100 Richest People in the World Released by Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index


The top 100 richest people in the world has been released by Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index and once again, Carlos Slim Helu from Mexico has been declared as the richest person in the world.

Carlos Slim Helu topped the list of billionaires with a networth of $76.9 billion. The 72-year-old telecom magnate controls Mexico‘s America Movil. He had an increase of $13.4 billion, or 21.6% in his net worth.

Second to him is Microsoft founder Bill Gates whose networth increased by $7 billion. The 57-year-old long-time former richest man in the world trails Slim by $12.5 billion.

World's Richest Person, Carlos Slim HeluImage Credit: Forbes.com

World’s Richest Person, Carlos Slim Helu
Image Credit: Forbes.com

Surprisingly, Amancio Ortega from Spain came out at third in the list of the world’s richest people. The founder of Inditex SA, makers of the Zara clothing brand, fattened his wallet by $22.2 billion. This was mostly due to a 66.7% increase in the share price of his company.

Fourth in the list is Warren Buffett. Considered to be the world’s greatest investor through his company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett increased his net worth by $5.1 billion.

The last among the top 5 world’s richest billionaires is Ingvar Kamprad. The 86-year-old Ikea founder has a net worth of $42.9-billion gaining 16.6%.

Christy Walton, one of the heirs of the Walmart chain of stores, is the richest woman in the list with a networth of $28.8 billion.

Bloomberg reported that the world’s 100 richest people had a combined increase of $241 billion to their net worth of $1.9 trillion in 2012. Among the 100 individuals in the list, only 16 indicated a net loss during the past year.

Bloomberg Billionaires Index or BBI is the daily ranking of the world’s richest people by Bloomberg. Below is the list of the top 40 as of January 4, 2013 as reflected on Bloomberg

1. Carlos Slim Helú
2. Bill Gates
3. Amancio Ortega
4. Warren Buffett
5. Ingvar Kamprad
6. Charles Koch
7. David Koch
8. Larry Ellison
9. Bernard Arnault
10. Li Ka-Shing
11. Christy Walton
12. Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud
13. Jim Walton
14. Liliane Bettencourt
15. Rob Walton
16. Alice Walton
17. Mukesh Ambani
18. Stefan Persson
19. Sheldon Adelson
20. Jeff Bezos
21. Lee Shau Kee
22. Karl Albrecht
23. David Thomson
24. Michele Ferrero
25. Cheng Yu Tung
26. Larry Page
27. George Soros
28. Rinat Akhmetov
29. Sergey Brin
30. Dieter Schwarz
31. Iris Fontbona
32. Jacqueline Mars
33. John Mars
34. Forrest Mars Jr.
35. Alberto Bailleres
36. Alisher Usmanov
37. Lakshmi Mittal
38. Jorge Lemann
39. Robert Kuok
40. Gina Rinehart.

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