MINING magnate Gina Rinehart is the highest ranking Australian in Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest people.
Mrs Rinehart came in ranked equal 36th in the world with a net worth of $US17 billion.
Australian-born media magnate Rupert Murdoch (now a US citizen) was 91st with $US11.2 billion, commodity trader Ivan Glasenberg came in equal 175th with $US6.7 billion from Glencore, while gaming and media tycoon James Packer ranked equal 198th with $US6 billion.
Forbes says the world's richest person is Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim, who has $US73 billion, up $US4 billion from a year ago.
Mr Slim, who controls Latin American telecommunications power America Movil and retail/industrial group Grupo Carso, came in first among the mega-rich for the fourth straight year.
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