Carlos Slim, Has Retained its Crown


Rising global commodity prices and economic growth in Asia has resulted in a significant increase in the number of billionaires in Russia, China and Brazil in 2011.

China has nearly doubled the number of billionaires to 115, while Russia and Brazil saw jumps of two thirds to 101 and 30, respectively, Forbes said in its annual list of richest people in the world.

It was the first time in any country outside the United States, which has 413 billionaires have been more than 100 Moscow is now home to the majority of people in a list of 79 billionaires easily faster than New York, which has just 58

richest man in the world, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, has retained its crown for the second consecutive year and earned more money than any other 1209 billionaires last year: $ 20.5 billion, as his fortune to $ 74 billion.

Russian billionaire growth was attributed to a boom in commodities. Brazil also benefited from commodity prices, and stricter disclosure rules and a stronger currency. China and India, which has 55 billionaires after the addition of six years, a strong economy has helped to create wealth from a wide range of sectors.

"The important thing is the heritage of BRIC and Asia," Forbes CEO Steve Forbes said in a press conference on Wednesday. "It 'a boom in global commodities. ... But we should have known products can increase very quickly, it can get very strong."

Reuters Jefferies CRB Index products. CRB rose 17 percent last year and another 8 percent this year as copper and gold hit record highs, grains are near their highs of 2008 and later rose oil $ 100 a barrel.

Brazil, Russia, India and China produced half the world's 214 billionaires new, double last year's 97 newcomers.

Among the newcomers to the Forbes list are four billionaires whose fortunes are tied to social networking site Facebook - co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin and investors Yuri Milner and Sean Parker. They join the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who had the No. 52 from No. 212 and now has an estimated value of $ 13.5 billion, and Facebook investor Peter Thiel, who was also on the list .

One of the main drivers of the list was casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who posted the biggest increase in wealth behind Slim.

He is worth 23.3 billion dollars, an increase of $ 14 billion, and rose to No. 16 No 73 of last year, a businessman turning point, whose Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N) was close to defaulting on its debt in 2008.

While many billionaires in India has not increased significantly, its "average net worth is enormous ... - $ 4.5 billion for an Indian billionaire from $ 2.5 million to a Chinese billionaire," Forbes said.

Russia is also trumping China's top 100 billionaires in 1915, when China is one, while India and Brazil, there are seven and three.

Rich and generous

Microsoft founder Bill Gates remained the second, his wealth will increase 56 billion U.S. dollars from 53 billion U.S. dollars last year, and new investor Warren Buffett has become the third U.S. $ 50 billion, an increase of $ 47 billion.

Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has fared better than Microsoft, Bill Gates. Microsoft now the stock market, where ten years ago, while Berkshire shares have almost doubled.

Forbes said Gates had been the richest man in the world if it had not so far 28 billion U.S. dollars of his fortune to his foundation. He had just reached the top spot on the list twice between 1995 and 2010.

Wealth of billionaires has jumped 25 percent to 4.5 trillion dollars, and their average net worth rose to $ 3.7 billion from $ 3.5 billion. There were 47 people who fell on the list, 42 were returned and 10 people died. The number of women rose to 102 from 89 last year.

Even if stocks have been transferred, the top 20 has remained essentially unchanged. New this year was Adelson, a Russian steel baron Vladimir Lisi, David and Charles Koch, the brothers behind the energy and manufacturing empire. These are the headlines recently for their support for a controversial conservative because the United States.