Forbes Rich List: Carlos Slim Helu Tops Record List of 1,200 World Billionaries

It’s ironic that Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires on a day when millions of Catholics are kicking off the season of Lent, a time of moderation. The Forbes rich list for 2011 features a record-breaking 1,200 billionaires and a record combined net worth of $4.5 trillion (to put that in perspective: the amount is a full $2 trillion more than Bloginity’s net worth. Topping the Forbes list is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, a telecom mogul worth $74 billion.

Two more familiar faces for Americans, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, round out the top three, with net worths of $56 and $50 billion, respectively. However, it is the Asia-Pacific region that is gaining the most speed in terms of net worth, as the region has 332 billionaires, although one in three billionaires are from America.

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Forbes ListTop 20 Billionaires
1. Carlos Slim Helu
2. Bill Gates
3. Warren Buffett
4. Bernard Arnault
5. Larry Ellison
6. Lakshmi Mittal
7. Armancio Ortega
8. Eike Batista
9. Mukesh Ambani
10. Christy Walton
11. Li Ka-Shing
12. Karl Albrecht
13. Stefan Persson
14. Vladmir Lisin
15. Lilian Bettencourt
16. Sheldon Adelson
17. David Thomson
18. Charles Koch
19. David Koch
20. Jim Walton