NEW YORK--()--Carlos Slim Helú (#1) is the world’s richest person on Forbes’ 27th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires. With a net worth of $73 billion, up from $69 billion in 2012, the telecom magnate from Mexico tops the list for the fourth year in a row. Bill Gates retains the #2 spot with a net worth of $67 billion. Zara’s Amancio Ortega (#3) moves up two spots from 2012, with a net worth of $57 billion, ahead of Warren Buffett (#4) with a net worth of $53.5 billion. This marks the first year Buffett has not been in the Top 3 since 2000, in spite of being the second biggest gainer this year, up $9.5 billion.
Rebounding equity markets and strong consumer brands drove a huge number of newcomers into the billionaire ranks.
This year 210 billionaires are new to the list, while 60 dropped off (still more died or split their fortunes with a family). A record 1,426 billionaires (up 200 from 1,226 in 2012) made the list, with an average net worth of $3.8 billion (up from $3.7 billion in 2012). Added together, the total net worth for this year’s billionaires is $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion last year. The U.S. leads the list, with 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), The Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).
A total 138 women made the list this year, an increase of 34. With a net worth of $30 billion, Liliane Bettencourt (# 9) is now the richest woman in the world. Other women on the list include Miuccia Prada (# 78) of Italy, Anne Cox Chambers (#80) of the U.S., and new to the list, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus (#198) of Switzerland, with net worths of $12.4 billion, $12 billion and $6 billion, respectively.
Notable newcomers include: Singapore real estate magnates Robert & Philip Ng (#108), worth $10.1 billion; Diesel jeans mogul Renzo Rosso (#458), worth $3 billion; Hermes’ Nicolas Puech (#704) worth $2.1 billion; GoPro’s Nicholas Woodman (#1107), with a net worth of $1.3 billion, retailer Bruce Nordstrom (#1175), worth $1.2 billion, fashion designer Tory Burch (#1342) and former business partner and ex-husband Christopher Burch (#1342), each with a net worth of $1 billion, and American filmmaker Ryan Kavanaugh (#1342) also with a net worth of $1 billion.
Amancio Ortega is the world’s biggest gainer in dollar terms, adding $19.5 billion to his net worth. Another gainer: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (#13), who moves up from the No. 20 spot last year with a net worth of $27 billion (an increase of $5 billion from 2012). The year’s biggest loser, with a $19.4 billion drop in his fortune, is Brazilian Eike Batista (#100). Mark Zuckerberg (#66) has a net worth of $13.3 billion, compared to $17.5 billion in 2012, when he ranked #35.
Notable drop-offs include Zynga’s Mark Pincus, former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, Alex Lebedev. The Top 10 have a combined net worth of $451.5 billion, up from $395.4 billion in 2012:
|RANK||NAME||NET WORTH||UP/DOWN FROM 2012||ORIGIN OF WEALTH||
|1||Carlos Slim Helú||$73 billion||Up||Telecom||Mexico|
|2||Bill Gates||$67 billion||Up||Microsoft||United States|
|3||Amancio Ortega||$57 billion||Up||Zara||Spain|
|4||Warren Buffett||$53.5 billion||Up||Berkshire Hathaway||United States|
|5||Larry Ellison||$43 billion||Up||Oracle||United States|
|6||Charles Koch||$34 billion||Up||Diversified||United States|
|6||David Koch||$34 billion||Up||Diversified||United States|
|8||Li Ka-shing||$31 billion||Up||Diversified||Hong Kong|
|9||Liliane Bettencourt||$30 billion||Up||L’Oreal||France|
|10||Bernaud Arnault||$29 billion||Down||LVMH||France|
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