as at March, 2010
1. Carlos Slim Helú (Mexican)
Mexican Billionaire with biggest mobile company in Latin America and Mexico, big stakes in Televisa, Autonations and Four Seasons hotel chain.
2. William Gates III (American)
Now running the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation besides the stakes in Microsoft. Bill Gates failed to make it to the top with his $53 billion this year though he made it to the top 14 times in the last 15 years.
3.Warren Buffett (American)
Now controlling Geico, Dairy Queen, Mid American Energy, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and BYD.
4. Mukesh Ambani (Indian)
Indian petrochemical tycoon running the Reliance Industries. The industries include oil, gas and chemical giants.
5. Lakshmi Mittal (Indian)
Owned the world’s biggest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal.
6. Lawrence Ellison (American)
The Oracle founder. He recently purchased Sun Microsystems.
7. Bernard Arnault (French)
He is a billionaire who makes money from other billionaires and millionaires. He owns LVMH, builds yachts. He has a tour operator in France and has a Ski resort in France.
8. Eike Batista (Brazilian)
The oil and mining tycoon- jumped straight from 61st position to 8th position this year.
9. Amancio Ortega (Spanish)
Ranked as Spain's richest man. This Fashion mogul is the founder of the Inditex Group.
10. Karl Albrecht (German)
Founder of the discount supermarket chain Aldi. Currently the wealthiest man in Germany.
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