Every year, Forbes list of billionaires ranks the wealthiest people of the world according to their net worth in an annual year. The compiled list is published in the Forbes, American national business magazine. The total net worth is based on an individual’s assets and debts. Let’s take a look at top 10 people who managed to increase their net worth in the year 2013.
Karl Albrecht, a German billionaire businessman has a net worth of $26.9 billion. Karl Albrecht is the richest man in Germany. He co-founded the Aldi chain of grocery stores in Germany with his brother. Despite of being one of the billionaires in the world, Albrecht has always kept his life a mystery. He has never given any special appearances in public during his lifetime.
Liliane Bettencourt with a net worth of $30 billion, has become the 9th richest person in the world. Bettencourt is a Paris born businesswoman, heiress, socialite and philanthropist. Liliane Bettencourt’s maximum holdings come from her principal share from L'Oreal, and Nestle. L'Oreal is one of the largest cosmetic brands in the world.
Li Ka-shing, a Hong Kong-born businessman is a Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings. His net worth in 2013 is $31 billion, which is quite a success as compared to $25.5 billion in 2012. The net worth makes Li-Ka Shing the 8th richest person in the world. Shing began his life as a refugee, and now he owns a number of different business holdings across various networks
David Koch’s net worth in 2013 sums up to $36 billion. He is a chemical engineer, businessman, political activist, and philanthropist. David Koch is the co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries. He co-owns the company with his brother David Koch.
Charles Koch, an American business man has a net worth of $36 billion in 2013, as compared to $31 billion in 2012. Charles Koch is a businessman, philanthropist, author, political activist, CEO and chairman of the board of Koch Industries, Inc. In 1977, Charles Koch co-founded the Cato Institute with Murray Rothbard and Edward H. Crane. Koch industries is the second most successful, largest privately held, company in the United States.
Larry Ellison, the founder/CEO of Oracle currently enjoys a net worth of $41 billion in 2013, $7 billion up from the 2012 net worth. His net worth has brought him among the top 10 richest people in the world, right after Carlos Slim, Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, and Warren Buffett. Coming in the fifth position, the rank doesn’t affect this very competitive captain of the industry.
Warren Buffett, one of the top 10 richest in the world and has a net worth of $58.5 billion, which is quite a great achievement with $44 billion in 2012. Warren Buffett is famous for his unique and impeccable investing skills. He is one of the most successful investors in history. If someone had invested $10,000 with Warren Buffett five decades back, he or she would have $300 million today. The same amount invested in the S&P would only give $140,000.
Amancio Ortega, a Spanish fashion executive has a total net worth of $57 billion as of March, 2013. He is an entrepreneur who accumulated the net worth through his impeccable work in the fashion industry. Notably, Amancio Ortega is the founder and owner of one of the popular fashion brand, Zara. Zara was launched in 1975 in Arteixo, Galicia. It is a flagship chain store with over 1750 stores across the world.
Bill Gates needs no introduction. He is one of the most popular and richest businessmen in the world. Now his name comes first in the philanthropist list as well. Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates’s net worth in 2013 was calculated $72 billion, which is exactly $6 billion more than what he had in 2012. Bill is known to be one of the premier entrepreneurs who successfully cashed out the era of computer revolution. .
Carlos Slim is the richest person in the world. He has been able to maintain the topmost position on the list since 2007. The current net worth of Carlos Slim is $68.7 billion. His share of net worth includes the earnings from his holdings in mining, telecommunication, retail and many other industries. Carlos’s net worth is likely to cross the $100 billion mark in the coming years if he continues to hold the same position.