Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:23:11 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Forbes Billionaires List 2012: The top ten

2. Bill Gates



Bill Gates (© Reuters/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI)
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates may no longer be the World's Richest Person (he remains second with a fortune of US$61 billion), but he has cemented his title of most generous man on the planet by giving away a total of US$28 billion and contributing heavily to the successful eradication of polio in India.

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