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Forbes' list grows to 1,210 members with Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu retaining his No. 1 crown. Follow the link underneath this gallery for a full story about trends in this year's billionaires list.

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Lifetime Honorary Chairman of Telefonos de Mexico Carlos Slim Helu participates in the Wall St. Journal CEO Council on "Rebuilding Global Prosperity" in Washington November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES BUSINESS)

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates takes the stage for a question-and-answer program at an Economic Club of Washington dinner in Washington, March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEADSHOT BUSINESS)


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Warren Buffett photographed at An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Friends fundraiser for The David Foster Foundation. Toronto, November 19, 2010. Ryan Enn Hughes For The Globe and Mail

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LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault


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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison crosses his fingers as he speaks at Oracle World Conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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Spain's Princess Letizia (R) stands next to chairman of Spanish global fashion giant Inditex, Amancio Ortega, during a visit to an Inditex factory in Coruna, northern Spain December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN)

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Brazilian industrial magnate Eike Batista listens to a question during the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit in Rio de Janeiro May 3, 2010. Brazilian industrial conglomerate EBX is in talks with Chinese oil companies to build a refinery in Brazil, its billionaire owner Batista told Reuters on Monday. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY BUSINESS)

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Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, addresses a press conference with BP's Chief Executive Bob Dudley and Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg (both not pictured) in central London on February 21, 2011. British energy giant BP said Monday that it will pay $7.2 billion (5.3 billion euros) to Mumbai-based Reliance Industries for a 30-percent stake in 23 Indian oil and gas blocks. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)


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