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Billionaires of the World

Carlos SlimForbes list of billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, compiled and published by Forbes. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. The list only represents each person's valuation on a single day, due to daily fluctuations among exchange rates and stock valuations.

The Internet bubble created the most paper wealth for some billionaires. However, once the dotcom bubble burst the new rich saw their fortunes disappear. Billionaires' fortunes have been hit even harder by the global financial crisis. 2009 was the first time in five years that the world had a net loss in the number of billionaires. The strong performance of the financial markets and global economic recovery have erased financial assets losses. Most of the richest people on the planet have seen their fortunes soar in the past few years.

Even though the rest of us are suffering in the present economic climate, the combined worth of the worlds billionaires is rising every year.  This year (2013) it is $5.4 TRILLION.  Also, except for a blip in 2009, the number of billionaires is also rising every year.  There are 1426 of them this year. 

Year

Number of billionaires

Group's combined net worth

2013

1,426

$5.4 trillion

2012

1,226

$4.6 trillion

2011

1,210

$4.5 trillion

2010

1,011

$3.6 trillion

2009

793

$2.4 trillion

2008

1,125

$4.4 trillion

2007

946

$3.5 trillion

2006

793

$2.6 trillion

2005

691

$2.2 trillion

2004

587

$1.9 trillion

2003

476

$1.4 trillion

2002

497

$1.5 trillion

2001

538

$1.8 trillion

2000

470

$898 billion

2013 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Carlos Slim

$73.0 billion 

73

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso

2

Bill Gates

$67.0 billion 

57

 United States

Microsoft

3

Amancio Ortega

$57.0 billion 

76

 Spain

Inditex Group

4

Warren Buffett

$53.5 billion 

82

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

5

Larry Ellison

$43.0 billion 

68

 United States

Oracle Corporation

6

Charles Koch

$34.0 billion 

77

 United States

Koch Industries

7

David Koch

$34.0 billion 

72

 United States

Koch Industries

8

Li Ka-shing

$31.0 billion 

84

 Hong KongCanada

Cheung Kong Holdings

9

Liliane Bettencourt

$30.0 billion 

90

 France

L'Oréal

10

Bernard Arnault

$29.0 billion 

63

 France

LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

2012 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Carlos Slim

$69.0 billion 

72

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso

2

Bill Gates

$61.0 billion 

56

 United States

Microsoft

3

Warren Buffett

$44.0 billion 

81

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

4

Bernard Arnault

$41.0 billion 

63

 France

LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

5

Amancio Ortega

$37.5 billion 

75

 Spain

Inditex Group

6

Larry Ellison

$36.0 billion 

67

 United States

Oracle Corporation

7

Eike Batista

$30.0 billion 

55

 Brazil

EBX Group

8

Stefan Persson

$26.0 billion 

64

 Sweden

H&M

9

Li Ka-shing

$25.5 billion 

83

 Hong KongCanada

Cheung Kong Holdings

10

Karl Albrecht

$25.4 billion 

92

 Germany

Aldi

2011 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Carlos Slim

$74.0 billion 

71

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso

2

Bill Gates

$56.0 billion 

56

 United States

Microsoft

3

Warren Buffett

$50.0 billion 

81

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

4

Bernard Arnault

$41.0 billion 

62

 France

LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

5

Lawrence Ellison

$39.5 billion 

66

 United States

Oracle Corporation

6

Lakshmi Mittal

$31.1 billion 

60

 India

Arcelor Mittal

7

Amancio Ortega

$31.0 billion 

74

 Spain

Inditex Group

8

Eike Batista

$30.0 billion 

53

 Brazil

EBX Group

9

Mukesh Ambani

$27.0 billion 

53

 India

Reliance Industries

10

Christy Walton

$26.5 billion 

55

 United States

Walmart

2010 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Carlos Slim

$53.5 billion 

70

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso

2

Bill Gates

$53.0 billion 

54

 United States

Microsoft

3

Warren Buffett

$47.0 billion 

80

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

4

Mukesh Ambani

$29.0 billion 

53

 India

Reliance Industries

5

Lakshmi Mittal

$28.7 billion 

60

 India

Arcelor Mittal

6

Lawrence Ellison

$28.0 billion 

66

 United States

Oracle Corporation

7

Bernard Arnault

$27.5 billion 

61

 France

LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

8

Eike Batista

$27.0 billion 

53

 Brazil

EBX Group

9

Amancio Ortega

$25.0 billion 

74

 Spain

Inditex Group

10

Karl Albrecht

$23.5 billion 

90

 Germany

Aldi Süd

2009 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Bill Gates

$40.0 billion 

53

 United States

Microsoft

2

Warren Buffett

$37.0 billion 

78

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

3

Carlos Slim

$35.0 billion 

69

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil

4

Lawrence Ellison

$22.5 billion 

64

 United States

Oracle Corporation

5

Ingvar Kamprad

$22.0 billion 

83

 Sweden

IKEA

6

Karl Albrecht

$21.5 billion 

89

 Germany

Aldi Süd

7

Mukesh Ambani

$19.5 billion 

51

 India

Reliance Industries

8

Lakshmi Mittal

$19.3 billion 

58

 India

Arcelor Mittal

9

Theo Albrecht

$18.8 billion 

87

 Germany

Aldi Nord, Trader Joe's

10

Amancio Ortega

$18.3 billion 

73

 Spain

Inditex Group

2008 Top 10

No.

Name

Net worth (USD)

Age

Citizenship

Source(s) of wealth

1

Warren Buffett

$62.0 billion 

78

 United States

Berkshire Hathaway

2

Carlos Slim

$60.0 billion 

68

 Mexico

Telmex, América Móvil

3

Bill Gates

$58.0 billion 

52

 United States

Microsoft

4

Lakshmi Mittal

$45.0 billion 

57

 India

Arcelor Mittal

5

Mukesh Ambani

$43.0 billion 

50

 India

Reliance Industries

6

Anil Ambani

$42.0 billion 

48

 India

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group

7

Rinat Akhmetov

$31.1 billion 

41

 Ukraine

SCM Holdings

8

Ingvar Kamprad

$31.0 billion 

81

 Sweden

IKEA

9

Kushal Pal Singh

$30.0 billion 

76

 India

DLF Group

10

Oleg Deripaska

$28.0 billion 

40

 Russia

Rusal

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