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List: Top Ten Richest People in the World

Date: 2005

Source: Forbes Global / Sunday Times Rich List 2005

Base: Fortune includes savings and property. All figures are estimated.

Notes: No Russian oligarchs in the list, although surely that's more a question of shadowy accounting more than anything else. Robert Walton's Wal-Mart stores have made him the richest person in the world but remember the wise words of Woody Allen: Money may not buy happiness but it sure gets you a better grade of misery.

Rank

Person

Fortune (US$ bn)

Source

Country

1

Robson Walton

47.1

Retailing

USA

2

Bill Gates

24.2

Software

USA

3

Warren Buffett

22.9

Investments

USA

4

Karl and Theo Albrecht

17.7

Retailing

Germany

5

Forrest Jr and John Mars

16.2

Confectionary

USA

6

Lakshmi Mittal

14.8

Steel

India

7

Carlos Slim Helu

12.4

Telecoms

Mexico

8

Prince Alwaleed

12.3

Investments

Saudi Arabia

9

Ingvar Kamprad

12.0

Retailing

Sweden

10

King Fahd

11.4

Oil

Saudi Arabia


 

 

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