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Amazon's Bezos Becomes World's Third Richest Person

$2.6 billion isn't a bad day's haul

(Newser) - Thursday wasn't a bad day for Jeff Bezos: a $2.6 billion rise in his fortune and a move up Forbes' billionaire list to become the third richest person on the planet, the magazine reports . The 24-hour windfall that brought the Amazon CEO's net worth up to a... More »

Forbes Says This Young Billionaire Now Worth Nothing

Magazine says Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' net worth is gone

(Newser) - The golden child of the biotech world has lost her luster—and her entire fortune. "Last year, Elizabeth Holmes topped the Forbes list of America's Richest Self-Made Women ," Forbes pointed out Wednesday, noting it had rejiggered the $4.5 billion attributed to her last year: "Today,... More »

2 Familiar Names Crack List of Top 10 Billionaires

No, not Bill Gates—he still reigns at top of the 'Forbes' list with $75B

(Newser) - Forbes' annual compilation of the wealthiest people on Earth is out, and the list welcomes a couple of flush newcomers to the richest of the rich. Bill Gates retains his top spot with $75 billion to his name, while for the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cracks the... More »

Buffett Drops Out of Forbes Top 3 Billionaires

Carlos Slim still richest guy in the world

(Newser) - Forbes' annual list of billionaires is out—and for the first time since 2000, Warren Buffett didn't make the top three. The list has again expanded; now it contains 1,426 names who boast a total net worth of $5.4 trillion, compared to $4.6 trillion last year.... More »

Slim Still World's No.1 Fat Cat

Forbes counts a record 1,226 billionaires

(Newser) - There are more billionaires than ever in Forbes' annual list , but no surprises at the top. Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim heads up the list for the third year in a row, with an estimated net worth of $69 billion. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and French luxury-goods magnate Bernard Arnault... More »

Chinese Billionaires Double in Two Years

Nation now has 271, up from 130 in 2009

(Newser) - The US is still the land of the most billionaires, but China is gaining fast. It counts 271 dollar billionaires, up from 130 in only two years, reports the Telegraph . The leader of the pack is construction magnate Liang Wengen, whose worth is pegged at $11 billion. The US has... 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 »

Carlos Slim Tops Billionaires List

Mexican tycoon world's richest man with $74 billion

(Newser) - Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim is the richest person in the world for the second year running, according to Forbes' latest list of billionaires . The 71-year-old Slim, now worth an estimated $74 billion, widened the gap with No. 2 Bill Gates thanks to some canny business moves last year, including... 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 »

Zuckerberg Now Richer Than Steve Jobs

Facebook founder leapfrogs Apple chief on list of billionaires

(Newser) - Bill Gates is still the richest man in America but Mark Zuckerburg is moving up in the rankings, according to the latest Forbes rich list. The 26-year-old Facebook founder, with an estimated fortune of $6.9 billion, is now in 35th place, surging ahead of Apple's Steve Jobs, who came... More »

Meet the World's Richest Moms

There are 70 billionaire moms in the world

(Newser) - We hear a lot about Angelina , but she isn't the only mom making serious bank. According to Forbes ' count, there are 70 billionaire mothers in the world (compared to 555 dads). Some of them—think Mars and Heineken—are old names. Others, are relative newcomers. Here are some of... More »

Asian Billionaires Storm Forbes Richest List

China adds remarkable share of world's newly minted billionaires

(Newser) - Asian magnates are the huge scorers in the annual Forbes list of the world’s billionaires, with 234 making the cut this year, compared to 130 last year. That's 23% of the 1,011 people worldwide on the list, up from 16%. And Asia is minting new billionaires like mad:... 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 »

Mexican Drug Lord Makes Forbes Billionaire List

Guzman controls 20% of all cocaine traffic in Mexico, Colombia

(Newser) - Many of the world's richest people have lost their spots on Forbes' list of billionaires, but there's at least one head-turning new addition: the head of the Sinaloa cartel, currently embroiled in a Mexican drug war that's left 7,000 people dead. Joaquin Guzman, the 5-foot-tall drug trafficker known as... 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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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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