World's mega-rich adding wealth, Carlos Slim No. 1

双语阅读:墨西哥大亨取代盖茨 成世界首富

双语阅读:墨西哥大亨取代盖茨 成世界首富

双语阅读:墨西哥大亨取代盖茨 成世界首富

A combination photo of Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest person, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday.

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest person, knocking Microsoft founder Bill Gates into second spot, as the wealth of the world's billionaires grew by 50 percent over the last year, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday.

It is only the second time since 1995 that Gates has lost the crown, the magazine said, estimating Slim's net worth at $53.5 billion, compared to Gates's $53 billion fortune, while investor Warren Buffett came in at No. 3 with $47 billion.

The trioregained $41.5 billion of the $68 billion they had lost the previous year, Forbes said.

The number of billionaires around the world has nearly recovered in 2010 after dropping by a third last year during the global financial crisis. There are now 1,011 billionaires, compared with 793 last year and 1,125 in 2008.

The net wealth of those billionaires grew to $3.6 trillion from $2.4 trillion last year, but is still down from 2008's $4.4 trillion, according to the 24th annual Forbes list, which took a snapshot of wealth on February 12 to compile its ranking.

The average billionaire is now worth $3.5 billion, up $500 million from last year. And the number of women on the list rose to 89 from 72 last year.

"The global economy is recovering and it's reflected in what you see in the list this year," Steve Forbes, chief executive of Forbes, told a news conference. "Financial markets have also made an even more impressive comeback from the lows of just about a year ago, particularly in emerging markets."

"Asia is leading the comeback," Forbes said.

The number of billionaires in the Asia-Pacific region grew by 80 percent to 234 and their net worth almost doubled to $729 billion, which the Forbes ranking attributed to the area's "swelling stock markets and several large public offeringsduring the past year."

Two Indians round out the top five richest people in the world -- Mukesh Ambani, with a petrochemicals, oil and gas fortune of $29 billion, and steel magnateLakshmi Mittal, who is valued at $28.7 billion.

Of the 97 billionaires making their debut on the Forbes list, 62 are from Asia, while for the first time China is now home to the most billionaires outside of the United States.

"The United States still dominates, but the United States is lagging," Forbes said. "It is not doing as well as the rest of the world in coming back."

The Forbes ranking of the world's billionaires can be seen at

《福布斯》杂志本周三发布年度富豪榜,墨西哥大亨卡洛斯 斯利姆取代微软公司创始人比尔 盖茨,成为世界首富,盖茨屈居第二。据统计,全球亿万富翁的资产总额在过去一年中增加了50%。

该杂志称,这是盖茨自1995年以来第二次失去全球首富桂冠。据《福布斯》估计,斯利姆的净资产总额达到535亿美元,盖茨为530亿美元,“股神”沃伦 巴菲特以470亿美元的身价位列第三。





《福布斯》杂志首席执行官斯蒂夫 福布斯在新闻发布会上说:“从今年的富豪榜可以看出,全球经济正在复苏。金融市场也从一年前的谷底中走了出来,且回升势头更为强劲,尤其是在新兴市场。”



今年还有两位印度富豪跻身富豪榜前五位,分别是石化油气行业巨头穆凯什 阿姆巴尼(290亿美元)和钢铁大王拉克希米 米塔尔(287亿美元)。




trio:any group of three persons or things(三人,三重唱)

public offering:a sale of a new issue of securities to the general public through a managing underwriter(公开销售证券,公开募股)

magnate:a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.(大资本家,巨头)

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