According to a Mexican finacial publication cited by The Guardian, Bill Gates is no longer the richest man on the planet. The new richest man is the Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu Aglamaz. Most of his business is in communication, and the surge in the shares of America Movil group put him on the top spot.
It remains to be seen whether Forbes will agree with the assessment and grant him the title of richest man on the planet for 2007. If so that will end the 12-years era of supremacy of Bill Gates.