Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people, in the magazine’s December 2012 issue, showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. The magazine took a snapshot of Bloomberg’s exclusive daily wealth ranking, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, to identify the megarich and quantify their fortunes this year through Oct. 5.
The ranking shows who’s on top (America Movil SAB Chairman Emeritus Carlos Slim, with a net worth of $77.5bn), who’s faltering (Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who's down $6.8bn since January 1st) and who’s just wealthy enough to make our top 200 (SAS Institute Inc. co-founder John Sall, who's worth $5.8bn).
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, both in the top five, are household names. Yet nobody racked up billions faster than relatively unknown No. 3, Amancio Ortega of Spain. The 76-year-old founded Inditex SA, the world’s largest clothing retailer, which is known for its more than 1,600 trendy Zara stores. He made more than $18bn from the start of the year through October 5th - or about $66m a day. That windfall was more than enough for the Spanish tycoon to eclipse Buffett - who’s now No. 4, with $48.4bn as of October 5th.
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