Richest People In The World – Forbes Billionaires

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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

Net Worth:

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


No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth:

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


No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth:

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


No. 4 Larry Ellison

Net Worth:

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

Net Worth:

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


No. 7 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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


No. 7 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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


No. 9 Eike Batista

Net Worth:

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


No. 10 Christy Walton & family

Net Worth:

$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

Net Worth:

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


No. 15 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth:

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


No. 16 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth:

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


No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth:

$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

Net Worth:

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


No. 20 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth:

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


[See full list on Forbes.com]

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Richest People In The World – Forbes Billionaires