Bill Gates back on top as his fortune takes a tumble

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Bill Gates.

The good news: he is back at the top of the Forbes rich list for 2009.The bad news: he has lost £12.2bn.

It is no wonder that the world is plunging into recession. The top five of the Forbes Rich List 2009 have lost about $80bn between them. One has to wonder how $80bn of worth can disappear in a year. Perhaps they were stupid enough to entrust their money to a bank.

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