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If Bill Gates Isn't The Richest Dude On The Planet, Then Who Is???

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Forbes has just released their annual list of the world's billionaires and shockingly, Bill Gates is down to the #2 spot.

But he has the Zune!!!!

Regardless, the top honor goes to Carlos Slim Helu, a telecom and media mogul from Mexico who has $53.5 billion. That's about $500 million more than you, Billy! Maybe if you had hired Justin Long to do you commercials…

And in case you were wondering, the rest of the top of the list is riddled with peeps you have never heard of before. We have to get pretty down the line to get back to familiar territory. Down in the 300s, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are tied a #316, each having $3 billion to their name and then way down at #400, Miz Oprah Winfrey is hugging her $2.4 billion.

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40 comments to “If Bill Gates Isn't The Richest Dude On The Planet, Then Who Is???”



  1. 1

    old news, those two have been swapping spots for years on the list.



  2. 2

    Bravo Slim !!!, mabruk



  3. 3

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    Uhh….someone else is my guess.

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    Gee, that was easy to answer.

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  4. 4

    Woow! A Mexican is richer than a gringo one, hard to believe !



  5. 5

    Not surprising!!… What's really interesting is that a major mexican drug dealer has made it to the list (actually it's his second year), with a fortune of one billion dlls.
    The point is, how does Forbes calculates the fortune of an illegal business? Just wondering



  6. 6

    Really you've never heard of Warren Buffet? You really need to pay attention to the whole world and not just HW



  7. 7

    it's a bit embarrassing that Slim is the richest man in the world with Mexico being so poor. o_O



  8. 8

    And here goes the ignorant American again…..everyone in Germany knows number 23 or 17 or whatever place they got this year - the founders of Aldi, Albrecht.



  9. 9

    Keep in mind that Gates is VERY PHILANTHROPIC. If he wasn't so charitable, he'd be on top of the list.
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    …but I'm glad I use a Mac. :)



  10. 10

    For that amount of money I would feed a whole country, travel into space with Richard Bronson and some of his hotties, explore the deep sea with bill murray, create a private military consisting of all professional wrestlers like the rock, Rick Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, etc etc.. lobatomize and chip them so they are fearless and loyal to me only, and create a truly free society somewhere mars with those new rockets that can get people there in 40 days if they aren't turned into mashed potatoes first.



  11. 11

    Re: LoveHeartBABY
    -Get your facts straight, sugar. Not everyone that is rich in Latin America is because of the Drug cartels. But yeah, Forbes did include a drug lord in their list last year, "El Chapo" Guzman. A lot of people were outraged by this, with all good reason.
    Carlos Slim's money is from a whole lot of businesses. Including Telmex, Telnor, Telcel and America Movil which are the leading telecommunication companies in Mexico and part of Latin America. For a while it was like a monopoly and still kind of is. He is also involved in a lot of other businesses like SBC, I think.



  12. 12

    VIVA MEXICO!!!



  13. 13

    Re: Bushwack – Spot on right, my friend!! Bill would be #1; however, he and his wife have donated billions to charity. That alone, in my opinion, still makes him the richest man on the planet!!



  14. 14

    Re: Trevor – Dude, Slim donated too millions to charitable causes…



  15. 15

    Re: Mafalda – Really? It appears most Mexicans have damned him because Slim has monopolized more than 1/2 of Mexico's industry, leaving poor business owners having to compete with a giant. Please tell me what he has contributed? And, by the way, millions is not a lot in comparison to what he has. Bill Gates has contributed BIllions!!!



  16. 16

    Slim isn't really Mexican he is arabian



  17. 17

    pésima reparticion de riqueza en mexico. y me caga telmex



  18. 18

    way to stick it the nerds mexicans!



  19. 19

    THAT IS REALLY FUCKING DISGUSTING, THAT THE RICHEST MAN, LIVES IN A COUNTRY WITH SO MANY POOR! WHY DOESN'T HE TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN!



  20. 20

    The only reason that Bill is not #1 is because he gives so much of his money away to charities.



  21. 21

    HE WAS BORN IN MEXICO TO LEBANESE PARENTS!! HE IS AN ARAB.. HAHA NO WONDER.. THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD IS AN ARAB WITH A MEXICAN PASSPORT..LOL



  22. 22

    Re: Lilo lagoon – HES ACTUALLY LEBANESE HERITAGE

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    Re: micala26 – It isn't Warren Buffet … you people are idiots.

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    Re: Toronto_girl – Oh, so now he is Lebanese? Is everyone born in America to parents of other countries their parents nationality? No. They consider themselves AMERICAN.

    You people are dumbasses. He has said himself that he considers himself MEXICAN.
    But you racist white trash losers prefer to say that the richest man is "Lebanese" than Mexican. He has more money than you … wrap your mind around that, hick.

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    Re: Trevor – LOL!!! Wow. I am in no way mexican or hispanic myself, but I laugh at the pathetic excuses you people make to not admit that Gates is not the richest man in the world anymore. Get off his nuts! That has nothing to do with it. Accept the truth, he isn't the richest man in the world and hasn't been recently either … Buffet was last year and no one complained about it. (Right, because he is American). Dumb rednecks always amaze me.



  26. 26

    All of u who says Carlos Slim is not mexican are totally wrong, HE IS MEXICAN or what r u u freaking idiots? "americans" wtf, what are ur ancestors? Mexico was also built by immigrants, spanish, arabs, jews… Anyway I dont know if Slim or Gates are good people, they're smart the difference is that slim made his fortune out of a country with very very poor politic ethics and a monopoly on disguise…



  27. 27

    Re: LoveHeartBABY – he's not a drug dealer, he's just really good at playing real-life monopoly, he buys companies and then with the revenue buys another one.



  28. 28

    FUCK CARLOS SLIM, HE'S THE MOST EVIL MAN, OUR COUNTRY IT'S POOR, BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LAIKE HIM, HE'S COST OF COMMUNICATIONS ARE THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE WORLD, SO FUCK HIM!!



  29. 29

    BY THE WAY, HE DON'T PAY TAXES!!! THAT'S UNFFAIR!! SO AGAIN FUCK HIM!! BILL GATES ARE RICH BECAUSE HIS INTELLIGENT AND THE FUCKING SAPO IT'S RICH BECAUSE THE MONOPOLY HI HAS IN HERE… AND THE GOVERMENT WHO SOPPORT HIM (SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH) :D FUCK, AND 10000 FUCK AGAIN JAJAJA



  30. 30

    the fact that gates donates to charity is a cheap excuse… you guys are jealous that a mexican is richer than an american.
    By the way; Slim has also donated billions… to charities; several foundations he has; he has also helped restore the historic downtown of mexico city; he keeps several free museums in mexico, promoting culture, scholarships and other things. Yes; he is kind of a monopoly in mexico; having in control most of the telecom and media market and owning other lucrative companies; like restaurant chains, department stores and several others i cant remember now. He is a clever businessman so more power to him.

    Mexico is not poor because of slim; the problem is more complex; but sure he gives back to the country. People need to open their eyes. And he's not arab or lebanese; geeze people, cut with the crap. He was born in mexico = mexican



  31. 31

    What has Microsoft done for you lately? I live in Mexico and every year, Carlos Slim cuts the rates on phone service. This year, he has included 100 minutes monthly of long distance to the U.S. if you have a combo of DSL and land line service. At to days exchange, you pay 37.50 per month dollars. TelMex called all clients at the time of the Haitian earthquake and told us if we wanted to donate, you could put it on your monthly bill and TelMex would match it. That's giving back to the people.



  32. 32

    Re: LoveHeartBABY – It's the American market that have made them rich.



  33. 33

    hahaha so funny how these fucktards try to find excuses only cus the richest man is from Mexico, not from the US. Last year Warren Buffett was on top of the list, and no one said anything, why? cus hes north american. Suck on that US!!! And just cus u see Mexico on TV or movies as a land where everyone wears ponchos, funny hats and ride donkeys to school that doesnt mean it is actually like that. Poverty is in every nation around the globe, even in the us with this economic crisis, not just in Mexico.



  34. 34

    Aliko Dangote your nightmare oprah



  35. 35

    I'm Mexican and we don't like Slim and his monopoly. And even hi born in Mexico his parents are lebanese so he is Lebanese, Arabian people only married to arabian, and mostly people who are rich in Mexico come from Arabia.

    And yes mexico is poor but we are not worse than other countries.



  36. 36

    Re: adrishit – Actually Slim is wealthy only because of his BFF Carlos Salinas and the super corrupt climate in the 90s. He's philanthropic now, but if this were the 90s, 80s he would care less.



  37. 37

    Re: aLeirBagPotteR – Slim-Helu's parents are Mexicans of Lebanese roots. He's Mexican. He doesn't even hold Lebanese citizenship nor live there. I suppose Bill Gates is "English, German, and Scotch-Irish", GAWD forbid we acknowledge his American citizenship.



  38. 38

    Re: babysmith – The people i know wear 500 loafers, go on holidays to Europe, OWN their cars, and swear by cashmere. What ponchos?



  39. 39

    what about donald trump ???



  40. 40

    Fun fact: Slim is a major shareholder of the New York Times and Apple.