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There are 1,226 billionaires around the globe. See who made the top 10 on Forbes magazine's rich list

Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, 72, has topped Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires for the third year running. Mr. Slim and his family have a net worth of $72-billion (U.S.), putting him well ahead of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.Allison Joyce/Reuters

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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates took the top U.S. spot on the Forbes list, with net worth of $61-billion (U.S.). Mr. Gates, whose philanthropic efforts through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation include developing a malaria vaccine, has given away much of his fortune, $28-billion at last count.Anthony Bolante/Reuters

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Berkshire Hathaway chairman and chief executive officer Warren Buffett has seen his net worth slide to $44-billion (U.S.) after a drop in his company's stock price. Investors have been wondering aloud who is going to succeed the 81-year-old Oracle of Omaha.Seth Wenig/Associated Press

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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy chairman Bernard Arnault is once again the richest man in Europe, with net worth of $41-billion (U.S.). The 62-year-old Mr. Arnault makes his money selling luxury goods to others on the Forbes list.Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

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No. 3 - Spain's Amancio Ortega, co-founder of the Inditex fashion group, which owns the Zara brand.  Net worth: $57-billion

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After orchestrating a series of acquisitions, Oracle boss Larry Ellison has seen his company's stock price swing both ways, knocking his net worth down by $3.5-billion (U.S.) to $36-billion.Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

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Brazilian mining and industrial magnate Eike Batista, the richest man in South America, lands in seventh spot on the Forbes' world billionaires list, with net worth of $30-billion (U.S.). At 55, he's also the youngest of the top 10 rich guys.Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Hutchison Whampoa chairman Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest person, has moved back into the top 10 on Forbes' list, with net worth of $25.5-billion (U.S.). Mr. Li, 83, who has interests in construction and infrastructure, has recently taken a shine to technology stocks.Victor Fraile/Reuters

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Germany's Karl Albrecht (photo unavailable) rounds at the top 10 with a net worth of $25.4-billion. He owns supermarket giant Aldi Sud, which has approximately 4,500 stories worldwide.FABRIZIO BENSCH

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