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Forbes's Ten Richest

Well, #1 is no surprise — he was on top last year; actually the last 11.

Just so you know who is rolling in the billions, AP has Forbes’s top ten folks with disposable income. The bright light is that some of the Waltons (Wal-Mart) fell off the list. How’d the Ikea guy get so loaded?

1. Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, net worth of $46.5 billion

2. Investor Warren Buffett, $44 billion

3. Indian steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal – the biggest dollar gainer after quadrupling his net worth by $18.8 billion to $25 billion – climbed 59 rungs from last year to No. 3 in 2005.

4. Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu, up from No. 17 in 2004;

5. Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

6. Ikea’s Ingvar Kamprad rose to No. 6 from No. 13 last year.

7. Microsoft’s Paul Allen

8. German supermarket company owner Karl Albrecht

9. Oracle Corp.’s Lawrence Ellison – returning to the top 10 after slipping to No. 12 last year

10. Wal-Mart’s S. Robson Walton.

Four other Waltons took spots 11 through 13, with Alice and Helen Walton once again sharing the title of richest woman in the world with $18 billion each. The five family members of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton are together worth over $90 billion.

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