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You’ll absolutely read and glimpse of the dissimilarity why these people are placed in this order. You could make some contrast of last year’s list and know if they have done incredible to expand their acquisition of material belongings and other assets. Nonetheless, the fact that they have achieved so much wealth would really pop your eye and would even wish that somehow, even a percent of their wealth, would be enough to make you live contentedly, below is the list of richest people in the world 2012


1. Carlos Slim Helu


Carlos Slim Helu top 1st Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $69 billion

Age: 72

Fortune: Self made

Source: Telecom

Country of Citizenship: Mexico

Residence: Mexico City, Mexico

Industry: Communications

Marital Status: widowed, 6 children

Education: BA/BS, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Carlos Slim Helu retains the title of world’s richest man for the third year in a row in spite of a fortune that’s $5 billion lesser than a year ago-primarily because of a lower share price for telecom giant America Movil, which financial records for more than half his net worth. In April the company was fined $1 billion by Mexican regulators for monopolistic practices, but is attractive the decision. Slim is spending more time working with his Carlos Slim Foundation and the Telmex Foundation than he has in the past.


2. William Bill Gates


William Bill Gates top 2nd Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $61 billion

Age: 56

Fortune: Self made

Source: Microsoft

Country of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Medina, Washington, USA

Industry: Software

Marital Status: Married, 3 children

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

First part of mission accomplished: Bill Gates, the most generous person on the planet, has helped eliminate polio in India. In January the country announced its first polio-free year. Gates will carry on chipping in $200 million a year to rid the world of a disease that is still endemic in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. His Bill & Melinda Gates base are also spearheading a malaria vaccine that is showing promise in clinical trials. Meanwhile the vaccine dispersal organization he founded, called GAVI, raised $4.3 billion in pledges aimed at distribute drugs to thwart the deadly infection that cause meningitis, pneumonia, and diarrhea in developing countries. He also has a new endeavor in the works: fixing agriculture. His foundation has dedicated more than $2 billion to small farmers. Less than one fourth of his net worth is still held in Microsoft, whose shares are trading higher than they have been in 10 years; the rest is in private equity, bonds and stocks such as Ecolab and Mexican broadcaster Televisa.


3. Warren Buffett


Warren Buffett top 3rd Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $44 billion

Age: 81

Fortune: Self made

Source: Berkshire Hathaway

Country of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Industry: Investments

Marital Status: widowed, remarried, 3 children

Education: MS, Columbia University; BA/BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Warren Buffett announces in February he’d finally made the choice about who will replace him, but he wouldn’t give a name. In December, he chose his farmer son, Howard, as the future non-executive chairman and protector of the firm’s values. New Senate legislation requiring the rich to pay at least a 30% tax rate has been dub the “Buffett Rule” in homage to the billionaire’s frequent public statements that the wealthiest should pay more than the standard Joe. His net worth is down $6 billion year on year because of a 7% slump in Berkshire’s stock. In his newest annual letter he confess to some mistakes, including being “dead wrong” about a housing comeback.


4. Bernard Arnault


Bernard Arnault top 4th Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $41 billion

Age: 63

Fortune: Inherited and growing

Source: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

Country of Citizenship: France

Residence: Paris, France

Marital Status: Married; five children

Education: BA/BS, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Bernard Arnault orchestrated another astral year for his luxury-goods empire, LVMH. Profits jumped 22%, thanks to record sales at Louis Vuitton and the successful integration of Bulgari. The group formed a joint business enterprise with one of the world’s leading tanneries of crocodile leather, Heng Long. Arnault hasn’t done as well with his more walker asset in supermarket chain Carrefour, which is worth $1 billion less than it was a year ago. Among his personal high-end collection: He owns Indigo Island in the Bahamas (rent: $300,000 a week) and ski chalet Cheval Blanc in Courchevel.


5. Amancio Ortega


Amancio Ortega top 5th Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $37.5 billion

Age: 75

Fortune: Self-made

Source: Zara

Country of Citizenship: Spain

Residence: La Coruna, Spain

Marital Status: Married; three children

Ortega stepped down as chairman of his global fashion firm, Inditex, in July 2011. The company hasn’t missed a beat. Shares are up one-fourth in the past year, helping increase his fortune by $6.5 billion and approaching him into the worldwide top 5 ranks for the first time. Ortega paid $536 million to billionaire Esther Koplowitz in December for Torre Picasso, a 43-story skyscraper in Madrid. He also owns Epic Residences & Hotel, a luxury 54-story waterfront condo and hotel growth in Miami. Other personal holdings include a stake in a soccer association and a horse-jumping circuit. A railway worker’s son, he started as a gofer in a shirt store.


6. Larry Ellison


Larry Ellison top 6th Richest man in the World

Net Worth: $36 Billion

Age: 67

Fortune: Self-made

Source: Oracle

Country of Citizenship: United States

Residence: Woodside, California, USA

Marital Status: Thrice divorced, remarried; two children

Education: Dropout, University of Chicago; Dropout, University of Illinois at Urbana

Oracle’s stock has been oscillating for months. It’s rebounded since its August low but is still off 15% year on year due to a slowdown in the software and hardware giant’s sales, enough to knock $3.5 billion off Ellison’s fortune. Seeking to profit from cloud compute, Oracle acquires Taleo in February for $1.9 billion and RightNow in October for $1.5 billion. Ellison has been tag as one of the clutch of billionaires interested in buying the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. His big sport is yachting: he won the America’s Cup in 2010 and is bring the 34th edition of the America’s Cup Finals to the San Francisco Bay in 2013.


7. Eike Batista


Eike Batista top 7th Richest man in the world

Net Worth: $30 billion

Age: 55

Fortune: Self-made

Source: Mining, Oil

Country of Citizenship: Brazil

Residence: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marital Status: Divorced, two children

Education: Dropout, RWTH Aachen University

Eike Batista, Brazil’s richest man is riding high on oil fever. His oil and gas driller, OGX Petroleo e Gas, produced its first oil in a test well offshore in late January; his 61% stake in the company is worth $19.8 billion, two-thirds of his net worth. The pretentious capitalist is also betting on his previous passion, gold: In February 2011 he spent $1.5 billion to take private Canadian-listed Ventana Gold, which owns what he says is an incredibly promising mine in Colombia.


8. Stefan Persson


Stefan Persson top 8th Richest man in the world

Net Worth: $26 billion

Age: 64

Fortune: Inherited and growing

Source: H&M

Country of Citizenship: Sweden

Residence: Stockholm, Sweden

Marital Status: Married, three children

Education: Associate in Arts / Science, University of Stockholm

Stefan Persson’s cheap-chic notapparel chain H&M added Versace and Marni to its stable of designers last year and opened its first stores in Croatia, Singapore and Romania. It now has 2,500 shops in 43 countries. Persson, who is chairman, bought 5 million extra shares of the company and then gifted 4 million, worth $150 million, to a new employee notincentive program. Persson’s father, Erling, founded H&M in 1947; Stefan took over in 1982, he gave up the chief managerial position in 1998; promote son, Karl-Johan, 35, to chief managerial in July 2009. Persson acquire the 21-cottage village of Linkenholt in Hampshire, England in 2009.


9. Li Ka-shing


Li Ka-shing top 9th Richest man in the world

Net Worth: $25.5 billion

Age: 83

Fortune: Diversified, self-made

Source: Hutchison Whampoa Limited

Country of Citizenship: Hong Kong

Residence: Hong Kong

Marital Status: Widow, two children

Education: Drop Out, High School

Li Ka-shing moves back into the top 10 for the first time since 2007. He is Asia’s richest person for the first time since 2004, despite a $500 million drop in net worth. One of the great empire builders, Li’s business employ 270,000 people around the world in 53 countries; he built one out of every 7 residence in Hong Kong, his Hutchison Port Holdings handles about 13% of the world’s urn traffic, and his recently acquired Northumbrian Water supplies clean drinking water to 4.5 million people in England and sewerage services to -another 2.7 million. Li also has personal savings in tech startups like Facebook and Spotify.


10. Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht top 10th Richest man in the world

Net Worth: $25.4 billion

Age: 92

Fortune: Self-made

Source: Aldi Supermarkets

Country of Citizenship: Germany

Residence: Mulheim an der Ruhr,

Marital Status: Married, two children

Karl Albrecht’s $39 billion (estimated sales) discount supermarket giant, Aldi Sud, has some 4,500 stores, including 1,200 across 32 U.S. states. It opened its first New York City locations in 2011, one in Queens and another in the Bronx. To keep costs low, Aldi stores do not accept credit cards. He and his late brother Theo got their start at their mother’s corner grocery store after World War II and turned it into a large retail chain based on low prices in a no-frills setting. They split ownership in 1961; Karl took the more profitable stores in southern Germany, plus the rights to the brand in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.


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