5. LARRY ELLISON
His net worth in 2011 was $39.5 billion compared to a net worth of $28 billion in 2010. Lawrence Joseph Ellison was born on the 18th August in 1944 in The Bronx, New York City. He happens to be the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation and I am sure nobody needs an introduction to what Oracle is. It is one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies. He currently has a 22.5 percent stake in Oracle and that’s where a huge amount of his income comes from.
4. BERNARD ARNAULT
His net worth in 2011 was $41 billion compared to a net worth of $27.5 billion in 2010. He was born on the 5th March in 1949. He is a French businessman and is the richest person in all of Europe. He has been named ‘The Fashion Person of 2011’ by Forbes. I am sure you know of Christian Dior; yeah, it’s his!
3. WARREN BUFFET
His net worth in 2011 was $45 billion compared to a net worth of $47 billion in 2010. He was born on the 30th August in 1930 and is an American businessman. He is primarily an investor and a good one at that. He is considered as the most successful investor of the twentieth century and why shouldn’t he be; numbers don’t lie. He is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is also considered as one of the most influential people in the world. He is referred to as ‘Wizard of Omaha’, ‘Oracle of Omaha’ and ‘Sage of Omaha’.
2. BILL GATES
His net worth in 2011 was $56 billion compared to a net worth of $53 billion in 2010. This man needs no introduction. He is probably known to most of you as the richest person in the world but he comes in second. He was born on the 28th October in 1955. His real name is William Henry Gates III. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of Mircrosoft. He was born in Seattle and his software has been running the computers for generations. Microsoft is a legend.
1. CARLOS SLIM HELU
His net worth in 2011 was $74 billion compared to a net worth of $53.5 billion in 2010. He was born on 28th January in 1940. He has been ranked the richest person in the world since the year 2010. He is from Mexico. He is the chairman and CEO of the companies Telmex and America Movil. He has a significant amount of holdings in several Mexican companies and that is where his wealth came from. He is currently 72 years old and also the Chairman and CEO of Grupo Carso.