List Of World's Top Billionaires Released

This year, Mexican tycoon Carlo Slim Helu beat out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person in the world and top the 2010 Forbes list of the world's billionaires.

Slim's fortune is an estimated $53.5 billion dollars.

Gates, now worth $53 billion, is ranked second in the world.

Warren Buffett's fortune jumped $10 billion to $47 billion on rising shares of Berkshire Hathaway, he now ranks third.

The minimum net worth to be named to the list is 1.3 billion.

U.S. billionaires still dominate the ranks, accounting for 40-percent of the world's billionaires.

And for the first time China has the most billionaires outside the U.S. with 89, Russia has 62 billionaires and Finland and Pakistan both welcomed their first billionaires.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 17, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    Only one comment....Bill Gates is a giving man who got a lot of weath quicker than he knew what to do with it. Unlike George Soros, who has it uses it to destroy the UK and now, in America. Gate's Giving Location: NW thanks for setting the facts straight. For you that voted on Obama and democrats, just how is that hopey changey thing going for ya?
  • by Gate's Giving Location: NW on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:44 AM
    Bill Gates is not just one of the richest men on Earth, he's one of the most generous.......The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF or the Gates Foundation) is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The foundation is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family". The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Other principal officers include Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr. and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes. It has an endowment of US$33.5 billion as of December 31, 2009. That's right. 33 1/2 BILLION dollars for 3rd world healthcare, those living in extreme poverty, and education here in America. Really selfish guy, huh?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    It is a shame that some people are so ignorant that they say things like these men are going to hell because they are rich, or they got the money by being crooked. These are some of the most intellegent men in the world and we should be proud to have people like Bill Gates and others living in America. They used their brains to achieve their goals in life. I am sure these men are not high school drop outs or drug dealers. They didn't become rich by condeming other people. Look around you, "wake up and smell the roses" It takes a bunch of ignorant jealous people to judge others. If you need money, go out and work for it, get an education and quit condeming people that succeed in life.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    mj... does it strike you as odd that Bill and Melinda help mostly in places that did not contribute to their wealth. I have nothing against the Gates but it would be nice to see >50% of their giving go back into this country. It is not like suffering does not exist in this country but it is widely ignored by aging billionaires spending money on exotic causes. Think Angelina or Madonna would adopt a homeless child from the USA?
  • by mj Location: nc on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    to pete: the bible speaks about the rich who care more about their money than God. those who put their riches before God. in essence making money an idol to them. i can't speak for all on this list, but Bill and Melinda Gates give approximately $800 million YEARLY to the Global health Program alone. $3.1 million was given to Pro Mujer to help poor women get healthcare in Latin America. Between Nov 2007 to Oct 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation will give 19.9 million to the International Rice Research Program. So, they use their money to help. Which most definitely pleases God.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    OH! what would they give for a water cooler in hell?
  • by E Location: Vegas on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    Did anyone check the math behind 53,000,000,000 divided by 300,000,000?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    how is obama leveling the playing field? Show me how he has "changed" anything for me?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    Um, cause thats not depressing to all who HAVE NO JOBS!
  • by HOME BOY on Mar 11, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    Hey Bill Gates givme a free laptop?
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