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Billionaire 2012 List: The Top 100 Billionaires

This billionaire 2012 list includes the top 100 billionaires in the world. And yes, it is quite similar to the 2011 billionaire list, because really, once you are that rich, you tend to stay that rich. If you're curious about who the world's richest people are, look no further: This list includes the wealthiest men and women on the planet, courtesy of Forbes magazine, which ranks the world's billionaires each year.

Some of the world's top 100 billionaires are self-made, meaning they got rich by starting their own, highly successful companies. People like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and certainly Warren Buffett fit in this category. Other billionaires listed here are running longstanding family companies with great success, including Christy Walton and her family (Wal-Mart). Some of the richest people in the world got that way by making incredibly smart investments, as well.

While most of us can't even begin to fathom what it would be like to be super rich, the top 100 billionaires listed here live a life of luxury and privilege that boggles the mind. And yes, some billionaires do everything possible to help others, in the form of generous charitable donations (and, in turn, generous tax deductions). Everyone listed here probably makes more money in one year that most of us will make in a lifetime. Uplifting, isn't it?

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    Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. From 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world. Known as the "Warren Buffett of Mexico", Slim derived his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his ... more on Wikipedia
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    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held ... more on Wikipedia
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    Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the ... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French businessman and an art collector. He is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH since 1989. In March 2015, Forbes estimated his wealth to be $37 Billion, making him the 13th richest person in the world. more on Wikipedia
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    Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. In March 2015, he was ranked as the fourth richest person in the world by Forbes with a net worth of USD $62.6 billion. The ... more on Wikipedia
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    Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes as the third-wealthiest ... more on Wikipedia
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    Eike Fuhrken Batista da Silva is a Brazilian business magnate who made and lost a fortune in mining and oil and gas exploration. Presently, he is the chairman of Brazilian conglomerate EBX Group. The group includes five companies that trade on the BOVESPA's Novo Mercado, a special segment of the São ... more on Wikipedia
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    Carl Stefan Erling Persson is a Swedish business magnate. In March 2013, Forbes reported Persson's net worth as $28 billion making him the richest of Sweden's 12 billionaires and the 17th richest person in the world. Persson is the chairman and main shareholder in fashion company H&M, which was founded ... more on Wikipedia
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    Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE, JP is a Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of 16 April 2014 he is the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of $31.9 billion. He is the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and Cheung ... more on Wikipedia
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    Karl Hans Albrecht was a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. He was for many years the richest person in Germany. As of February 2014, he was ranked as 21st-richest person in the world by Hurun Report. more on Wikipedia
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    Christy Ruth Walton is an American philanthropist. She is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. After John's death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of US$18.2 billion. more on Wikipedia
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    David James Koch, nicknamed Kochie, is an Australian television presenter and financial commentator. He is also the Chairman of the Port Adelaide Football Club. more on Wikipedia
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    Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and is the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel ... more on Wikipedia
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    Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller, married name Bettencourt, is a French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L'Oréal and according to Forbes, she is the 10th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$ 40.8 billion. more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Walton is the former president of CNN Worldwide. He joined CNN in 1981, one year after the network was founded. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981. Jim started his career at CNN as a VJ an entry level position. Jim has two sons, Jake and Max. On July 27, 2012, Walton ... more on Wikipedia
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    Alice Louise Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton. Her estimated net worth is US$34.3 billion, making her the third-richest woman in the world. As of ... more on Wikipedia
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    Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton is an American businessman and is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He is Chairman of the company. In October 2012, Walton was listed as the 11th richest person in the world. His net worth was $37.6 billion as of ... more on Wikipedia
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    Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company and India's second most valuable company by market value. He holds a 44.7% stake in the company. He is the elder son of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with his first election in 2001. With a net worth of $36.5 billion, he is the 10th richest person in the United ... more on Wikipedia
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