World’s Richest Men 2012

World Money

This 26th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember, with an all-time high . The 2012 Forbes Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,226) and combined wealth ($4.6 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany, one of only six nations to have fewer billionaires this year.

No. 1 Carlos Slim HelĂș


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$69 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Telecom , Age: 72 , Citizenship: Mexico



No. 2 Bill Gates

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$61 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Microsoft, self-made , Age: 56 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 3 Warren Buffett

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$44 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made , Age: 81 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 4 Bernard Arnault

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$41 billion – As of March 2012
Source: LVMH, inherited and growing , Age: 63 , Citizenship: France



No. 5 Amancio Ortega


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$37.5 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Zara, self-made , Age: 75 , Citizenship: Spain



No. 6 Larry Ellison


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$36 billion – As of March 2011
Source: Oracle, self-made , Age: 67 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 7 Eike Batista


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$30 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Mining, oil, self-made , Age: 55 , Citizenship: Brazil



No. 8 Stefan Persson


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$26 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Hennes & Mauritz , Age: 64 , Citizenship: Sweden



No. 9 Li Ka-shing

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$25.5 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Diversified, self-made , Age: 83 , Citizenship: Hong Kong



No. 10 Karl Albrecht

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$25.4 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Aldi, self-made , Age: 92 , Citizenship: Germany

 



No. 11 Charles Koch (tie)

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$25 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 76, Citizenship: United States



No. 11 David Koch (tie)


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$25 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 71 , Citizenship: United States



No. 13 Sheldon Adelson

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$24.9 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Casinos, self-made , Age: 78 , Citizenship: United States



No. 14 Jim Walton


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$23.7 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 64 , Citizenship: United States



No. 15 R. Robson Walton


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$23.1 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 68 , Citizenship: United States



No. 16 Mukesh Ambani


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$22.3 billion – As of March 2012
Source: petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing, Age: 54 , Citizenship: India



No. 17 Michael Bloomberg


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$22 billion – As of March 2012
Source: Bloomberg PL, self-made , Age: 70 , Citizenship: USA


[See full list on Forbes.com]