The 10 Richest People in the World

Forbes released its 2015 list of the world’s richest people, with Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates reclaiming the top spot from Mexico’s telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu. According to Forbes, a record net worth of $29.2 billion was needed to make the top 20.

A brief overview of the richest people in the world as of 2015, according to Forbes.

10) Liliane Bettencourt – Net Worth: $40.1 billion

She is fondly called L’Oreal’s grand dame. Her wealth enhanced this year due to increase in the cosmetic giant’s stock price. Also thanks to 8% stake she bought in the cosmetics empire from Nestle, raising her and her family’s chunk of L’Oreal stock to 33%. However, she is not actively involved in running the company any more.

Liliane Bettencourt

9) Jim Walton – Net Worth: $40.6 billion

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart Stores. He is worth $40.6 billion, adding $6 billion more to his 2014 net worth according to Forbes. Walton is on the Wal-Mart Board of Directors, replacing his brother in 2005, and he is also the CEO of his family-owned Arvest Bank.

Jim Walton

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