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Posted at 9:46 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett top Forbes's most rich list

By Melissa Bell
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Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is really, really rich. (Mohamed Azakir/Retuers)

Some numbers to mull over:

1,210: Number of billionaires in the world

199: New billionaires this year

$4.5 trillion: Total amount of wealth owned by those 1,210

$1.5 trillion: Total amount of wealth owned by U.S. billionaires

$74 trillion: Total GDP of the world

1: Billionaires in Finland (Antti Herlin, an elevator and escalator maker)

115: Billionaires in China

413: Billionaires in the U.S.

$74 billion: Total wealth of Carlos Slim, richest man in the world, Mexican telecom mogul and stakeholder in the New York Times

$56 billion: Total wealth of Bill Gates, second-richest man in the world, Harvard dropout and Microsoft founder

$88 billion: Amount of money Bill Gates would have had if he had not given away billions to charity, (according to Reuters)

$78 billion: The GDP of Croatia

See the full list of people richer than you here.

And, as per reader GaryD3's request, see the full list of people happier than you here.

By Melissa Bell  | March 10, 2011; 9:46 AM ET
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Comments

The article ends with, "See the full list of people richer than you here."

It would be of more interest if, instead, it said, "See the full list of people happier than you here."

That actually might do me some good.

Posted by: GaryD3 | March 10, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure that rich people are all that happy. For one thing, when you're rich you're always worried whether people want to be your friend just because you're rich (so you hang around with other rich people, which limits your circle of friends drastically).

Then you have to worry about people who want to separate you from your money

Posted by: GWGOLDB | March 10, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GWGOLDB
Then you have to worry about people who want to separate you from your money
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such as Dems.....

Posted by: Section107 | March 10, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

> Then you have to worry about people who want to separate you from your money
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such as Dems.....
Posted by: Section107

The rich will never be a majority, or even close. So it makes no sense for Republicans to spend so much effort to protect the rich from paying their fair share.

People in other developed countries pay a LOT more in taxes and they seem happy. And they also pay about $10/gallon equivalent and don't bellyache

Posted by: GWGOLDB | March 10, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

They own a big hunk of the bloody third world. Babies come with scenery. Send Japan money fast.

Posted by: jobandon | March 11, 2011 5:19 AM | Report abuse

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