Richest People In The World – Forbes Billionaires

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Richest People In The World – Forbes Billionaires

Who are the richest people in the world? Undeniably, many people are always enthralled by the lives of wealthy personalities and are always interested about knowing how they have actually succeed. For over twenty six years now, Forbes, a famous business magazine, has been following the lives of these world renowned wealthy personalities. In 2012, Carlos Slim Helu was again hailed as the richest man in the world after losing out Bill Gates in 2010, the cofounder of Microsoft, by a difference of $500 million. After Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the owner of Berkshire Hathaway gets into the list. Their wealth is actually based on their company’s profit, and its net worth and shares in the market.

Below is the top twenty list of the world’s richest people as of 2012:

No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú


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



No. 2 Bill Gates

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$66 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Microsoft, self-made , Age: 56 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 3 Warren Buffett

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$46 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made , Age: 82 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 4 Larry Ellison


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$41 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Oracle, self-made , Age: 68 , 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. 6 Amancio Ortega


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



No. 7 Charles Koch (tie)

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$31 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 76, Citizenship: United States



No. 7 David Koch (tie)


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$31 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 71 , Citizenship: United States



No. 9 Eike Batista


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



No. 10 Christy Walton & family


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$27.9 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 57 , Citizenship: U.S.



No. 11 Jim Walton



Net Worth:$26.8 billion – As of September 2012
Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 64 , Citizenship: United States



No. 12 Alice Walton



Net Worth:$26.3 billion – As of March 2012
Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 62 , Citizenship: United States



No. 13 R. Robson Walton



Net Worth: $26.1 billion – As of September 2012
Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 68 , Citizenship: United States

No. 14 Stefan Persson


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



No. 15 Li Ka-shing

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



No. 16 Karl Albrecht

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



No. 17 Michael Bloomberg


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$25 billion – As of September 2012
Source: Bloomberg PL, self-made , Age: 70 , Citizenship: USA



No. 18 Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $24 billion
















– As of March 2012
Source: L’Oreal, inherited , Age: 89, Citizenship: France



No. 19 Jeff Bezos


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$23.2 billion – As of September 2012
Source of Wealth: Amazon.com, self-made , Age: 48, Citizenship: United States



No. 20 Mukesh Ambani


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


[See full list on Forbes.com]