The world's five richest people

If you want to be rich - seriously, unimaginably, diamond-studded supercar rich - then get into the technology industry.

That's the message from Time magazine, which has totted up the numbers to come up with a list of the world's five richest people.

The poorest of the five is worth $63.3 billion - around £49 billion - while the richest has stacked up £68 billion. Two, though, say they plan to give most of it away.

So who are the world's wealthiest people?

5. Carlos Slim Helu: net worth $63.3 billion
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim Helu made his fortune in telecoms, banking and retail, and now owns more than 200 companies. He controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in Latin America, and also has stakes in Philip Morris, The New York Times and Caixabank. He's widowed, with six children who share in his wealth.

4. Warren Buffett: net worth $74.2 billion
Warren Buffett has the Midas touch - he's one of the most successful investors of all time. He bought his first stock at the age of 11, and now owns more than 60 companies. He'd be even higher up the list if he hadn't given away $28.5 billion - and he's pledged to give away at least 99% of his fortune to charity. He still lives in the same house in Nebraska that he bought in 1958 for $31,500.

3. Jeff Bezos: net worth $82.8 billion
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos started the firm in his Seattle garage and has seen it grow to become the biggest online shopping site in the world. He's diversified since, with interests in everything from newspapers to spaceships - and may be about to shoot up the rankings to become the richest person in the world, as Amazon stock soars. He's married, with four children.

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2. Amancio Ortega: net worth $85.8 billion
Back in the seventies, Amancio Ortega ran a small dressmaker's from his living room; he now owns the Inditex fashion group, which includes Zara. Key to the company's success is its 'fast fashion' philosophy, which gets clothes from the design stage to the shop floor in a couple of weeks. Last year he was, briefly, the richest man in the world until changes in share prices pushed him back to the number two slot.

1. Bill Gates: net worth $87.8 billion
Yes, you guessed it: Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world. After discovering computers as a schoolboy in 1967, he went on to co-found Microsoft in 1975 with friend Paul Allen just eight years later. He's married to Melinda, with whom he founded the charitable Gates Foundation, and has pledged to give away at least half his wealth over his lifetime.

How to holiday like the rich and famous
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How to holiday like the rich and famous
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Who might you bump in to? The Hamptons is home to some of the most expensive properties in the US so it seems appropriate that the one of the music industry's power couple choose this area for their own holidays. Beyonce and Jay Z currently rent a £262,000 per month holiday home, which has its own movie theatre and bowling alley. Other celeb spots include Katy Perry, Ethan Hawke, Gwynnie (again).
Who might you bump into? This is Barack Obama's homeland - he was born in Honolulu Hawaii so it's no surprise that the president of the United States enjoys spending time with his family at Kailua Beach every Christmas. Other celebrities you might bump into here include Piers Brosnan, Jessica Simpson and Heidi Klum.

Who might you bump in to? George and Amal Clooney. Gorgeous George has a long history with the European country, having bought the 30-room Villa Oleandra near Lake Como for £5.3m back in 2002. Other celebs you might bump into here include Richard Branson, Tom Cruise and Madonna.

Who might you bump in to? The Beckhams have been married for 16 years now and the world famous couple recently celebrated David's 40th birthday in the Moroccan city. The couple stayed in the luxurious Amanjena resort, which has a 27-hole golf course, 33-metre swimming pool and spa.Other celebs you might bump into here include Poppy Delavinge.
Who might you bump in to?  Kim Kardashian is one of the most famous women in the world at the moment so it's no surprise that she splashed out on a 10 bedroom beach house in Thailand. Who else might you see here? Kate Moss, Beyonce and Jay Z.
Who might you bump in to?  It seems Taylor Swift likes to stay close to home while on vacation as she splashed out £11m on her Rhode Island home. The pop starlet reportedly likes to host her friends for 4th of July parties in her 10-bedroom pad. 
Who might you bump into here?  Aussie native Chris Hemsworth loves spending time in his home country and reportedly forked out £4.6m on his coastal holiday home in Byron Bay, New South Wales which also has its own private lagoon.
Who might you bump into here? Elle Macpherson may be best-known for strutting her stuff on the catwalk, but the supermodel lalso needs to take time to relax, just like the rest of us. Elle is a regular visitor the the Bahamas having bought a home there in 2006.  Who else might you see here? Johnny Depp, for starters.
Who might you bump in to here? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Brangelina chose France as the host for their wedding last year which isn't surprising given that they bought the Château Miraval estate for an eye-watering £46m in 2008. The castle has 35 rooms, a private vineyard, a forest and a lake.  Who else might you see here? Take your pick. Everyone from Lady Gaga to Leonardo diCaprio loves to spend time in the south of France.

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