Top 10 Wealthiest Billionaires in the World

This list of the wealthiest people by Forbes magazine was eagerly awaited. Now that it is finally here, we can take a peek at how much the richest billionaires of the world are worth and who surpassed who in the top. The list features 1,426 people of which 442 are from the US, 386 from Asia-Pacific, 366 from Europe, 129 from the Americas and 103 from Middle East and Africa. The total net worth of the world’s richest was calculated at a staggering $5.4 trillion.

1.Carlos Slim Helu

Like many others on this list, this wealthy telecom tycoon is no stranger to being worth billions. Last year he was worth $69 billion and this year he managed to rise to $73 billion. It is his fourth time on the top of the list of the world’s richest. His most successful year so far was last year when good fortune smiled upon 73 year-old Carlos Slim.

2.Bill Gates

Mr. Gates is one of the best known philanthropists of our years and his value is now calculated at $67 billion. His success story is not a very common one, as dropping out of college seemed to be the boost his career needed. This path led him towards opening a huge software company. The company worked wonders for him and he was among the first to be featured on Forbes’ list of world’s richest.

3.Amancio Ortega

Said to be the one who gained the most worth over the past year ($19.5 billion), Amancio Ortega is a Spanish fashion retailer that owns the Zara stores. His enormous gain brought him from number 5 on the list to number 3. His net worth this year is $57 billion which is a giant step ahead from last year’s $37.5 billion.

4.Warren Buffet

Mr. Buffet, also known as the Wizard of Omaha, has increased his net worth by no less than $9.5 billion since last year. However, for the first time since 2000, he was ranked lower than third place. Clever investments are what, over the years, raised Warren Buffet’s worth to an amazing $53.5 billion.

5.Larry Ellison

For this tycoon, business is all about knowing which things are worth investing in, which are not and which the best deal is. Ellison bought 98% of Lanai Island in Hawaii, which was formerly owned by David Murdock. The land includes a housing development and two resort hotels. His net worth this year is estimated at $43 billion, $7 billion more than last year.

 

6.Charles Koch (US)

Went from $25 billion (last year) to $34 billion.

7.David Koch (US)

Went from $25 billion (last year) to $34 billion.

8.Li Ka-Shing

Went from $25.5 billion (last year) to $31 billion.

9.Liliane Bettencourt (France)

Went from $24 billion (last year) to $30 billion.

10.Bernard Arnault (France)

Went from $41 billion (last year) to $29 billion.

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