Saturday, 19 July 2014

10 Richest People in the World

The number of billionaires across the world has risen from 1,226 in 2012 to 1,426 this year, with the US topping the list with 442, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103), according to Forbes magazine.

Carlos Slim Helu from Mexico is the richest man in the world, followed by Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett. Charles Koch, David Koch and Liliane Bettencourt and family making it to the top 10. Eike Batista, Stefan Persson and Karl Albrecht lost their positions in this list.

 10 Richest People In The World

1) Carlos Slim Helu:

Born: January 28, 1940 (age 74), Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexican

Height: 1.73 m

Spouse: Soumaya Domit Gemayel (m. 1967–1999)

Education: National Autonomous University of Mexico (1961)

Children: Carlos Slim Domit, Marco Antonio Slim Domit, Johanna Slim Domit, Vanessa Slim Domit, Soumaya Slim Domit, Patrick Slim Domit
The Mexican telecom mogul is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $73 billion, which is $4 billion up from 2012. He has retained the top spot for the fourth consecutive year.

2) Bill Gates:

Born: October 28, 1955 (age 58), Seattle, Washington, United States

Spouse: Melinda Gates (m. 1994)

Children: Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates

Education: Harvard College (1973–1975), Lakeside School (1968–1973)

Books: The Road Ahead, Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System, The Road Ahead: Level 3

The co-founder of Microsoft comes second with net worth of $67 billion, which is $6 billion more than what he earned in 2012. He has gained from investments like Ecolab, Republic Services and FEMSA.

3) Amancio Ortega:

Born: March 28, 1936 (age 78), Province of León, Spain

Spouse: Flora Pérez (m. 2001), Rosalía Mera (m. 1966–1986)

Children: Marta Ortega Perez, Sandra Ortega Mera, Marcos Ortega Mera

He jumped two places, overtaking Warren Buffett and Bernard Arnault, to become the world's third richest man. His net worth is $57 billion, $19.5 billion up from his 2012's $37.5 billion. He holds 60 percent share of clothing retailer Inditex.

4) Warren Buffett:

Born: August 30, 1930 (age 83), Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Height: 1.78 m

Spouse: Astrid Menks (m. 2006), Susan Buffett (m. 1952–2004)

Children: Howard Graham Buffett, Peter Buffett, Susan Alice Buffett

Movies: Buffett & Gates Go Back to School

He has slipped from third place in 2012 to fourth place in the list of world's richest people. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire has a net worth of $53.5 billion, as against $46 billion in 2012.

5) Larry Ellison:

Born: August 17, 1944 (age 69), Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States

Height: 1.91 m

Spouse: Melanie Craft (m. 2003–2010), Barbara Boothe (m. 1983–1986), Nancy Wheeler Jenkins (m. 1977–1978), Adda Quinn (m. 1967–1974)

Children: Megan Ellison, David Ellison

Education: University of Chicago (1964–1966), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1962–1964), South Shore High School

Books: Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle

The CEO of Oracle is the fifth richest with $43 billion. He was in the sixth place last year with a fortune of $36 billion. He has also ventured into real estate and aviation.

6) Charles Koch:

Born: November 1, 1935 (age 78), Wichita, Kansas, United States

Spouse: Liz Koch

Siblings: David H. Koch, Bill Koch, Frederick R. Koch

Books: The Science of Success: How Market Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company

Parents: Fred C. Koch, Mary R. Koch

Children: Elizabeth Koch, Chase Koch

He has made it to the top 10 list, overtaking the likes of Eike Batista, Stefan Persson and Karl Albrecht. His net worth is $34 billion. He and his brother David hold 80 percent of Koch Industries.

7) David Koch:

Born: May 3, 1940 (age 74), Wichita, Kansas, United States

Spouse: Julia Margaret Flesher (m. 1996)

Siblings: Charles Koch, Bill Koch, Frederick R. Koch

Children: John Mark Koch, Mary Julia Koch, David Koch Jr.

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1963), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962), Deerfield Academy (1959)

Parents: Fred C. Koch, Mary R. Koch

His net worth is $34 billion. He and his brother Charles 80 percent of Koch Industries. The Koch brothers' net worth was up by nine percent each this year.

8) Li Ka-shing:

Born: July 29, 1928 (age 85), Chaozhou, China

Spouse: Chong Yuet Ming (m. ?–1990)

Children: Richard Li, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi

Awards: Grand Bauhinia Medal, Commander of the Order of the British Empire

He is Asia's richest person with net worth of $31 billion. The chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited was world's ninth richest man in 2012. His wealth increased by $5.5 billion in 2013.

9) Liliane Bettencourt and family:

Born: October 21, 1922 (age 91), Paris, France

Nationality: French

Spouse: André Bettencourt (m. 1950–2007)

Children: Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

Parents: Eugène Schueller, Louise Madeleine Berthe

The 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress has a net worth of $30 billion, up $6 billion this year after shares of the cosmetic firm surged this year.

10)  Bernard Arnault:

Born: March 5, 1949 (age 65), Roubaix, France

Spouse: Hélène Mercier (m. 1991)

Education: École Polytechnique (1969–1971)

Parents: Jean Arnault

Children: Delphine Arnault, Frederic Arnault, Antoine Arnault, Alexandre Arnault

The 63-year-old man from France, who is the Chairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, slipped from fourth to 10th place. His net worth fell from $41 billion in 2012 to $29 billion in 2013.

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