Bill Gates Regain World's Richest Person Title, Lee Kun-Hee Ranks No. 95

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

SEOUL, KOREA - Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, regained the title of the world's richest person in six years after losing the title in 2007. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bill Gates' net worth reached $72.7 billion (equivalent to about 81.1 trillion won), ranking as the world's richest person.

Bill Gates has lagged behind Mexico's telecom mogul Carlos Slim. Bill Gates, however, reclaimed the world's richest person title as its net worth increased by about $10 billion thanks to the hike in the stock prices of Microsoft. Carlos Slim's net worth is estimated at $72.1 billion.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index pick the world's 100 richest persons based on the analysis of stock prices. Lee Kun-Hee, chairman of Samsung Group, ranked No. 95 with a net worth of $11.3 billion. He is the only Korean among the world's 100 richest persons.