100 Richest People in the World: Carlos Slim Helu Stays on Top of Billionaires List

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Business, World Comments

The top 100 richest people in the world got richer in 2012 by $241 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI) as of January 3, 2013.

BBI, a daily ranking of the world’s 100 wealthiest individuals, indicates that these billionaires increased their combined net worth to $1.9 trillion at the end of 2012.

Among the 100 individuals in the list, only 16 indicated a net loss during the past year.

Topping the list of gainers was 76-year-old Amancio Ortega from Spain who placed third in the top 100 list of the world’s richest people. The Inditex founder increased his net worth to $57.5 billion. He posted a $22.2 billion gain during the past 12 months. This was due to a 66.7% increase in his shares in the Zara clothing chain.

Business analysts explained that the gains of these billionaires was brought about by the rise in stocks. Among the notable increases include the 13.2% gain of MSCI World Index and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s 13.4% increase at the end of the year.

Carlos Slim Helu, posted the second highest gain as he continue to hold on the top spot as the world’s richest person. The 72-year-old telecom magnate controls Mexico‘s America Movil. He had an increase of $13.4 billion, or 21.6% in his net worth.

Second in the top 100 list is Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. The 57-year-old Gates trails Slim by $12.5 billion. He increased his net worth by $7 billion.

The 82-year-old Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman, increased his net worth by $5.1 billion to placed fourth.

Rounding up the top five is Ingvar Kamprad. The 86-year-old Ikea founder has a net worth of $42.9-billion gaining 16.6%.

Below is the complete list of the world’s top 40 richest people as provided by the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.
1. Carlos Slim HelĂș
2. Bill Gates
3. Amancio Ortega
4. Warren Buffett
5. Ingvar Kamprad
6. Charles Koch
7. David Koch
8. Larry Ellison
9. Bernard Arnault
10. Li Ka-Shing
11. Christy Walton
12. Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud
13. Jim Walton
14. Liliane Bettencourt
15. Rob Walton
16. Alice Walton
17. Mukesh Ambani
18. Stefan Persson
19. Sheldon Adelson
20. Jeff Bezos
21. Lee Shau Kee
22. Karl Albrecht
23. David Thomson
24. Michele Ferrero
25. Cheng Yu Tung
26. Larry Page
27. George Soros
28. Rinat Akhmetov
29. Sergey Brin
30. Dieter Schwarz
31. Iris Fontbona
32. Jacqueline Mars
33. John Mars
34. Forrest Mars Jr.
35. Alberto Bailleres
36. Alisher Usmanov
37. Lakshmi Mittal
38. Jorge Lemann
39. Robert Kuok
40. Gina Rinehart

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