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Top Ten Richest People in the World 2012

The individuals on this list are extraordinarily wealthy. All have a net worth higher than the total economic output of small countries. Incidentally, they have made their money in vastly different ways.

10

Karl Albrecht

Net Worth: $25.4 billion

Age: 92

Country: Germany

Source of Wealth: Retail – Aldi Sud

9

Li Ka-shing

Net Worth: $25.5 billion

Age: 83

Country: Hong Kong

Source of Wealth: Diversified

8

Stefan Persson

Net Worth: $26 billion

Age: 64

Country: Sweden

Source of Wealth: Retail – H&M

7

Eike Batista

Net Worth: $30 billion

Age: 55

Country: Brazil

Source of Wealth: Mining and Oil

6

Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $36 billion

Age: 67

Country: United States

Source of Wealth: Software – Oracle

5

Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $37.5 billion

Age: 75

Country: Spain

Source of Wealth: Retail – Zara

4

Bernard Arnault

Net Worth: $41 billion

Age: 63

Country: France

Source of Wealth: Retail - LVMH

3

Warren Buffet

Net Worth: $44 billion

Age: 81

Country: United States

Source of Wealth: Investments – Berkshire Hathaway

2

Bill Gates

Net Worth: $61 billion

Age: 56

Country: United States

Source of Wealth: Software – Microsoft

1

Carlos Slim Helu

Net Worth: $69 billion

Age: 72

Country: Mexico

Source of Wealth: Telecommunications

 

Source: Forbes