TOP 10 Richest People of 2012 – and their Secrets!

rich people It is important to have some inspiration in life because its human nature that we want to become like what we the same time, all my readers on this blog intend to earn – and earn a lot. keeping this thought in mind, here, I present the top ten richest personalities of the world in 2012, key to successalong with their strategies to make al this possible for them.

lets have a look on the countdown!

10. Li Ka-Shing, Hong Kong         $26,000,000,000

lika-shing, hong kongOn Number Ten comes, Mr. Li Ka-shing, a Chinese entrepreneur , who is one of the Ten Most richest men in the world with an estimated wealth of US$26 billion .His primary operating company is Hutchison Whampoa Limited.

He was only 10 years old, when he lost his schooling. He came to Hong Kong, and started to work. His father had tuberculosis and he had no choice except trying hard to meet up the challenges of life. He got his first break right after the Second World War, his boss offered him partnership, but Shing wanted to start the business of his own.

Secret: Li Ka-Shing followed an optimistic approach, according to him,

“When you study hard and work hard, your knowledge grows, and it gives you confidence. The more you know, the more confidence you gain. ..”

Throughout his life, he has focused on building a good reputation. The reason behind his success is that he is a man of his words. When he says yes, it’s a contract for him.

9. Mukesh Ambani, India                        $27,000,000,000

Mukesh AmbaniIt’s really an achievement for India, that having a poverty rate higher than Pakistan (according to the UN report), Mukesh Ambani is the second richest Indian in the world, and stands on number nine in top 10 richest people of the world. He is 53 years old and his fortune is $27 billion. He is the chairman, managing director of India’s largest private sector enterprise, Reliance Industries. His Father Shri Dhirubhai H. Ambani is the Founder Chairman of the Company.


Mukesh Ambani believes in:

“dare to dream and learn to excel .”

8. Eike batiska,Brazil                             $30,000,000,000

Eike Batista who is also known as a swashbuckling businessman is the wealthiest person in Brazil. He is known for his oil holdings and interests in a vast number of other businesses. He started a trading company of Gold. At the age of 23, he had $6 millions and eventually got the control of mines from Chile to Russia. Batista has also been working on energy, water, and steel companies. Eike Batista


Eike Batista followed the following principles that made him the leading Icon of Brazil:

“The good seller is the one who is also a good listener.”

Don’t quit on the first adversity. Believe in your intuition,”

“Don’t aim for perfection. Aim for success.”

“Look forward; focus on what people don’t see at first sight.”

7. Amancio Ortega, Spain                     $31,000,000,000

Amancio-OrtegaAmancio Ortega Gaona is a renowned Galician fashion designer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chairman of Inditex Group. He is ranked 7th in the list with $31 billions of wealth.

Amancio Ortega, At the age of 13, began working for a shirt-maker as a delivery. He worked for a range of stores and tailors; his main focus was to study about how products and costs changed as they traveled from the manufacturer to the consumer. As a result, he became focused on the importance of getting products directly to the consumer without a middle man. In 1963, at the age of 27, Amancio Ortega founded his own company called Confecciones Goa. That way, Ortega quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the world. However, He continues to keep a low profile.


I have been reading about this great entrepreneur since a long time, and have concluded that the key to his success was the fact that Ortega always kept himself focused towards his Target. He believed in simplicity with uniqueness.

6. Lakshmi mittal , India                      $ 31,100,000,000Lakshmi-Mittal

Again, it’s a privilege for India to have him. Lakshmi Mittal owns a majority stake in ArcelorMittal (the world’s largest steel company). He lives in one of the world’s most expensive homes and sits No. 6 on the Top10 list of 2012’s wealthiest people. According to his recent interview, he claims to have a wealth more than $31 Billion.

Secret: He believes;

“This is not about creating a giant. It’s about creating the sustainability of the steel industry”

5. Larry Ellison, USA                             $33,000,000,000

Founder of the Oracle Cooperation, Lawrence J. Ellison, who is known as Larry Ellison was born to his unmarried 19-year-old mother. With so many sufferings in the personal life, Larry learned the rudiments of computer programming in Chicago and participated in building the first IBM-compatible mainframe system. Ellison and his partners won a two-year contract to build a relational database management system (RDBMS) for the CIA. The project’s code name: Oracle!larry_ellison_oracle_ceo

He served as President of Oracle from 1978 to 1996, and undertook two stints as Chairman of the Board, from 1990 to 1992, and again from 1995 to 2004. Since its founding, he has been Oracle’s only Chief Executive Officer. He is rated as the 5th richest person in the world with a capital of $ 33 Billion.


Larry has had always clear planning throughout his life. His strategy of life is that:

“ one should believe in himself. Having doubts about oneself makes it difficult for you to face your co-workers, or the market, for that matter.”

4. Warren buffet, USA                            $39,000,000,000

warren buffetThere would hardly be anyone, who would be unfamiliar with this name. Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. Often introduced as legendary investor, Warren Buffett, he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and holds the 4th position in the list with $39 Billion.


Warren Buffett is a role model for every investor. This is mainly because of his remarkable strategies. Here are a few:

a) When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.

b) It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

c) Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.

d) Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

3. Bernard Arnault , France                    $ 41,000,000,000

Bernard Arnault is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, which is the world’s leading luxury products group. He began his professional bernard-arnaultcareer that year as an engineer. By 1989, Mr. Arnault accomplished his objective of creating the world’s leading luxury products group when he assumed control of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, vowing to assure French luxury goods brand leadership worldwide. Mr. Arnault has been Chairman and CEO of the company ever since. He is 3rd richest person in the World, having a wealth of $ 41 Billion.


According to Bernard,

“I like that combination between creativity and the creative process and the organization needed to make a business like this successful worldwide.”

2. Bill Gates, USA                                     $ 59,000,000,000

mr-gatesDo I need to introduce this fellow? Certainly not! We all know him. But the thing most of us don’t know is that he is the 2nd richest person and NOT the first one! However, According to the authorized and unauthorized books on Bill Gates, he is the youngest self-made billionaire in history. He had an early interest in software and began programming computers at the age of thirteen. He holds around $59 Billion of Wealth.

Bill Gate’s company Microsoft became famous for their computer operating systems and killer business deals. For example, Bill Gates talked IBM into letting Microsoft retain the licensing rights to MS-DOS an operating system that IBM needed for their new personal computer. Gates proceeded to make a fortune from the licensing of MS-DOS. Today, the only operating System that is used and appreciated worldwide is the Microsoft Windows.


Bill Gates is someone, who is admired by every single person who is related to information and technology. Bill Gates believes that:

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you, find yourself.”

1. Carlos Slim Heli, Mexico                    $74,000,000,000

And here Comes, the richest man of 2012, having a wealth of $74 Billion. Carlos Slim Heli is a Mexican entrepreneur and businessman involved in a varied group of Carlos-Slimcompanies that include telecommunications, retail, banking and insurance, technology, and auto parts manufacturing businesses. He is the wealthiest Mexican man, the richest Latin American, and one of the top ten richest men in the world. He studied engineering, even though he has admitted to having very poor computer skills; he sees the Internet and technology as a major growth area in his group of businesses. He owns the largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Mexico.


As far as I have researched on him and have studied his life style, I have found him as a man with practical approach. According to him,

“When you live for others’ opinions, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered.”


life is all about trying, succeeding and trying again for something bigger. I really hope that the article will facilitate you in setting up your goals, learning from the experiences of these personalities.


26 thoughts on “TOP 10 Richest People of 2012 – and their Secrets!”

  1. One of your best post nida. I really enjoyed going through every single detail and could not stop myself by leaving a feedback.
    Most of them are businessmen which clearly indicates that to reach an extra ordinary stage you must dream of your own empire rather choosing to work as an employee. More power!

    • thank you so very much Mustafa, i totally agree with you on this, i have been sharing the same thought with my readers in my posts that its all about taking “safe” and “measured” risks in achieve high, one should start thinking high too!

  2. Hi, I just read on MBT that you and your team have started a new blog, so came to visit it. Nice blog and nice articles. All the best for future and wish you attain all the desired goals.

  3. Thanks for your great research and for feeding us with your findings. It is important to note that these guys did not just find themselves on the pinnacle of financial success by accident; they followed laid down Principles of Financial Success and worked assiduously to arrive at their present destination.
    If we remain focused in pursuing our financial goals and put in a little more effort, following the tested and proven principles of success, we shall surely make it in life.

  4. It’s your intellect that urge you to investigate about the facts. But, hereby you need to expound more details especially what were the turning-points of these guys’ success. Best of luck!

  5. Really helping post.Thanks for share these people secrets with us.I love this “Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you, find yourself.”

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