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Forbes: Wilbur Ross Lied About Being a Billionaire

Magazine accuses commerce secretary of pattern of 'whoppers' and 'omissions' going back 13 years

(Newser) - Earlier this year, President Trump noted "I just don't want a poor person" in charge of economic posts in his administration, then touted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as "a very rich person" who was up to the task. But just how rich Ross really is is now... More »

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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