Who Is the World's Richest Man?
Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Hel
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There are a record 1,226 billionaires in the world this year worth a combined $4.6 trillion, according to the 2012 Forbes World's Billionaires list. Reigning as the wealthiest among them — the richest man in the world — for the third year in a row is Carlos Slim Helú, a Mexican telecom magnate with $69 billion to his name.
But Helú's fortune is falling and he may soon be surpassed as the world’s wealthiest person. The 72-year-old's net worth is down $5 billion this year compared to 2011, and the gap between him and the former world's richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has narrowed. Gates, 56, added $5 billion to his worth over the past year, bringing his total to $61 billion.
Warren Buffett, an octogenarian American investor nicknamed the "Oracle of Omaha," ranks at no. 3, with a net worth of $44 billion.
Here's the full top-10 list of the world’s richest people as of March 2012, as seen at Forbes.com:
#1: Carlos Slim Helú & family (Mexico) – $69 billion net worth – Source of wealth: telecom industry
#2: Bill Gates (U.S.) – $61 B – Microsoft
#3: Warren Buffett (U.S.) – $44 B– Berkshire Hathaway
#4: Bernard Arnault (France) – $41 B – LVMH
#5: Amancio Ortega (Spain) – $37.5 B – Zara
#6: Larry Ellison (U.S.) – $36 B – Oracle
#7: Eike Batista (Brazil) – $30 B – mining, oil
#8: Stefan Persson (Sweden) – $26 B – H&M
#9: Li Ka-shing (Hong Kong) – $25.5 B – diversified
#10 Karl Albrecht (Germany) – $25.4 B – Aldi
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