Net Worth: $26.5 billion
When her husband, John Walton, died in a plane crash several years ago, Christy inherited a fortune and not only became the richest Walton in America, but also became the richest woman in the world.
Net Worth: $27 billion
Although shares in Reliance Industries (the Indian oil and gas conglomerate he owns) have dropped in recent years, Mukesh is still the second richest person in Asia.
Net Worth: $30 billion
The richest man in Brazil seems to only be getting started. Relatively young he recently announced that would be opening offices in New York City and putting some of his companies on the London Stock Exchange. He even warned Carlos Slim Helu, the world’s richest man, that he would be taking his spot soon.
Net Worth: $31 billion
This Spanish billionaire who recently stepped down from his position as the head of Inditex (Zara) owns numerous properties around the world as well as a soccer league and a horse jumping circuit.
Net Worth: $31.1 billion
Lakshmi’s fortune has taken a significant hit in recent years as shares in his company ArcelorMittal fell 40%. Rising demand for steal, however, has kept him afloat.
Net Worth: $33 billion
As the head of Oracle Corporation, one of the leading software companies in the world, Larry has a good number of toys in his play pen including several exotic jets, boats, and exotic cars.
Net Worth: $41 billion
Not only is he is Europe’s richest man, he was named Forbes’s “Fashion Person of the Year” in 2011. Not all that surprising considering he sits at the head of Louis Vuitton.
Net Worth: $41 billion
The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is often called the “Oracle of Omaha” due to his legendary status as an investor. In spite of all the wealth though, he has made a pledge to give away 99 percent of everything he owns to philanthropic causes.
Net Worth: $59 billion
Even though he is no longer the richest person in the world, the name “Bill Gates” has become seemingly synonymous with that position. And although for most of his life he was concerned with creating software, he is now dedicating a significant amount of his time to global health. In fact, he has even stated that his goal is to eliminate infectious disease as a major cause of death in his lifetime.
Net Worth: $74 billion
For the first time in 16 years someone not from the United States tops the list of the richest people in the world and what’s more, never before has anyone from an “emerging economy” ever made it to this position. Having lived most of his life in Mexico though, Carlos flew by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates in his recent meteoric rise to financial superstar.