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Richest People In The World 2011 - Forbes Billionaires

This 25th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember. The 2011 Forbes Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion). This horde surp

This 25th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember. The 2011 Forbes Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany, one of only six nations to have fewer billionaires this year.

BRICs led the way: Brazil, Russia, India and China produced 108 of the 214 new names. These four nations are home to one in four members, up from one in 10 five years ago. Before this year only the U.S. had ever produced more than 100 billionaires. China now has 115 and Russia 101.

20 No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú & family

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Telecom 

Age: 71  , Citizenship: Mexico

19 No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Age: 55 ,  Citizenship: U.S.

18 No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Age: 80 , Citizenship: U.S.

17 No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source:LVMH, inherited and growing

Age: 62 , Citizenship: France

16 No. 5 Larry Ellison

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Oracle, self-made

Age: 66 ,  Citizenship: U.S.

15 No. 6 Lakshmi Mittal

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Steel, inherited and growing

Age: 60 ,  Citizenship: India

14 No. 7 Amancio Ortega

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Zara, self-made

Age: 74 ,  Citizenship: Spain

13 No. 8 Eike Batista

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Mining, oil, self-made

Age: 54 ,  Citizenship: Brazil

12 No. 9 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing

Age: 53  ,  Citizenship: India

11 No. 10 Christy Walton & family

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Walmart, inherited

Age:  56 , Citizenship: U.S.

10 No. 11 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, self-made

Age:  82 ,  Citizenship: Hong Kong

9 No. 12 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Aldi, self-made

Age: 91 ,  Citizenship:Germany

Germany's richest man, owns discount-supermarket giant Aldi Sud (estimated sales: $40 billion). Younger brother, Theo, also a billionaire, died in July 2010.

8 No. 13 Stefan Persson

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Hennes & Mauritz

Age: 63 ,  Citizenship: Sweden

Cheap chic mogul is chairman of Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). Retailer is known for bringing on big names like Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney to design affordable collections for its 2,200 stores

7 No. 14 Vladimir Lisin

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Steel, self-made

Age: 54  ,  Citizenship: Russia

6 No. 15 Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: L'Oreal, inherited

Age:   88,  Citizenship: France

5 No. 16 Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Casinos, self-made

Age:  77 ,  Citizenship: United States

4 No. 17 David Thomson & family

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: media, inherited

Age:   53,  Citizenship: Canada

3 No. 18 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, inherited and growing

Age:  75,  Citizenship: United States

2 No. 18 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, inherited and growing

Age:  70 ,  Citizenship: United States

1 No. 20 Jim Walton

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Walmart, inherited

Age:  63 ,  Citizenship: United States

Source: Forbes Magazine

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