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Bill Gates is world's richest person, again

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(USA TODAY) -- Bill Gates is back on top as the world's richest person, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of billionaires.

Microsoft co-founder Gates took the crown from Carlos Slim Helu, who had been the world's richest for the previous four years. Investing guru Warren Buffett is No. 4.

The magazine pegs Gates' net worth at $76 billion. That's up from $67 billion in 2013.

Slim, a Mexico telecom titan, is close behind at $72 billion. He lost $1 billion from last year.

Third richest is Amancio Ortega of Spain, founder of the Zara clothing retailer, with a net worth of $64 billion.

Next is Buffett. The "Oracle of Omaha" has $58.2 billion, Forbes says.

Eight Georgians are among the world's richest. Anne Cox Chambers, the 94-year-old daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox, is No. 58 with a net worth of $15.5 billion.

Chambers' nephew Jim Kennedy is the Cox Enterprises chairman. The 66 year old is worth $7.7 billion and is No. 168 on the list.

S. Truett Cathy, 92, is No. 224 on the list. The Chick-fil-A founder's net worth is $6.2 billion.
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Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, 84, has a net worth of $3.5 billion. That puts him at No. 446 on the list.
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Media mogul Ted Turner is No. 796 on the list. The 75-year-old CNN founder's net worth is $2.2 billion.
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Another Home Depot co-founder, 71-year-old Arthur Blank, is No. 988 on the list. Blank, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons, has a net worth of $1.8 billion.
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At No. 1046, Jeffrey Lorberbaum is one of the newest names on the list. Lorberbaum, 59, lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is CEO of Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk Industries. His net worth is $1.7 billion.
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Spanx founder Sara Blakely, 43, is again on the list. Her $1 billion net worth puts her at No. 1565.
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See the full list at forbes.com/billionaires.

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