Microsoft’s Bill Gates hung on to second place in the latest Forbes Billionaires list, pipped to the post by Mexican cellular network owner Carlos Slim, who has amassed a $74-billion fortune.
Gates still has a comfortable $56-billion after giving away large chunks of cash to various charities including healthcare projects throughout Africa.
Fellow philanthropist Warren Buffet came in third with $50-billion of his Berkshire Hathaway money.
Oracle’s Larry Ellison also made the top 10 list, with $39,5-billion earning him fifth place.
France’s Bernard Armault, with $41-billion putting him at number four, and Spain’s Amancio Ortega, in sixth place with $31-billion represented Europe in the top 10.
India contributed number five, Lakshmi Mittal with $31,1-billion, and number nine, Mukesh Ambani with $27-billion.
Eike Batista , with $30-billion earned from mining and oil in Brazil, joins his fellow South American Slim in the top 10, coming in at number nine.
The top 10 is finished off with Christy Walton & family , who has $26,5-billion from Walmart.
South Africans who made the Forbes Billionaires list include Johann Rupert & family, at number 219 with $4,8-billion, Patrice Motsepe, at number 336 with $3,3-billion, and Christoffel Wiese, at number 782 with $1,6-billion.