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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?
Carlos Slim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Billionaire 2012 List: The Top 100 Billionaires
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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

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Billionaire 2012 List: The Top 100 Billionaires
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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 ...more

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Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Billionaire 2012 List: The Top 100 Billionaires
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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

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Bernard Arnault is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Billionaire 2012 List: The Top 100 Billionaires
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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

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