Living vicariously is something we all like to do, no matter how jealous it makes us. Few people cause us more envy though than those with personal fortunes challenging those of small countries. So if you really want to feel sorry for yourself, read the following top 10 richest people 2011.
10. Karl Albrecht
Just making the list of the top 10 richest people 2011 is the German owner of the supermarket chain Aldi. Despite heavy competition from Lidle, the 90 year old is still worth $23.5 billion.
9. Amancio Ortega
A Spanish fashion mogul with 4,500 stores across 73 different countries. With names like Zara and Massimo Dutti you may even have come across one. He is worth $23.5 billion.
8. Eike Batista
Obviously there was going to be an oil tycoon somewhere on a list of the top ten richest people 2011. Eike is that oil tycoon and owner of the oil and gas exploration company called OGX. He’s moving up the list of the top 10 richest people 2011 with a value that went up from $5.5 billion to $27 billion in one year alone.
7. Bernard Arnault
Owner of a French Fashion company with a fortune of an estimated $27.5 billion. Another hit for fashion on our list of the top 10 richest people 2011.
6. Lawrence Ellison
Another one of the top ten richest people 2011 is a self made entrepreneur and owner of the database ‘Oracle’ which acquired 57 other companies last year helping him to reach a worth of around $28 billion.
5. Lakshmi Mital
Brilliantly for a guy named ‘Mital’, Lakshmi works for a metal company – the steel manufacturer in the world. Valued at $28.7 billion.
4. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh owns Reliance Industries, which happily for him happens to be the wealthiest company in India. Roughly $29 billion poor.
3. Warren Buffett
An investing guru worth roughly $47 billion, Warren invested wisely during the 2008 collapse of the market ensuring a place among the top 10 richest people 2011. Among his investments was Goldman Shachs.
2. Bill Gates
You knew he’d be in here somewhere. Despite stiff competition from Steve Jobs this years, Bill’s Microsoft stock went up 50%, securing him a place in the top 10 richest people 2011. Estimated worth: $53 billion.
1. Carlos Slim Helu
The winner of the top 10 richest people 2011 is according to most sources Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecom tycoon who owns a steak in America Movil worth around $23 billion. Estimated worth $53.5 billion.