1 Bill Gates $79.2 billion
2 Carlos Slim Helu & family $77.1 billion
3 Warren Buffett $72.7 billion
Bill Gates on Religion
Gates was interviewed November 1995 on PBS by David Frost. Below is the transcript with minor edits.
Frost: Do you believe in the Sermon on the Mount?
Gates: I don't. I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very very positive impact.
Frost: I sometimes say to people, do you believe there is a god, or do you know there is a god? And, you'd say you don't know?
Gates: In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.
Carlos Slim, full name Carlos Slim Helú, was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico.
Slim’s parents were immigrants from Lebanon, and while there, were part of a distinct sect of Roman Catholicism called the Maronite Catholics.1 Of course, a Mexican Catholic is nothing unique, but for Slim, it’s the Maronite factor that sets him apart.
Slim doesn’t seem to be too outwardly religious, and some report him as not very devout.2 His faith isn’t something he talks much about–or at all, really.
However, his wealth and influence has even attracted elements of the Catholic Church to his door. For example, a conservative Catholic organization called the Legion of Christ, whose agenda is to seek out the world’s wealthiest Catholics and hitch a ride on their social influence, has thrown galas honoring Slim.3 One representative said:
The soul of a trash collector is as important as the soul of Carlos Slim, but if Slim is converted, think of the influence and power for good he would wield.4
Buffett was raised a Presbyterian, but simply states that he is now agnostic. Political Views.
Buffett is an extremely non-selfish billionaire, pledging his fortune to charity, much of which going to liberal causes.