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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

Net Worth:

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

19 No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth:

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

18 No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth:

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

17 No. 4 Larry Ellison

Net Worth:

$41 billion - As of September 2012Source: Oracle, self-made , Age: 68 , Citizenship: U.S.

16 No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth:

$41 billion - As of March 2012Source: LVMH, inherited and growing , Age: 63 , Citizenship: France

15 No. 6 Amancio Ortega

Net Worth:

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

14 No. 7 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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

13 No. 7 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

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

12 No. 9 Eike Batista

Net Worth:

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

11 No. 10 Christy Walton & family

Net Worth:

$27.9 billion - As of September 2012Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 57 , Citizenship: U.S.

10 No. 11 Jim Walton

Net Worth:$26.8 billion – As of September 2012Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 64 , Citizenship: United States

9 No. 12 Alice Walton

Net Worth:$26.3 billion – As of March 2012Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 62 , Citizenship: United States

8 No. 13 R. Robson Walton

Net Worth: $26.1 billion – As of September 2012Source of Wealth: Walmart, inherited , Age: 68 , Citizenship: United States

7 No. 14 Stefan Persson

Net Worth:

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

6 No. 15 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth:

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

5 No. 16 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth:

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

4 No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth:

$25 billion - As of September 2012Source: Bloomberg PL, self-made , Age: 70 , Citizenship: USA

3 No. 18 Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $24 billion

- As of March 2012Source: L'Oreal, inherited , Age: 89, Citizenship: France

2 No. 19 Jeff Bezos

Net Worth:

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

1 No. 20 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth:

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

[See full list on Forbes.com]

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