Meet the world's top 10 billionaires of 2014

Bill Gates has officially unseated Mexico’s mobile tycoon Carlos Slim Helu to become the richest man in the world.

According to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s billionaires, the Microsoft founder is worth $76bn. Slim, who held the title for the previous four years, came in second with a fortune of $72bn.

Women made up 10% of the list with 172 women, 25% more than in 2013, joining the billionaires’ club.

The world’s richest woman is Christy Walton, who owns a $36.7bn share in Walmart.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg debuted on the list with a personal fortune worth more than $1bn.

Denise Coates, co-owner of Betfair, was one of the top UK entrants with $1.6bn in her kitty.

Take a look at the world’s top 10 billionaires:

1. Bill Gates

Wealth: $76bn

 

2. Carlos Slim Helu & family

Wealth: $72bn

 

3. Amancio Ortega

Wealth: $64bn

 

4. Warren Buffett

Wealth: $58.2 B

 

5. Larry Ellison

Wealth: $48bn

 

6. Charles Koch

Wealth: $40bn

 

6. David Koch

Wealth: $40bn   

 

8. Sheldon Adelson

Wealth: $38bn    

 

9. Christy Walton & family

Wealth: $36.7bn

 

10. Jim Walton

Wealth: $34.7bn

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