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PostSubject: Bill Gates was the world's richest man for 13 years - but no more   Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:24 am

Buffett 'becomes world's richest'
BBC - Thursday, 6 March 2008

US investment guru Warren Buffett has ousted his friend and occasional
bridge partner Bill Gates as the world's richest man, Forbes magazine says.

The Microsoft co-founder had topped the Forbes business magazine's rich-list
for the past 13 years.

Mr Buffett's wealth increased by $10bn (5bn) last year to $62bn.

Mr Gates's fortune climbed by $2bn during the same period, dragging him down
to third on the list with a fortune of $58bn.

He was narrowly pipped into second place by the Mexican communications
magnate Carlos Slim Helu, whose $60bn net worth has doubled in the past two
years, Forbes reports.

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Mark Zuckerberg, 23, the founder of the social networking site Facebook, joins
the list as the world's youngest billionaire.

His $1.5bn fortune makes him the world's 785th richest person, Forbes reports.

Patrice Motsepe joins the list as South Africa's first black billionaire with a net
worth of $2.4bn.

The world's richest woman is the French L'Oreal chief, Liliane Bettencourt, 17th
on the Forbes list with a net wealth of $22.9bn.

Other inclusions in the ultra-rich list include US chat-show host
Oprah Winfrey, ($2.5bn), property mogul Donald Trump ($3bn),
and Harry Potter author JK Rowling ($1bn).


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