The world's top ten richest men, according to Forbes

A look at the world's top ten richest men, according to Forbes.com

Based on figures calculated in March 2012:

1) Carlos Slim Helu, 72

Carlos Slim Helu made his fortune in the telecommunications industry
Carlos Slim Helu made his fortune in the telecommunications industry Credit: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

2) Bill Gates, 57

Bill Gates is the co-founder of  Microsoft
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft
  • Net worth: $61bn
  • Source: Microsoft
  • Country: US

3) Warren Buffet, 82

Investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet receives the Medal of Freedom from US President Obama at the White House in 2011
Investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet receives the Medal of Freedom from US President Obama at the White House in 2011 Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
  • Net worth: $44bn
  • Source: Berkshire Hathaway
  • Country: US

4) Bernard Arnault, 63

  • Net worth: $41bn
  • Source: LVMH
  • Country: France

5) Amancio Ortega, 76

  • $37.5bn
  • Source: Zara
  • Country: Spain

6) Larry Ellison, 68

  • Net worth: $36bn
  • Source: Oracle
  • Country: US

7) Eike Batista, 56

  • Net worth: $30bn
  • Source: Mining, Oil
  • Country: Brazil

8) Stefan Persson, 65

  • Net worth: $26bn
  • Source: H&M
  • Country: Sweden

9) Li-Ka-shing, 84

  • Net worth: $25.5bn
  • Source: Diversified
  • Country: China

10) Karl Albrecht, 92

  • Net worth: $25.4bn
  • Source: Aldi
  • Country: Germany