Steinmetz, Graff Drop But Leviev Rises on Forbes’ Billionaire List

Forbes magazine published its annual list of the world’s richest players for 2012, which recorded a record 1,226 billionaires with an average net worth of $3.7 billion and a combined net worth of $4.6 trillion, up from $4.5 trillion in 2011.

The world’s wealthiest man again was Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, with an estimated fortune of $69 billion, down from $74 billion in 2011. The list included a number of executives involved, one way or another, in the diamond and jewelry industry.

Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway was the world’s third-richest man valued at $44 billion. Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, ranked fourth behind Buffet with $41 billion. The Walton family members, who hold controlling share in Walmart, held top spots at No.s 11, 16, 17 and 18. Amazon.com’s Jeffrey Bezos rose to No. 26 from No. 30 in 2011 and his net worth was $18.4 billion.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ranked in at No. 35 with a net worth of $17.5 billion, whle Francois Pinault and family of the retailer PPR were rated at No.59 up eight spots from 2011, for having a net worth of $13 billion.

Nicky Oppenheimer and his family fell from spot No. 136 to No. 139, as their net worth decreased from 2011 by $200 million to $6.8 billion.

Pierre Omidyar of eBay ranked in at No. 141 with $6.7 billion, while Beny Steinmetz of the Steinmetz Diamond Group dropped from No. 162 to No. 169, with a net worth of $5.9 billion, down about $100 million from 2011.

Ralph Lauren surged to No. 122 from No. 173 in 2011, with a $2.7 billion increase to his current net worth at $7.5 billion. Johann Rupert, of Richemont Group, ranked No. 199 with a net worth of $5.1 billion. Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook ranked No. 314 with $3.5 billion.

Jack Ma of the Internet retailer Alibaba Group was ranked in at No. 442, up from No. 782 this past year, with a net worth of $2.6 billion. Laurence Graff dropped from No. 459 in 2011 to No. 464, even though his net worth rose about $100 million to $2.6 billion. Lev Leviev rose 18 spots to No. 764, with his net worth improving to $1.7 billion from only $1.6 billion one year ago.

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