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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 tr

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.

17 No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú

16 No. 2 Bill Gates

15 No. 3 Warren Buffett

14 No. 4 Bernard Arnault

13 No. 5 Amancio Ortega

12 No. 6 Larry Ellison

11 No. 7 Eike Batista

10 No. 8 Stefan Persson

9 No. 9 Li Ka-shing

8 No. 10 Karl Albrecht

 

7 No. 11 Charles Koch (tie)

6 No. 11 David Koch (tie)

5 No. 13 Sheldon Adelson

4 No. 14 Jim Walton

3 No. 15 R. Robson Walton

2 No. 16 Mukesh Ambani

1 No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

[See full list on Forbes.com]

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