Meet the top 10 richest people in the world

The world economies may be oscillating like a pendulum but billionaires of the world are laughing in the face of the recession.

Last year, the world’s billionaires with bottomless bank accounts saw an increase of $241bn to their collective wealth.

According the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 100 wealthiest individuals, Mexican infrastructure tycoon Carlos Slim remained the richest person on the planet for the third consecutive year.

The 72-year-old’s net worth rose $13.4bn by 1 January making his total bank balance $76.4bn.

But Slim wasn’t the biggest gainer in wealth last year. He was beaten by Amancio Ortega, founder of Spanish retailer Inditex. The 76-year-old tycoon’s fortune increased $22.2bn to $57.5bn as shares of Inditex, operator of the Zara clothing chain, rose 66.7%.

And of course there’s the Microsoft magnate Bill Gates who even after giving away $28m in 2012, increased his wealth by $7bn.

The other less fortunate ones include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who lost $5.2bn in 2012 after the company’s share nosedived by 30% following its controversial IPO. However, that didn’t discourage the 28-year-old billionaire to donate almost $500m in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Coming in fourth, was the “Sage of Omaha” Warren Buffett with a $49.8bn wealth pile followed by Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad with a $42.9bn fortune.

The top 10 richest people in the world

1. Carlos Slim Helú

Industry: Telecoms in Mexico

Wealth: $76.4bn


2. Bill Gates

Microsoft, US

Wealth: $63.4bn


 3. Amancio Ortega

Industry: Fashion, retail in Spain

Wealth: $59.3bn


4. Warren Buffett

Industry: Investments, US

Wealth: $49.8bn


5. Ingvar Kamprad  

Ikea, Sweden

Wealth: $43.4bn


 6. Charles Koch

Industry: manufacturing, trading and investments, US

Wealth: $41.7bn


 7. David Koch  

Industry: manufacturing, trading and investments, US

Wealth: $41.7bn


8. Larry Ellison

Oracle, US

Wealth: $40.7bn


9. Bernard Arnault  

LVMH, France

Wealth: $29.8bn


10. Li Ka-Shing

Industry: Real estate, internet, retail, Hong Kong

Wealth: $29.0bn

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