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Top Ten Richest Men From Forbes Rich List

The list of the top ten richest men, as reported by Forbes Magazine, is almost unchanged since last year, but the man at the top has changed yet again.

Forbes.com have released their annual roundup of the world's richest people. Eight of the billionaires in the top ten last year are still there, but 2 have dropped lower in the rankings. These are Theo Albrecht (Trader Joe's & Aldi Europe) and Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA), who have been replaced by Bernard Arnault and Eike Batista.

The top 3 in the list have remained the same for the last 3 years, although the order keeps changing. Microsoft's Bill Gates has dropped back into 2nd place behind the Mexican telecoms king, Carlos Slim Helu.

The biggest gainer in the list is Eike Batista, from 61st position last year ($7.5 billion), to 8th this year ($27 billion). Not bad for a year's work!

Here are the top ten,

1. Carlos Slim Helu

Mexico - $53.5 billion

American Movil (telecoms) and Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo (construction)

2. Bill Gates

United States - $53 billion

Founder of Microsoft (computer software). No longer involved in the running of the company.

3. Warren Buffett

United States - $47 billion

Berkshire Hathaway (investment). This man is a genius at spotting trends and putting his money in the right place at the right time.

4. Mukesh Ambani

India - $29 billion

Reliance Industries (oil, gas and petrochemicals), inherited from his father.

5. Lakshmi Mittal

India - $28.7 billion

ArcelorMittal (steel). Lives in one of the UK's most expensive houses, in Kensington Palace Gardens, and is in the process of purchasing a neighbouring property for his son, for £117 million.

6. Larry Ellison

United States - $28 billion

Founder of Oracle (computer software). Unlike rival Bill Gates, Larry Ellison is still very much involved in the running of his company.

7. Bernard Arnoult

France - $27.5 billion

LVMH (fashion and champagne, amongst others).

8. Eike Batista

Brazil - $27 billion

OGX (oil and gas exploration). Huge increase in wealth in the past year, and further large gains look likely this year.

9. Amancio Ortega

Spain - $25 billion

Inditex (fashion). He has his fingers in many different businesses but Inditex, owner of Zara, Stradivarius and several other brands, is the main source of his wealth.

10. Karl Albrecht

Germany - $23.5 billion

Joint founder of Aldi (supermarkets) with his brother Theo. Karl's ownership of the US and UK operations was just enough to keep him in the list of the top ten richest men.