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World's Richest Men 2012

This 26th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember, with an all-time high . The 2012 Forbes Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,226) and combined wealth ($4.6 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany, one of only six nations to have fewer billionaires this year.

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17 No. 1 Carlos Slim Helú

Net Worth:

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

16 No. 2 Bill Gates

Net Worth:

$61 billion - As of March 2012Source: Microsoft, self-made , Age: 56 , Citizenship: U.S.

15 No. 3 Warren Buffett

Net Worth:

$44 billion - As of March 2012Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made , Age: 81 , Citizenship: U.S.

14 No. 4 Bernard Arnault

Net Worth:

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

13 No. 5 Amancio Ortega

Net Worth:

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

12 No. 6 Larry Ellison

Net Worth:

$36 billion - As of March 2011Source: Oracle, self-made , Age: 67 , Citizenship: U.S.

11 No. 7 Eike Batista

Net Worth:

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

10 No. 8 Stefan Persson

Net Worth:

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

9 No. 9 Li Ka-shing

Net Worth:

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

8 No. 10 Karl Albrecht

Net Worth:

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

 

7 No. 11 Charles Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

$25 billion - As of March 2012Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 76, Citizenship: United States

6 No. 11 David Koch (tie)

Net Worth:

$25 billion - As of March 2012Source: Diversified, inherited and growing , Age: 71 , Citizenship: United States

5 No. 13 Sheldon Adelson

Net Worth:

$24.9 billion - As of March 2012Source: Casinos, self-made , Age: 78 , Citizenship: United States

4 No. 14 Jim Walton

Net Worth:

$23.7 billion - As of March 2012Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 64 , Citizenship: United States

3 No. 15 R. Robson Walton

Net Worth:

$23.1 billion - As of March 2012Source: Walmart, inherited , Age: 68 , Citizenship: United States

2 No. 16 Mukesh Ambani

Net Worth:

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

1 No. 17 Michael Bloomberg

Net Worth:

$22 billion - As of March 2012Source: Bloomberg PL, self-made , Age: 70 , Citizenship: USA

[See full list on Forbes.com]

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