NEW YORK, March 11 — Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim (picture) 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 per cent over the last year, Forbes magazine said today.

It is only the second time since 1995 that Gates has lost the crown, the magazine said, estimating Slim’s net worth at US$53.5 billion (RM182 billion), compared to Gates’s US$53 billion fortune, while investor Warren Buffett came in at No 3 with US$47 billion.

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



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