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Richest People In The World 2011 – Forbes Billionaires

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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 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.

No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú & family

Net Worth: $74 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Age: 71  , Citizenship: Mexico


No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth: $56 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Age: 55 ,  Citizenship: U.S.


No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $50 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Age: 80 , Citizenship: U.S.


No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth: $41 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source:LVMH, inherited and growing

Age: 62 , Citizenship: France


No. 5 Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $39.5 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Oracle, self-made

Age: 66 ,  Citizenship: U.S.


No. 6 Lakshmi Mittal

Net Worth: $31.1 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Steel, inherited and growing

Age: 60 ,  Citizenship: India


No. 7 Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $31 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Zara, self-made

Age: 74 ,  Citizenship: Spain


No. 8 Eike Batista

Net Worth: $30 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Mining, oil, self-made

Age: 54 ,  Citizenship: Brazil


No. 9 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth: $27 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing

Age: 53  ,  Citizenship: India


No. 10 Christy Walton & family

Net Worth: $26.5 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Walmart, inherited

Age:  56 , Citizenship: U.S.


No. 11 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth: $26 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, self-made

Age:  82 ,  Citizenship: Hong Kong


No. 12 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth: $25.5 billion

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.


No. 13 Stefan Persson

Net Worth: $24.5 billion

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


No. 14 Vladimir Lisin

Net Worth: $24 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Steel, self-made

Age: 54  ,  Citizenship: Russia


No. 15 Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $23.5 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: L’Oreal, inherited

Age:   88,  Citizenship: France


No. 16 Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth: $23.3 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Casinos, self-made

Age:  77 ,  Citizenship: United States


No. 17 David Thomson & family

Net Worth: $23 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: media, inherited

Age:   53,  Citizenship: Canada


No. 18 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth: $22 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, inherited and growing

Age:  75,  Citizenship: United States


No. 18 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth: $22 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Diversified, inherited and growing

Age:  70 ,  Citizenship: United States


No. 20 Jim Walton

Net Worth: $21.3 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Walmart, inherited

Age:  63 ,  Citizenship: United States


Source: Forbes Magazine

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