Forbes Rich List 2011 is out, letting us know who’s rolling in dough this year…and who’s not.
The big headline is that the world has a new richest billionaire. Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim has become the richest man alive with a net worth of $74 billion. Bill Gates holds on to second place with $56 billion, and Warren Buffet is close behind him at $50 billion.
Deeper down the list there are some more surprises. Six Facebook leaders show up on the list. What’s just as striking – to me – is what we don’t see on the list: a lot of moms.
The world’s richest woman, Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton has a son. L’Oreal heiress Lillian Bettencourt has a daughter. They don’t have a lot of company though. There are precious few women on the billionaire list at all.
Does being a mom and being super-rich just not go together? Parenting sure requires a lot of the same skills as wealth: an ability to multitask 24 hours a day, a willingness to sacrifice everything to a single goal. Good billionaires, like good moms, give back once they have it made. Both billionaires and moms work all the time. It seems like superrich moms should be a dime a dozen.
To remove my tongue from my cheek for just a moment, the scarcity of wealthy women – and therefore wealthy mamas – hardly needs commenting on; but this list would be a good gift for the next person who tells you the glass ceiling no longer exists.
Here’s the complete list of the top 20 richest people, according to Forbes 2011:
1. Carlos Slim (Mexico) – $74 billion, telecommunications
2. Bill Gates (USA) – $56 billion, Microsoft
3. Warren Buffett (USA) – $50 billion, Berkshire Hathaway
4. Bernard Arnault (France) – $41 billion, LVMH
5. Larry Ellison (USA) – $39.5 billion, Oracle Corp
6. Lakshmi Mittal (India) – $31.1 billion, steel
7. Armancio Ortega (Spain) – $31 billion, retail
8. Eike Batista (Brazil) – $30 billion, mining, oil
9. Mukesh Ambani (India) – $27 billion, petrochemicals, oil and gas
10. Christy Walton (USA) – $26.5 billion, Wal-Mart
11. Li Ka-Shing (China) – $26 billion
12. Karl Albrecht (Germany) – $25.5 billion
13. Stefan Persson (Sweden) – $24.5 billion
14. Vladmir Lisin (Russia) – $24 billion
15. Lilian Bettencourt (France) – $23.5 billion
16. Sheldon Adelson (United States) – $23.3 billion
17. David Thomson (Canada) – $23 billion
18. Charles Koch (United States) – $22 billion
19. David Koch (United States) – $22 billion
20. Jim Walton (United States) – $21.3 billion