(NEW YORK) -- It’s good to be number one, especially when you’re topping the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
That honor belongs once more to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose worth is valued at $72.7 billion, up 15 percent from this time last year.
Gates hasn’t been number one on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index since 2007. He replaces Mexican cellphone mogul Carlos Slim, who slipped to second place because shares of his America Movil dropped 14 percent. That means Slim has to make do with just $72.1 billion.
Meanwhile, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett winds up being the world’s third richest person worth $59.7 billion, while Amancio Ortega Gaona, the head of the Spanish fashion apparel company Inditex group, is fourth with a personal fortune of $56 billion.
Wealthy folks also high on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index include Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
(Copyright 2013 by ABC News Radio Online. All Rights Reserved).