The world's 10 richest people

The ranks of the world’s billionaires continue to scale new heights – and stretch to new corners of the world. Our global wealth team found 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of US$6.4 trillion, up from US$5.4 trillion a year ago. We unearthed 268 new ten-figure fortunes, including a record 42 new women billionaires. In total, there are 172 women on the list, more than ever before and up from 138 last year.

Bill Gates is back on top after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming the title of world’s richest person from telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, who ranked No. 1 for the past four years. Gates, whose fortune rose by US$9 billion in the past year, has held the top spot for 15 of the past 20 years.

Thanks to the tech boom, and strong stock market, the U.S. once again leads the world with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. But wealth is spreading to new places. We found billionaires for the first time in Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda. Also for the first time, an African, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, breaks into the top 25. Worth US$25 billion, he moves up 20 spots.

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The world's 10 richest people

Bill Gates reclaims the top spot after a four-year hiatus.

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  1. Joseva09:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    if i get one chance to ask from them i would ask them for a fishing boat just a small one will do. i wish . i really want a fishing boat with 40 hose powered engine . :)

  2. RebelWoman09:18pm Wednesday 05th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Lol @Stephen! Welcome to the "gum rattlers group! Looks like you also have far too much time on your hands, because you actually had the time to rattle your gums to complain about other peoples comments. And, I thought that rich educated people like yourself were at least able to put together a well-worded readable message! Seems i was wrong! And, why use a profanity?

  3. Stephen12:35pm Wednesday 05th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    You all have too much time on your hands,instead of rattling your gums about the poor,go help if you can,and the rich are what they are,rich with money,prob nothing els Oh and one last thing,posting #$%$ ! Just makes the rich richer .

  4. SpiritofTruth12:08am Wednesday 05th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    RebelWoman in eyes of God your kindness is greater than that of Gates and Buffets, for though it may seem much is given by them, they keep so much more (remember the widows mite). Behold they alone could wipe out poverty in Africa with their wealth if so chose too but behold they have their hearts set upon their wealth also living in luxury lifestyles. The underworld of Hades awaits even they, few will avoid being taken when the time soon comes of the harvest. But the plan of God was always a plan of rescue for first mankind is taken and suffered for theirs sins and through Christ that eternal binding is unbound and they can be forgiven. Christians have allot wrong and in eyes of God many are counted as hypocrites having turned the nations away from God, they themselves mislead also. Mankind does not know what God is and shall call the Devil God over the true God and that will be the beginning of the times spoken in revelation given to prophets in which their has not been days of suffering like it. Now I reveal a harsh truth ye whom believe thine loved ones went to Heaven are deceived, all whom die upon earth and do not resurrect are bound in Hades and age does not mater for it is a spiritual mater. Heaven is closed of to mankind until the time of Resurrection and few are worthy to enter the millennium at first. If people understood what this world was and knew the truth they would fear death more than ever if are not living pure righteous, even many whom believe they righteous are with pride and mislead in doctrines they too are bound to Hades. Now for some good news though all you will experience some part of Hell for how you have lived in this world it will not be forever and through Jesus Christ when time comes he shall rescue you from Hell and wipe away your tears of suffering and the memory's of that time in Hell shall be taken from you so it burdens ye no more. The more sin and evil someone does upon earth the deeper they fall in Hell and the longer they remain there, for Hell is many layers and they whom commit murder and torture whom do the greater sins fall deep into the lake of fire which sits before the Abyss. Most souls will experience the upper layers of Hell which are less than lower but still greater suffering than the dimension of earth they occupy now. Why this happens to ye is because being part of the world of mankind living by it system of life and not directly following the example Jesus Christ has given is the reason. One can not serve two Masters both God and Mammon and many of you whom do believe in God serve Mammon in your daily life's without even knowing it. Now why I have this knowledge shall remain a mystery for now but it is all the facts of truth, it is the bitter stomach and sweet lips.

  5. RebelWoman08:48pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I am not rich, and have absolutely no desire to be, but I still give to the "poor". If I won Lotto I would be so happy that I would then be in a position to help the disadvantaged/ homeless/ starving/ abused/ orphaned, and the victims of natural disasters with food, clothes, hospitals, schools, orphanages, and so on. Far too many rich have no compassion, are greedy, power hungry and so self-absorbed that they will still chase power/ riches till the day they die. I have great admiration for the Gates and Buffets, and others who are helping the less fortunate/ disadvantaged in our society. Just imagine the impact that would be made if every millionaire/ billionaire donated just 1 billion each. Just a little drop in the ocean for them, but hey, if they gave that away....Omg, if I do that, I will lose my top position on the "rich list". Shame on them!

  6. SpiritofTruth05:21pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Being rich has a bigger consequence than humanity understands, this is why Jesus Christ told mankind that being rich is a burden and it is near impossible for a rich person to enter kingdom of Heaven. The world is so deceived the population has no clue what this world is and the truth of it nor understands what death is and why people have a subconscious fear of it. Sadly and this is a hard truth I am going to tell you all listening, getting to Heaven is extremely difficult nearly all of mankind who died on earth fell into Hell, but unlike Christians preach Hell is more complicated than they know and most them also even fall salvation comes later after all have seen it when the tears are wiped away by God. That is why Jesus Christ said many travel the wide broad road of destruction and few find the straight and narrow path that leads unto life salvation. Money is something that the fallen angels have used along with many things mankind calls the way of life to bind a soul to Hades, you are all bound already and can not see it when time comes of Gog and Magog then humanity will understand why Jesus Christ whom is God has title of Savior. But before that time comes mankind shall suffer greatly for their sins and evils committed and love of Mammon throughout history of world Babylon. I suggest you all read your revelations for those prophecy's are soon to fulfill for while you take part in sins of Babylon living your daily life's, important divine matters have been underway which you are unaware off. The Son of man shall soon open the seals of the book and woe unto the nations in that day for what protection God has given to world of man shall be taken away, and then the Antichrist will rule for a time and deceive all nations and they shall worship him as God and take part in abomination of desolation. The time is coming that they whom are rich shall have no way to remove the stain upon soul for money shall hold no value soon, for a new system cometh forth during reign of beast in which has power of the old but old is done away with. Ye whom are rich listening now I advise you to sell all thou has and use all proceedings to help the poor and in need, leaving thine-self with nothing but a poor mans wage and live as they for rest of your days and only then is thine karma healed. When the choice of rich man is to become a poor man and give all away to poor that actions justified the forgiveness of sin and they are cleansed of the karma. That is the needle few shall find which the camel can not pass through.

  7. Lucinda M03:41pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I don't have anything against the rich if they use their money for the good of the planet. If I was rich, I would do my best to avert environmental disaster and help people to live sustainably by growing their own food, harvesting rain, using greywater, building sustainable communities where people learn to be responsible and feel supported. most of these rich #$%$ don't give a damn however. Many of them are environmental criminals and support dictatorships so they can get cheap labour for making or supporting their products. Most rich people suck, have no compassion and are sociopaths...

  8. Jo02:10pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    These just some of the people running the American Government ( The Corporations and the Bankster) Rothschild and Rockerfeller . Everyone should take a history lesson and start looking into these will be awakened to what is happening.

  9. Titan Carreon01:06pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Most of them lives in USA.

  10. KMA12:50pm Tuesday 04th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    This is why poverty exists !