Forbes list of billionaires

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Forbes list of billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, compiled and published by the American national business magazine Forbes. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. The list only represents each person's valuation on a single day, due to daily fluctuations among exchange rates and stock valuations.[1]


The Internet bubble created the most paper wealth for some billionaires. However, once the dotcom bubble burst the new rich saw their fortunes disappear.[2] Billionaires' fortunes have been hit even harder by the global financial crisis. 2009 was the first time in five years that the world had a net loss in the number of billionaires.[3] The strong performance of the financial markets and global economic recovery have erased financial assets losses. Most of the richest people on the planet have seen their fortunes soar in the past few years.[4][5]

YearNumber of billionairesGroup's combined net worth
20131,426$5.4 trillion
20121,226$4.6 trillion
20111,210$4.5 trillion
20101,011$3.6 trillion
2009793$2.4 trillion
20081,125$4.4 trillion
2007946$3.5 trillion
2006793$2.6 trillion
2005691$2.2 trillion
2004587$1.9 trillion
2003476$1.4 trillion
2002497$1.5 trillion
2001538$1.8 trillion
2000470$0.9 trillion$898 billion

Source: Forbes.[6]

Annual listing


SteadyHas not changed from the previous ranking.
IncreaseHas increased from the previous ranking.
DecreaseHas decreased from the previous ranking.
Source: Forbes.[7]

2013 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$73.0 billion Increase73 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates[8]$67.0 billion Increase57 United StatesMicrosoft
3 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$57.0 billion Increase76 SpainInditex Group
4 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$53.5 billion Increase82 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
5 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$43.0 billion Increase68 United StatesOracle Corporation
6 IncreaseKoch, CharlesCharles Koch$34.0 billion Increase77 United StatesKoch Industries
7 IncreaseKoch, DavidDavid Koch$34.0 billion Increase72 United StatesKoch Industries
8 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$31.0 billion Increase84 Hong Kong/ CanadaCheung Kong Holdings
9 IncreaseBettencourt, LilianeLiliane Bettencourt$30.0 billion Increase90 FranceL'Oréal
10 DecreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$29.0 billion Decrease63 FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton

2012 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$69.0 billion Decrease72 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$61.0 billion Increase56 United StatesMicrosoft
3 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$44.0 billion Decrease81 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 SteadyArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$41.0 billion Increase63 FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$37.5 billion Increase75 SpainInditex Group
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$36.0 billion Increase67 United StatesOracle Corporation
7 IncreaseBatista, EikeEike Batista$30.0 billion Increase55 BrazilEBX Group
8 IncreaseStefan Persson$26.0 billion Increase64 SwedenH&M
9 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$25.5 billion Increase83 Hong Kong/ CanadaCheung Kong Holdings
10 IncreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$25.4 billion Increase92 GermanyAldi

2011 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$74.0 billion Increase71 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$56.0 billion Increase55 United StatesMicrosoft
3 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$50.0 billion Increase80 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$41.0 billion Increase62 FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
5 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$39.5 billion Increase66 United StatesOracle Corporation
6 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$31.1 billion Increase60 IndiaArcelor Mittal
7 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$31.0 billion Increase74 SpainInditex Group
8 SteadyBatista, EikeEike Batista$30.0 billion Increase53 BrazilEBX Group
9 DecreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$27.0 billion Decrease53 IndiaReliance Industries
10 IncreaseWalton, ChristyChristy Walton$26.5 billion Increase55 United StatesWalmart

2010 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$53.5 billion Increase70 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
2 DecreaseGates, BillBill Gates$53.0 billion Increase54 United StatesMicrosoft
3 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$47.0 billion Increase79 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
4 IncreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$29.0 billion Increase53 IndiaReliance Industries
5 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$28.7 billion Increase60 IndiaArcelor Mittal
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$28.0 billion Increase66 United StatesOracle Corporation
7 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$27.5 billion Increase61 FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8 IncreaseBatista, EikeEike Batista$27.0 billion Increase53 BrazilEBX Group
9 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$25.0 billion Increase74 SpainInditex Group
10 DecreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$23.5 billion Increase90 GermanyAldi Süd

2009 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseGates, BillBill Gates$40.0 billion Decrease53 United StatesMicrosoft
2 DecreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$37.0 billion Decrease78 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 DecreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$35.0 billion Decrease69 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil
4 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$22.5 billion Decrease64 United StatesOracle Corporation
5 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$22.0 billion Decrease83 SwedenIKEA
6 IncreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$21.5 billion Decrease89 GermanyAldi Süd
7 DecreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$19.5 billion Decrease51 IndiaReliance Industries
8 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$19.3 billion Decrease58 IndiaArcelor Mittal
9 IncreaseAlbrecht, TheoTheo Albrecht$18.8 billion Decrease87 GermanyAldi Nord, Trader Joe's
10 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$18.3 billion Decrease73 SpainInditex Group

2008 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 IncreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$62.0 billion Increase77 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
2 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$60.0 billion Increase68 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil
3 DecreaseGates, BillBill Gates$58.0 billion Increase52 United StatesMicrosoft
4 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$45.0 billion Increase57 IndiaArcelor Mittal
5 IncreaseAmbani, MukeshMukesh Ambani$43.0 billion Increase50 IndiaReliance Industries
6 IncreaseAmbani, AnilAnil Ambani$42.0 billion Increase48 IndiaAnil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
7 DecreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$31.0 billion Decrease81 SwedenIKEA
8 IncreasePal Singh, KushalKushal Pal Singh$30.0 billion Increase76 IndiaDLF Group
9 IncreaseDeripaska, OlegOleg Deripaska$28.0 billion Increase40 RussiaRusal
10 IncreaseAlbrecht, Karl Karl Albrecht$18.3 billion Increase88 GermanyAldi Süd

2007 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$56.0 billion Increase51 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$52.0 billion Increase76 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadySlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$49.0 billion Increase67 MexicoTelmex, América Móvil, Grupo Carso
4 IncreaseIngvar Kamprad$33.0 billion Increase80 SwedenIKEA
5 SteadyMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$32.0 billion Increase56 IndiaArcelor Mittal
6 IncreaseAdelson, SheldonSheldon Adelson$26.5 billion Increase73 United StatesLas Vegas Sands
7 SteadyArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$26.0 billion Increase58 FranceLVMH
8 IncreaseOrtega, AmancioAmancio Ortega$24.0 billion Increase71 SpainInditex Group
9 IncreaseKa-shing, LiLi Ka-shing$23.0 billion Increase78 Hong Kong/ CanadaCheung Kong Holdings, Hutchison Whampoa
10 DecreaseDavid Thomson$22.0 billion Increase49 CanadaThomson Corporation

2006 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$52.0 billion Increase50 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$42.0 billion Decrease75 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$30.0 billion Increase66 MexicoTelmex
4 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$28.0 billion Increase79 SwedenIKEA
5 DecreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$23.5 billion Decrease55 IndiaMittal Steel Company
6 IncreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$22.0 billion Increase53 United StatesMicrosoft
7 IncreaseArnault, BernardBernard Arnault$21.5 billion Increase57 FranceLVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton
8 DecreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion Decrease49 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
9 IncreaseThomson, KennethKenneth Thomson$19.6 billion Increase82 CanadaThe Thomson Corporation
10 IncreaseShing, Li KaLi Ka Shing$18.8 billion Increase77 Hong Kong/ CanadaCheung Kong Group, Hutchison Whampoa

2005 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$46.5 billion Decrease49 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$44.0 billion Increase74 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseMittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal$25.0 billion Increase54 IndiaMittal Steel Company
4 IncreaseSlim, CarlosCarlos Slim$23.8 billion Increase65 MexicoTelmex
5 DecreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$23.7 billion Increase49 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
6 IncreaseKamprad, IngvarIngvar Kamprad$23.0 billion Increase79 SwedenIKEA
7 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$21.0 billion Steady52 United StatesMicrosoft
8 DecreaseAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$18.5 billion Decrease85 GermanyAldi Süd
9 IncreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$18.4 billion Decrease60 United StatesOracle Corporation
10 SteadyWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton$18.3 billion Decrease61 United StatesWalmart

2004 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$46.6 billion Increase48 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$42.9 billion Increase73 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyAlbrecht, KarlKarl Albrecht$23.0 billion Increase84 GermanyAldi Süd
4 IncreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$21.5 billion Increase47 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
5 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$21.0 billion Increase51 United StatesMicrosoft
6 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$20.0 billion Increase55 United StatesWal-Mart
7 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$20.0 billion Increase84 United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$20.0 billion Increase56 United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$20.0 billion Increase58 United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$20.0 billion Increase60 United StatesWal-Mart

2003 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$40.7 billion Decrease47 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$30.5 billion Decrease72 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyKarl and Theo Albrecht$25.6 billion Decrease83 GermanyAldi Süd
4 SteadyAllen, PaulPaul Allen$20.1 billion Decrease50 United StatesMicrosoft
5 IncreaseAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$17.7 billion Decrease46 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
6 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$16.6 billion Decrease58 United StatesOracle Corporation
7 DecreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease54 United StatesWal-Mart
8 DecreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease83 United StatesWal-Mart
9 DecreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease55 United StatesWal-Mart
10 DecreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease57 United StatesWal-Mart
10 DecreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$16.5 billion Decrease59 United StatesWal-Mart

2002 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$52.8 billion Decrease46 United StatesMicrosoft
2 SteadyBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$35.0 billion Increase71 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 IncreaseKarl and Theo Albrecht$26.8 billion Increase82 GermanyAldi Süd
4 DecreaseAllen, PaulPaul Allen$25.2 billion Decrease49 United StatesMicrosoft
5 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$23.5 billion Decrease57 United StatesOracle Corporation
6 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$20.8 billion Increase54 United StatesWal-Mart
7 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$20.7 billion Increase56 United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$20.5 billion Increase53 United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$20.5 billion Increase58 United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$20.4 billion Increase82 United StatesWal-Mart

2001 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1 SteadyGates, BillBill Gates$58.7 billion Decrease45 United StatesMicrosoft
2 IncreaseBuffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$32.3 billion Increase70 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
3 SteadyAllen, PaulPaul Allen$30.4 billion Increase48 United StatesMicrosoft
4 DecreaseEllison, LarryLarry Ellison$26.0 billion Decrease56 United StatesOracle Corporation
5 SteadyKarl and Theo Albrecht$25.0 billion Increase81 GermanyAldi
6 SteadyAl-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion Steady44 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
7 IncreaseWalton, JimJim Walton*$18.8 billion Increase53 United StatesWal-Mart
8 IncreaseWalton, JohnJohn Walton*$18.7 billion Increase55 United StatesWal-Mart
9 IncreaseWalton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton*$18.6 billion Increase57 United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, AliceAlice Walton*$18.5 billion Increase52 United StatesWal-Mart
10 IncreaseWalton, HelenHelen Walton*$18.5 billion Increase81 United StatesWal-Mart

2000 Top 10

No.NameNet worth (USD)AgeCitizenshipSource(s) of wealth
1Gates, BillBill Gates$60.0 billion44 United StatesMicrosoft
2Ellison, LarryLarry Ellison$47.0 billion 55 United StatesOracle Corporation
3Allen, PaulPaul Allen$28.0 billion47 United StatesMicrosoft
4Buffett, WarrenWarren Buffett$25.6 billion69 United StatesBerkshire Hathaway
5Karl and Theo Albrecht$20.0 billion 80 GermanyAldi Süd
6Al-Waleed, PrincePrince Al-Waleed$20.0 billion43 Saudi ArabiaKingdom Holding Company
7Walton, S. RobsonS. Robson Walton$20.0 billion57 United StatesWal-Mart
8Son, MasayoshiMasayoshi Son$19.4 billion43 JapanSoftbank Capital, SoftBank Mobile
9Dell, MichaelMichael Dell$19.1 billion46 United StatesDell
10Thomson, KennethKenneth Thomson$16.1 billion77 CanadaThe Thomson Corporation

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