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Forbes Billionaires

Here's something to think about as we pay our bills and do our taxes: 102 more people around the world have become billionaires.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still perched atop the Forbes list with a net worth of $50 billion.

That's up $3.5 billion or so from last year.

He's been the world's richest person for the past 12 years.

Forbes says there are now 793 billionaires, thanks in part to emerging stock markets overseas, including Russia, India and Brazil.

The Czech Republic has its first billionaire ever.

China now has eight, up from just two last year.

Tepid stock returns in the U.S. have eaten into the fortunes of some of the richest Americans, including members of the Wal-Mart founding family.

They're still billionaires, just lower on the list.

Martha Stewart has dropped off it altogether.


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