Carlos Slim Helu Is the World’s Richest Man

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Well, we know one thing that ain’t slim about Carlos Slim Helu … his wallet! (LOL!) The Mexican tycoon has nabbed the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the richest men in the world, marking the first time in the past sixteen years that an American hasn’t been pegged the most wealthy.

Slim — who, in addition to a number of telecom holdings and other companies, owns about 7 percent of the New York Times — has a fortune estimated at $53.5 billion, which grew by $18.5 billion over the past year (yeah, let that sink in for a second). Bill Gates, worth a mere $53 billion, has the No. 2 spot, an unfamiliar home for the Microsoft co-founder, who has been at the top of the list fourteen of the last fifteen years. Warren Buffett came in third, with an estimated $47 billion.

And Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 23rd on the overall list, was the top New Yorker, with an estimated personal fortune of $18 billion.

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