion
LVMH

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by: NVO from: USA
March 04, 2013 5:48 PM
The house of Rothschild owns $Trillions. They only need to administer their
wealth, to see that it is nicely placed, they do not need to work, at least
not by what we understand as work. But who provides them and thier like
with such an enormous amount of money?

Who does this? You do it, nobody but you! That's right, it is your money,
hard earned through care and sorrow, which is drawn as if magnetically into
the coffers of these insatiable people.



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