Well, not as rich as you might think. Well, not as rich as Warren Buffet anyway. In fact, not even as rich as Carlos Slim Helu. The Boy God, co-founder of Microsoft, has lost the richest man on the planet crown, a position he held for the last 13 years according to Forbes magazine.
I guess it was only a matter of time before Warrant Buffet inherited the title, a man who rather ironically has pledged a large swathe of his own fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation charity. His $62 billion is really rather impressive, as is the second on the list with $60 billion from building a Mexican telecom dynasty. Carlos Slim Helu might not be a household name around the world but at least he can now claim to being richer than Bill Gates and those are words that just a few years ago no sane person would ever be heard to utter.
Let’s not feel too sorry for Gates though, his $58 billion ensures that he won’t be seen working at McDonalds anytime soon. His Microsoft buddies are also looking safe from burger flipping hell, with co-founder Paul Allen nestled at 41st richest person on $16 billion and Barmy Steve Ballmer only two places lower with his $15 billion.
However, the real surprise and the man to watch in my mind has to be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who is scraping by on $1.5 billion. Can I just say that I am not at all jealous of the fact that he is only 23 years of age…