Richest Man in the World: Carlos Slim, According to Forbes List

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Forbes has released its annual Billionaires list. Carlos Slim Helú (and family) made the top of the list. Forbes reports:

Atop the heap is Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, who added $20.5 billion to his fortune, more than any other billionaire. The telecom mogul, who gets 62% of his fortune from America Movil , is now worth $74 billion and has pulled far ahead of his two closest rivals. Bill Gates, No. 2, and Warren Buffett, No. 3, both added a more modest $3 billion to their piles and are now worth $56 billion and $50 billion, respectively. Gates, who now gets 70% of his fortune from investments outside of Microsoft, has actually been investing in the Mexican stock market and has holdings in Mexican Coke bottler Femsa and Grupo Televisa.

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The top 20 are:

1. Carlos Slim Helú & family
2. Bill Gates
3. Warren Buffett
4. Bernard Arnault
5. Larry Ellison
6. Lakshmi Mittal
7. Amancio Ortega
8. Eike Batista
9. Mukesh Ambani
10. Christy Walton & family
11. Li Ka-shing
12. Karl Albrecht
13. Stefan Persson
14. Vladimir Lisin
15. Liliane Bettencourt
16. Sheldon Adelson
17. David Thomson & Family
18. Charles Koch
19. David Koch
20. Jim Walton

View the slideshow here.

While Facebook may have spawned six billionaires, as Forbes says, none of them made the top 20 - Mark Zuckerberg included. He was named the youngest self-made billionaire last year, however. He also pledged to give the majority of his wealth to charity.

Chris Crum
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