The World’s Richest Billionaires

By on December 30, 2013

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:

  1. Carlos Slim Helu & family ($73 billion), Mexico, telecom
  2. Bill Gates ($67 billion) Microsoft
  3. Amancio Ortega ($57 billion), Spain, retailer
  4. Warren Buffett ($53.5 billion), Berkshire Hathaway
  5. Larry Ellison ($43 billion), Oracle
  6. Charles Koch ($34 billion), diversified
  7. David Koch ($34 billion), diversified
  8. Li Ka-shing ($31 billion), Hong Kong, diversified
  9. Liliane Bettencourt & family ($30 billion), France, L’Oreal
  10. Bernard Arnault & family ($29 billion), France, LVMH
  11. Christy Walton & family ($28 billion) Wal-Mart
  12. Stefan Persson ($28 billion), Sweden, H&M
  13. Michael Bloomberg ($27 billion) Bloomberg LP
  14. Jim Walton ($26.7 billion) Wal-Mart
  15. Sheldon Adelson ($26.5 billion) casinos
  16. Alice Walton ($26.3 billion) Wal-Mart
  17. S. Robson Walton ($26.1 billion), Wal-Mart
  18. Karl Albrecht ($26 billion), Germany, Aldi
  19. Jeff Bezos ($25.2 billion),
  20. 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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