Global Top Ten
THE richest people in the world
1 Bill Gates $76bn
Microsoft founder Gates, above, is back topping the global rich list as shares in the software company rose. Gates has been buying Irish bonds, so he'll be even richer next year.
2 Carlos Slim Helu $72bn
The Mexican was toppled as the world's richest man by Gates. He has interests in telecoms to financial services and industry. He also bought a chunk of shares in INM, publisher of the Sunday Independent.
3 Amancia Ortega $64bn
Spanish retail tycoon Ortega owns 60 per cent of Inditex, which is behind the Zara clothing chain. He also has a huge real estate portfolio.
4 Warren Buffett $58.2bn
The 'Sage of Omaha' is probably the world's most successful market investor. His Berkshire Hathaway has also hooked up with the VHI on a reinsurance deal.
5 Larry Ellison $48bn
The Oracle boss benefited from rising share prices. He owns a jet fighter and won the Americas cup in yachting.
6 Charles Koch $40bn
Low-profile industrialist Koch is a big funder of the US Tea Party movement and isn't at all scary politically...
7 David Koch $40bn
The brother. Koch Industries is the second biggest private firm in the US with interests ranging from oil pipelines, refineries, building materials, paper towels, even Dixie cups.
8 Sheldon Adelson $38bn
Adelson's Las Vegas Sands is the world's biggest gambling company and is currently making a fortune in Asia.
9 Christy Walton & Family $36.7bn
The Walton family own the phenomenally powerful and successful Wal-Mart retail empire. It had sales of nearly $470bn and 2.2 million employees in 11,000 stores
10 Jim Walton $34bn
Yep, another Wal-Mart retail tycoon. Jim, who runs the banking arm, received more than $475m in dividends after taxes in 2013.