Every year Forbes magazine sends scores of reporters and researchers scurrying around the globe to compile its list of the world’s billionaires.
In its 2013 list, the exclusive club welcomed another 210 billionaires, which brought its ranks to a record 1,426. The world’s billionaires enjoy a combined net worth of $5.4 trillion, which is also a record.
As usual, the largest number of billionaires (442) came from the United States, but a Mexican telecommunications magnate enjoys the title of the globe’s richest person. The second largest concentration of billionaires comes from the Asia Pacific region (386) and then Europe (366).
A fifth of the top 20 billionaires have a Wal-Mart connection.
World’s 20 Richest People
In the following list of the 20 richest billionaires, the names of individuals that live outside of the United States are highlighted:
- Carlos Slim Helu & family ($73 billion), Mexico, telecom
- Bill Gates ($67 billion) Microsoft
- Amancio Ortega ($57 billion), Spain, retailer
- Warren Buffett ($53.5 billion), Berkshire Hathaway
- Larry Ellison ($43 billion), Oracle
- Charles Koch ($34 billion), diversified
- David Koch ($34 billion), diversified
- Li Ka-shing ($31 billion), Hong Kong, diversified
- Liliane Bettencourt & family ($30 billion), France, L’Oreal
- Bernard Arnault & family ($29 billion), France, LVMH
- Christy Walton & family ($28 billion) Wal-Mart
- Stefan Persson ($28 billion), Sweden, H&M
- Michael Bloomberg ($27 billion) Bloomberg LP
- Jim Walton ($26.7 billion) Wal-Mart
- Sheldon Adelson ($26.5 billion) casinos
- Alice Walton ($26.3 billion) Wal-Mart
- S. Robson Walton ($26.1 billion), Wal-Mart
- Karl Albrecht ($26 billion), Germany, Aldi
- Jeff Bezos ($25.2 billion), Amazon.com
- Larry Page ($23 billion), Google
Among the notable new American billionaires for 2013 are designer Tory Burch ($1 billion), retailer Bruce Nordstrom ($1.3 billion) and Nicholas Woodman ($1.3 billion), creator of the GoPro cameras.
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