Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the new richest person in the world, knocking Microsoft founder Bill Gates into second spot, Forbes said on Wednesday. It is only the second time since 1995 that Gates has lost the crown, said the magazine. Here is Forbes ranking of the 20 richest people in the world: 1. Carlos Slim (Mexico) - $US53.5 billion, telecommunications 2. Bill Gates (USA) - $US53 billion, Microsoft 3. Warren Buffett (USA) - $US47 billion, Berkshire Hathaway 4. Mukesh Ambani (India) - $US29 billion, petrochemicals, oil and gas 5. Lakshmi Mittal (India) - $US28.7 billion, steel 6. Larry Ellison (USA) - $US28 billion, Oracle 7. Bernard Arnault (France) - $US27.5 billion, LVMH 8. Eike Batista (Brazil) - $US27 billion, mining, oil 9. Amancio Ortega (Spain) - $US25 billion, retail 10. Karl Albrecht (Germany) - $US23.5 billion, supermarkets 11. Ingvar Kamprad & family (Sweden) - $US23 billion, Ikea 12. Christy Walton & family (USA) - $US22.5 billion, Walmart 13. Stefan Persson (Sweden) - $US22.4 billion, Hennes & Mauritz 14. Li Ka-shing (Hong Kong) - $US21 billion, diversified 15. Jim Walton (USA) - $US20.7 billion, Walmart 16. Alice Walton (USA) - $US20.6 billion, Walmart 17. Liliane Bettencourt (France) - $US20 billion, L'Oreal 18. S. Robson Walton (USA) - $US19.8 billion, Walmart 19. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud (Saudi Arabia) - $US19.4 billion, investments 20. David Thomson & family (Canada) - $US19 billion, news and information company Thomson Reuters The full Forbes ranking of the world's billionaires can be seen at www.forbes.com/billionaires.
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