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Bill Gates named world’s richest person for 16th time

Bill Gates has been named richest man in the world for the 16th time in the past 21years. According to Forbes, Gates fortune grew form $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion despite him contributing $1.5billion in Microsoft shares to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November 2014.

Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu comes in at number 2 with$77.1 billion, Warren Buffet at number 3 with $72.7 billion and Spanish founder of Zara owner Inditex, Amancio Ortega was at number 4 with $64.5 billion.

Warren Buffet was ranked the biggest gainer with his fortune growing from $14.5 billion to $72.7 billion. Nigerian Aliko Dangote is the biggest loser having dropped to $14.7 billion from $25 billion last year, he is still Africa’s richest man.

Here is the top 10 billionaires
1. Bill Gates – Microsoft co-founder, $79.2 bn
2. Carlos Slim Helu – Mexican telecoms mogul, $77.1bn
3. Warren Buffett – investor, $72.7bn
4. Amancio Ortega – Zara founder, $64.5bn
5. Larry Ellison – Oracle co-founder, $54.3bn
6. Charles Koch – American businessman across various industries, $42.9bn
6. David Koch – various, $42.9bn
8. Christy Walton – Walmart family, $41.7bn
9. Jim Walton – Walmart family, $40.6bn
10. Liliane Bettencourt – L’Oreal heiress, $40.1bn

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