Washington: Fifty-five Indians, led by Reliance India chairman Mukesh Ambani, figure in the Forbes annual list of a record 1,426 billionaires, topped by Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu for the fourth year in a row.

While Helu's net worth up has gone up to $73 billion from $69 billion in 2012, Bill Gates retains the number 2 spot with a net worth of $67 billion. Zara's Amancio Ortega (No. 3) moves up two spots from 2012, with a net worth  of $57 billion, ahead of Warren Buffett (No. 4) with a net worth of $53.5  billion.

This marks the first year Buffett has not been in the Top 3 since 2000, in spite of being the second biggest gainer this year, up $9.5  billion.  

Facebook founders youngest billionaires

Facebook founders, Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg are the youngest billionaires. Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook way back in the day.
 Now, at the tender age of 28, the pair are the youngest billionaires on Forbes list, with net worths of USD 3.8 billion and USD 13.3 billion respectively, according to the website.

Eduardo Saverin, who also co-founded the site, is fifth youngest at 30 and worth USD 2.2 billion, according to Forbes. In 2012, Saverin renounced his US citizenship, a move widely believed to be a way around capital gains tax --something Saverin denied through his spokesman.

Joining them in the list of the five youngest billionaires are Scott Duncan, who inherited the the massive fortune of late energy pipeline entrepreneur Dan Duncan, and Albert von Thurn und Taxis, who also inherited a vast wealth.

Another Facebook alum numbers in the top ten youngest, however: Sean Parker, the founder of music-sharing website Napster and Facebook’s first president. Parker is 33, and worth USD 2 billion, Forbes said.

210 new billionaires on the list

This year 210 billionaires are new to the list, while 60 dropped off (still  more died or split their fortunes with a family).

Globally, Forbes said, the world's billionaire club has reached a record high level, with 1,426 persons and an aggregate net worth of USD 5.4 trillion (up from USD 4.6 trillion a year ago).

The US leads the list 442 billionaires, followed by Asia-Pacific (386), Europe (366), the Americas (129) and the Middle East & Africa (103).

Rich club has 55 billionaires from India

There are a total 55 billionaires from India on the list of 1,426 persons from across the world having a minimum networth of USD 1 billion.

Mukesh Ambani, 55, with a net worth of $21.5 billion is 22nd on the US business magazine's 27th annual ranking released on Monday. He is followed by steel moghul Lakshmi Mittal, 62, with a net worth of $16.5  billion. Mittal is 41st in the world ranking with Wipro chairman Azim  Premji, 67, with $11.2 billion taking the third place among Indians with a world ranking of 91.

Kumarmangalam Birla, 45, with a net wealth of $7.9 billion is the sixth richest Indian with a world ranking of 150.

Those from India also include Uday Kotak, Micky Jagtiani, Cyrus Poonawalla, Adi Godrej, Jamshyd Godrej, Anil Agarwal, Kalanithi Maran, Gautam Adani, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, Subhash Chandra and Desh Bandhu Gupta.

Other Indians include B L Munjal, Rahul Bajaj, Rajan Raheja, Habil Khorakiwala, N R Narayana Murthy, K Anji Reddy, MA Yusuff Ali, Vikas Oberoi, S Gopalakrishnan, Murali Divi,
Nandan Nilekani, Ranjan Pai, Venugopal Dhoot, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Yusuf Hamied, Baba Kalyani, G M Rao and Joy Alukkas.
Forbes said that it has included the fortunes of family members wherever one person is the founder and in control of the business.

The figures are based on stock prices and exchange rates as on February 14, 2013, it added.


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