Although many people may think that Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, they would be wrong. Although he has held the top spot in the past, the founder of Microsoft fell to the number two spot in the 2010 statistics published by Forbes Magazine on the richest people in the world and remains in the number two spot in the 2013 Forbes billionaires list.
Despite the fact that Helu has fallen in rankings, he is still worth an astounding $53 billion dollars.
Currently, the richest man in the world is Carlos Slim Helu, a self-made billionaire from Mexico, who is worth $73 billion. in 2009, he was in third place with $35 billion. With all of that financial success in only four year's time, it certainly seems fair that he is topping the list.
The main source of his income is Telmex and American Movil, Mexico's national telephone and mobile telephone companies. He holds considerable financial interests in other fields including technology, finance and retail. He is also a shareholder in several groups including:
A citizen of Mexico, Helu is 72 years old as of 2013 and lives in Mexico City. He attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. His wife died in 1999 and he did not remarry. He has six children.