World’s Richest Men 2012

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 Helú

Net Worth:

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


No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth:

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


No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth:

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


No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth:

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


No. 5 Amancio Ortega

Net Worth:

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


No. 6 Larry Ellison

Net Worth:

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


No. 7 Eike Batista

Net Worth:

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


No. 8 Stefan Persson

Net Worth:

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


No. 9 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth:

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


No. 10 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth:

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

 


No. 11 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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


No. 11 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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


No. 13 Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth:

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


No. 14 Jim Walton

Net Worth:

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


No. 15 R. Robson Walton

Net Worth:

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


No. 16 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth:

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


No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth:

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


[See full list on Forbes.com]

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