Spanx founder Sara Blakely on the cover of Forbes' March 2012 issue (Forbes Magazine)
NEW YORK -- Forbes magazine says Mexico's Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man for the fourth year in a row, while Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000.
A record 1,426 people around the world made the Forbes latest annual tally of billionaires, up 16 percent from last year. Their average net worth was $3.8 billion, rising 3 percent from 2012.
Slim's net worth increased to $73 billion from $69 billion a year earlier. Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp. held on to second place, but Berkshire Hathaway's Buffett slipped to the fourth spot with a $53.5 billion net worth. Buffett was surpassed by Spanish clothier Amancio Ortega, who jumped two spots from 2012 with a net worth of $57 billion.
Oracle's Larry Ellison is in fifth place with $43 billion, followed by brothers Charles and David Koch tied for sixth, each with $34 billion. Hong Kong investor Li Ka-shing is in eighth place with $31 billion. From France, L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt is in ninth place with $30 million and LVMH owner Bernard Arnault with $29 billion.
Nine Georgians are on this year's list.
Anne Cox Chambers (#80) is the surviving daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James Cox, while Jim Kennedy (#198) is James Cox's grandson. Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy is at number 308. Home Depot co-founder and Georgia Aquarium benefactor Bernie Marcus is listed at #437. Media mogul Ted Turner is listed at #736. Atlanta Falcons owner and Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank is on the list at #931. Mohawk Industries president & CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum is at number 1250.
Forbes list newcomer Edir Macedo (#1268) is the owner of Brazil's second largest broadcaster, Rede Record. In addition, the Atlanta resident owns Atlanta low-power Telemundo affiliate W67CI. Spanx founder Sara Blakely made the list for the first time last year and clocks in this year at number 1342.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)