Forbes just released its annual list of billionaires just days after Bloomberg unveiled a rival listing. Carlos Slim still sits at the top.
For the third year in a row, Mexico’s self-made billionaire Carlos Slim Helu snagged the top spot and was named the richest person in the world by . Bill Gates was a close second, followed by Warren Buffet. So not much change from the past few years.
reported that there are now billionaires from 58 countries, with the U.S. still home to the most with 425. There were almost as many on the list who lost wealth last year as there were gaining wealth, and IPOs introduced some new names to the list. Next year will undoubtedly bring
n influx of Facebookers
— this year only three of the company's four founders made the list
placed a spotlight on a rather quiet woman in the health care industry. Judy Faulkner (ranked 764) is the only woman who became a billionaire by founding her own technology company — Epic Systems, which sells electronic health record systems. Her clients include Johns Hopkins, Cedars-Sinai and Kaiser Permanente.
Typically a highly anticipated list, World’s Billionaires was slightly overshadowed this year by Bloomberg’s launch of the daily Billionaires Index. released its list on Wednesday and Bloomberg just beat it out on Monday.
Does the world really need two lists? Well, they aren’t identical, which may, more than anything else, cast aspersions on the idea that anyone can accurately estimate these people’s net worths.
While there is not an overwhelming disparity between the lists, the biggest difference, by far, must be Ingvar Kamprad’s rank. The owner of IKEA is ranked 377 on Forbes’ list with a net worth of $3 billion. doesn’t count Kamprad as the company owner, while Bloomberg does and placed Kampar fourth with a net worth of %42.4 billion.
And because Bloomberg ranks daily, interested parties can see that Oracle’s Larry Ellison ranks sixth behind Amancio Ortega, owner of Zara, on list, but a recent change in his net worth bumps him ahead of Ortega. On March 7, the same day ’ list was released, Bloomberg reported that Ellison’s net worth has increased by 15.9% year-to-date, while Ortega’s has only increased 9.1%.
As Dinah Washington once crooned: “What a difference a day makes / 24 little hours.”
Below, find the comparison of two versions of the top 10 richest people in the world.