Overview of the World’s Ten Richest People

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Every year, Forbes magazine releases the list of richest people in the world. Forbes sent every year, a team of workers to carefully analyze the files of more than 1,000 billionaires. We have a list a snapshot of the world’s richest men as of 2015.

The top 10 richest people in the world

#1  Bill Gates:

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Bill Gates, The co-founder of Microsoft is back on top, becoming world’s richest man again after four years with his fortune up by $9 billion in the last one year. Helped by surge in Microsoft shares, his net worth rose from $67 billion in 2013 to $76 billion this year.

Net Worth: $79.2 B

Source of wealth: Microsoft

 

#2  Carlos Slim Helu:

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Carlos Slim Helu, The Mexican telecom mogul’s net worth in 2014 is $72 billion, as compared to last year’s $73 billion, losing the top stop he held for the last four years. The one billion plunge was due to huge fall of Minera Frisco shares.

Net Worth: $77.1 B

Source of wealth: Grupo Carso, Telecommunications

 

#3 Warren Buffett:

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Waren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire retained the spot he held in 2013. His net worth this year is $58.2 billion as compared to $53.5 billion, which is $4.7 billion up. His investments in companies like ExxonMobil and NV Energy helped increase his fortune.

Net Worth: $72.7 B

Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

 

#4 Amancio Ortega:

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Amancio Ortega retained the position he held last year. His net worth this year is $64 billion, $7 billion up from last year’s $57 billion. The man, who holds 60 percent share of clothing retailer Inditex, gained $19.5 billion last year.

Net Worth: $64.5 B

Source of wealth: Zara

 

#5 Larry Ellison:

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Larry EllisonThe CEO of Oracle retained the fifth spot he held last year. His net worth this year is $48 billion, which is up by $5 billion from last year’s $43 billion.

Net Worth: $54.3 B

Source of wealth: Oracle

 

#6 Charles Koch:

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Charles Koch, The Chairman, and CEO of Koch Industries got richer by $6 billion after acquisition of a couple of companies.

Net Worth: $42.9 B

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

 

#7 David Koch:

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David Koch, the same as his brother Charles with whom he owns 84 percent of Koch Industries. His net worth in 2013 was $34 billion.

Net Worth: $42.9 B

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

 

 

#8 Christy Walton & family:

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Christy WaltonThe richest woman in the world jumped two places to feature in the top 10 richest people list. Her holdings in Wal-Mart helped to increase her net worth from $28.2 billion in 2013 to $36.7 billion this year.

Net Worth: $41.7 B

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

 

#9 Jim Walton:

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Jim WaltonChairman and CEO, Arvest Bank Group, Inc. and Wal-Mart heir, Jim Walton, who was placed in the 14th position in the list of world’s richest people in 2013, is in 10th place this year. His net worth in 2014 is $34.7 billion as against $26.7 billion last year.

Net Worth: $40.6 B

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

 

#10 Liliane Bettencourt & family:

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Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal grand dame Liliane Bettencourt grew even richer in 2014 thanks to a deal in which she purchased an additional 8% stake in the cosmetics. A trial of ten people who allegedly stole hundreds of millions of euros from Bettencourt began in January 2015. She remains the richest woman in Europe.

Net Worth: $40.1 B

Source of wealth: L’Oreal

 

 

 

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