Wealth is a possession which completely depends upon destiny and luck. It is not always necessary to born with a silver spoon in mouth if fortune favours you. The world’s leading richest people have total worth which can be equivalent to some of the developing country’s GDP. Some have inherited while others have put in their best efforts but today they are the wealthiest people throughout the globe. Have a quick look into the given chart to know the names that are linked with huge amount of wealth and riches.
List of 10 Richest People in the World 2012
|1||Carlos Slim Helu||$69 B||Mexico|
|2||Bill Gates||$61 B||United States|
|3||Warren Buffett||$44 B||United States|
|4||Bernard Arnault||$41 B||France|
|5||Amancio Ortega||$37.5 B||Spain|
|6||Larry Ellison||$36 B||United States|
|7||Eike Batista||$30 B||Brazil|
|8||Stefan Persson||$26 B||Sweden|
|9||Li Ka-shing||$25.5 B||Hong Kong|
|10||Karl Albrecht||$25.4 B||Germany|
Top Ten Richest People in the World 2012
Here is the list of top ten richest people in the world which discusses about their success story along with their net worth.
1. Carlos Slim Helu
Currently considered as the richest people in the world, 2012, Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican Business personal and philanthropist who owes $69 billion earned from his telecommunications companies Telmex and America Movil where he is the Chairman and CEO. He was born in 1940 and at present stays in Mexico along with his spouse and six children.
2. Bill Gates
William Henry Gates III, popular as Bill Gates is an American Business person and philanthropist who has been named as the richest person in the world, 2012 with a net worth of $61 Billion. He is the former chief executive and current chairman of the world’s largest personal computer software company, Microsoft. The 56 years old is also the co founder of the software company. Currently he resides in Medina, Washington and during his is the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock.
3. Warren Buffett
Widely considered as the most unbeaten investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett is a businessman and philanthropist with American nationality. At present he is the CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and has total value of $46 billion. He is also called “Wizard of Omaha”, “Oracle of Omaha” or the “Sage of Omaha” and has vowed to give away 99% of his wealth to charitable causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation.
4. Bernard Arnault
A business magnate and art collector by profession, Bernard Arnault is a French citizen who is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH and chairperson of Christian Dior S.A. having wealth of $41 billion he is not only the richest person in Europe but also the fourth richest in the list of top 10 richest people in the world, 2012. In 2011 he had also earned a name as “The Fashion Person of the year”.
5. Amancio Ortega
The wealthiest person in Spain, Amancio Ortega is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Spanish clothing merchandiser, Inditex. Currently he lives with his second wife in A Coruna, spain and proclaims to have $37.5 billion assets. Despite being in fashion trading he refuses to wear a tie and likes to dress in blue jeans and T-shirts.
6. Larry Ellison
Co founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison is a business professional who was born on 17th August, 1944 in Bronx, New York City. Currently puts up in Woodside, California and is considered as one among the richest people in the world, 2012 with $41 billion wealth which majorly comes from his 22.5 percent stake in Oracle, one of the chief enterprise software companies.
7. Eike Batista
Eike Batista is a businessman from Brazil whose credit for making net worth of $30 billion goes to the mining and oil gas exploration industries where he is a the Chairman. He is one of the seven children of Eliezer Batista da Silva who was the Minister of Mines and Energy. Eike celebrated his 55th birth day on 3rd November, 2011 and has been staying in Europe since he was a teenager.
8. Stefan Persson
Stefan Persson is the vice president of the clothing chain H&M which has 2,500 shops in 43 countries and has added Versace and Marni to its group of designers in 2011. No doubt he has record making riches of $26 billion and falls in the group of richest people in the world, 2012. He also runs a charity organisation and Mentor Foundation which works in the area of substance abuse among youth. Apart from these he owns a substantial stake in Swedish technology company Hexagon, and privately held properties in London, Paris and Stockholm.
9. Li Ka-shing
Even at an age of 84, Li Ka-shing is going strong in terms of business and can credit him for being the owner of worth $25.5 billion. He is the richest person of Asian descent in the world and presently is the Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung Kong Holdings through which he has firmed his position as the world’s largest operator of container terminals and the world’s largest health and beauty retailer. Born in Chaozhou, China, he is often referred to as the “Superman” in Hong Kong for his business aptitude.
10. Karl Albrecht
Karl Albrecht is a German entrepreneur who was responsible for launching the discount supermarket chain Aldi and today he is the proud owner of assets amounting to $25.4 billion. He has a status for being the most prosperous person in Germany and the oldest billionaire in the world. Karl is not much of a social person and loves playing golf in his personal golf course.