top billionaires

Top Billionaires

1. Carlos Slim
The richest man in the world from Mexico for the fourth time in a row, and is said to clock over $4 billion every year. His Latin American mobile giant America Movil is his most valuable holding at $36.3 billion; as the company has successfully spread itself to parts of Europe. He currently holds an honorary position at the company and advices on strategy while his sons take part in the majority of the activity. Apart from this he holds a share in mining, infrastructure, industrial, finance and real estate; also owns stakes in two Mexican football teams and Spanish football team Real Oviedo. Also known for his Carlos Slim Foundation, Carlos shares his vision with Bill Gates as he provides funds for research in farming.
2. Bill Gates
One of the foremost man in modern day technology from USA, inventor of Microsoft Inc; he now is known for his philanthropic deeds. Currently owns a mere 5% stock with his company, he now devotes his attention to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on eradication of diseases, and other social issues. A pioneer in technology, he still maintains a stronghold through equity & bonds from Ecolab, Mexican TV company Televisa and FEMSA, the largest PAN American beverage company.
3. Amancio Ortega
Famous for his Zara brand, where he owns 60% shares, Spain's Amancio Ortega is the year's biggest gainer. He is ranked #3 in this list, Ortega also has a real estate portfolio - the iconic Torre Picasso, a 43-story skyscraper in Madrid. Apart from this he also owns buildings in Madrid, London, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Orgeta started making dressing gowns in his living room, of which soon he found a Fashion company called Zara.
4. Warren Buffett
The textile company called Berkshire Hathaway still serves as Buffett's famed investment vehicle. As of now he enjoys his spell of Philanthropy closely as his lifetime giving has amounted to $18 Bn. Other notable ventures include the Heinz ketchup deal worth $23 Bn, and the acquisition on Oriental Trading Co. Buffet's son now holds the key to his firm.
5. Larry Ellison
CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison has come out strong. Recently seen on a real estate buying spree, Larry owns the Hawaiian Islands of Lanai, as well as Mansions in Malibu. Larry who also shows keenness in NBA has also been spotted exploring a deal with NBA giants Sacramento Kings. The software Mogul also shares openly as he joined hands with Gates -Buffet funding schemes and has also donated $1.6 Mn shares of Oracle to his Medical foundation.
6. Koch Brothers
Looking after Koch Industries, both Charles and David Koch acquire a net worth whopping $34 Bn individually. With their industries built on refining and chemicals, both brothers made profits with the falling prices of natural gas. Apart from making profits, David Koch is also known for $1 Bn charity till date.
7. Li Ka shing
Asia's richest person Li Ka-shing shares of his biggest holdings, Cheung Kong, Hutchison Whampoa and Husky Energy. Li still overseas one of the world's most far reaching empires. He now supplies gas to major areas of UK and Wales. Meanwhile in the amidst of his billionaire run, his two sons are no less. The elder son taking control over assets, who invests in IT Cos like Facebook, Spotify & a few others and the younger one who is also a billionaire.
8. Liliane Bettencourt
Owning more than 30% of L'Oreal, which her father founded; Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman at 90. The elderly widow, who suffers from dementia and with a boost in the French cosmetics powerhouse's stock, she has gotten far richer. She now is replaced by her grandson since February 2012.
9. Bernard Arnault
Known as the most influential tastemaker, and for his luxury goods powerhouse Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, LVMH. His fortune is mostly held in Christian Dior, which controls a 41% stake in LVMH. Soon to be knighted as he plans to open a museum, Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation. He comes from France.
10. Christy Walton
The richest woman in the United States, Wal-Mart's Christy Walton inherited most of her wealth when her husband died in 2005. Apart from this the major award came from the massive retailer, Wal-Mart founded by her in-laws in 1962.



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