Latino Again Tops List of Wealthiest People

Carlos-Slim-Helu-705x1024Latino Carlos Slim Helu is once again the world’s richest man, according to Forbes.
The Mexican telecommunication mogul was declared by Forbes the world’s richest man for the fourth year in a row – easily edging out Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who topped the list for years, according to Fox News Latino.
Another Latino high in the list is Spanish clothier Amancio Ortega, who jumped two spots from 2012 with a net worth of $57 billion. Of the world’s richest, Ortega was the largest gainer – he added $19.5 billion to his net worth.
Slim is worth $73 billion – about $4 billion more than he was last year, thanks to rising stock prices at his Grupo Financiero Inbursa and Grup Carso, according to Forbes. His philanthropic activity also rose, the magazine said, with the Mexican donating millions to education nonprofits and to fight world hunger. His most valuable company, America Movil, is worth $36.3 billion.
The magazine says there now are 1,426 billionaires in the world, all worth a combined $5.4 trillion. Most of them live in the United States, according to Voice of America.
There were 138 women on the list, up from 2012’s 104. Liliane Bettencourt — whose family owns a stake in L’Oreal — is the world’s richest woman with a net worth of $30 billion.
Brazil’s Eike Batista had the biggest drop in his net worth, declining $19.4 billion from the previous year. Facebook’s Zuckerberg saw his net worth fall to $13.3 billion from $17.5 billion. His ranking fell to No. 66 from No. 35 in 2012.
 

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