Thursday, 6 March 2008

The World's Richest People

If you want to become one of the richest people in the world, then, change you nationality its seems to be Russian. The average age of Russia’s elite is 46, bringing the overall average of the world’s richest to 61.

Warren Buffett has finally unseated Bill Gates from the top spot for the first time in 13 years. The surging share price of Berkshire Hathaway saw his personal wealth rise to $62 billion (£31 billion). This is up by £5 billion from a year ago.

Gates is now worth $58 billion (£29 billion) and is ranked third in the world. He is up $2 billion (£1 billion) from a year ago and would have been perhaps as rich -- or richer -- than Buffett had Microsoft not made an unsolicited bid for Yahoo at the beginning of February.

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim HelĂș is the world's second-richest person, with an estimated net worth of $60 billion (£30 billion). His fortune has risen $11 billion (£5.5 billion) since last March. Fourth on the list is Laksi Mittal from Ancelor Mittal the world’s largest steel provider. The world’s youngest US billionaire is the CEO and owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg with an estimated wealth of $1.5 billion (£750 million).

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