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Results of the Forbes rich list revealed

The richest people in the world are unveiled in the yearly list.

The Forbes rich list 2011 has been released, with the top 10 as follows:

1. Carlos Slim, $74bn, telecommunications entrepreneur (Mexico)

2. Bill Gates, $56bn, Microsoft (USA)

3. Warren Buffet, $50bn, Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate (USA)

4. Bernard Arnault, $41bn, LVMH luxury goods (France)

5. Larry Ellison, $39.5bn, Oracle Corp hardware and software systems (USA)

6. Lakshmi Mittal, $31.1bn, ArcelorMittal steel manufacturer (India)

7. Amancio Ortega, $31bn, Inditex retail (Spain)

8. Eike Batista, $30bn, energy, mining, health & logistics (Brazil)

9. Mukesh Ambani, £27bn, Reliance Industries petrochemicals, biotechnologies & energy (India)

10. Walton family, $26.5bn, WalMart retail (USA)

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.