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Gates back on top of Forbes rich rankings

Gates is back at top spot after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming title of world’s richest person from Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who had ranked number 1 for the previous four years.

New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2014 1:22:12 am

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has regained the title of the world’s richest man in the Forbes magazine’s annual billionaire list that includes 56 India-based billionaires led by RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Gates is back at the top spot after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming the title of world’s richest person from Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who had ranked number 1 for the previous four years. Gates, whose fortune rose by $9 billion in the past year to $76 billion, has held the top spot for 15 of the past 20 years. With a networth of $18.6 billion, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chief Mukesh Ambani leads the pack of 56 billionaires based in India featured on the list.

Anil Ambani is ranked 281st with a net worth of $5 billion. The other Indian billionaires are ArcelorMittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal who is ranked 52nd with a networth of $16.7 billion, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji ranked 61st with $15.3 billion and founder of Sun Pharma Dilip Shanghvi ranked 82nd with $12.8 billion.

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