Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Carlos Slim still the world's richest man as Forbes releases 2013 rich list

English: Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú....
English: Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Forbes rich list for 2013 is out...

Inside The 2013 Billionaires List: Facts and Figures

The ranks of the world’s billionaires, as monitored and tallied by our global wealth team, have yet again reached all-time highs. The 2013 Forbes Billionaires list now boasts 1,426 names, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion. We found 210 new ten-figure fortunes. Once again the U.S. leads the list with 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).

Resurgent asset prices are the driving force behind the rising wealth of the super-rich around the globe. While last year almost as many fortunes fell as rose, this year gainers outnumbered losers by 4-to-1. Many new names made the list thanks to free-spending consumers. To name a few: Diesel jeans mogul Renzo Rosso at $3 billion, retailer Bruce Nordstrom at $1.2 billion and designer Tory Burch at $1 billion.

Carlos Slim is once again the world’s richest person, followed by Bill Gates. Amancio Ortega of Spanish retailer Zara moves up to No. 3 for the first time. He is the year’s biggest gainer, adding $19.5 billion to his fortune in one year. He moves ahead of Warren Buffett, despite the fact that the U.S. investing legend added $9.5 billion to his fortune. This is the first year since 2000 that Buffett has not been among the top 3. The year’s biggest loser is Brazilian Eike Batista, whose fortune dropped by $19.4 billion, or equivalent to about $50 million a day. His rank falls from no. 7 to no. 100 in the world.

Source: Forbes

2013 Top 10

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
1 Steady Carlos Slim $73.0 billion Increase 73  Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 Steady Bill Gates $67.0 billion Increase 57  United States Microsoft
3 Increase Amancio Ortega $57.0 billion Increase 76  Spain Inditex Group
4 Decrease Warren Buffett $53.5 billion Increase 82  United States Berkshire Hathaway
5 Increase Larry Ellison $43.0 billion Increase 68  United States Oracle Corporation
6 Increase Charles Koch $34.0 billion Increase 77  United States Koch Industries
7 Increase David Koch $34.0 billion Increase 72  United States Koch Industries
8 Increase Li Ka-shing $31.0 billion Increase 84  Hong Kong/ Canada Cheung Kong Holdings
9 Increase Liliane Bettencourt $30.0 billion Increase 90  France L'Oréal
10 Decrease Bernard Arnault $29.0 billion Decrease 63  France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

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