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,

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