Bill Gates is richest person

BILL GATES, the US Microsoft chief, is the world's richest man, according to a list of the world's 200 most wealthy businessmen. But not one Briton makes the top 100 of the billionaires list published by Forbes Magazine.

The Top 25

Bill Gates, US, $51bn

Walton family, US, $48bn

Warren Edward Buffett, US, $33bn

Paul Gardner Allen,US, $21 bn

Oeri, Hoffman & Sacher family, Switzerland, $17.8bn

Quandt family, Germany, $15.3bn

Kenneth Thomson, Canada, $14.4bn

Forrest Edward Mars Sr and family, US, $13.5bn

Jay A and Robert A Pritzker, US, $13.5bn

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, Saudi Arabia,$13.3bn

Lee Shau Kee, Hong Kong, $12.7bn

Theo & Karl Albrecht, and family, Germany, $11.7bn

Haniel family, Germany, $11.6bn

Curt Engelhorn,Germany, $11.5bn

Bettencourt family, France, $11.4bn

Steven Ballmer, $10.7bn

Gerard Mulliez and family, France, $10.3 bn

Michael Dell, US, $10bn

Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong, $10bn

Walter Haefner, Switzerland, $9.4bn

Emilio Botin and family, Spain, $9.2bn

Samuel I. Newhouse Jr. and Donald E. Newhouse, US, $9bn

Philip F Anschutz, US,$8.8bn

Cargill family,US, $8.8bn

Seydoux/Schlumberger family, France, $8.8bn