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2012: The world's top 10 billionaires, according to Forbes

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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