Carlos Slim Helú Retains Top Spot on Forbes' Billionaires List

A Record 1,426 Billionaires Make the 2013 List of the World’s Richest People

Published: Mar 7, 2013 11:41:23 AM IST
Updated: Mar 7, 2013 01:24:25 PM IST
Carlos Slim Helú Retains Top Spot on Forbes' Billionaires List
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Carlos Slim Helú retains no. 1 spot for fourth year in a row

Carlos Slim Helú is the world’s richest person on Forbes’ 27th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires. With a net worth of $73 billion, up from $69 billion in 2012, the telecom magnate from Mexico tops the list for the fourth year in a row. Bill Gates retains the #2 spot with a net worth of $67 billion. Zara’s Amancio Ortega (#3) moves up two spots from 2012, with a net worth of $57 billion, ahead of Warren Buffett (#4) with a net worth of $53.5 billion. This marks the first year Buffett has not been in the top 3 since 2000, in spite of being the second biggest gainer this year, up $9.5 billion.

Rebounding equity markets and strong consumer brands drove a huge number of newcomers into the billionaire ranks. This year, 210 billionaires are new to the list, while 60 dropped off (still more died or split their fortunes with a family). A record 1,426 billionaires (up 200 from 1,226 in 2012) made the list, with an average net worth of $3.8 billion (up from $3.7 billion in 2012). Added together, the total net worth for this year’s billionaires is $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion last year. The US leads the list with 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), The Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).

A total of 138 women are on the list this year, an increase of 34 from last year. With a net worth of $30 billion, Liliane Bettencourt (#9) is now the richest woman in the world. Other women on the list include Miuccia Prada (# 78) of Italy, Anne Cox Chambers (#80) of the US, and new to the list, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus (#198) of Switzerland, with net worths of $12.4 billion, $12 billion and $6 billion, respectively.

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Bill Gates retains the #2 spot with a net worth of $67 billion

Notable newcomers include: Singapore real estate magnates Robert & Philip Ng (#108), worth $10.1 billion; Diesel jeans mogul Renzo Rosso (#458), worth $3 billion; Hermes’ Nicolas Puech (#704) worth $2.1 billion; GoPro’s Nicholas Woodman (#1107), with a net worth of $1.3 billion, retailer Bruce Nordstrom (#1,175), worth $1.2 billion, fashion designer Tory Burch (#1,342) and former business partner and ex-husband Christopher Burch (#1,342), each with a net worth of $1 billion, and American filmmaker Ryan Kavanaugh (#1342) also with a net worth of $1 billion.

Amancio Ortega is the world’s biggest gainer in dollar terms, adding $19.5 billion to his net worth. Another gainer: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#13), who moves up from the #20 spot last year with a net worth of $27 billion (an increase of $5 billion from 2012). The year’s biggest loser, with a $19.4 billion drop in his fortune, is Brazilian Eike Batista (#100). Mark Zuckerberg (#66) has a net worth of $13.3 billion, compared to $17.5 billion in 2012, when he ranked #35. Notable drop-offs include Zynga’s Mark Pincus, former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon and Russian businessman Alex Lebedev.

The Top 10 have a combined net worth of $451.5 billion, up from $395.4 billion in 2012:


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  • Luis Carbajal Salas

    SUPER BILLIONAIRES ! TOO MUCH MONEY ! where are they going ? I don`t know, you too... I had a close friend, rich ( 1.5 B ), died six months ago at 64; when he was 0.7 B I told him : walk slowly my friend, you can`t carry that huge amount of money to cemetery..... ( he entered inside a luxurious coffin, with Armani`s clothing, total = less than ten thousand dollars. ) I told him : I have the best formula to last, just observe it and be happy ! he didn`t, and I am still doing 40 push-ups every early morning ( and with just 0.008 B , enough to grasp an angus beaf at any moment.

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