Here is a list of Latest Top 10 Billionaires of the World according to Forbes Magazine.
1. Carlos Slim Helu (£35.7billion)
Carlos Slim Helu, known simply as Carlos Slim was born on January 28, 1940. Carlos Slim is a Mexican business magnate and the chairman and CEO of Telmex, Telcel and America Movil. As of April 2010, Helu is the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of around US$60.6 billion. His sons Carlos, Marco Antonio and Patrick Slim Domit run the day-to-day operations of Telmex, Telcel, and America Movil.
2. Bill Gates (£35.4billion)
William Henry “Bill” Gates III, known as Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955. Bill Gates is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft. Bill Gates founded the software company with Paul Allen. Bill Gates is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books. Bill Gates is currently the second wealthiest person in the world as of 2010.
3. Warren Buffett (£31.3billion)
Warren Edward Buffett, Ppopularly known as Buffett, was born on August 30, 1930. Warren Buffett is an American investor & industrialist. Buffett is one of the most successful investors in the world. Often called the “legendary investor Warren Buffett”, he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, he was ranked as the world’s second wealthiest person in 2009 and is currently the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2010.
Buffett is called the “Oracle of Omaha” or the “Sage of Omaha” and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees at Grinnell College.
4. Mukesh Ambani (£19.3billion)
Petrochemicals, oil and gas. India
Mukesh Ambani was born on 19 April 1957. Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business magnate and the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, the largest private sector enterprise in India, a Fortune 500 company, and one of the largest private sector conglomerate in world. Mukesh Ambani is the eldest son of Dhirubhai Ambani, the late founder of Reliance Industries. His personal stake in Reliance Industries is 48%.
As of July 2010, Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in Asia and the fourth richest man in the world with a personal wealth of US$29.0 billion.
5. Lakshmi Mittal (£19.1billion)
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, known as Lakshmi Mittal, was born on 2 September 1950. Mittal is an Indian steel tycoon and the chairman and chief executive officer of Arcelor Mittal.
Lakshmi Mittal serves as a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, EADS and ICICI Bank and is presently the vice chairman of the World Steel Association. Mittal is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, the International Investment Council in South Africa, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and the International Iron and Steel Institute’s Executive Committee. Mittal is a member in the Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management and is part of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta Alumni Association, London Chapter.
As of July 2010, Lakshmi Mittal is the richest man in Europe and the fifth richest man in the world with a personal wealth of US$28.7 billion or £19.3 billion. The Financial Times named Mittal Person of the Year in 2006. In May 2007, he was named one of the “100 Most Influential People” by Time magazine.
6. Lawrence Ellison (£18.7billion)
Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison was born on August 17, 1944. Lawrence Ellison is an American business magnate, co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company. As of 2010 he is the sixth richest person in the world, with a personal wealth of US$28 billion.
In August 2010 it was reported that Ellison is one of the 40 billionaires who has signed “The Giving Pledge”.
Ellison wrote: “Many years ago, I put virtually all of my assets into a trust with the intent of giving away at least 95 percent of my wealth to charitable causes. I have already given hundreds of millions of dollars to medical research and education, and I will give billions more over time. Until now, I have done this giving quietly–because I have long believed that charitable giving is a personal and private matter.”
7. Bernard Arnault (£18.3billion)
Luxury goods, France
Bernard Arnault was born on 5 March 1949. Bernard Arnault is a French businessman tycoon. Bernard Arnault is the founder, chairman, and CEO of LVMH, a large luxury goods conglomerate consisting of over fifty luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Fendi. According to Forbes Magazine, Arnault is the world’s 7th richest person, with a 2010 net worth of $US27.5 billion.
8. Eike Batista (£18.2billion)
Mining, oil. Brazil
Eike Fuhrken Batista, more commonly Eike Batista or simply Eike, was born on November 3, 1957. Eika is a Brazilian billionaire entrepreneur. Eika has founded companies in different business sectors, mainly in mining. He is the son of Eliezer Batista da Silva, a longtime head of mining company Vale. As of 2010, he is the eighth richest person in the world.
Major companies founded by Eike Batista:
- Mr Lam (Chinese restaurant)
- Porto de Peruíbe
9. Amancio Ortega (£16.6billion)
Fashion retail, Spain
Amancio Ortega Gaona, was born on March 28, 1936. Gaona is a Spanish fashion entrepreneur. Gaona was ranked by Forbes as Spain’s richest man and the 9th richest man in the World in 2010. Amancio Ortega Gaona is the founder, with his then-wife Rosalia Mera, and chairman of the Inditex Group. Gaona currently lives with his second wife in a discreet apartment building in the centre of A Corunna
10. Karl Albrecht (£15.7billion)
Karl Hans Albrecht, was born on 20 February 1920. Karl Albrecht is a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. Karl is among the richest men in the world, with an estimated net worth in 2010 of $23.5 billion according to Forbes, which ranks him 10th in its 2010 world rich list. Albrecht is the wealthiest man in Germany.