With $53.5-billion, the Mexican telecommunications investor Carlos Slim Helu edged out Bill Gates as the top billionaire, says Forbes magazine. It also notes that Brazil, Russia, and Turkey experienced significant growth in the number of superwealthy.
While America is still home to the largest number of billionaires (403), the growing personal assets in other places could lead to big giving, philanthropy experts told The Chronicle in a recent article. They predicted India, China, and Brazil could have a boom in splashy charitable donations in the near future.
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