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Forbes Top Ten Billionaire's list

Updated on April 4, 2014
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World's Wealthiest People

According to Forbes, the Top Ten richest people on the planet has shifted positions a little since the coming of 2012, and the leaving of 2011.

This slide of hand game has been heavy and largely due to the hugest economic shift of the 21 century, and dealing with mainly the shift in technological dependencies people of the world currently have today. One things for certain is that America stands to be in the running still, for the country that has the highest numbers of billionaires period having a gran total of 425 and at a gain of 12 most recently as of the year 2012.


Both China and Russia have suffered the worst fate when it comes to losing their position on the list of the top billionaires, by losing 117 billionaires in total, making for a huge loss of the worlds wealthiest status levels to be known worldwide, from those two parts of the globe.

Surprisingly though, ever since Forbes has been known to forecast such amazing success numbers, and statistics. The total numbers of billionaires seem to keep rising, from a very low number of 128 to the all time high range of 1226 Billionaires till this date. As of 2012 the stats stack up to output a total of 128 new billionaires, and this is a pretty amazing number judging by the initial stats when it all began many years back.

Sitting as a fat cat at number 2 on the top 10 billionaires Forbes list is, none other than technology guru himself, Bill Gates, coming in at a whopping $61 billion, and just $8 billion shy of the all time high, which his counterpart and #1 competitor Carlos Slim Helu has claimed the title of, and has been maintaining for many years now.

Words from the Worlds most Richest Man on earth #1 Billionaire

The Worlds Top Ten Billionaires

Name
Wealth in Billions
Company
National Origin
Carlos Slim Helu
$69B
Telecom
Mexico
Bill Gates
$61B
Microsoft
United States
Warren Buffet
$44B
Berkshire Hathaway
United States
Bernard Arnault
$41B
LVMH
France
Amancio Ortega
$37.5B
Lara
Spain
Larry Ellison
$36B
Oracle
United States
Eike Batista
$30B
Mining Oil
Brazil
Stefan Perrson
$26B
H&M
Sweden
La Ka-shing
$25.5B
Diversified
Hong Kong
Karl Albrecht
$25.4B
Aldi
Germany
Mark Zuckerburg
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Rise of the Tech Age & the social network of the Web

Today's technological age has sprang fourth rise to a great deal of change, and mostly on all economic levels. The entire global economy took a huge dump back in 2008, and just four years later we've been through some serious struggles worldwide, but the best is yet to come, even though the worst may not be over yet.

The occupy movement came and seems to be panning out a bit worldwide, the stock markets, housing markets, health care system, and many others social programs have been highly unstable, and many have been dropping out of existence all together. Now due to our amazing online cyber life today, and the social networking wars that's been brewing up over recent years, has brought fourth rise to a great deal of new billionaires to join the ranks.

Young folks like Mark Zuckerburg age 27, has reached the 17.5 Billion dollar status, and many of his college buddies, or ex friends as well as many others are catching up with pure and uncut social powers on the web, as well as other smart technologies. These tough guys are showing the world that being knowledgeable of rising web technologies, and new ways to apply a much newer digital methodology to the business world, can make all the difference today.

Who knows what the future holds for us, but one things for certain the rise to the top of the economic food chain, isn't going to be easy in the future, because many of these current statuses seem to have become, much more dependent on technology as a whole, also shown by all the high numbers of technology billionaires on the top 10 list.


Sara Blakely the World's youngest self made female Billionaire

This lady named Sara Blakely, is a self made billionaire, and she is the youngest female billionaire on the planet. She has made it starting out with an initial 5,000 dollar investment, and has taken herself to the top of her market, using her knowledge and awesome skills for ladies hosiery and lingerie attire. Spanx is the name of her company and the video submitted here will tell her success story in great depth.

Only 5,000 dollars and some awesome will power to succeed equates to 1 Billion+ for one very talented and smart Woman

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      Mike Pugh 3 years ago from New York City

      @celebassistant yes it continues to grow and soon there shall be a trillionaire list I bet :) thanks for the cool comment!

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      Brian Daniel 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      The part that surprises me the most is the sheer number of billionaires. They just keep growing and growing.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the cool comment@gladiols, yes indeed I am also inspired by Mark Zuckerburg, and mainly because I myself took up the career of designing social networking websites a while back.

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      Gladys Ayala 4 years ago from United States

      I admire all of them. In somehow they have worked so hard to achieve what they have. My favorite billionaire is Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook. Their success inspire me that everything is possible in life at the precise time.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Yes indeed if i had that kind of money, I guess I wouldn't be writing :)

      Thanks for the good humor @p.senthil kumar

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      p.senthil kumar 4 years ago

      please sir l need 200,000 dollar loan, no security, i will return two year

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Zubair Ahmed, yeah I feel ya on that, but I do believe many of them definitely are helping people, but in differing ways for sure.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing with me here.

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      Zubair Ahmed 5 years ago

      Hi Thanks for sharing this good info. It would be really nice if these greedy *** would distribute some of their wealth to help the poor in the society.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @iguidenetwork, Billionaires to me are just ordinary people, with some pretty extraordinary responsibilities indeed.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing bro.

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      In response to another comment, I think many billionaires are philanthropists, and I know that what they're doing to help the less fortunate is sincere; it's a way of giving back the blessings they achieved and worked hard for. Really inspiring hub. :)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      You right about that @DMVmimay, some people are definitely lucky, but it took drive, determinations, smarts, and an intense burning desire to succeed for them as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      DMVmimay 5 years ago

      so lucky people.. i can't imagine how fortunate they are in their status.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hello @ Daha, why not right, anything can happen from now till then, anything is possible today!

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      daha 5 years ago

      i hope insha allah to be in the list next year

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hi Bryan, thanks for checking out my hub here.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hi Bryan, thanks for checking out my hub here.

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      bryan 5 years ago

      hello

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you do much @taazakhabar , yeah I agree with you it takes working much smarter in your efforts then much harder for sure to become super successful today, like the Billion dollar men and lady here. you got that right!

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      taazakhabar 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub, If there is one thing that lives of all these people teach us is that smart work pays. It is not as if all of them were successful and rich just because they happened to be at the right place at the right time. Maybe some of them were smart enough to see an opportunity before the others! Loved reading your writing. Keep up the great work!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Welcome to hubpages and thanks for the visit @ikhwean fahmee.

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      ikhwean fahmee 5 years ago

      bez 4 our vision

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @lezsaysit, I'm so happy you enjoyed my hub here, and welcome to hubpages.

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      lezsaysit 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Inspiring.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @supermom_in_ny for visiting and for sharing with me here.

      Yup I agree, its very hard to fathom such abundance of wealth, and plus having the weight of the world on your shoulders as well, because these guys truly have their work cut out for them, being the single richest people alive on the planet.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      Interesting read. I can't grasp the concept of being a millionaire and never having to worry about how I am going to pay a bill, my daughter's college expenses or kid's car repairs. I can't even imagine being a billionaire. Perhaps I need to start renewing my thought process to think abundance instead of lack. Wouldn't it be awesome to be the creator of the next best thing such as the ipad, facebook or spanx?! Voted up and interesting! ;)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @dghbrh, your very much welcome, I did my best with this hub, I will be doing more like this soon for sure.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @dwachira, Many of them have bro, I think that's a great inspirational topic to write about you just presented there by your response, and maybe I will do some intense research and look into it to see who's doing what for folks today.

      That's such a cool thing you've stated, and I always thought of it myself, but never wrote about the Billionaire status folks before.

      The funny thing is this hub went viral on the web, and is do the best out of all my other hubs period, go figure!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there@EuroNinila, its so nice to have met you on hubpages here in this very hub.

      Oh Yes indeed, technology plays its massive part in boosting the rates of things indeed, and especially the decline of certain businesses that have yet to catch up to all the upgrades.

      I guess this is how the cookie crumbles sort of speak, and the new outshine the old.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      enjoyed this one......a hub about the top ten billionaires of the world....nice way to start the day with. Thanks for sharing.

      voted up and sharing :-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I hope all these billionaires will set up even more charity foundations to help terminally ill people, people dying of starvation, people displaced by wars, people hit by economic crises ....because who is a billionaire without peace and joy in the world? Great article, voted up and interesting.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      It's crazy how years ago there weren't as many billionaires because it was nearly impossible to do. All they needed to do is speed up the rate of technological advances, who knew?! lol Great hub, voted up and more!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there @cloudy_cool, we have something quite in common here LOL. I love your screen name it shows you have style just like myself.

      Yup Warren Buffet is one tough dude, who puts up some pretty impressive numbers for sure.

      Thanks for the visit, for reading and sharing with me, oh and its so nice to have met you digitally on hubpages.

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Warren Buffet is the global level trendsetter in the field of investments.

      My hubby is a great fan of WB and wants to be like/more than him one day...

      Great hub! Will share furthur. Voted up!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Wow bro, I didn't know that a one of my fellow hubpages members was a Billionaire, LOL

      Thanks @marketingbloke, for the laugh and for giving my hub here some love.

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      marketingbloke 5 years ago

      I think they missed my name off the list.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey my new found friend Unknown Spy.

      Yup, I haven't heard of some of them as well, until I researched this up on Yahoo a while back.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      they are....so unreal... i came from well, who knows where.. i never heard of Helu though..

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Chen Suen, Thank you for leaving me such a nice message up there, that was so thoughtful of you, for that I shall pay you a visit as well, sharing the love is the way to success today for sure. See you soon.

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      Chen Suen 5 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Great information! It is amazing how much wealth people have, but it is inspiring to me. Although it's quite close to impossible, the slight chance of succeeding in this world drives me to do better. Perhaps it's my family that pushes me to work harder. Either way, thanks for the information.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for reading and for sharing@Phil Plasma, I just wish they could share the wealth a bit more with us little folks, if all the richest folks worldwide decided to help out the poor a bit, thing surely improve just by the small kind gesture, you know.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      These people live in such a different world from the rest of us. If I can get to millionaire in the next fifteen years or so I'll be content.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @stan yates, Yeah Warren Buffet is a well known billionaire though, but not everyone knows who's who. He's been one of the richest men on the globe for quite some time now actually.

      Thanks for visiting and for sharing with me here.

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      stan yates 5 years ago

      Think I have to agree with an earlier comment, and say that until two years ago I had never heard of Warren Buffet, but then I saw a documentary on tv. What a truly amazing man.

      Definitely my favourite billionaire.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @iamaudraleigh for the comment here, for sharing with me, and for the vote, its much appreciated indeed.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Wow, I was surprised to see the H and M owner on there...impressive! Great hub on the world's Billionaires! Totally cool! Voted up!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @kelleyward, I really never heard of Spanx before I had done my research for this subject, but learning about Sara Blakely's success was a true eye opener. Thanks Kelleyward for showing me some hublove here, see you soon in your hubs as well.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      No wonder Spanx are so expensive. Great hub full of depressing information. Just kidding I loved it. What a life these people have. Take care, Kelley

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Good Luck @ahamed, nothings impossible!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Sandy Frost, Yeah Carlos Slim actually been on the top of the Billionaire chart for quite some time now, he's been the richest man for many years. Thanks for the visit, and for sharing with me.

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      ahamed 5 years ago

      i will be like billgates

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      Sandy Frost 5 years ago from India

      It is nice to see forbe's top 10 wealthiest ones of 2012. Carlos Slim of Telmex reached over Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, the two giants of billion dollars industries. This shows business can take it's turn to any side, nothing is impossible.

      Thanks for sharing these precious updates. Voted up.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hello @Chansa samuel, welcome to hubpages, yup these folks surely know their stuff indeed. Now I'm wondering if your talking about us writers here, or the worlds top 10 most richest people. hmmmm...

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @lioneeladams, You right about that, hard work and determination makes a world of a difference today, and especially digitally.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Tammyswallow, the list is definitely impressive that's for sure, thanks for paying me a visit here as well, as my other hubs, that was quite nice of you.

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      Chansa samuel 5 years ago

      This people knows their stories

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      lioneeladams 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These people really shows that hard work are really paid off! I salute them!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.. what a list. I can't fathom having billions of dollars. I hope we will all soon be on this list as Hubpage contributors. :) Great hub. Voting up!!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hi Ashley Caprio, oh yes I was also surprised as well, these companies today are making huge profits because of online everything and the tech era has emerged onto the scenes with ad's and all the commercialism going on behind the scene's today.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks everyone for commenting here, @Arif, Taalib, and Ashwin, I truly appreciate you visiting my hub, for reading, and sharing with me.

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      Ashley Caprio 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Some of the companies on this list are definitely surprising. Oracle is, without a doubt, a huge company, but never realized there was so much money to be made!

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      Ashwin 5 years ago

      hey guys I gonna join the group soon.just give me 10 yrs and a Fijian will be making fiji proud...............

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      TaalibPugh1 5 years ago

      Hye Mike that was a good one it really boosted me up yeah bro Insha'ALLAAH we will rise to that level we must keep focus and put in the work HARD!

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      Arif 5 years ago

      Congratulation guys for being top at the list.In next 15 years a young Bangladeshi will join this list.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Jenniferg for commenting and for sharing with me, I love stats like that, its motivating to think someday I could be like them too. You just never know.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Motsemme for visiting, yup Warren buffet is a cool dude, I don't know much about him but I've heard he's a very giving person which appears to be tough for a Billionaire.

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Its crazy how the number of billionaires has multiplied by 10! Work Hard, Play Hard!! Great post, thanks

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      motsemme 5 years ago

      my favourate billionare is warren baffet he has a pottential

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there @PWalker281, I caught this on Forbes so i has to share it, I've always been a fan of those who work extra hard at trying to help others, and this is definitely a cool list of people who deserve every bit of the riches they maintain. I hadn't heard of Sara, until I read the page on Forbes though. Cool stuff,

      Thanks for stopping by, and sharing with me, I owe you a few visits as well, see ya soon Patrice, I been working my digital butt off here lately. LOL

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I remember when Sara Blakely made her first appearance on Oprah ... wow! ... was it 10 years ago? She seemed so young then, but full of life and passion about her product. What a transformation she has made! And a billionaire?!? It boggles the mind. Good to see some of these folk are giving back to the community. Voted up and interesting, Mike.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      My favorite Billionaire's are Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerburg, they both have come up with very important and useful tools in technology, that have made a huge impact on us all, oh and lets not forget Steve Jobs as well may he rest in Peace. Thanks @Raison for viewing, and commenting.

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      raison 5 years ago

      i am a big fan of warren buffet.