Meet The 10 Richest People In The World

Carlos Slim Helu

The Forbes Billionaire List is coming out this evening.

The top 10 have already been released.

Meet them here.

#10 Christy Walton

2011 net worth: $26.5 billion

2010 net worth: $22.5 billion

Christy Walton inherited her husband John Walton's fortune when he passed away in 2005. John Walton's father was Walmart founder Sam Walton.

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#9 Mukesh Ambani

2011 net worth: $27 billion

2010 net worth: $29 billion

The chairman Reliance Industries Limited inherited the company from his father. He recently built the world's most expensive home in India.

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#8 Eike Batista

2011 net worth: $30 billion

2010 net worth: $27 billion

Eike Batista of Brazil made his fortune through the business of mining. Last year, he vowed he would become the world's richest man.

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#7 Amancio Ortega

2011 net worth: $31 billion

2010 net worth: $25 billion

Amancio Ortega began his career as a manager at a clothing shop. After noticing only the wealthiest customers could afford the expensive clothing, he decided to make a line of his own. Over time, his business grew and profited and today he owns the clothing store Zara.

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#6 Lakshmi Mittal

2011 net worth: $31.1 billion

2010 net worth: $28.7 billion

Mittal oversees the world's largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal. He is Indian born and resides in London.

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#5 Larry Ellison

2011 net worth: $39.5 billion

2010 net worth: $28 billion

Ellison, founder of Oracle, did not even graduate from college. He was named entrepreneur of the year by Harvard Business School in 1990.

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#4 Bernard Arnault

2011 net worth: $41 billion

2010 net worth: $27.5 billion

Bernard Arnault's fashion fortune began in 1984 when he bought bankrupt company, Boussac Saint-Frères, which owned luxury brand House of Dior. He soon bought LVHM which owns Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Tag Heuer, Donna Karan, Fendi, and Moët & Chandon.

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#3 Warren Buffet

2011 net worth: $45 billion

2010 net worth: $47 billion

The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is known as one of the most successful investors in the world.

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#2 Bill Gates

2011 net worth: $56 billion

2010 net worth: $53 billion

The software genius dropped out of college to create Microsoft with fellow billionaire Paul Allen.

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#1 Carlos Slim Helu

2011 net worth: $74 billion

2010 net worth: $53.5 billion

Carlos Slim came from humble beginnings. His father was an immigrant shoe maker and Slim built his fortune from almost nothing.

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But how do these present day billionaire rank against the richest of the past?

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