Forbes Richest People: Bill Gates Tops List Once Again With $76B

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Monday, 03 Mar 2014 02:10 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Forbes' list of the world's richest people is once again topped by Microsoft founder Bill Gates who has reclaimed his spot at the world's richest man.

Gates regained the top spot from communications magnate Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, who was No. 1 for the past four years, due to a healthy rebound in Microsoft shares. Gates, with his $76 billion fortune that rose $9 billion in the past year, has been on top of Forbes' richest list for 15 of the past 20 years.

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Gates is followed by Helu, who has $72 billion; former Inditex chair Amancio Ortega with $64 billion; Warren Buffet with $58.2 billion; Oracle founder Larry Ellison with $48 billion; Charles and David Koch, of Koch Industries, at $40 billion each; casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at $38 billion; Wal-Mart's Christy Walton and her family, $36.7 billion; and Jim Walton with $34.7 billion.

Forbes also noted that it will take more billions of dollars to make the Top 20 list — $31 billion this year, compared to 23 billion in 2013.

"After years focused on his philanthropy, Gates plans to spend more of his time working with product managers at Microsoft as rivals like Google and Apple continue to outshine the company in the market," Forbes wrote of Gates.

"Gates remains focused on his foundation's efforts to eradicate polio (he secured $335 million in pledges to the cause from six billionaire comrades, including $100 million each from Mexico's Carlos Slim and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg) and getting fellow billionaires more involved with philanthropy," Forbes added.

BBC News reported that the United States still leads globally with the most billionaires, 492, while Europe has the second most, with 468. Asia is continuing to gain billionaires and now has 444. 

Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda appeared on the list for the first time, giving the impression that the world's wealth is starting to spread to other parts of the globe.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was the list's biggest gainer, hovering just outside the Top 20 with $28.5 billion, up from $15.2 billion a year ago as shares of Facebook climb.

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