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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:

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20 No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú

Source: Telecom , Age: 72 , Citizenship: Mexico

19 No. 2 Bill Gates

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Source: Microsoft, self-made , Age: 56 , Citizenship: U.S.

18 No. 3 Warren Buffett

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made , Age: 82 , Citizenship: U.S.

17 No. 4 Larry Ellison

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Source: Oracle, self-made , Age: 68 , Citizenship: U.S.

16 No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Source: LVMH, inherited and growing , Age: 63 , Citizenship: France

15 No. 6 Amancio Ortega

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Source: Zara, self-made , Age: 75 , Citizenship: Spain

14 No. 7 Charles Koch (tie)

Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 76, Citizenship: United States

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13 No. 7 David Koch (tie)

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Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 71 , Citizenship: United States

12 No. 9 Eike Batista

Source: Mining, oil, self-made , Age: 55 , Citizenship: Brazil

11 No. 10 Christy Walton & family

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Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 57 , Citizenship: U.S.

10 No. 11 Jim Walton

Net Worth:$26.8 billion – As of September 2012

Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 64 , Citizenship: United States

9 No. 12 Alice Walton

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Net Worth:$26.3 billion – As of March 2012

Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 62 , Citizenship: United States

8 No. 13 R. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $26.1 billion – As of September 2012

Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 68 , Citizenship: United States

7 No. 14 Stefan Persson

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Source: Hennes & Mauritz , Age: 64 , Citizenship: Sweden

6 No. 15 Li Ka-shing

Source: Diversified, self-made , Age: 83 , Citizenship: Hong Kong

5 No. 16 Karl Albrecht

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Source: Aldi, self-made , Age: 92 , Citizenship: Germany

4 No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

Source: Bloomberg PL, self-made , Age: 70 , Citizenship: USA

3 No. 18 Liliane Bettencourt

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Source: L'Oreal, inherited , Age: 89, Citizenship: France

2 No. 19 Jeff Bezos

Source of Wealth: Amazon.com, self-made , Age: 48, Citizenship: United States

1 No. 20 Mukesh Ambani

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Source: petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing, Age: 54 , Citizenship: India

[See full list on Forbes.com]

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