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PayPal Makes Man a Quadrillionaire—by Accident

But Chris Reynolds' good fortune doesn't last long

(Newser) - It's not too often you see the word "quadrillionaire" in a headline. Actually, probably never, considering Chris Reynolds of Media, Penn., was the first man to ever be one—albeit very, very briefly. Reynolds opened his PayPal statement this month to find he had been credited $92,233,... More »

This Woman May Soon Be World's Richest Person

Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart could be worth $100B

(Newser) - The world may soon have a new richest person, and good money says you've never heard of her. Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart is projected to reach a net worth as high as $100 billion—more than Carlos Slim ($74 billion), Bill Gates ($56 billion), and Mark Zuckerberg ($13.... More »

Bill Gates Even Gave Away Richest-Guy Title

'Forbes' list wouldn't be a contest if he hadn't discovered philanthropy

(Newser) - Forbes will unveil its 2011 billionaires list tomorrow, and Bill Gates will certainly make an appearance, reports Reuters . But it turns out the longtime richest guy in the world fell to No. 2 last year not because of Microsoft's waning fortunes, but because he literally gave away the title. "... More »

Mubarak: World's Richest Man?

Family fortune may reach $70B: report

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak may be the richest man in the world—by far—if reports are correct . The Guardian reported that Middle East experts put the Egyptian leader’s family fortune at some $70 billion, which the New York Post notes is quite a bit more than the riches of both... More »

Carlos Slim Overtakes Bill Gates as World's Richest

Mexican businessman's net worth is $53.5B, Forbes estimates

(Newser) - Mexican businessman Carlos Slim has overtake Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person, with Forbes’ annual estimate giving him a net worth of $53.5 billion—a hair more (well, to them) than the Microsoft founder’s $53 billion even. Investor Warren Buffet ($47 billion) is third, followed... More »

Gates No. 1 on Shrinking Billionaire List

(Newser) - This may not elicit much sympathy, but Forbes' annual list of billionaires has shrunk from 1,125 names to 793 this year. Bill Gates lost $18 billion but managed to regain the top spot from Warren Buffett, who lost $25 billion. Here's the top 10:
  • Gates, $40 billion
  • Buffett, $37
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Gates Tops Rich List With $57B

Leads Forbes ranking for 15th year

(Newser) - Microsoft founder Bill Gates leads the latest Forbes list of America's richest people with a fortune estimated to be $57 billion. It's the 15th year in a row that the visionary behind the computer revolution has topped the ratings. But the rich are not getting richer, Forbes reveals. Several fortunes... More »

Buffet Unseats Gates as Richest Man on Earth

He's worth $62B; Gates is now third with $58B.

(Newser) - Bill Gates has passed the gilded torch: Warren Buffett and Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim have ended the Microsoft founder's 13-year reign as richest man on earth, Forbes reports. Buffett's fortune grew $10 billion this year to $62 billion, while Slim weighs in with an estimated $60 billion. Gates trails... More »

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