Recent global economic recession seems not to make bad influence on billionaires; their money is getting more and more. Latest top richest people list has been reported worldwide. Let’s see if there is any change in the order of world giants.
Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico / telecom
The Mexico tycoon has outnumbered Bill Gates the second consecutive time. After a year, Carlos Slim has added over $20.5bn to his extraordinary possession. Last year, the gap between two biggest billionaires was $300ml, now it has already risen by $18bn. Thanks to Mexican stock exchange booming with impressive jump by 19%, and proper investment in real estate as well as mining industry. Carlos Slim is now the richest man in the world.
His wealth reached $74 billion
Bill Gates, USA / Microsoft
In few years ago, Bill Gates’s wealth increased dramatically due to donating activities all over the world. Teaming with close friend, Warren Buffett, the Microsoft’s chairman persuaded successfully almost 60 millionaires to work for charity.
A large amount of money is used for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which focuses on innovation in health and development in many poor countries.
At the moment, Bill Gates’ net wealth is worth $56 billion which is "poorer" than Carlos Slim $18bn.
Warren Buffett, USA/ Berkshire Hathaway
On the third place is the owner of a wealth $50 billion, Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway.
Like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett pledged to donate a half of possession for charity work.
At the age of early 80s, the billionaire earned more than $3bn in 2010, he has planned to work past 100, “I plan to work past 100 but to do so I may have to learn to think outside the box.” he said.
Bernard Arnault, France/ LVMH
Chairman of luxury goods conglomerate is still the richest man in Europe, his wealth jumped by $13.5 in 2010, total worth of $41 billion. Thanks to increasing demand on luxury goods in Dom Perignon, Cognac Hennessy, Tag Heuer and Louis Vuitton, LVMH’s exchange had a chance to escalate.
Owner of $74 billion
In 2010, LVMH acquired 20% stake of Hermes. Last March, a number of shares in prestigious names in the jewelry and watches arena, Bulgari were also taken over by LVMH in 3.7bn euros deal.
Larry Ellison, USA/ Oracle
After a year, he made over $11.5bn given that his shares valued by 30%. Larry Ellison is one of the highest paid CEO in America and his perk for the last 5 years reached $960ml, mainly from stock exchange. However, his nominal salary is just 1 USD a year.
He is co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, ranked as the fifth richest person in the world with the net wealth of $39.5 billion.
Lakshmi Mittal, India/ Steel
The net turnover of the world's leading steel company, ArcelorMittal whose founder is Lakshmi Mittal extended 18 times, by $2.9bn in 2010.
Possession is worth $31.1 billion
Lakshmi Mittal has lived in London and owned a range of costly properties in England. He is going to build a palace cost $40ml in a 138-hectare farming land.
Amancio Ortega, Spain/ Zara
Last January, Amancio Ortega retired from the fast-fashion giant Inditex whose turnover $15.8bn in 2010. It’s the parent company of well-known brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius with 5,000 stores in 77 nations.
His wealth is $31bn.
Starting as a gofer in a shirt store, Amancio Ortega and wife have built a success story from scratch. So far he is the founder of a number of real estates worldwide from Florida, Madrid to London and Lisbon.
Eike Batista, Brazil/ Mine
Such a business baron is confirmed to be the richest man in Brazil. In early 2011, he opened a head quarter in New York and is in preparation for quoting some companies on London stock exchange.
Via EBX operation, Batista controls a range of companies in different business sectors, mainly in mining. His net wealth is $30 billion.
Mukesh Ambani, India/ Petrochemicals, oil and gas
Mukesh Ambani is a chairman of Reliance Industries cooperation, the largest private sector enterprise in India and has become the second richest man in Asia and in 2011.
He’s got $27 billion so far.
Recently, he has made a deal with BP to sell 30% stake in 23 oil blocks in India for $7.2bn. By now, this is the biggest foreign investing contract in India. The billionaire has already inaugurated a 27-floor apartment worth $2bn in Mumbai.
Christy Walton, USA/ Walmart
A widow of the Waltons, founder of Wal-Mart, is the richest woman in the world. Her wealth increases continuously thanks to prospering business. Her late husband’s investment in First Solar has grown up 500% to the first quote in 2006. Wal-mart supermarket chain kept making $405bn last year.
Her net wealth is $26.5 billion