TOP 20 Billionaires…

Carlos Slim, $68.4 billion, Mexico: Holdings in telecommunications, banking, mining and construction, as well as Philip Morris, Saks Fifth Avenue and The New York Times

Bill Gates, $62.1 billion, U.S.: Co-founder of Microsoft

Warren Buffett, $44.3 billion, U.S.: Chairman and CEO ofBerkshire Hathaway Inc.

Ingvar Kamprad, $42.7 billion, Sweden: Controls Ikea Group.

Bernard Arnault, $42.5 billion, France: Owns about 46 percent of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest maker of luxury goods

Amancio Ortega, $38.9 billion, Spain: Owns 59 percent of Inditex, the world’s largest clothing retailer, which includes the Zara chain

Larry Ellison, $38.2 billion , U.S.: Owns 22.5 percent stake in Oracle, the world’s third-largest software company by sales

Charles Koch, $33.9 billion, U.S.: Co-owner, chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries in Wichita, Kan.; oil refining, gas pipelines, commodity trading, ranching and paper pulp

David Koch, $33.9 billion, U.S.: Co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries

Eike Batista, $29.7 billion, Brazil: Controls five publicly traded commodity and logistics companies

Mukesh Ambani, $26.5 billion, India: Owns 44 percent of Reliance Industries, operator of the world’s largest oil refinery complex; also a director of Bank of America

Li Ka-shing, $25.6 billion, China: Runs Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa, a conglomerate with interests in ports, shipping, energy, construction and mobile phones

Sheldon Adelson, $25 billion, U.S.: Majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino company

Christy Walton, $25 billion, U.S.: Widow of John Walton, the second son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton

Stefan Persson, $24.5 billion, Sweden: Single largest shareholder in Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer

Jim Walton, $23.5 billion, U.S.: Youngest son of Sam Walton; heads the family’s private businesses, including Arvest Bank and Community Publisher

Lakshmi Mittal, $23.2 billion, India: Owns 41 percent of ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker; also a director of Goldman Sachs

Samuel Walton, $23 billion, U.S.: Oldest son of Sam Walton; has been chairman of the world’s largest retailer since his father’s death in 1992

Liliane Bettencourt, $22.8 billion, France: Owns 31 percent of French cosmetics company L’Oreal, which controls the Kiehl’s, Lancome and Garnier brands

David Thomson, $22.6 billion, Canada: Controls media and technology giant Thomson Reuters.

— Bloomberg News

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