Bill Gates is back as world's richest person, says Forbes

Bill Gates is back as world's richest person, says Forbes

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Bill Gates is back as world's richest person, says Forbes

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by ED BRACKETT / USA TODAY

NWCN.com

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 9:13 AM

Bill Gates is back on top as the world's richest person, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of billionaires.

Microsoft co-founder Gates took the crown from Carlos Slim Helu, who had been the world's richest for the previous four years. Investing guru Warren Buffett is No. 4.

The magazine pegs Gates' net worth at $76 billion. That's up from $67 billion in 2013.

Slim, a Mexico telecom titan, is close behind at $72 billion. He lost $1 billion from last year.

Third richest is Amancio Ortega of Spain, founder of the Zara clothing retailer, with a net worth of $64 billion.

Next is Buffett. The "Oracle of Omaha" has $58.2 billion, Forbes says.

Here is the top 20 list:

1     Bill Gates     $76 Billion
2     Carlos Slim Helu     $72 Billion
3     Amancio Ortega     $64 Billion
4     Warren Buffett     $58.2 Billion
5     Larry Ellison     $48 Billion    
6     Charles Koch     $40 Billion    
6     David Koch     $40 Billion    
8     Sheldon Adelson     $38 Billion    
9     Christy Walton     $36.7 Billion    
10     Jim Walton     $34.7 Billion    
11     Liliane Bettencourt     $34.5 Billion
12     Stefan Persson     $34.4 Billion
13     Alice Walton     $34.3 Billion
14     S. Robson Walton     $34.2 Billion
15     Bernard Arnault     $33.5 Billion
16     Michael Bloomberg     $33 Billion
17     Larry Page     $32.3 Billion
18     Jeff Bezos     $32 Billion
19     Sergey Brin     $31.8 Billion
20     Li Ka-shing     $31 Billion    

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