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Super rich get richer in 2010

The fortunes of the 300 most wealthy people living in Switzerland increased by SFr21 billion ($21.15 billion) this year after setbacks in the two previous years.

Their total wealth amounts to SFr470 billion, according to annual figures published by the economics magazine Bilanz and its French-language partner Bilan.

Leading the ranking for the ninth consecutive year is the Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture empire, Ingvar Kamprad. His wealth is an estimated SFr35-SFr 36 billion.

In second place come the Hoffmann and Oeri families who have a majority shareholding in the Basel-based Roche pharmaceuticals company. Their wealth is put at SFr13-14 billion.

The number of residents possessing more than SFr1 billion has risen slightly from 127 to 135.

The magazines notes that the SFr470 billion is “far from reaching the level” of 2007, when the combined total had reached SFr529 billion.

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