(Latest Rating by May 2008)

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#1 Warren Buffett

Age: 77
Fortune: self made
Source: Berkshire Hathaway
Net Worth: $62.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: United States
Residence: Omaha, Nebraska, United States, North America
Industry: Investments
Marital Status: widowed, remarried, 3 children
Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts / Science
Columbia University, Master of Science

Achievements:
beloved investor is now the world’s richest man. Soared past friend
and bridge partner Bill Gates as shares of Berkshire Hathaway climbed
25% since the middle of last July. Son of Nebraska politician
delivered newspapers as a boy. Filed first tax return at age 13,
claiming $35 deduction for bicycle. Studied under value investing guru
Benjamin Graham at Columbia. Took over textile firm Berkshire Hathaway
1965. Today holding company invested in insurance (Geico, General Re),
jewelry (Borsheim’s), utilities (MidAmerican Energy), food (Dairy
Queen, See’s Candies). Also has noncontrolling stakes in
Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo. Insurance operations
flourished in 2007. “That party is over. It’s a certainty that
insurance-industry profit margins, including ours, will fall
significantly in 2008.” The Oracle of Omaha issued a challenge to
members of The Forbes 400 in October; said he would donate $1 million
to charity if the collective group of richest Americans would admit
they pay less taxes, as a percentage of income, than their
secretaries. Had long promised to give away his fortune posthumously.
Irrevocably earmarked the majority of his Berkshire shares to charity
in 2006, mostly to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gift was
valued at $31 billion on day of announcement; donation will far exceed
that sum so long as Berkshire shares continue to rise.

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#2 Carlos Slim Helu & family

Age: 68
Fortune: self made
Source: telecom
Net Worth: $60.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: Mexico
Residence: Mexico City , Mexico, Latin America
Industry: Communications
Marital Status: widowed, 6 children
Education: NA

Achievements:
Second-richest man in the world this year; even richer than
Microsoft’s Bill Gates, at least for now, thanks to strong Mexican
equities market and the performance of his wireless telephone company,
America Movil. The son of a Lebanese immigrant, Slim made his first
fortune in 1990 when he bought fixed line operator Telefonos de Mexico
(Telmex) in a privatization. In December, America Movil struck a deal
with Yahoo to provide mobile Web services to 16 countries in Latin
America and the Caribbean. A widower and father of six, Slim is a
baseball fan and art collector. He keeps his art collection in Mexico
City’s Museo Soumaya, which he named after his late wife. In recent
years, he has donated close to $7 billion worth of cash and stock to
fund education and health projects, and to the revitalization of
Mexico City’s downtown historical district.

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#3 William Gates III

Age: 52
Fortune: self made
Source: Microsoft
Net Worth: $58.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: United States
Residence: Medina, Washington , United States, North America
Industry: Software
Marital Status: married, 3 children
Education: Harvard University, Drop Out

Achievements:
Harvard dropout and Microsoft visionary no longer the world’s richest
man. Blame Yahoo: Microsoft shares have fallen 15% since the company
boldly attempted to merge with the search engine giant to better fight
Google for Internet dominance. Gates is preparing to give up
day-to-day involvement in the company he cofounded 33 years ago to
spend more time focused on his philanthropic endeavors. Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation has $38.7 billion in assets, donates to causes aimed
at bringing financial tools to the poor, speeding up the development
of vaccines (for AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis) , bettering America’s
lagging high schools. Sells 20 million Microsoft shares every quarter,
proceeds going to private investment vehicle Cascade; more than half
of net worth now outside of Microsoft. Company spent $6 billion to
land Web ad firm Aquantive last May. Would-be rival to Apple’s iPod,
the Zune, not yet a hit. Believes Microsoft’s far-flung bets,
including 10-year affair with Internet-based television, may soon pay
off; says next 10 years will be the “most interesting” in software
history.

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#4 Lakshmi Mittal

Age: 57
Fortune: inherited and growing
Source: steel
Net Worth: $45.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: India
Residence: London , United Kingdom, Europe & Russia
Industry: Manufacturing
Marital Status: married, 2 children
Education: St Xavier’s College Calcutta, Bachelor of Arts / Science
Achievements:
Heads world’s largest steelmaker, $105 billion (sales) ArcelorMittal,
which accounts for 10% of all crude steel production. Just delivered
580 tons to be used in construction of the World Trade Center memorial
in New York. With 44% stake, is the company’s largest shareholder.
Longtime resident of London is Europe’s richest resident.

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#5 Mukesh Ambani

Age: 50
Fortune: inherited and growing
Source: petrochemicals
Net Worth: $43.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: India
Residence: Mumbai , India, Asia & Australia
Industry: Manufacturing
Marital Status: married, 3 children
Education: University of Bombay, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Stanford University, Master of Business Administration

Achievements:
Asia’s richest resident heads petrochemicals giant Reliance
Industries, India’s most valuable company by market cap. His fortune
is up $22.9 billion since last year, making him the world’s second
biggest gainer in terms of dollars. The biggest gainer was his
estranged brother Anil, who ranks 6th in the world just behind his
older brother. The sons inherited their fortune from their late
father, renowned industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani. But they couldn’t get
along and in 2005 their mother brokered a peace settlement breaking up
the family’s assets. Mukesh is using some of his money to build a
27-story home.

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#6 Anil Ambani

Age: 48
Fortune: inherited
Source: diversified
Net Worth: $42.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: India
Residence: Mumbai , India, Asia & Australia
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: married, 2 children

Education: University of Bombay, Bachelor of Arts / Science
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Master of Business Administration

Achievements:
The year’s biggest gainer, Anil Ambani, is up $23.8 billion in the
past year, and is closing gap with estranged brother, Mukesh, who
ranks one spot ahead of him in the world at number five. The sons
inherited their fortune from their late father, renowned industrialist
Dhirubhai Ambani. But they couldn’t get along and in 2005 their mother
brokered a peace settlement breaking up the family’s assets. A
marathon runner, his biggest asset is his 65% stake in telecom venture
Reliance Communications. He recently raised $3 billion from the highly
anticipated initial offering of his Reliance Power, the biggest in
India’s history. Despite the hype, the stock tumbled 17% immediately
after its February listing. In a bid to appease investors, company’s
board recently approved the issue of bonus shares. Still feuding with
brother Mukesh: battling him in court over a gas-supply agreement.

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#7 Ingvar Kamprad & family

Age: 81
Fortune: self made
Source: Ikea
Net Worth: $31.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: Sweden
Residence: Lausanne , Switzerland, Europe & Russia
Industry: Retailing
Marital Status: married, 4 children
Education: NA
Achievements:
Peddled matches, fish, pens, Christmas cards and other items by
bicycle as a teenager. Started selling furniture in 1947. Now his
company Ikea, which sells hip designs for the cost conscious, is one
of the most beloved retailers in the world, with an almost cultlike
following. Ikea now has stores in 40 countries, from Sunrise, Florida,
to Guangzhou in China. As egalitarian as his brand, Kamprad avoids
wearing suits, flies economy class and frequents cheap restaurants.
Has been quoted as saying that his luxuries are the occasional nice
cravat and Swedish fish roe. Says his home is furnished mostly with
his own Ikea products. Last May was awarded the Global Economy Prize
by the University of Kiel for his contributions to society.

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#8 KP Singh

Age: 76
Fortune: inherited and growing
Source: real estate
Net Worth: $30.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: India
Residence: Delhi , India, Asia & Australia
Industry: Real Estate
Marital Status: married, 3 children
Education: NA

Achievements:
Singh is now the world’s richest real estate baron after listing his
real estate development company DLF in 2007. The offering helped
triple his fortune to $30 billion this year, up from $10 billion. A
former army officer, known as K.P., he joined his father-in-law’s
Delhi Land & Finance in 1961. Singh later built DLF City in Gurgaon,
his showpiece township on the outskirts of Delhi, by acquiring land
from farmers. Over time, he transformed it into one of India’s biggest
real estate developers. Group plans to raise another $1.5 billion by
listing a subsidiary in Singapore. A keen golfer, he now leaves son
Rajiv, daughter Pia to run operations.

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#9 Oleg Deripaska

Age: 40
Fortune: self made
Source: Russian Aluminum
Net Worth: $28.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: Russia
Residence: Moscow , Russia, Europe & Russia
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: married, 2 children
Education: Moscow State University, Plekhanov Academy of Economics

Achievements:
Former metals trader survived the gangster wars in the post-Soviet
aluminum industry. His holding company, Basic Element, now owns
Russian Aluminum (UC Rusal), automobile manufacturer GAZ, aircraft
manufacturer Aviacor and insurance company Ingosstrakh. In 2006 Rusal,
SUAL and Glencore International, of Switzerland, merged their aluminum
assets into the United Company Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum
producer. Married to a relative of Yeltsin, Deripaska has been busy
expanding UC Rusal’s activities in Russia and abroad, moving it into
aluminum production in Nigeria and China. To integrate vertically, has
signed agreements to produce coal in Kazakhstan and invest in a
nuclear power plant in eastern Russia. Attempting to get a stake in
Norilsk Nickel, which co-owner (and fellow billionaire) Vladimir
Potanin is fighting.

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#10 Karl Albrecht

Age: 88
Fortune: self made
Source: Aldi
Net Worth: $27.0 bil
Country Of Citizenship: Germany
Residence: Mulheim an der Ruhr , Germany, Europe & Russia
Industry: Retailing
Marital Status: married, 2 children
Education: NA

Achievements:
Germany’s richest man. After World War II Karl and his younger
brother, Theo, developed their mother’s corner grocery store into
discount supermarket giant Aldi, which now has more than 8,000 stores
and $67 billion in sales. They eventually split ownership and
management of the chain into North and South regions. Now retired,
Karl used to manage more profitable southern half of Aldi’s business
in Germany. Fiercely private: Little known about him other than that
he apparently raises orchids and plays golf.