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Top 10 Richest People In The World - Who Are The Richest People In The World?

Updated on January 27, 2013

The Richest People In The World 2011 - List Of The 10 Best Money Makers, Shakers & Definitely No Fakers!

Forbes released their list of the "Richest People in the World" on Wednesday 9th March 2011. This lens will introduce you to the top 10 richest people in the world, and in all honesty there are no real surprises.

Bill Gates has more or less owned the top spot for much of the last 17 years, but there has been "a changing of the guard" over the past few years. 2011 is still a great year, so far, for Gate's, but once again he is NOT the richest person in the world.


The Richest Woman In The World - 10. Christy Walton & Family - $26.5billion

Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, who just happened to be the son of the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton. Christy is the only woman in the top 10 list of the richest people in the world 2011, and the vast majority of her personal fortune comes from her shares in Walmart.

In addition to this her late husband invested in First Solar and the proceeds of these shares have help Christy Walton to become the richest woman in the world.

9. Mukesh Ambani - $27billion

Mukesh Ambani is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries. His company is the largest private sector enterprise in India, and is even a Fortune 500 company. Ambani can actually boast that he was the world's richest man for an extremely short period of time when the Indian Rupee was boosted by the Indian Stock Market during 2007.

Forbes magazine have also forecast that Ambani is expected to regain his title as the world's richest man by 2014.

Richest People In The World 2011 - 8. Eike Batista - $30billion

Often referred to as simply "Eike", he is a Brazilian born business baron. Eike is probably best known for his mining companies, and the fact that his father was the head of mining company, Vale.

Eike actually made much of his fortune from OGX. This is an oil and gas exploration company that was founded in 2007. Not only is Eike now the 8th richest person in the world, he also happens to be the 4th richest person living in the Americas.

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7. Amancia Ortega - $31billion

To give him his full name - Amancio Ortega Gaona is actually the richest man in Spain, and the 2nd richest man in Europe. He is mainly known as a fashion entrepreneur and also as the founder and chairman of the Inditex Group.

Ortega is known to keep an extremely low profile, and you will be hard pushed to find photos of him. He is also known for dressing in blue jeans and T-shirts, and refuses point blank to wear a tie!

6. Lakshmi Mittal - $31.1billion

Mittal hails from India and I can personally boast that he lived most of his childhood, and indeed studied at college, in the same town in which my mother was born...Kolkata. The fact that he now resides in London gives me even more in common with the steel magnate.

Mittal is the chairman and CEO of the world's largest steelmaking company, ArcelorMittal. A couple of facts that should blow your mind - 20% of all cars in the world are made from steel materials that he produces. His daughter Vanisha Mittal and her fiancé Amit Bhatia have Lakshmi to thank for their $60million wedding, which is the most expensive wedding in recorded history of the world.

Richest People In The World 2011 - 5. Larry Ellison - $39.5billion

Larry is the co-founder and CEO of the major enterprise software company, Oracle Corporation. His early life almost reads like a “rags to riches” story. He was born to his 19-year old mother, Florence Spellman, who didn't actually realize she was pregnant until Larry's biological father, a US Air Force pilot, was stationed abroad.

Larry then contracted pneumonia at the age of nine months, and it was at this time that his mother decided she could no longer adequately care for him. He was adopted by his Aunt and Uncle, Lillian Spellman Ellison and Louis Ellison at the age of nine months in Chicago...and the rest, as they say, is history!

Europe's Richest Person - 4. Bernard Arnault - $41billion

Arnault is the richest person in Europe and the founder, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). His company is known for producing luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi. Once Arnault had left Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne with his engineering degree in 1971 he joined his father's company.

It wasn't long after this that he convinced his father to liquidate the construction division of the company and to focus on real estate. He actually managed to succeed his father as president of the company by the time he was 30.

Richest People In The World 2011 - 3. Warren Buffet - $50billion

Buffet is often regarded as the most successful investor in the world, but is also widely known as an industrialist and philanthropist. He was the world's richest man in 2008, and you will consistently find him in top 10 lists of the richest people in the world.

Buffet is chairman, CEO and primary shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. However, even though he is considered to be a man of immense wealth, he also known to be extremely frugal with his purchases!

Richest People In The World 2011 - 2. Bill Gates - $56billion

Bill was consistently the richest man in the world from 1995 to 2009, except for 2008 when he was ranked 3rd. He is perhaps best known for being the chairman of Microsoft, although he has also held the posts of CEO and chief software architect.

Gates is also extremely well known for his philanthropic endeavours, and has donated huge sums of money to various charitable organizations and indeed towards scientific research programs.

The Richest Man In The World - 1. Carlos Slim Helu & Family - $74billion

Slim is the CEO and chairman of telecommunications companies Telmex and American Movil. He also has numerous holdings in Mexican companies via his conglomerate, Group Carso SAB. Both his parents are of Lebanese descent, and they created considerable wealth through a dry goods store and purchasing real estate well before Carlos was even born.

Slim has consistently been one of three richest men in the world (the others being Bill Gates and Warren Buffet) since 2007. Slim also has the accolades of being the first Mexican to top the rich list, the first time that the person topping the rich list was from an "emerging economy", and in 2010 he became the first person in 16 years to top the rich list that was not from the United States.


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      skjk3318 lm 4 years ago

      I bet there are some we will never know about :) Regardless, look at these folks go! nice lens!

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Forbes is not telling the whole truth about the richest folks. Big Banks CEO's top all of these.