The World's Billionaires 2010

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The World's Billionaires 2010 edition was 24th annual ranking of The World's Billionaires by Forbes magazine. The list estimated the net worth of the world's richest people, excluding royalty and dictators, as of February 12, 2010. It was released online on March 10, 2010. Forty reporters across 13 countries contributed to the list. Carlos Slim and Bill Gates were featured on the cover.[1]

Annual list[edit]

Mexican telecommunication mogul Carlos Slim narrowly eclipsed Microsoft's Bill Gates to top the billionaire list for the first time. Slim saw his estimated worth surge $18.5 billion to $53.5 billion as shares of America Movil rose 35%. Gates' estimated wealth rose $13 billion to $53 billion, placing him second. Investor Warren Buffett was third with $47 billion, up form $37 billion.[2] Christy Walton was the highest ranking women, placing 12th overall, with an inherited fortune of $22.5 billion.[3] At age 25, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the world's youngest billionaire.[1] American Isaac Perlmutter was among the top newcomers with an estimated fortunate $4 billion acquired in his sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney.[2]

A total of 1,011 people made the 2010, up from 793 the year before, but short of the all-time record of 1,125. The United States accounted for 403 billionaires, followed by China with 89 and Russia with 62.[3] It was the first time China, which includes Hong Kong, placed second.[2] A total of 55 countries were represented on the 2010 list, including Finland and Pakistan which claimed their first billionaires.[3] China, India, South Korea, and Turkey were among 11 countries that saw a doubling of the numbers billionaires.[4] Eighty-nine women made the list, but only 14 of them were self-made.[3] Of the 89, 12 were newcomers in 2010.[1] Half of those 14 self-made women came from China.[3]

Steve Forbes said the growing number of billionaires was clear sign that the world's economy was recovering from 2009's global financial crisis. His magazine declared that Asia was leading the recovery, with the US lagging behind, based on the billionaire list. The 2010 list featured 164 re-entries and 97 true newcomers.[1] Asia accounted for more than 100 of the new entrants. Overall, just 12% of the list lost wealth since 2009, and 30 people fell off the list. Thirteen others died.[2] The combined net worth of the list was $3.6 trillion, up 50% from 2009's $2.4 trillion, while the average net worth was $3.5 billion.[1] The United States accounted for 38% of the lists, down from 44% the year prior.[2]

Top 10[edit]

No. Name Net worth (USD) Age Citizenship Source(s) of wealth
2 Increase Carlos Slim & family $53.5 billion Increase 70 Mexico Telmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
1 Increase Bill Gates 53.0 billion Increase 61 United States Microsoft
3 Decrease Warren Buffett $47.0 billion Increase 79 United States Berkshire Hathaway
4 Increase Mukesh Ambani $29.0 billion Increase 53 India Reliance Industries
5 Increase Lakshmi Mittal $28.7 billion Increase 60 India Arcelor Mittal
6 Decrease Larry Ellison $28.0 billion Increase 66 United States Oracle Corporation
7 Increase Bernard Arnault $27.5 billion Increase 61 France LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8 Increase Eike Batista $27.0 billion Increase 53 Brazil EBX Group
9 Increase Amancio Ortega $25.0 billion Increase 74 Spain Inditex Group
10 Decrease Karl Albrecht $23.5 billion Increase 90 Germany Aldi Süd
Legend
Icon Description
Steady Has not changed from the previous year's list
Increase Has increased from the previous year's list
Decrease Has decreased from the previous year's list

Top 100[5][edit]

No. Name Net Worth USD billion Age Citizenship Residence
1 Carlos Slim Helu & family 53,5 70 Mexico Mexico
2 William Gates III 53,0 54 United States United States
3 Warren Buffett 47,0 79 United States United States
4 Mukesh Ambani 29,0 52 India India
5 Lakshmi Mittal 28,7 59 India United Kingdom
6 Lawrence Ellison 28,0 65 United States United States
7 Bernard Arnault 27,5 61 France France
8 Eike Batista 27,0 53 Brazil Brazil
9 Amancio Ortega 25,0 74 Spain Spain
10 Karl Albrecht 23,5 90 Germany Germany
11 Ingvar Kamprad & family 23,0 83 Sweden Switzerland
12 Christy Walton & family 22,5 55 United States United States
13 Stefan Persson 22,4 62 Sweden Sweden
14 Li Ka-shing 21,0 81 Hong Kong Hong Kong
15 Jim Walton 20,7 62 United States United States
16 Alice Walton 20,6 60 United States United States
17 Liliane Bettencourt 20,0 87 France France
18 S. Robson Walton 19,8 66 United States United States
19 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud 19,4 55 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
20 David Thomson & family 19,0 52 Canada Canada
21 Michael Otto & family 18,7 66 Germany Germany
22 Lee Shau Kee 18,5 82 Hong Kong Hong Kong
23 Michael Bloomberg 18,0 68 United States United States
24 Sergey Brin 17,5 36 United States United States
24 Charles Koch 17,5 74 United States United States
24 David Koch 17,5 69 United States United States
24 Larry Page 17,5 37 United States United States
28 Michele Ferrero & family 17,0 83 Italy Monaco
28 Kwok family 17,0 n/a Hong Kong Hong Kong
28 Azim Premji 17,0 64 India India
31 Theo Albrecht 16,7 88 Germany Germany
32 Vladimir Lisin 15,8 53 Russia Russia
33 Steven Ballmer 14,5 54 United States United States
33 Robert Kuok 14,5 86 Malaysia Hong Kong
35 George Soros 14,0 79 United States United States
36 Anil Ambani 13,7 50 India India
37 Paul Allen 13,5 57 United States United States
37 Michael Dell 13,5 45 United States United States
39 Mikhail Prokhorov 13,4 44 Russia Russia
40 Birgit Rausing & family 13,0 86 Sweden Switzerland
40 Shashi & Ravi Ruia 13,0 66 India India
42 Mikhail Fridman 12,7 45 Russia Russia
43 Jeffrey Bezos 12,3 46 United States United States
44 Savitri Jindal 12,2 60 India India
45 Donald Bren 12,0 77 United States United States
45 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family 12,0 58 United Kingdom United Kingdom
45 John Paulson 12,0 54 United States United States
48 Abigail Johnson 11,5 48 United States United States
48 Jorge Paulo Lemann 11,5 70 Brazil Brazil
50 Roman Abramovich 11,2 43 Russia Russia
51 Susanne Klatten 11,1 47 Germany Germany
52 Iris Fontbona & family 11,0 n/a Chile Chile
52 Forrest Mars Jr 11,0 78 United States United States
52 Jacqueline Mars 11,0 70 United States United States
52 John Mars 11,0 73 United States United States
52 Ronald Perelman 11,0 67 United States United States
57 Oleg Deripaska 10,7 42 Russia Russia
58 Vagit Alekperov 10,6 59 Russia Russia
59 Leonardo Del Vecchio 10,5 74 Italy Italy
59 Carl Icahn 10,5 74 United States United States
61 Vladimir Potanin 10,3 49 Russia Russia
62 Philip Knight 10,2 72 United States United States
63 Ricardo Salinas Pliego & family 10,1 54 Mexico Mexico
64 Mohammed Al Amoudi 10,0 65 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
64 Ernesto Bertarelli & family 10,0 44 Switzerland Switzerland
64 Anne Cox Chambers 10,0 90 United States United States
64 George Kaiser 10,0 67 United States United States
64 Hans Rausing 10,0 84 Sweden United Kingdom
64 Joseph Safra 10,0 71 Brazil Brazil
70 Alexei Mordashov 9,9 44 Russia Russia
71 Viktor Rashnikov 9,8 61 Russia Russia
72 German Larrea Mota Velasco & family 9,7 56 Mexico Mexico
73 Sheldon Adelson 9,3 76 United States United States
74 Silvio Berlusconi & family 9,0 73 Italy Italy
74 Dan Duncan 9,0 77 United States United States
74 Kushal Pal Singh 9,0 78 India India
77 Nasser Al-Kharafi & family 8,7 66 Kuwait Kuwait
77 Francois Pinault & family 8,7 73 France France
79 Dmitry Rybolovlev 8,6 43 Russia Russia
80 Iskander Makhmudov 8,5 46 Russia Russia
80 James Simons 8,5 71 United States United States
82 Alberto Bailleres & family 8,3 77 Mexico Mexico
83 German Khan 8,2 48 Russia Russia
84 Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte 8,1 64 Chile Chile
85 Edward Johnson III 8,0 79 United States United States
86 Kumar Birla 7,9 42 India India
87 Sunil Mittal 7,8 52 India India
88 John Fredriksen 7,7 65 Cyprus United Kingdom
89 Serge Dassault & family 7,6 84 France France
89 Petr Kellner 7,6 45 Czech Republic Czech Republic
89 Ananda Krishnan 7,6 71 Malaysia Malaysia
89 Tadashi Yanai & family 7,6 61 Japan Japan
93 Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber 7,5 51 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
93 Leonard Blavatnik 7,5 52 United States United Kingdom
93 David & Simon Reuben 7,5 67 United Kingdom United Kingdom
93 Nobutada Saji & family 7,5 64 Japan Japan
93 Alain & Gerard Wertheimer 7,5 n/a France n/a
93 Vladimir Yevtushenkov 7,5 61 Russia Russia
99 August von Finck 7,3 80 Germany Switzerland
100 Lee Kun-Hee 7,2 68 South Korea South Korea
100 Alisher Usmanov 7,2 56 Russia Russia
100 Galen Weston & family 7,2 69 Canada Canada

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nikola Krastev (March 11, 2010). "Forbes' Rich List: Number Of New Billionaires Reflects Global Recovery". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthew Miller; Luisa Kroll (March 10, 2010). "Bill Gates No Longer World's Richest Man". Forbes. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "China ranks No 2 on Forbes billionaires list". China Daily. March 11, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Anuj Chopra (March 11, 2010). "India, China make mark on Forbes rich list". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  5. ^ The World's Billionaires. Forbes.com. March 10, 2010.

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