There are some new names among the very richest of the world's billionaires.

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NEW YORK — Thanks to a surge in demand for steel, the Internet and Scandinavian sofas, there are some new names among the very richest of the world’s billionaires.

Indian steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu and Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad of Sweden knocked several Wal-Mart heirs down a few notches on Forbes magazine’s 2005 rankings of the world’s billionaires.


The billionaires are richer and more numerous for the second straight year, but the No. 1 spot is unchanged — Microsoft founder Bill Gates led the list for the 11th year in a row with a net worth of $46.5 billion, slightly less than his $46.6 billion last year.


State’s billionaires


Washington’s billionaires by national ranking and source of wealth:

1. Bill Gates, 49, $46.5 billion, Microsoft


7. Paul Allen, 52, $21 billion, Microsoft and investments

24. Steve Ballmer, 49,


$12.1 billion, Microsoft

136. Jeff Bezos, 41,


$4.1 billion, Amazon.com

306. Craig McCaw, 55,


$2.1 billion, McCaw Cellular

507. James Jannard, 55, $1.3 billion, Oakley sunglasses


620. John Edson, 72,

$1 billion, Bayliner Marine


620. Charles Simonyi, 57,

$1 billion, Microsoft


Source: Forbes magazine




Top 10 billionaires


World’s billionaires by ranking and source of wealth:

1. Bill Gates, $46.5 billion, Microsoft


2. Warren Buffett, $44 billion, Berkshire Hathaway

3. Lakshmi Mittal, India,


$25 billion, steel

4. Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico, $23.8 billion, telecom


5. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, Saudi Arabia,

$23.7 billion, investments


6. Ingvar Kamprad, Sweden, $23 billion, Ikea

7. Paul Allen, $21 billion, Microsoft, investments


8. Karl Albrecht, Germany, $18.5 billion, supermarkets

9. Lawrence Ellison, California, $18.4 billion, Oracle


10. S. Robson Walton, Arkansas, $18.3 billion, Wal-Mart

Source: Forbes magazine