He's Back: Gates World's Richest Person Once Again
First time he's held Bloomberg title since 2007
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
Bill Gates and Carlos Slim pose during the inauguration of a new research center at the International Center for Improvement of Corn and Wheat in Texcoco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(Newser) – It's been a while—six years, to be precise—since Bill Gates was dubbed the richest person in the world by Bloomberg. But thanks to an ascendant Microsoft and a dent in Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's fortune—now $72.1 billion—Gates is again at the top with $72.7 billion, Bloomberg reports. Slim lost some $3 billion following Mexico's congressional passage of a bill that would tighten the reins on his giant mobile-phone company, America Movil, sending its stock down 14%.

Meanwhile, Microsoft shares have jumped 28% this year, Bloomberg notes, and Gates' stock holdings have performed well. Among the rest of the richest: Warren Buffett is at No. 3, boasting $59.7 billion. Europe's richest person is Amancio Ortega of Spain, whose $56 billion put him in fourth place worldwide. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad rounds out the top five with $55.6 billion. Here's the full list.

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Jul 9, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
Sorry folks but Gates is not the richest. Check out the Rothschilds and Rockefellers. Make Gates and Slim look like small potatoes.
May 17, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Here's to Bill! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family".
May 17, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
The Empire Strikes Back