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Forbes' tally of billionaires jumps 16%; Buffett drops in list

March 04, 2013|By Shan Li
  • Topping Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest individuals is Carlos Slim, right, a telecommunications mogul from Mexico with a reported net worth of $73 billion. Tech mogul Bill Gates, left, came in second place, with a net worth of $67 billion.
Topping Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest individuals… (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP/Getty…)

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The list of the world's ultimate 1% has grown: Forbes magazine said its tally of billionaires around the globe climbed 16% over last year.

Topping the list is Carlos Slim, a telecommunications mogul from Mexico with a reported net worth of $73 billion. Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates came in second place, again, with a net worth of $67 billion.

Other notables saw their places drop as their bank accounts were squeezed in the last year. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg fell 31 spots as his net worth dropped by $4.2 billion. Warren Buffett, known as the Oracle of Omaha, dropped to the No. 4 slot after more than a decade in the top 3; his spot was taken over by Amancio Ortega, a Spaniard who holds a huge stake in the retail conglomerate that owns fast fashion brand Zara.

Some of the billionaires can add "jailbird" to their resume. Real estate mogul Zhang Keqiang of China, at the very bottom of the list with a net worth of $1 billion, spent 2 years in jail on charges of defrauding the state and is still awaiting trial.

All told, 1,426 uber-wealthy individuals made Forbes' 2013 list, a record-setting number. And their bank accounts fattened too -- average net worth jumped to $3.8 billion, a 3% increase from the year before.

Liliane Bettencourt, whose family owns more than 30% of cosmetics giant L'Oreal -- is the world's wealthiest woman at $30 billion. The total number of women grew to 138, up from 104 the year before.

More than 30% of the billionaires -- or 442 to be exact, call the United States home, the most of any nation in the world. Other clusters of this exclusive club live in Asia and Europe.

[A previous version of the post incorrectly spelled the last name of Amancio Ortega as Ortego.]

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