Here is a newest list of the 100 richest people for the year of 2013. Based on Bloomberg Billionaires Index this is as new as it gets. The 100 richest people on the planet added US$12.7 billion to their collective net worth last week after worse-than-forecast corporate earnings in the US wiped out most of the gains global stocks had posted earlier in the week.
1. Carlos Slim Helu
Net Worth: $75.6 billion
Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist. He is currently ranked as the richest person in the world in 2012. Slim has been ranked the richest person in the world since 2010. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, have amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance. Presently he is the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies Telmex and América Móvil. América Móvil, which in 2010 was Latin America’s largest mobile-phone carrier, accounted for around US$49 billion of Slim’s wealth by the end of 2010.
2. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $62.5 billion
Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000. Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
3. Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $52 billion
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Spanish clothing merchandiser Inditex. Ortega keeps a very low profile. He refuses to wear a tie, and likes to dress in blue jeans and T-shirts. He is said to take a very active part in the production and design process in the company. He is the world’s 3rd richest man with assets of $52 billion, Spain’s richest man, and Europe’s richest man. He currently lives with his second wife in a discreet apartment building in the centre of La Coruña.
4. Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $46.4 billion
Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffet is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011. In 2012, American magazine Time named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is called the “Wizard of Omaha”, “Oracle of Omaha”, or the “Sage of Omaha” and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.
5. Ingvar Kamprad
Net Worth: $41.7 billion
Ingvar Kamprad is the founder of IKEA, a retail company. Kamprad began to develop a business as a young boy, selling matches to neighbors from his bicycle. He found that he could buy matches in bulk very cheaply from Stockholm, sell them individually at a low price, and still make a good profit. According to Swedish business weekly Veckans Affärer, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world. This report is based on the assumption that Kamprad owns the entire company, an approach that both IKEA and the Kamprad family reject. Kamprad retains little ownership in the company, having transferred his interest to Stichting INGKA Foundation and INGKA Holding as part of a complex tax sheltering scheme that leaves his actual degree of control vague.
6. Charles Koch
Net Worth: $37.9 billion
Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries Inc., the second-largest privately held company by revenue in the United States. Koch provides financial support for a number of public policy and charitable organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He co-founded the Washington, DC-based Cato Institute.
7. David Koch
Net Worth: $37.9 billion
David Koch is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States. Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, sharing the party ticket with presidential candidate Ed Clark. The Clark–Koch ticket promising to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE. The ticket received 921,128 votes, 1.06% of the total nationwide vote, the Libertarian Party national ticket’s best showing to date.
8. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $36.8 billion
Larry Ellison is an American business magnate, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies. He is the third wealthiest American citizen, with an estimated worth of $36.8 billion.The bulk of Ellison’s fortune comes from his 22.5 percent stake in Oracle. On July 27, 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ellison was the best-paid executive in the last decade, collecting a total compensation of US $1.84 billion. Ellison styled his estimated $110 million Woodside, California, estate after feudal Japanese architecture, complete with a man-made 2.3-acre (9,300 m2) lake and an extensive seismic retrofit. On June 21, 2012, Hawaii’s governor, Neil Abercrombie, declared that Larry Ellison had signed an agreement to buy the most of the island of Lanai from the Castle & Cooke company, owned by David H. Murdock. As a result of his purchase, Larry Ellison owns 98% of Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth-largest island.
9. Christy Walton
Net Worth: $30.5 billion
Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. After John’s death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of US$15.7 billion. Christy Walton and her family have an estimated net worth of $30.5 billion, the bulk of which comes from her shares in Wal-Mart, but also from First Solar, in which her husband invested. She resides in Jackson, Wyoming and has one son, Lukas. In 2006, Walton also donated her own old Victorian home to the International Community Foundation – Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy, which was built in 1896 for former National City, California postmaster Oliver Noyes and is of historical significance. Since her donation, she has endowed $4 million towards the edifice’s preservation.
10. Bhumibol Adulyadej
Net Worth: $30 billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej is the reigning King of Thailand. He is known as Rama IX. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. Forbes estimated Bhumibol’s personal fortune, including property managed by the Crown Property Bureau which is considered national property, to be US$30 billion in 2010, and he has been consistently placed at number one of the magazine’s list of “The World’s Richest Royals”. The Crown Property Bureau spends money on public welfare such as youth development, however it does not pay taxes and its finances are reported only to Bhumibol.