Carlos Slim Helu Replaced Bill Gates as the World’s Richest (2010)

Forbes magazine recently released this year’s result of their annual ranking of the world’s richest person. This year, it’s not anymore an American who has the top spot. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu took the top spot with total net worth of $53.5 Billion. He overtook William Bill Gates by only 500 Million to claim the top of the 2010 list.

The list of the top ten are shown below.

1. Carlos Slim Helu and Family
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 70
Net Worth: $53.5 Billion

2. William Gates III
Nationality: American
Age: 54
Net Worth: $53 Billion

3. Warren Buffett
Nationality: American
Age: 79
Net Worth: $47 Billion

4. Mukesh Ambani
Nationality: Indian
Age: 52
Net Worth: $29 Billion

5. Lakshmi Mittal
Nationality: Indian
Age: 59
Net Worth: $28.7 Billion

6. Lawrence Ellison
Nationality: American
Age: 65
Net Worth: $28 Billion

7. Bernard Arnault
Nationality: French
Age: 61
Net Worth: $27.5 Billion

8. Eike Batista
Nationality: Brazilian
Age: 53
Net Worth: $27 Billion

9. Amancio Ortega
Nationality: Spanish
Age: 74
Net Worth: $25 Billion

10. Karl Albercht
Nationality: German
Age: 90
Net Worth: $23.5 Billion

Google founders, Sergey Brin (36) and Larry Page (37) moved up this year as their net worth increased from 12 Billion (2009) to 17.5 Billion (2010). They are tied at number 24.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made it to this year’s list with a whooping $5 Billion. He is one of the youngest billionaires in the world at 25.

Meanwhile, some Filipino tycoons also made it to the Forbes list. Henry Sy and family of SM Malls got the 201st position with a net worth of $4.2 Billion (192 Billion pesos). Lucio Tan on the other hand is at the 582nd place with a net worth of $1.7 Billion (78 Billion pesos). Jaime Zobel de Ayala, who is listed last year dropped out on this year’s list.