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NEW YORK, January 03, 9:27 /ITAR-TASS/. The rich had a great year in 2013, “with the top 300 seeing their collective net worth rise by $524 billion to $3.7 trillion as 2013 ended”, Bloomberg said in its ranking of the world’s richest people published on Thursday.
According to its experts, economic sectors connected with high technologies were the most profitable last year. Bloomberg said only 70 out of the 300 people on the list of Bloomberg Billionaires Index registered a net loss.
Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates once again became the world’s richest person at the end of 2013, taking the title from Mexican investor Carlos Slim, who is second on the list with more than $73 billion fortune. Gates managed to increase his fortune by $15.8 billion to $78.5 billion.
Amancio Ortega, the founder of Inditex, the world’s largest clothing retailer, and the richest man in Spain, is third in the ranking of the world’s richest people. His fortune rose by $9 billion, to $66.4 billion.
As for Russian billionaires, Bloomberg experts say the most successful last year was co-owner of a major Russian retailing company Magnit, Sergei Galitsky, whose fortune rose by $5.8 billion to $13.8 billion.
Meanwhile, business tycoon Alisher Usmanov remains Russia’s richest man with his fortune rising by $1.3 billion to almost $20 billion.