Fortunes of world's top 10 billionaires soared over the past decade

Over the course of the past decade, the top 10 richest people in the world have gotten even richer.

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Combined, the world’s 10 wealthiest people added an astonishing $534.8 billion to their collective fortune, according to an analysis of Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List, compared to Forbes' ranking of the wealthiest billionaires in 2010 (as of Aug. 25, 2010).

A large chunk of that stemmed from Amazon’s meteoric rise from an online bookseller to the largest e-commerce platform in the world. In 2010, CEO Jeff Bezos, then the 43rd richest in the world, was worth $12.3 billion; 10 years later, now the world’s richest, he’s worth a staggering $117.4 billion -- despite going through an incredibly expensive divorce.

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Even though Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett donated $37 billion, at the time the bulk of his fortune, to charity in 2006, he is ending the decade $42.3 billion richer.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also saw his fortune swell. At the beginning of the decade, Zuckerberg was worth $4 billion. Today, the 35-year-old is worth $76.8 billion, making him the world's sixth-richest.

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This comes amid a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots; last year, income inequality in the U.S. climbed to the highest level in more than 50 years, according to the Census Bureau.

Jeff Bezos: 

2010 net worth: $12.3 billion

2019 net worth: $117.4 billion

Net worth change: $105.1 billion

Bernard Arnault (and family): 

2010 net worth: $27.5 billion

2019 net worth: $110.8 billion

Net worth change: $83.3 billion

Bill Gates:

2010: $53 billion

2019 net worth: $108.5 billion

Net worth change: $55.5 billion

Warren Buffett:

2010 net worth: $47 billion

2019 net worth:  $89.3 billion

Net worth change: $42.3 billion

Amancio Ortega: 

2010 net worth: $25 billion

2019 net worth: $77.8 billion

Net worth change: $52.8 billion

Mark Zuckerberg: 

2010 net worth: $4 billion

2019 net worth: $76.8 billion

Net worth change: $72.8 billion

Larry Ellison: 

2010 net worth: $28 billion

2019 net worth: $66.1 billion

Net worth change: $38.1 billion

Carlos Slim Helu: 

2010 net worth: $53.5 billion

2019 net worth: $64.1 billion

Net worth change: $10.6 billion

Larry Page: 

2010 net worth: $17.5 billion

2019 net worth: $61.4 billion

Net worth change: $43.9 billion

Mukesh Ambani:

2010 net worth: $29 billion

2019 net worth: $59.4 billion

Net worth change: $30.4 billion

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