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World's Top 10 richest people

World's Top 10 richest people
The number of billionaires around the world has nearly recovered in 2010 after dropping by a third last year during the global financial crisis, according to Forbes magazine. There are now 1,011 billionaires, compared with 793 last year and 1,125 in 2008.\n

The net wealth of those billionaires grew to $3.6 trillion from $2.4 trillion last year, but is still down from 2008's $4.4 trillion, according to the 24th annual Forbes list, which took a snapshot of wealth on February 12 to compile its ranking.
World's Top 10 richest people
At No 10 position is German supermarket king Karl Albrecht, who is valued at $23.5bn. (Reuters/ Google Images)
World's Top 10 richest people
Spanish clothing retailer Inditex founder Amancio Ortega with $25bn, ranks at No 9. (Reuters/ Getty Images)
World's Top 10 richest people
No 8: The biggest gainer on the list was Brazilian mining magnate Eike Batista, 53, with $27 billion, up from $7.5 billion. He made his riches through the initial public offerings of several companies. He is planning to take his shipbuilding and oil services firm OSX public next week in an expected $5.6 billion offering, which would be Brazil's second biggest ever IPO. (Bloomberg Images/ Reuters)
World's Top 10 richest people
At No. 7 is the richest man in Europe, Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods group LVMH, who has a fortune of $27.5 billion. (Reuters/ Getty Images)
World's Top 10 richest people
The sixth-richest man is Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison with $28 billion. (Reuters/ Getty Images)
World's Top 10 richest people
Two Indians round out the top five richest people in the world - steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who is valued at $28.7bn is at No 5 on the Forbes Rich list. (Getty Images/ Reuters)\n

World's Top 10 richest people
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Mukesh Ambani, with a petrochemicals, oil and gas fortune of $29bn, stands at No 4. (Getty Images/ Reuters)
World's Top 10 richest people
Prolific investor Warren Buffett came in at No. 3 with $47 bn. The top trio regained $41.5 billion of the $68 billion they had lost the previous year, Forbes said. (Getty Images/ Reuters)
World's Top 10 richest people
It is only the second time since 1995 that Gates has lost the crown as the world's richest person, Forbes said, estimating Gates's fortune at $53bn. (Getty Images/ Reuters)\n

World's Top 10 richest people
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest person, with a fortune estimated at $53.5bn.\n

Of the 97 billionaires making their debut on the Forbes list, 62 are from Asia, while for the first time China is now home to the most billionaires outside of the United States. (Getty Images/ Reuters)

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