Forbes List: 10 richest people in the world

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Posted: Mar 02, 2015 12:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates, the founder of technology company Microsoft Corp., topped Forbes' 2015 list of the world's top billionaires for the second straight year. In 2013, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu was on top. He ranked second this time.

Forbes said it calculated each person's net worth based on stock prices and exchange rates on Feb. 13, 2014.

Here's a list of the Top 10:

1. Bill Gates

Net worth: $79.2 billion

Source of wealth: Technology company Microsoft Corp.

Nationality: American

2. Carlos Slim Helu

Net worth: $77.1 billion

Source of wealth: Telecommunications

Nationality: Mexican

3. Warren Buffett

Net worth: $72.7 billion

Source of wealth: Investment holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Nationality: American

4. Amancio Ortega

Net worth: $64.5 billion

Source of wealth: Retail chain Zara

Nationality: Spanish

5. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $54.3 billion

Source of wealth: Technology company Oracle Corp.

Nationality: American

6. Charles Koch (tie)

Net worth: $42.9 billion

Source of wealth: Conglomerate Koch Industries.

Nationality: American

6. David Koch (tie)

Net worth: $42.9 billion

Source of wealth: Conglomerate Koch Industries.

Nationality: American

8. Christy Walton

Net worth: $41.7 billion

Source of wealth: Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Nationality: American

9. Jim Walton

Net worth: $40.6 billion

Source of wealth: Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Nationality: American

10. Liliane Bettencourt

Net worth: $40.1 billion

Source of wealth: Cosmetics company L'Oreal

Nationality: French

Source: Forbes.

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