The 2013 Forbes Billionaire list now has 1,426 names with an aggregate net work of over $5.4 trillion. In 2013, the US leads the list with over 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).
Here is the list of the world’s top billionaires.
Net worth: $73 billion / Country: Mexico / Source of Wealth: Telecom
As Mexico’s telecom mogul, Helu retains his spot as the world’s richest man for the 4th year in a row. With a networth that is up $4 billion from 2012, he is still $1 billion shy away from his all-time record. This year, he added soccer to his portfolio, buying into Mexico’s Leon and Pachuca clubs and Spain’s Real Oviedo.
2. Bill Gates
Net worth: $67 billion / Country: U.S. / Source of Wealth: Microsoft
Gates’ net worth rose $6 billion from last March due to gains in his investment portfolio. His holdings include tech hygiene firm Ecolab, waste collector Republic Services and Mexican Coke bottler FEMSA. In February, 12-non Americans joined Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge” in which a group of ultra-wealthy individuals pledge to give away at least half of their net worth to charity.
3. Amancio Oretega
Net worth: $57 billion / Country: Spain / Source of Wealth: Zara
Ortega is this year’s biggest gainer; his fortune is up $19.5 billion, pushing up his fortune to a record high and moving him ahead of Warren Buffet. While he’s no longer chairman of clothing retailer Inditex, he controls nearly 60% of the company’s shares, which were up more than 50%. The company, which operates under several brand names – including Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Stradivarius – has nearly 5,900 stores in 86 countries.
4. Warren Buffett
Net worth: $53.5 billion / Country: U.S. / Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway
Although Buffett is the year’s second biggest gainer, adding $9.5 billion to his fortune, it is the first time since 2000 that he has not been among the 3 richest billionaires in the world. In February, he announced a deal with Brazilian billionaire Jorge Lemman’s 3G Capital to snap up iconic ketchup producer H.J. Heinz for $23.2 billion.
5. Larry Ellison
Net worth: $43 billion / Country: U.S. / Source of wealth: Oracle
The world’s fifth richest man is $7 billion wealthier than a year ago, thanks to a 20% jump in the value of his Oracle stock. In the past year, this software mogul has been on a real estate buying spree, acquiring properties in Malibu and 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock for a reported $500 milion. This year, Ellison added Hawaiian airline Island Air to his holdings. Not bad.
6. Charles Koch
Net worth: $34 billion / Source: U.S. / Source of wealth: Diversified
Koch and his brother David together own 84% of Koch Industries, the second biggest private company in America. Its retail sales are estimated to be at $115 billion, up from $100 billion a year ago. The company, which has big investments in refining and chemicals, is thriving amid falling natural gas prices and recovering demand. It is also getting a boost from improving operations at Koch’s Georgia-Pacific, manufacturer of Brawny paper towels, Dixie Cups, and Angel Soft toilet paper.
7. David Koch
Net worth: $34 billion / Country: U.S./ Source of Wealth: Diversified
The brother of Charles Koch, David is once again New York’s richest resident running the chemical technology side of Koch Industries from his Manhattan base. His fortune climbed $9 billion since last year, mostly on surging refining and chemical profits as the price of natural gas, an important feedstock, fell. Things didn’t go as well on the political front as they failed in their quest to oust Barack Obama. It was “bitterly disappointing”, David told Forbes.
8. Li Ka-shing
Net worth: $31 billion / Country: Hong Kong / Source of wealth: Diversified
As last year, Li Ka-shing is Asia’s richest person and the only one from the region among the world’s top 20 richest. Ka-shing’s fortune jumped $5.5 billion to $31 billion, as shares of his biggest holdings rose 10% or more. He also received 2012 dividends of $860 million.
9. Liliane Bettencourt & family
Net worth: $30 billion / Country: France / Source of wealth: L’Oreal
Bettencourt is the 90-year-old L’Oreal heiress who suffers from dementia, and who is also the world’s richest woman. Thanks to a 30% increase in the value of the French cosmetic firm, her net worth was drawn up by $6 billion over one year. Her daughter Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers is the guardian of the fortune, while her grandson Jean-Victor Meyers sits on L’Oreal’s board.
10. Bernard Arnault
Net worth: $29 billion / Country: France / Source of wealth: LVMH
Arnault is the world’s most influential tastemaker – he controls fashion companies like Louis Vuitton and Bulgari. In 2013, he slipped from being no. 4 to being no. 10 in the world, due to more information about his complex shareholdings.
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