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Forbes: The richest men in the world

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William Gates III - $53.0 billion: Though his gains number $13 billion this past year, Gates fell to Carlos Slim Helú in this year's rankings to become the second-richest man in the world. In addition to Microsoft, Gates has investments in Four Seasons hotels, Televisa, and Auto Nation. He stepped down from daily operations at Microsoft to focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to fight hunger, improve education, and combat malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS. Gates smiles during the 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge,' at the World Economic Forum in Daovs, Switzerland, in January.

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