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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world’s richest man again

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world’s richest man again, overtaking investor Warren Buffett, as the global financial meltdown wiped out $US2 trillion from the net worth of the world’s billionaires, Forbes Magazine said.

The number of billionaires in the world fell by nearly a third to 793 in the past year, with large numbers dropping off the list in Russia, India and Turkey.

Gates regained his title as the richest man in the world, with $US40 billion after slipping to third last year when he was worth $US58 billion. Buffett, last year’s richest man, fell to second place with $US37 billion, down from $US62 billion. Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim took third place with $US35 billion, down from $US60 billion.

Collectively, the top three billionaires lost $US68 billion in the year to February 13, when Forbes took a snapshot of wealth around the world to compile its annual list of billionaires.

Chief executive of Forbes Magazines Steve Forbes said that, while few would shed a tear for the plight of a billionaire, it was bad for the economy when entrepreneurs were in trouble.

"Billionaires don’t have to worry about their next meal, but if their wealth is declining and you’re not creating numerous new billionaires, it means the rest of the world is not doing very well," he told reporters. "The typical billionaire is down at least one third on their net worth."

The top 20

1   Bill Gates – United States
2   Warren Buffett – United States
3   Carlos Slim Helu & family  Mexico
4   Lawrence Ellison  United States
5   Ingvar Kamprad & family  Sweden
6   Karl Albrecht  Germany
7   Mukesh Ambani
8   Lakshmi Mittal  India
9   Theo Albrecht  Germany
10   Amancio Ortega  Spain
11   Jim Walton  United States
12   Alice Walton  United States
12   Christy Walton & family  United States
12   S Robson Walton  United States
15   Bernard Arnault  France
16   Li Ka-shing  Hong Kong
17   Michael Bloomberg  United States
18   Stefan Persson  Sweden
19   Charles Koch  United States
19   David Koch  United States
Source: Forbes

Reuters

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