Forbes Rich List 2011 Top 3
Forbes has released its annual roundup (rich list) of the wealthiest people in the world, so let’s take this time to explore la crème de la crop, the richest of the rich. It’s hard to become a mega billionaire without ruffling a few feathers, and while these ballin’ billionaires have worked hard for their money, that doesn’t mean they have the nicest personalities.
At number 3 on the Forbes Rich List, there’s investor Warren Buffet, who has a net worth of $50 billion. In 2006, Buffet sent his son’s adopted daughter a note that read, “I have not emotionally or legally adopted you as a grandchild, nor have the rest of my family adopted you as a niece or cousin. Warren.” He sent this to her after she appeared in the Jamie Johnston documentary “The One Percent,” which explores the growing gap between the rich and the poor. On the bright side, he has given billions to charity, and has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth upon dying.
Forbes Rich List Number 2 goes to Bill Gates. Bill Gates has a net worth of $56 billion. I actually have nothing bad to say about Bill Gates; he is just a very intelligent person and is known for his philanthropy. It’s a well-known fact that Gates would easily come in as the wealthiest person in the world, had he not donated over a third of his fortune to charity.
The wealthiest man in the world, for the second year in a row, is Carlos Slim. Slim has a net worth of $74 billion. Slim has come under fire because he has amassed his wealth in Mexico, where 17% are living in poverty. Slim’s critics slam him for being a “monopolist,” as Telmex is in control of 90% of Mexico’s landline market. Slim has said, “When you live for others’ opinions, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered.” He has also donated several billion dollars to charity making him a semi-decent #1 on the Forbes Rich List for 2011.
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