Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

In this Oct. 25, 2001 file photo, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stands in New York's Times Square to promote the new Windows XP operating system. When the Nasdaq reached its record in 2000, Microsoft was its biggest company in the index, with Cisco, Intel, Oracle and Sun Microsystems completing the top five. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The world’s richest person got even richer this year.

Forbes says that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years.

In second place is telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

Next is investor Warren Buffett, who moved up one slot this year with a net worth of $72.7 billion.

Forbes says there were 1,826 billionaires on its list this year, up from 1,645 in 2014. It’s the 29th year for Forbes billionaires’ list.

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