The 25 Richest People in the World: 2012 Version

They make flip-flops and pet food. They sell miniskirts and motorcars. They mine iron ore and distribute soda. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.

Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people, in the magazine’s December 2012 issue, showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. We took a snapshot of Bloomberg’s exclusive daily wealth ranking, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, to identify the megarich and quantify their fortunes this year through Oct. 5.

The ranking shows who’s on top (America Movil SAB Chairman Emeritus Carlos Slim, with a net worth of $77.5 billion), who’s faltering (Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who’s down $6.8 billion since Jan. 1) and who’s just wealthy enough to make our top 200 (SAS Institute Inc. co-founder John Sall, who’s worth $5.8 billion).

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, both in the top five, are household names. Yet nobody racked up billions faster than relatively unknown No. 3, Amancio Ortega of Spain. The 76-year-old founded Inditex SA, the world’s largest clothing retailer, which is known for its more than 1,600 trendy Zara stores. He made more than $18 billion from the start of the year through Oct. 5 – or about $66 million a day. That windfall was more than enough for the Spanish tycoon to eclipse Buffett – who’s now No. 4, with $48.4 billion as of Oct. 5.

Ortega’s ascent coincides with an overall rise in retail stocks. Low cotton costs, cheap credit and demand for reasonably priced goods have driven shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Inditex to records. Nine of the world’s 25 wealthiest people are retail moguls. Among them are Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, four members of the Walton family that controls Wal-Mart and Stefan Persson, the largest shareholder in Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz AB.

Bloomberg News unmasked more than 30 hidden billionaires this year. Brazil’s Dirce Navarro de Camargo inherited her late husband’s industrial conglomerate, Camargo Correa SA, in 1994. Elaine Tettemer Marshall controls 15 percent of Koch Industries Inc., the second-largest closely held company in the U.S. With fortunes of about $12 billion each, both women remain billions shy of Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in the Asia-Pacific region. She’s squabbling with her children over the family’s $19.1 billion minerals empire.

Bloomberg News also revealed Zong Qinghou as mainland China’s richest man, who had a net worth of $20.1 billion on Oct. 5. The once poor soda seller today commands the Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co. beverage empire. With soft drinks producing hard cash, wealth creation is booming in China – and beyond.

Below is a list of Bloomberg’s Top 25 Richest People in the World:

1. Carlos Slim 

Net worth: $77.5 billion

YTD change: + $15.6 billion / + 25.3%

Source of wealth: America Movil

Industry: Telecommunications

Citizenship: Mexico

                                                                                         Age: 72


2. Bill Gates 

Net worth: $64.4 billion

YTD change: + $8.7 billion / + 15.7%

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Industry: Technology

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 57

3. Amancio Ortega 

Net worth: $53.6 billion

YTD change: + $18.4 billion / + 52.1%

Source of wealth: Inditex

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: Spain

Age: 76

4. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $48.4 billion

YTD change: + $5.7 billion / + 13.2%

Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Industry: Finance

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 82

5. Ingvar Kamprad

Net worth: $41.8 billion

YTD change: + $5.0 billion / + 13.7%

Source of wealth: IKEA

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: Sweden

Age: 86

6. Charles Koch   

Net worth: $38.6 billion

YTD change: + $4.8 billion / + 14.1%

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

Industry: Diversified

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 77

7. David Koch

Net worth: $38.6 billion

YTD change: + $4.8 billion / + 14.1%

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

Industry: Diversified

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 72

8. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $37.2 billion

YTD change: $4.2 billion / + 12.8%

Source of wealth: Oracle

Industry: Technology

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 68

9. Christy Walton 

Net worth: $30.5 billion

YTD change: + $5.4 billion / + 21.4%

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart Stores

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 57

10. Jim Walton

Net worth: $29.3 billion

YTD change: + $5.8 billion / + 24.7%

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart Stores

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 64

11. Rob Walton

Net worth: $28.7 billion

YTD change: + $5.7 billion / + 24.7%

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart Stores

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 68

12. Alice Walton

Net worth: $28.2 billion

YTD change: + $5.6 billion / + 25.0%

Source of wealth: Wal-Mart Stores

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 63

13. Li Ka-shing   

Net worth: $27.0 billion

YTD change: + $4.8 billion / + 21.8%

Source of wealth: Cheung Kong Holdings

Industry: Diversified

Citizenship: Hong Kong

Age: 84

14. Mukesh Ambani

Net worth: $26.0 billion

YTD change: + $4.7 billion / + 21.8%

Source of wealth: Reliance Industries

Industry: Energy

Citizenship: India

Age: 55

15. Liliane Bettencourt

Net worth: $24.7 billion

YTD change: + $4.5 billion / + 22.1%

Source of wealth: L’Oreal

Industry: Manufacturing

Citizenship: France

Age: 90

16. Stefan Persson

Net worth: $24.7 billion

YTD change: + $2.9 billion / + 13.1%

Source of wealth: Hennes & Mauritz

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: Sweden

Age: 65

17. Jeff Bezos

Net worth: $24.2 billion

YTD change: + $7.6 / + 45.5%

Source of wealth: Amazon.com

Industry: Technology

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 48

18. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $24.1 billion

YTD change: + $3.4 billion / + 16.4%

Source of wealth: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: France

Age: 63

19. Larry Page

Net worth: $23.0 billion

YTD change: + $3.1 billion / + 15.9%

Source of wealth: Google

Industry: Technology

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 39

20. Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud

Net worth: $22.9 billion

YTD change: + $5.6 billion / + 32.0%

Source of wealth: Kingdom Holding

Industry: Diversified

Citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Age: 57

21. David Thomson

Net worth: $22.9 billion

YTD change: + $1.3 billion / + 5.8%

Source of wealth: Thomson Reuters

Industry: Media

Citizenship: Canada

Age: 55

22. Sergey Brin

Net worth: $22.8 billion

YTD change: + $3.1 / + 15.7%

Source of wealth: Google

Industry: Technology

Citizenship: U.S.

Age: 39

23. Lee Shau Kee

Net worth: $22.7 billion

YTD change: + $6.1 billion / + 36.7%

Source of wealth: Henderson Land Development

Industry: Real Estate

Citizenship: Hong Kong

Age: 84

24. Karl Albrecht

Net worth: $22.7 billion

YTD change: – $0.20 billion / – 0.9%

Source of wealth: Aldi

Industry: Retail

Citizenship: Germany

Age: 92

25. Michele Ferrero

Net worth: $22.5 billion

YTD change: + $1.4 billion / + 6.4%

Source of wealth: Ferrero

Industry: Food and Beverage

Citizenship: Italy

Age: 87

 Source: The World’s 200 Richest People (Bloomberg) 

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  1. c j says:

    hello rich people buy a a home for christmas i don’t havemoney to buy one