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If you thought that billionaires weren’t impacted by the global meltdown, think again. An article in the Financial Times indicates that the net worth of those in the latest Forbes’ list of the wealthiest people in the world –  actually fell by $ 2000 billion. The number of billionaires also fell as a consequence dropping by one-third to 793.

Bill Gates, with an estimated worth of $ 40 billion once again became the richest man on earth. Warren Buffett was the second richest with $ 37 billion. The telephone tycoon from Mexico, Carlos Slim took the third spot with $ 35 billion.

Anil Ambani, one of the richest men in India, had the biggest fall in this year’s Forbes rankings. His position fell from 6 last year- when he had the biggest growth- to 34 this year, losing as much as $32 billion in the process.

Investor George Soros and entertainer Oprah Winfrey were amongst the minority in the list who became richer.

Everything in the world being relative, a billion may mean a lot to you and me but may not mean too much to those in this list!