The list of the world’s ultimate 1 percent has grown: Forbes magazine said its tally of billionaires around the globe climbed 16 percent from last year.
Topping the list is Carlos Slim, a telecommunications mogul from Mexico with a reported net worth of $73 billion. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates came in second place, again, with a net worth of $67 billion.
Also making the list were fellow Seattle-area billionaires Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com (19); Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (51) and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (52).
Other notables saw their places drop as their bank accounts were squeezed in the last year. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg fell 31 spots as his net worth dropped by $4.2 billion.
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Warren Buffett, known as the Oracle of Omaha, dropped to the No. 4 slot after more than a decade in the top 3; his spot was taken over by Amancio Ortega, a Spaniard who holds a huge stake in the retail conglomerate that owns fast fashion brand Zara.
All told, 1,426 uber-wealthy individuals made Forbes’ 2013 list, a record-setting number. And their bank accounts fattened too — average net worth jumped to $3.8 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before.
Liliane Bettencourt, whose family owns more than 30 percent of cosmetics giant L’Oreal — is the world’s wealthiest woman at $30 billion. The total number of women grew to 138, up from 104 the year before.
More than 30 percent of the billionaires — or 442 to be exact, call the United States home, the most of any nation in the world.