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Rank   Name                Net Worth       Age                     Source                 Country of Citizenship

 

1

 

Carlos Slim Helu & family

 

$69 B 72 telecom Mexico

 

2

 

Bill Gates

 

$61 B 57 Microsoft United States

 

3

 

Warren Buffett

 

$44 B 82 Berkshire Hathaway United States

 

4

 

Bernard Arnault

 

$41 B 63 LVMH France

 

5

 

Amancio Ortega

 

$37.5 B 76 Zara Spain

 

6

 

Larry Ellison

 

$36 B 68 Oracle United States

 

7

 

Eike Batista

 

$30 B 55 mining, oil Brazil

 

8

 

Stefan Persson

 

$26 B 65 H&M Sweden

 

9

 

Li Ka-shing

 

$25.5 B 84 diversified Hong Kong

 

10

 

Karl Albrecht

 

$25.4 B 92 Aldi Germany

 

 

11

 

Christy Walton & family

 

$25.3 B 57 Wal-Mart United States

 

12

 

Charles Koch

 

$25 B 76 diversified United States

 

12

 

David Koch

 

$25 B 72 diversified United States

 

14

 

Sheldon Adelson

 

$24.9 B 79 casinos United States

 

15

 

Liliane Bettencourt

 

$24 B 90 L'Oreal France

 

16

 

Jim Walton

 

$23.7 B 64 Wal-Mart United States

 

17

 

Alice Walton

 

$23.3 B 63 Wal-Mart United States

 

18

 

S. Robson Walton

 

$23.1 B 68 Wal-Mart United States

 

19

 

Mukesh Ambani

 

$22.3 B 55 petrochemicals, oil & gas India

 

20

 

Michael Bloomberg

 

$22 B 70 Bloomberg LP United States

 

 

21

 

Lakshmi Mittal

 

$20.7 B 62 steel India

 

22

 

George Soros

 

$20 B 82 hedge funds United States

 

23

 

Michele Ferrero & family

 

$19 B 85 chocolates Italy

 

24

 

Sergey Brin

 

$18.7 B 39 Google United States

 

24

 

Larry Page

 

$18.7 B 39 Google United States

 

26

 

Jeff Bezos

 

$18.4 B 48 Amazon.com United States

 

27

 

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

 

$18.3 B - real estate Hong Kong

 

28

 

Alisher Usmanov

 

$18.1 B 59 steel, telecom, investments Russia

 

29

 

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

 

$18 B 57 investments Saudi Arabia

 

29

 

Lee Shau Kee

 

$18 B 84 diversified Hong Kong

 

29

 

Georgina Rinehart

 

$18 B 58 Mining Australia

 

32

 

Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht

 

$17.8 B - Aldi, Trader Joe's Germany

 

32

 

Iris Fontbona & family

 

$17.8 B 69 mining Chile

 

34

 

Michael Otto & family

 

$17.6 B 69 retail, real estate Germany

 

35

 

David Thomson & family

 

$17.5 B 55 media Canada

 

35

 

Mark Zuckerberg

 

$17.5 B 28 Facebook United States

 

37

 

Ricardo Salinas Pliego & family

 

$17.4 B 57 retail, media Mexico

 

38

 

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

 

$16.5 B 81 mining Mexico

 

39

 

Rinat Akhmetov

 

$16 B 46 steel, coal Ukraine

 

39

 

Cheng Yu-tung

 

$16 B 87 diversified Hong Kong

Billionaire Lifestyle

It takes 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds to count to 1 billion one second at a time. A billionaire is someone who has accomplished this momentous task by accumulating a billion or more of a currency often within a fraction of the time it would take to count it.

 

A billionaire, in countries that use the short scale number naming system, is a person who has a net worth of at least one billion units of a currency, usually the United States dollar, Euro, or Pound sterling. Forbes magazine updates a complete list of U.S. dollar billionaires around the world every year. There were 1,210 such people on its 2011 list.

 

The 2010 Credit Suisse Research Institute in Global Wealth Report states that there are more than 1,000 billionaires globally, 500 are in North America, 245 in the Asia Pacific region and 230 in Europe.

Based on the Forbes report released on March 2011, there are 1,210 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide, boasting a total worth of $4.5 trillion as of February 14, 2011. The United States had 413 billionaires with a total net worth of $1.5 trillion; Asia had 332 (nearly three times the number two years previously), 115 of whom were in the People's Republic of China); Europe had 300; and the rest of the world had 165. The oldest average age was the U.S. with 66.

 

Riding surging prices of his various telecom holdings, including giant mobile outfit America Movil, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth and nab the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the World's Billionaires

 

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking site Facebook. Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc.

 

Born and raised in New York state, he took up writing software programs as a hobby in middle school, beginning with BASIC, with help from his father and a tutor (who called him a "prodigy"). In high school, he excelled in classic literature and fencing while studying at Phillips Exeter Academy.

 

He later attended Harvard University, majoring in computer science and psychology. In his sophomore year, he wrote a program called Facemash as a "fun" project, letting students on the college's network vote on other students' photo attractiveness. It was shut down within days, but would become a template for his writing Facebook, a program he launched from his dormitory room. With the help of friends, he took Facebook to other campuses nationwide and soon after moved to Palo Alto, California. By 2007, Zuckerberg was a billionaire at the age of 23. By 2010, Facebook had an estimated 500 million users worldwide. Zuckerberg has since been involved in various legal disputes initiated by others who have claimed a share of the company's profits due to their help in setting it up.

 

Since 2010, Zuckerberg has been named among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world by Time magazine's Person of the Year. In 2010 a fictionalized account of Zuckerberg creating Facebook while in college and its later start-up phase was made into a movie dramatization, The Social Network.

 

 

41

 

Michael Dell

 

$15.9 B 47 Dell United States

 

41

 

Vladimir Lisin

 

$15.9 B 56 steel, transport Russia

 

41

 

Azim Premji

 

$15.9 B 67 software India

 

44

 

Steve Ballmer

 

$15.7 B 56 Microsoft United States

 

45

 

Alexey Mordashov

 

$15.3 B 47 steel, investments Russia

 

46

 

Vladimir Potanin

 

$14.5 B 51 metals Russia

 

47

 

Phil Knight

 

$14.4 B 74 Nike United States

 

48

 

Paul Allen

 

$14.2 B 59 Microsoft, investments United States

 

48

 

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

 

$14.2 B 59 mining Mexico

 

50

 

Carl Icahn

 

$14 B 76 leveraged buyouts United States

 

50

 

Birgit Rausing & family

 

$14 B 88 packaging Sweden

 

52

 

Forrest Mars, Jr.

 

$13.8 B 81 candy United States

 

52

 

Jacqueline Mars

 

$13.8 B 73 candy United States

 

52

 

John Mars

 

$13.8 B 76 candy United States

 

52

 

Joseph Safra

 

$13.8 B 73 banking Brazil

 

56

 

Vagit Alekperov

 

$13.5 B 62 Lukoil Russia

 

57

 

Mikhail Fridman

 

$13.4 B 48 oil, banking, telecom Russia

 

58

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

 

$13.2 B 47 investments Russia

 

59

 

Susanne Klatten

 

$13 B 50 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany

 

59

 

Francois Pinault & family

 

$13 B 76 retail France

 

61

 

Mohammed Al Amoudi

 

$12.5 B 67 oil, diversified Saudi Arabia

 

61

 

Anne Cox Chambers

 

$12.5 B 92 media United States

 

61

 

John Paulson

 

$12.5 B 56 hedge funds United States

 

64

 

Robert Kuok

 

$12.4 B 89 diversified Malaysia

 

64

 

Luis Carlos Sarmiento

 

$12.4 B 79 banking Colombia

 

64

 

Viktor Vekselberg

 

$12.4 B 55 oil, metals Russia

 

67

 

Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family

 

$12.2 B 84 diversified Brazil

 

68

 

Roman Abramovich

 

$12.1 B 46 steel, investments Russia

 

69

 

Donald Bren

 

$12 B 80 real estate United States

 

69

 

Jorge Paulo Lemann

 

$12 B 73 beer Brazil

 

69

 

Ronald Perelman

 

$12 B 69 leveraged buyouts United States

 

72

 

Len Blavatnik

 

$11.9 B 55 diversified United States

 

72

 

Leonid Mikhelson

 

$11.9 B 57 gas, chemicals Russia

 

74

 

Leonardo Del Vecchio

 

$11.5 B 77 eyewear Italy

 

75

 

John Fredriksen

 

$11.3 B 67 shipping Cyprus

 

76

 

Aliko Dangote

 

$11.2 B 55 sugar, flour, cement Nigeria

 

76

 

Stefan Quandt

 

$11.2 B 46 BMW Germany

 

78

 

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family

 

$11 B 60 real estate United Kingdom

 

78

 

Harold Hamm

 

$11 B 66 oil & gas United States

 

80

 

Savitri Jindal & family

 

$10.9 B 62 steel India

81

 

Andrey Melnichenko

 

$10.8 B 40 coal, fertilizers Russia

 

82

 

James Simons

 

$10.7 B 74 hedge funds United States

 

83

 

Ernesto Bertarelli & family

 

$10.6 B 47 biotech, investments Switzerland

 

84

 

Jack Taylor & family

 

$10.4 B 90 Enterprise Rent-A-Car United States

 

85

 

Abigail Johnson

 

$10.3 B 50 Fidelity United States

 

86

 

Robin Li

 

$10.2 B 43 Technology China

 

86

 

Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte

 

$10.2 B - paper Chile

 

88

 

Ray Dalio

 

$10 B 63 hedge funds United States

 

88

 

George Kaiser

 

$10 B 70 oil & gas, banking United States

 

88

 

Johanna Quandt

 

$10 B 86 BMW Germany

 

88

 

Hans Rausing

 

$10 B 86 packaging Sweden

 

88

 

Tadashi Yanai & family

 

$10 B 63 retail Japan

 

93

 

Serge Dassault & family

 

$9.9 B 87 aviation France

 

93

 

Ananda Krishnan

 

$9.9 B 74 telecoms Malaysia

 

95

 

Klaus-Michael Kuhne

 

$9.8 B 75 shipping Germany

 

96

 

Pallonji Mistry

 

$9.7 B 83 construction Ireland

 

97

 

Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila

 

$9.5 B 35 beer Colombia

 

98

 

Horst Paulmann & family

 

$9.3 B 77 retail Chile

 

99

 

Gennady Timchenko

 

$9.1 B 59 oil & gas Russia

 

100

 

Laurene Powell Jobs & family

 

$9 B 48 Apple, Disney United States

 

100

 

David & Simon Reuben

 

$9 B 69 investments, real estate United Kingdom

 

100

 

Dmitry Rybolovlev

 

$9 B 45 fertilizer Russia

 

100

 

Harold Simmons

 

$9 B 81 investments United States

 

104

 

Oleg Deripaska

 

$8.8 B 44 aluminum, utilities Russia

 

105

 

German Khan

 

$8.5 B 51 oil, banking, telecom Russia

 

106

 

Steve Cohen

 

$8.3 B 56 hedge funds United States

 

106

 

Charles Ergen

 

$8.3 B 59 EchoStar United States

 

106

 

Lee Kun-Hee

 

$8.3 B 70 Samsung South Korea

 

106

 

Rupert Murdoch

 

$8.3 B 81 News Corp United States

 

110

 

Petr Kellner

 

$8.2 B 48 banking, insurance Czech Republic

 

110

 

Richard Kinder

 

$8.2 B 68 pipelines United States

 

110

 

Iskander Makhmudov

 

$8.2 B 48 mining, metals, machinery Russia

 

113

 

Liang Wengen

 

$8.1 B 55 manufacturing China

 

113

 

Sunil Mittal & family

 

$8.1 B 55 telecom India

 

113

 

Hansjorg Wyss

 

$8.1 B 77 medical devices Switzerland

 

116

 

Kumar Birla

 

$8 B 45 commodities India

 

116

 

Henry Sy & family

 

$8 B 88 diversified Philippines

 

118

 

Anil Ambani

 

$7.8 B 53 diversified India

 

118

 

August von Finck

 

$7.8 B 82 investments Germany

 

120

 

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

 

$7.7 B 58 Heineken Netherlands

121

 

Galen Weston & family

 

$7.6 B 71 retail Canada

 

122

 

Ralph Lauren

 

$7.5 B 73 Ralph Lauren United States

 

122

 

Alain & Gerard Wertheimer

 

$7.5 B - Chanel France

 

124

 

Dilip Shanghvi

 

$7.4 B 57 pharmaceuticals India

 

125

 

Ivan Glasenberg

 

$7.3 B 55 Commodities Australia

 

125

 

James Goodnight

 

$7.3 B 69 SAS Institute United States

 

127

 

Giorgio Armani

 

$7.2 B 78 fashion Italy

 

127

 

Hasso Plattner

 

$7.2 B 68 SAP Germany

 

127

 

Masayoshi Son

 

$7.2 B 55 Softbank Japan

 

127

 

Patrick Soon-Shiong

 

$7.2 B 60 pharmaceuticals United States

 

131

 

Leonard Lauder

 

$7.1 B 79 Estee Lauder United States

 

131

 

Samuel Newhouse, Jr.

 

$7.1 B 84 Conde Nast United States

 

133

 

Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

 

$7 B 53 real estate, hotels Saudi Arabia

 

133

 

Philip Anschutz

 

$7 B 72 investments United States

 

133

 

Andrew Beal

 

$7 B 59 banks, real estate United States

 

133

 

Dhanin Chearavanont & family

 

$7 B 73 Food Thailand

 

133

 

Shashi & Ravi Ruia

 

$7 B 68 diversified India

 

138

 

Eric Schmidt

 

$6.9 B 57 Google United States

 

139

 

Nicky Oppenheimer & family

 

$6.8 B 67 diamonds South Africa

 

139

 

Miuccia Prada

 

$6.8 B 63 Prada Italy

 

141

 

Mikhail Gutseriev

 

$6.7 B 54 oil, real estate Russia

 

141

 

Alexei Kuzmichev

 

$6.7 B 50 oil, banking, telecom Russia

 

141

 

Pierre Omidyar

 

$6.7 B 45 Ebay United States

 

144

 

Curt Engelhorn

 

$6.6 B 86 pharmaceuticals Germany

 

144

 

Michael Kadoorie & family

 

$6.6 B 71 diversified Hong Kong

 

146

 

Leonid Fedun

 

$6.5 B 56 Lukoil Russia

 

146

 

R. Budi Hartono

 

$6.5 B 71 Banking, tobacco Indonesia

 

146

 

Antonia Johnson

 

$6.5 B 69 diversified Sweden

 

146

 

Suleiman Kerimov

 

$6.5 B 46 investments Russia

 

146

 

Joseph Lau

 

$6.5 B 61 real estate Hong Kong

 

146

 

Tsai Wan-tsai & family

 

$6.5 B 83 finance Taiwan

 

146

 

Zong Qinghou

 

$6.5 B 67 beverages China

 

153

 

Charles Butt

 

$6.4 B 74 supermarkets United States

 

153

 

Bidzina Ivanishvili

 

$6.4 B 56 investments Georgia

 

153

 

Donald Newhouse

 

$6.4 B 82 Conde Nast United States

 

153

 

Kushal Pal Singh

 

$6.4 B 81 real estate India

 

157

 

Eli Broad

 

$6.3 B 79 investments United States

 

157

 

Michael Hartono

 

$6.3 B 73 tobacco, banking Indonesia

 

157

 

Jim Kennedy

 

$6.3 B 64 media United States

 

157

 

Blair Parry-Okeden

 

$6.3 B 61 media United States

161

 

Chung Mong-Koo

 

$6.2 B 74 Hyundai South Korea

 

161

 

He Xiangjian

 

$6.2 B 70 appliances China

 

161

 

Hiroshi Mikitani

 

$6.2 B 47 online retailing Japan

 

161

 

Idan Ofer

 

$6.2 B 57 inherited Israel

 

161

 

Tsai Eng-Meng

 

$6.2 B 55 food Taiwan

 

166

 

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

 

$6 B 64 Lego Denmark

 

166

 

Paolo & Gianfelice Mario Rocca

 

$6 B - pipes Italy

 

166

 

Vladimir Yevtushenkov

 

$6 B 64 telecom Russia

 

169

 

Sulaiman Al Rajhi & family

 

$5.9 B 92 banking Saudi Arabia

 

169

 

Silvio Berlusconi & family

 

$5.9 B 76 media Italy

 

169

 

Kunio Busujima & family

 

$5.9 B 87 gaming Japan

 

169

 

Beny Steinmetz

 

$5.9 B 56 mining, diamonds, real estate Israel

 

173

 

Andrew Forrest

 

$5.8 B 50 Mining Australia

 

173

 

Hui Ka Yan

 

$5.8 B 54 real estate China

 

173

 

Edward Johnson, III.

 

$5.8 B 82 Fidelity United States

 

173

 

Liu Yongxing

 

$5.8 B 64 agribusiness China

 

173

 

Eyal Ofer

 

$5.8 B 62 inherited Israel

 

178

 

Graeme Hart

 

$5.7 B 57 investments New Zealand

 

178

 

Lui Che Woo

 

$5.7 B 82 gaming Hong Kong

 

178

 

Sergei Popov

 

$5.7 B 41 banking, coal Russia

 

178

 

Marcel Herrmann Telles

 

$5.7 B 62 beer Brazil

 

178

 

Wu Yajun & family

 

$5.7 B 48 real estate China

 

183

 

Viktor Rashnikov

 

$5.6 B 64 steel Russia

 

184

 

David Geffen

 

$5.5 B 69 movies, music United States

 

184

 

Terry Gou

 

$5.5 B 62 electronics Taiwan

 

184

 

Dietmar Hopp

 

$5.5 B 72 SAP Germany

 

184

 

Stephen Schwarzman

 

$5.5 B 65 investments United States

 

184

 

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

 

$5.5 B 68 Drinks Thailand

 

189

 

Alexander Abramov

 

$5.4 B 53 steel, mining Russia

 

189

 

Gautam Adani

 

$5.4 B 50 commodities, infrastructure India

 

189

 

Thomas Peterffy

 

$5.4 B 68 discount brokerage United States

 

189

 

Ira Rennert

 

$5.4 B 78 investments United States

 

193

 

Johann Graf

 

$5.3 B 65 gaming machines Austria

 

193

 

Jeffrey Hildebrand

 

$5.3 B 53 Oil United States

 

193

 

Dietrich Mateschitz

 

$5.3 B 68 Red Bull Austria

 

196

 

Lee Shin Cheng

 

$5.2 B 73 palm oil Malaysia

 

196

 

Carlos Alberto Sicupira

 

$5.2 B 64 beer Brazil

 

196

 

Reinhold Wurth

 

$5.2 B 77 fasteners Germany

 

199

 

Carlos and Alejandro Bulgheroni

 

$5.1 B - Energy Argentina

 

199

 

John Malone

 

$5.1 B 71 cable television United States

199

 

Ludwig Merckle

 

$5.1 B 47 pharmaceuticals Germany

 

199

 

Johann Rupert & family

 

$5.1 B 62 luxury goods South Africa

 

199

 

Nassef Sawiris

 

$5.1 B 51 construction Egypt

 

199

 

David Tepper

 

$5.1 B 55 hedge funds United States

 

205

 

Richard DeVos

 

$5 B 86 Amway United States

 

205

 

Ray Lee Hunt

 

$5 B 69 oil, real estate United States

 

205

 

James & Arthur Irving

 

$5 B - Diversified Canada

 

205

 

Karl-Heinz Kipp

 

$5 B 88 retail Germany

 

205

 

Richard LeFrak & family

 

$5 B 67 real estate United States

 

205

 

Shiv Nadar

 

$5 B 67 information technology India

 

205

 

Denis O'Brien

 

$5 B 54 telecom Ireland

 

205

 

Teh Hong Piow

 

$5 B 82 banking Malaysia

 

205

 

Olav Thon

 

$5 B 89 real estate Norway

 

205

 

Dennis Washington

 

$5 B 78 construction, mining United States

 

205

 

Yoovidhya Family

 

$5 B - Drinks Thailand

 

216

 

Jean-Claude Decaux & family

 

$4.9 B 74 advertising France

 

216

 

Sergei Galitsky

 

$4.9 B 45 retail Russia

 

216

 

Hank & Doug Meijer

 

$4.9 B - supermarkets United States

 

216

 

Gordon Moore

 

$4.9 B 83 Intel United States

 

216

 

Sam Zell

 

$4.9 B 71 real estate, private equity United States

 

221

 

Isak Andic & family

 

$4.8 B 59 Mango Spain

 

221

 

Robert Rowling

 

$4.8 B 59 investments United States

 

223

 

Micky Arison

 

$4.7 B 63 Carnival Cruises United States

 

223

 

Ma Huateng

 

$4.7 B 41 internet China

 

223

 

James Packer

 

$4.7 B 45 Gaming Australia

 

223

 

Juan Roig

 

$4.7 B 63 supermarkets Spain

 

223

 

Dieter Schnabel

 

$4.7 B 66 chemicals Germany

 

223

 

Karl Wlaschek

 

$4.7 B 95 retail Austria

 

223

 

Yang Huiyan

 

$4.7 B 31 real estate China

 

230

 

Charles Cadogan & family

 

$4.6 B 75 real estate United Kingdom

 

230

 

Richard Chandler

 

$4.6 B 53 Investments New Zealand

 

232

 

Michael Herz

 

$4.5 B 69 coffee Germany

 

232

 

Wolfgang Herz

 

$4.5 B 61 coffee Germany

 

232

 

Charles Johnson

 

$4.5 B 79 financial services United States

 

232

 

Bruce Kovner

 

$4.5 B 67 hedge funds United States

 

232

 

John Menard, Jr.

 

$4.5 B 72 Retail United States

 

232

 

Rosalia Mera

 

$4.5 B 68 Zara Spain

 

232

 

Xavier Niel

 

$4.5 B 45 internet, telecom France

 

232

 

Dorothea Steinbruch & family

 

$4.5 B - steel Brazil

 

232

 

Peter Woo & family

 

$4.5 B 66 real estate Hong Kong

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