Top 10 Richest People in the World – 2012
Year 2012, the 26th year of global wealth tracking, is one of record breaking year as two records were set in the Forbes Billionaires List. The records were overall listees of 1,226 and combined wealth of $4.6 trillion, which exceeds the gross national product of Germany. Below is the list of 10 Richest People in the World of 2012
10. Karl Albrecht
He was born in Essen, Germany on 20 February 1920 .He and his brother Theo Albercht started career by looking after the grocery store of their parents at 1948. He is 10th in list with Net Worth of $25.4 Billion
9. Li Ka Shing
Born on 13th June, 1928 to Li Yunjing in Guangdong, China. He is married to Amy Li Ching. Started his career as a salesman during 1944. 1950 he founded a plastic-goods company. 1967 he started land holding company which was officially named as Cheng Kong Holdings in 1971. Listed as 9th with Net Worth of $25.5 Billion.
8. Stefan Persson
He is son of couple Erling and Margit Persson born on 4th October 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden. He got married to Carolyn Denise. He joined Hennes and Mauritz AB in the year 1972. By 1979 he was appointed as CEO of it. Now he is the largest stock holder of it. Today he is listed as 8th Billionaire with $26 Billions.
7. Eike Batista
November 3 1956 is birth date of Eike Batista who is son of Eliezer Batista and Jutta Fuhrken. Started his career as Salesman at Germany. He got married in the year 1991 to Luma de Oliveria. In 1980 he focused on Diamond and Gold trades. Started gold trading firm Autram Aurem at age of 23.He became CEO at the age of 29 to TVX Gold.He is 7th on list with Net worth of $30 Billion.
6. Larry Ellison
He was born in The Bronx at New York on August 17 1944 to Florence Spellman. He was adopted by his mother’s uncle and aunt at age of 9 months. He founded Oracle in year 1977 along with Ed Oates and Robert Miner which was earlier known as Software Development Labs. He is 6th with Net worth of $36 Billion
5. Amancio Ortega
He was born on March 28 1936 in Leon, Spain in a family with limited earnings. He started working as a delivery boy at the age of 13 for a shirt maker. He didn’t had much of formal education but due to his quick learning ability he started retail shop in 1975 Zara. Today his Net worth is $37.5 Billion.
4. Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault is son of Jean Leon Arnault was born on 5th March 1949 in Roubaix. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique at the year 1971. He is married twice. He inherited LVMH which is a construction firm and took it to peak. He stays 4th in the list with Net worth of $ 41Billion.
3. Warren Buffett
He was born to Howard and Leila Buffett on 30th August 1930 at Nebraska. He graduated in year 1951 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was early into business as he started at the age of 11 itself. His first was Susan Thompson and married to her on April 1952.Started his first partnership in the year 1956. 1962 he purchased shares of Berkshire Hathway which took him to the heights.
At the age of 81 he has Net Worth of $44 Billion and 3rd top Billionaire in the list.
2. Bill Gates
He was born in Seattle, Washington on 28th October 1955 to William H Gates and Mary Maxwell. In the year 1973 he got his graduation from Lakeside. But he went into business at his early age of 15 before his graduation with Paul Allen In the year 1975 he and Paul Allen fromed the company Microsoft which is today’s most successful software company. He got married to Melinda in year 1964.
He is the second richest person at mere age of 56 with Net worth of $61 Billion.
1. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos Slim Helu was born on January 28 1940, in Mexico City to the couple Julian Slim Haddad and Dona Linda Helu. He accomplished his professional studies in the year 1961 in Civil Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico, he was also a professor while he was still studying as he taught Algebra and Linear programing there.
In the year 1965 he incorporated Inversora Bursatil and held the position as Chairman of Board of Directors. This later became Grupo Carso which is being running successfully till date. He married Soumaya Domit Gemayel in the year 1967. Today at the age of 72 he is the world’s no 1 billionaire with Net worth of $69 Billion