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The world’s richest people

The world’s richest people

Forbes has listed the richest people in the world, featuring the biggest names in tech and the billions they’re worth in 2013.

While the upper tiers of its billionaire’s list remains largely unchanged from 2012, Forbes has noted an increase of global billionaires to 1,426 individuals with a total net worth of $5.4 trillion.

That means 201 new names have been added to the exclusive list, up from the 1,226 billionaire’s in 2012.

According to Forbes, the United States still holds a majority of the world’s billionaires (422), with Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129), the Middle East & Africa (103) following suit.

Mexican telecom mogul, Carlos Helu Slim, retained his number one position as the world’s richest man – a title he’s held for the fourth year in a row – with a net worth of $73 billion.

Microsoft founder and former CEO, Bill Gates, also retained his runner-up position at $67 billion.

Amancio Ortega, the man behind the Zara clothing brand, gained $19.5 billion over the past year, which made him the biggest gainer and pushed him to position of the third richest man in the world ($57 billion) – nudging popular investor, Warren Buffet ($53.5 billion), to fourth position.

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and the fresh owner of Hawaii Air, lands in the list at number 5, with a net worth of $43 billion.

Online company heads also made a showing as part of the  richest in the world, with Amazon.com‘s CEO, Jeff Bezos and Google‘s chief, Larry Page, breaching the bottom of the top 20 richest at 19 ($25.2 billion) and 20 ($23 billion), respectively.

Bill Gates and Carlos Slim Helu

The top 20 richest people

# Name Company/Industry Net Worth
1 Carlos Slim Helu & family Telecoms $73 billion
2 Bill Gates Microsoft $67 billion
3 Amancio Ortega Zara $57 billion
4 Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway $53.5 billion
5 Larry Ellison Oracle $43 billion
6 Charles Koch Diversified $34 billion
6 David Koch Diversified $34 billion
8 Li Ka-shing Diversified $31 billion
9 Liliane Bettencourt & family L’Oreal $30 billion
10 Bernard Arnault & family LVMH $29 billion
11 Christy Walton & family Wal-Mart $28.2 billion
12 Stefan Persson H&M $28 billion
13 Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg LP $27 billion
14 Jim Walton Wal-Mart $26.7 billion
15 Sheldon Adelson Casinos $26.5 billion
16 Alice Walton Wal-Mart $26.3 billion
17 S. Robson Walton Wal-Mart $26.1 billion
18 Karl Albrecht Aldi $26 billion
19 Jeff Bezos Amazon.com $25.2 billion
20 Larry Page Google $23 billion

The top 10 richest people in tech

# Name Company/Industry Net Worth
1 Carlos Slim Helu & family Telecoms $73 billion
2 Bill Gates Microsoft $67 billion
5 Larry Ellison Oracle $43 billion
19 Jeff Bezos Amazon.com $25.2 billion
20 Larry Page Google $23 billion
21 Sergey Brin Google $22.8 billion
49 Michael Dell Dell $15.3 billion
51 Steve Ballmer Microsoft $15.2 billion
66 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook $13.3 billion
69 Lee Kun-Hee Samsung $13 billion

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