2009 Rich List

Bill GatesForbes have published their 2009 Rich List. This year’s list sees Bill Gates (or William Gates III) return to pole position as the world’s richest man.

The 2009 list of the world’s top billionaires shows how their fortunes have decreased (in some cases substantially) due to the global recession and the collapse in world stock markets. Warren Buffett’s wealth has fallen by $25bn.

Last year the world had 1,125 billionaires. Today there are 793 and $1.4trillion has disappeared since last year’s list.

Read the list of The World’s Billionaires.

Ireland’s richest man is telecommunications businessman Denis O’Brien with a wealth of $2.2bn which places him in 305th position.  According to Forbes, Seán Quinn who was Ireland’s richest man in 2008 has lost $4.5bn of his wealth in the last 12 months.

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4 Responses to “2009 Rich List”


  1. 1 joe March 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    What ever happened to the billionaire that owned all the phone companies .
    He was like the forth richest , Spanish man, He bought out o2 during 2007 or 2008.??

    Does anyone have an information on this man.?

  2. 2 Mr. Hannon March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Do you mean Carlos Slim Helu who was second in last year’s list? He owns some mobile phone companies in South America.

  3. 3 joe March 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah that’s the one. Wasn’t he have ment to have bought o2 or speculation that he was ment to

  4. 4 Kevin Scott April 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Is the president of omah on the rich list ???
    I heard he was richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet by far


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