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Top 10 Richest People in The World 2013

Updated on November 29, 2013

I was reading Forbes magazine a couple of days ago and I was reading about the Tumblr's owner and it made me think about some of the richest people in the world. This article inspired me to write about how people have become the richest in the world, because of the idea's they had and implemented and became successful. This article will be about the top ten richest people in the world as of 2013.

10. Bernard Arnault& Family

Net Worth: $ 29 Billion

Business: Chairman and CEO, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Age: 64

Probably most of us don't even know who is Mr. Arnault, but if we say he is the CEO and chairman of Louis Vuitton, then everyone knows who he is. He recently dropped from being the number four richest person in the world to number ten. He also own about 41 percent of the shares in Christian Dior. Arnault is the richest person in France. He is rumored to open a new museum in his name and will be totally dedicated to the history of Louis Vuitton.

9. Liliane Bettencourt & Family

Net Worth: $30 Billion

Business: L'Oreal

Age: 90

The let the age foul you, even at 90 she is one the richest women in the world. She is back in the top ten list in the richest people in the world for the first time since 1999. She was born in France and her family owns more than 30 percent of L'Oreal which her father founded.

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8. Li Ka- shing

Net Worth: $31 Billion

Business: Diversified

Age: 85

Li Ka-shing is from Hong Kong. He climbed one spot up in the rankings from being number eight last year. He was able to pick up another $860 million from dividends in 2012. Even at his age he still controls over 260,000 employees in over 52 countries. He is also an investor at Facebook, Spotify, and other social media networks.

7. David Koch

Net Worth: $34 Billion

Business: Koch Industries Inc.

Age: 73

David Koch is currently tied with his brother Charles with $34 billion personal net wealth. In the last year his wealth went up by $9 billion. His wealth comes from variety of different businesses. His major source of his fortune from his Chemical company and oil refining. He is also known for his interest in politics. He ran for a vice president during the 1980 elections


6. Charles Koch

Net Worth: $34 Billion

Business: Koch Industries Inc.


The older of the two brothers Charles and David Koch are both tied for sixth richest people in the world. The net fortune of Charles Koch is $34 Billion. His fortune comes from his refining and chemical business. His business cleared more than $115 Billion in sales last year. This was $20 Billion increase in his personal value. An interesting fact about Charles Koch is, that in 2011 TIME magazine included him in the Top 100 most influential people in the business world.

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5. Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $43 Billion

Business: Oracle

Age: 68

Larry Ellison is a very interesting person. He climbed one spot in the richest people in the world since last year. Ellison is famous with the creation of the Oracle. The database that almost every business in the U.S. uses. Ellison is also famous for his recent purchase, last summer, he purchased 98% of Lanai, one of the Hawaiian Islands. He purchased those island from David Murdock. In this last year he was also rumored with the possible purchase of the NBA team Sacramento Kings.

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4. Warren Buffet

Net Worth: $53.5 Billion

Business: Berkshire Hathaway


Everyone knows who Warren Buffet is. Last year he was ranked in third place in the richest people in the world. Recently he made a deal with the Brazilian billionaire to make an iconic ketchup brand incorporated with Heinz Co. for around $23.2 billion. He began his business by purchasing textile stock from Berkshire Hathaway in 1962. Ever since then this has been on of the largest textile companies and has been one of the main assets for Buffett.

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3. Amancio Ortega

Net Worth: $57 Billion

Business: Zara

Age :77

The Spanish billionaire is the biggest gainer of everyone in the world making him the richest person for 2012 by gain. He climbed 3 spots in the rankings with $57 billions. He is known for his own self made corporation Zara. One of the most expensive retail stores in the world. Zara has over 1731 stores worldwide. Zara is also known for the designer with the most new designs every year, over 10,000 new designs.

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2. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $67 Billion

Business: Microsoft

Age: 57

We all know Bill Gates. We all use what he co founded back in the 70's,. Microsoft and his PC computers. He is the world's most generous man in the world. It is known that he donated more than $28 billion. He is the richest person in the United States. He net worth climbed by $6 billion this last year. Most of his shares now days is in stocks, bonds, and private equities.

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1. Carlos Slim Helu

Net Worth: $73 Billion

Business: America Movil

Age: 73

You can just call him the mobile man. He is the richest man in the world for the fourth year on the world. America Movil is still his most valuable asset holding $36.3 billion of his assets. He recently spread his wings and reached out and merged with the Dutch telecom company KPN.


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      laudylouie 2 years ago

      I cannot imagine the daily life of the top most, it's fabulous!!

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      William 4 years ago from America

      I impressed at how nice you were in your summary of the Koch brothers.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      point2make, Instead of being jealous and remorseful, you should celebrate them. They are the ones who show us it can be done. Many on this list started with nothing in life. How can you hold this against them? You have no ideas the struggles and the hours they devoted to build empires. You my friend as many Americans these days should be copying them instead of trying to figure out how to beat them out of what is THEIRS!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Wonderful article. Voted up.

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      point2make 4 years ago

      Unimaginable wealth.....even for these people. So much money in so few's almost obscene when you think of the abject poverty that much of the world lives in. Good hub...depressingly accurate...voted up.